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Left, Nazis stand before a mass grave of victims of the Jewish Holocaust; right: U.S. soldiers pose for a picture near a mass grave of dead Lakotas following the Wounded Knee Massacre of December 29, 1890.

Ugly Precursor to Auschwitz: Hitler Said to Have Been Inspired by U.S. Indian Reservation System

Simon Moya-Smith
1/27/15

It was 70 years ago today that the imprisoned and starved and viciously battered victims of Hitler and his Nazi thugs were liberated by Soviet troops.

Hitler – the coward, who’d later commit suicide rather than face the music – was incontrovertibly one of the world’s most brutal and bloodthirsty bastards to ever walk the globe.

Yet, little is it known that he was also a plagiarizer.

The idea of a prison camp – specifically Auschwitz, in Oświęcim, Poland – where Hitler's soldiers would shoot, hang, poison, mutilate and starve men, women and children en mass was not an idea Hitler, the bigot, came up with on his own. In fact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer John Toland wrote that Hitler was inspired in part by the Indian reservation system – a creation of the United States.

“Hitler's concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history,” Toland wrote in his book, Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography. “He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America's extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.”

Now, of course, it is not in the best national interest of the U.S. to recognize such a realization as presented by Toland. As I’ve said time and again, you cannot be the greatest nation in the world if you’re guilty of genocide – and especially if your country’s policies were the inspiration that engineered one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

And, of course, the evidence is readily available to those who’d seek it that European settlers (i.e. invaders who would later divorce themselves from their motherland, renaming each other “Americans”) did, in fact, set into motion a detailed template – justifications (Divine Right), policies (Indian Removal), procedures (Wounded Knee) – for Hitler to follow.

Now, of course people are wont to argue that plague and disease killed Native Americans in great numbers, which is true – Native Americans did die in mass numbers as a result of European pestilences and our biological inability to fight off these foreign microbes. But that argument inherently ignores the well-documented extermination policies set forth by the United States.

In fact, President Thomas Jefferson himself famously said (well, famous throughout Native America) that the “(American Indian has) justified (their own) extermination.” And it was George Washington who thought the only way to kill Native Americans was to rage war on their crops.

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There are many similarities in the United State’s attempt to exterminate Native Americans and Hitler’s attempt to exterminate the Jews. Both groups were – and in many ways remain – dehumanized. Both are and were considered to be in the way of so-called progress. In the U.S., officials and citizens even coined it the “Indian problem,” and Hitler famously considered Jews exactly that, his problem, and he charged himself – much like President Andrew Jackson – with the responsibility of eliminating that problem.

Another similarity: there are the deniers of both genocides. In 2012, Colorado Republican State Senator Ellen Roberts would not support a resolution recognizing the genocide of Native Americans because, she said, Indians were not rendered extinct.

“When I look up the word ‘exterminate’ it is to destroy totally,” she argued. “And my problem with this resolution is I thank God that we have not destroyed totally the Native American people. And one of my challenges … is (the) wording; that is as if they are extinct, because they are not.”

The irony here is days prior she signed her name to two resolutions recognizing the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian genocide.

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Steven Spielberg, director of the Holocaust film “Schindler’s List,” said in a speech at an event yesterday that the Jewish people are once again threatened by “the perennial demons of intolerance,” Joanna Berendt of The New York Times reported. “People want to, all over again, strip you of your past, of your story and of your identity,” he said.

Spielberg's statement applies to Native Americans as well, who are now 1.7-percent of the total U.S. population (new estimates argue that the population of indigenous peoples in North American was as high as 123 million prior to European contact).

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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
People who share genocide have a marked relationship to each other that should be appreciated by the victims of such atrocities. I was quick to note that the Jewish Defense League as well as several Rabbis were outspoken on our behalf when it came to the R*dskins debacle. ____________________________________________________________ Man's inhumanity to man is never more apparent than during a genocide. Take into consideration the MILLIONS of total lives lost here in North America in the 1800s, in Europe during WWII, with the Armenians, the Romani, the Cambodians to the Khmer Rouge, the Muslims in Bosnia, the Tutsis in Rwanda and the Palestinians in Israel and even now ISIS in Syria and Iraq as well as all the unknown systematic killings that went on in ancient history or that are unknown to historians. ___________________________________________________________ The people WHO DO NOT speak out against such atrocities are nearly as guilty as those to willingly turn a blind eye. As the old meme goes, say nothing long enough and they'll eventually come for YOU!

