A Student of History

June 1, 2007

Did America Inspire the Nazis?

Filed under: The world today,Wars — John Maass @ 10:59 am

One author thinks so.  This from The First Post, an on-line daily:

A brilliant new book by a Mexican-American historian documents how, in the Twenties and Thirties, the Nazis were inspired by what the United States had been doing to their Mexican neighbours since 1917.

In Ringside at the Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juarez, David Dorado Romo establishes the US Immigration Department’s systematic brutality along the Rio Grande border.

While this may be true, it must also be remembered that the Nazi regime learned quite a few tricks from the British, and their cruelties against Boers and their families during the war in South Africa at the turn of the century.  Still, if Romo’s claims are valid, it is a stain on what America stands for.

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2 Comments »

  1. I had read that some Nazi generals during the Nuremberg trials cited Generals Sherman and Sheridan and their war against Southern civilians during the War Between the States (a/k/a American Civil War) as an example of ‘how to win’ which they followed, but I can’t see much connection with America’s treatment of the Mexicans. Indeed, I’m sure that the United States would be greatly gratified if Mexico would prosper since it would certainly relieve this country of the burden of so many Mexicans who apparently cannot find sufficient prosperity to survive in their OWN country and therefore flee north to become a burden on the American tax payer.

    Frankly, if we treated the Mexicans as the gentleman alleges, one has to doubt that many would survive to swell the huge numbers of illegals that presently afflict the United States, publicly flying the Mexican flag OVER the American flag (and the American flag upside-down!) and demanding all the benefits of citizenship without BEING citizens (as well, of course, as the ‘return’ of territory ‘won’ in the war between Mexico and the United States in the 19th Century).

    For those Americans on the front lines of this invasion, I would bet that they would appreciate if not exactly a ‘Nazi’ response, at least SOME kind of military response from the United States to turn back this ever growing horde which threatens to destabilize our culture and our political system before it is too late. However, given our current political climate, it might ALREADY be too late.

    Comment by Valerie Protopapas — June 1, 2007 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  2. There have been some pretty significant connections made between Nazism and the American eugenics movement. The word “inspire” is troublesome, in my opinion, but I think it’s safe to say that the Nazis “learned” from America.

    Comment by Matt — June 2, 2007 @ 12:29 am | Reply


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