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May 4, 2017

Hitlersplain — your new word for the day

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:42 am

I found your new word for today in this news article: https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/5/4/15538798/holocaust-american-memory-trump-spicer-history

This quote is from the news article:

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During the opening months of the first Gulf War in 1990, President George H.W. Bush asserted that Saddam Hussein had used human shields on strategic targets, a kind of “brutality that I don’t believe Adolf Hitler ever participated in.” Five years later, New York City Congress member Charles Rangel equated Republicans’ social policies toward minorities with the treatment of Jews under Hitler, and his fellow representative, Major Owens, declared Republicans “worse than Hitler.”

The impulse to Hitlersplain existed across much of the 20th century, starting as far back as Rep. John Robison of Kentucky, who claimed that FDR’s New Deal “treated our citizens worse than Hitler treated the Jews in Germany.” Posted into the congressional debate record in 1939, Robison’s indictment predated the Holocaust itself — not that that made the argument any less foolish.

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The news article also mentions General Eisenhower’s visit to the Ohrdruf camp. I wrote about the Ohrdruf camp on my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Ohrdruf/index.html

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That April, Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower paid a visit to the camp at Ohrdruf, Germany, afterwards cabling to his superior, General George C. Marshall, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, that he wanted “to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.'” He called for a contingent of press and elected representatives to visit the same month, and these accounts formed the core of the first chapter in postwar American interpretation of the Holocaust.

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2 Comments »

  1. Just after I put up this blog post, I asked siri on my cell phone to find “Hitlersplain” but it could not be found. A few minutes later, siri was able to find Hitlersplain. This new word has been added to the English dictionary online.

    Comment by furtherglory — May 4, 2017 @ 10:50 am

    • Furtherglory wrote: “Hitlersplain — your new word for the day”

      Does the word “Hitlersplain” mean “to explain things through reductio ad Hitlerum ‘arguments’?” Have I got it right?

      Comment by hermie — May 5, 2017 @ 7:24 am


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