Ergun Kirlikovali
Ergun Kirlikovali
Submitted by Ergun Kirlikovali on
THE ALLEGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IS A DISCREDITED POLITICAL CLAIM While the Jewish Holocaust is a court-proven, factual genocide, there is no court verdict for the Armenian claims. Holocaust is supported by a competent tribunal, Nuremberg; where is the Armenians' Nuremberg? To call 1915 a genocide would be to equate much-discredited Armenian narrative to factual Jewish experience. It would be an insult to the silent memory of six million Jews who were killed just for being Jews. Whereas Armenians resorted to terrorism (1862-1922,) revolts (1882-1920,) and treason (1878-1920) and caused 519,000 Turks and other Muslims to meet their tragic ends at the hands of Armenian revolutionaries. Jews did not do any of those heinous acts in 1930s or 1940s. So how can any one measure the two events by the same yardstick: genocide ? That is why the UN, the US, the UK, Australia, Israel, Sweden and many other countries do not accept the use of the term genocide to describe the Turkish-Armenian conflict. It is a good thing that international laws do not operate based on oral history, Armenian memorials, or other such PR-gimmicks. The landmark decision of the highest court in Europe, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dated Dec 17, 2013 on Perincek vs Switzerland supports this view. Convicting Switzerland for violating Turks' rights to free speech and expression, the European court decision was based on facts and solid reasoning. ECHR correctly stated that “[t]he existence of a ‘genocide’, which was a precisely defined legal concept, was not easy to prove… (ECHR) doubted that there could be a general consensus… given that historical research was, by definition, open to discussion and a matter of debate, without necessarily giving rise to final conclusions or to the assertion of objective and absolute truths”. Thus, the ECHR created a legal precedent of inadmissibility of any comparison between the court-proven Jewish Holocaust and the discredited Armenian political claims, as the latter lacks what the former clearly has: concrete historical facts, clear legal basis, and existence of the “acts had been found by an international court to be clearly established”. In case one needs to be reminded, one can simply look at this simple photo at http://www.ethocide.com/ which single-handed refutes the entire Armenian narrative. Do these people in the photo look like “poor, starving, unarmed, helpless Armenians?" This photo is the tiny needle that bursts the “genocide balloon." Taken in 1906—nine years before 1915--it depicts cadets in full uniform at an Armenian Military Academy in Bulgaria. The Armenian cadets are arrogantly posing while brandishing their Russian-made MOSIN rifles. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation used these weapons since 1893 in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus, murdering Muslim, mostly Turkish, civilians. Let the historical facts speak for themselves: 1914 : "……Armenian nationalist movement had blossomed since the turn of the (20th) century, armed and encouraged by the Russian, and several minor coups were repressed by the YOUNG TURK government before 1914. Denied the right to a national congress in October 1914, moderate Armenian politicians fled to BULGARIA, but extreme nationalists crossed the border to form a rebel division with Russian equipment. It invaded in December an slaughtered an estimated 120,000 non-Armenians while the TURKISH ARMY was preoccupied with mobilization and the CAUCASIAN FRONT OFFENSIVE TWOARD SARIKAMISH…" Source: The Macmillan Dictionary of The First World War, Stephen Pope & Elizabeth-Anne Wheal, Macmillan Reference Books, London, 1997, ISBN 0 333 68909 7 (and 2003, ISBN 0 85052 979-4,) page 34. 1923 : "…In some towns containing ten Armenian houses and thirty Turkish houses, it was reported that 40,000 people were killed, about 10,000 women were taken to the harem, and thousands of children left destitute; and the city university destroyed, and the bishop killed. It is a well- known fact that even in the last war the native Christians, despite the Turkish cautions, armed themselves and fought on the side of the Allies. In these conflicts, they were not idle, but they were well supplied with artillery, machine guns and inflicted heavy losses on their enemies…." Source: Lamsa, George M., a missionary well known for his research on Christianity, The Secret of the Near East, The Ideal Press, Philadelphia 1923, p 133 1928 : “...Few Americans who mourn, and justly, the miseries of the Armenians, are aware that till the rise of nationalistic ambitions, beginning with the 'seventies, the Armenians were the favored portion of the population of Turkey, or that in the Great War, they traitorously turned Turkish cities over to the Russian invader; that they boasted of having raised an Army of one hundred and fifty thousand men to fight a civil war, and that they burned at least a hundred Turkish villages and exterminated their population...” Source: John Dewey, The New Republic, 12 November 1928 1976 : “… The deafening drumbeat of the propaganda, and the sheer lack of sophistication in argument which comes from preaching decade after decade to a convinced and emotionally committed audience, are the major handicaps of Armenian historiography of the diaspora today…” Source: Dr. Gwynne Dyer, a London-based independent journalist, 1976 Peace.

Genie Smith
Genie Smith
Submitted by Genie Smith on
Now more than ever I wish I knew my native ancestry. Anyone in my family who would know is dead, so I am left with a giant hole in my heart because I don't like the white side of me much anymore.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
To Genie: It's okay. It's oftentimes good enough to know you care. Besides, I've known a LOT of NDNs who don't care at all. I'm almost positive most of THEM are R*dskins fans.

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Submitted by ElctrcRngr on
I have often wondered over the years why the attempted extermination of Native Americans isn't deplored the world over in the same way we deplore the extermination of Jewish people in the 1930s and 40s. It was just as systematic and evil as anything Hitler ever came up with. As with Auschwitz, the world must never forget

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Submitted by ElctrcRngr on
Senator Roberts statement merely reflects the deliberate ignorance of our nations leaders. To deny that Europeans exterminated our culture and way of life simply because there are a few of us left is to deliberately don blinders of denial

Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
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(TO Ergun Kirlikovali): you said, " THE ALLEGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IS A DISCREDITED POLITICAL CLAIM While the Jewish Holocaust is a court-proven, factual genocide, there is no court verdict for the Armenian claims. ____________________________________________________________ You spent a lot of time and trouble trying to discredit the Armenian genocide in favor of the Jewish Holocaust. The Native American genocide was never "proven" or admitted in a court of law. Are you suggesting it didn't happen because of that?

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Submitted by RustyJones on
Interesting historical note - Hitler's comment about the Armenian genocide is often noted (and with respect to that comment below -um, yes, it happened) but this is new to me.

Al Anna
Al Anna
Submitted by Al Anna on
(TO Ergun Kirlikovali): I ask then, regarding your quote, " THE ALLEGED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IS A DISCREDITED POLITICAL CLAIM While the Jewish Holocaust is a court-proven, factual genocide, there is no court verdict for the Armenian." Then why was the Armenian genocide recognized by Senator Ellen Roberts who "signed her name to two resolutions recognizing the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian genocide."

Margaret McKinley
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Forgive me, and my nieces are 85% native, but it is my understanding that the nickname REDSKINS was given the team in honor of their longstanding and game winning coach who was Native American.....the nickname was a deliberate honor because of their love and admiration for so great a coach. Stop playing in to all this political correctness that is destroying this country. Now, unfortunately, I am also related to good ol' Andrew Jackson, who was responsible for the Trail of Tears....what a terrible legacy.....but, if my niece, who is visited sometimes by occupants of the "other side", is correct, he wound up in hell because of his extremely poor decision to sign off on that travesty. Remember, there will always be an accounting as to how we have lived our lives on this earth, and if we have never acknowledged our wrongdoing, and never repented and changed our lives, no matter WHO we were in this life, we could certainly join him......an opposite side of that coin is forgiving the wrongdoing of others no matter what they've done.....cruelty to man is HISTORICALLY a condition of mankind, centuries old, only the names have been changed......or the country.....or the continent.....what matters most is where you wind up at the end of your life......and if you wind up in HELL for the rest of your existence, was it worth it, all the evil you chose to do ? forgive, pray, and don't worry......evil brings upon itself an eternity of suffering far greater than all the deaths caused by others on the face of this earth rolled into one......are YOU willing to incur that kind of suffering for YOURSELF by the way you are living ? choose wisely. there ARE NO 72 "vestal virgins" awaiting evildoers......only suffering beyond our wildest imaginations......and for ETERNITY. choose wisely.

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@Margaret McKinley. Your understanding of how the R word came to describe the Washington football team is wrong. It will not take you much research to turn up the falsity of that excuse thrown up to justify a racial epithet, but if you do it you will be more likely to internalize the result than if I do it for you. I am not clear why you appear to say that the ubiquity of evil excuses any particular evil? How does this scan logically? Help me out here. I gather you would agree with Stalin and Churchill that the Nuremberg Tribunal was a waste of time and money. We should have simply hanged the Nazis because we won the war and no moral judgment attached to the Shoah. Your history challenges continue with misuse of "Vestal Virgins," who were in the real world a group of women who offered their chastity to the goddess Vesta in a certain time and place that seems to have escaped your notice. I expect it's also escaped your notice that the idea of "Hell" is believed by a tiny minority of human beings. Jews don't buy it, some Christians don't buy it, and most of humanity does not buy it. Belief without evidence is your privilege, but assuming others are riding your fantasy bus discredits an argument already shown to be lacking in historical basis or logic.

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Submitted by odestiny on
Nine months of comments on this article, mostly about other topics. If you really care about indigenous genocide you can battle it in South America among other places. It's happening in our time and we won't be able to claim we don't know about it. Check out Survival International to learn more. And "Judge" Russell while you're trying to sound intelligent in your Christophobic remarks, it's more like a grasshopper on the railroad tracks who has doesn't believe in trains because he's never seen one. Belief without evidence? Ask your physics buddy what percentage of the population believes in String theory, M-theory, or has even heard of a multi-dimensional universe. Maybe you're riding THAT fantasy bus, although it appears you're the center of your own universe. Either way, the great amount of time you spend Christian bashing on the web really discredits any credibility you have as far as "logic" is concerned.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
To odestiny: I don't see where Mr. Russell bashed Christians in his reply, but maybe you've read something I haven't seen. In my (not so humble) opinion Christians deserve a little bashing. On 9/11 Muslim extremists killed nearly 3,000 Americans and we're told, "never forget." Since 1492 White, Christians have killed over 100 million Natives and we're told, "get over it."

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To Margaret McKinley: You really SHOULD learn your history before you shoot off your mouth: In fact, William Henry Dietz was born in 1884 in the village of Rice Lake, Wis., to white parents, according to his birth certificate and census records. And he would later put down Rice Lake as his birthplace on his marriage certificate (although he also listed Julia One Star as his mother). Dietz’s father, W.W. Dietz, was the county sheriff. Both Dietz and his wife, Leanna, were of German heritage. Townsfolk considered Lone Star’s claims to be “quite a joke,” as an investigative report in the draft-evasion case put it. “He was born here and has no Indian blood in him,” one of Leanna’s sisters said. According to newspaper accounts at the time and his own court testimony, he finished schooling in Rice Lake — where the dark-haired Dietz later said classmates mocked him for looking like an Indian — and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1902-03. He studied art and played football. He stood just under 6 feet tall and was solidly built, about 175 pounds. _________________________________________________________ So there you have it - it has NOTHING to do with being "politically correct," but EVERYTHING to do with cultural appropriation, White privilege and the disrespect Americans have consistently shown Native people.

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Submitted by turbojesus on
"voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don't look like us or pray like us or vote like we do or share the same background.” Obama can be added to the list of offensive president quotations about native americans. Of course nobody brought this up during the state of the union.

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@odestiny I have no beef with Christianity in the abstract that I don't have with any monotheism. The idea seems to me absurd. I'm sure you know the literature and the response that breaking out of the logical paradox requires faith. I do not object to that if it floats your boat but it does not float mine and once you pitch logic overboard in that manner your recourse to science becomes suspect...unless you think the scientific method also requires faith. Now, I've already said I'm sure you know that whole forests have died to make the books addressing the monotheism paradox but persons are seeing this argument besides me and thee, so it's in their interests that I spell it out. There cannot be one Invisible Friend who is both all-good and all-powerful because if that were so then evil could not exist. Since evil does exist, it either had to be put there by the self-same Invisible Friend who is therefore not all-good or It had to be unable to prevent evil in which case It is not all-powerful. Nobody with any sense would deny the spirit world, but the most profound thing that's ever been said to me by my elders was to always remember that the spirit world takes care of its own business. Therefore, there is no need to kill in service to the spirit world. Jews killing for their Invisible Friend? See the Torah, AKA the Old Testament. Men, women, children, and farm animals wiped out by Divine Mandate. Christians killing for their Invisible Friend? Leaving aside the American Indian genocide, that just ended, we might hope, with the peace President Clinton brokered in Ireland--I personally did not think it would hold, but it has. Muslims killing for their Invisible Friend--do you read the news? Such is the way of monotheistic patriarchal desert cults. See the First Commandment for why monotheism is violent. Patriarchy valorizes violence. Desert cults contest violently over limited resources. That is a perfect storm for creating belief systems that set out to dominate all other belief systems. I try not to have any truck with monotheistic patriarchal desert cults unless they interfere with me. Then I find the best defense to be ridicule, not violence.
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