Thursday, April 17, 2014

Heil Brandenburg

John Derbyshire:
Reviewing a book about eugenics for VDARE.com brought home to me again what a colossal influence on our intellectual culture the Nazis were. What would our public conversation on human-nature topics—race, genetics, the Jews—be like if the Nazis had never existed? Way different, for sure.
What, indeed, would a non-German conversation on Germany be like? The observation provides a nice segue for what I saw when the family was strolling through a local bookstore the other day:


 
In the history section the two shelves labelled "Germany" had between them a single book that was on a subject not directly related to Germany's involvement in the second great war and/or the role the Nazi party played in getting it there.

Thomas Sowell deals with this in a chapter in Black Rednecks and White Liberals. If someone of European descent were to argue as much he'd no doubt be betraying his Nazi sympathies in the process, much as Pat Buchanan has in questioning the wisdom of American involvement in WWII!

7 comments:

Jokah Macpherson said...

I wonder if part of the lack of German history books without a Hitler/WWII context is due to the fact that Germany doesn't have much history as a nation-state. It wasn't unified until late 19th century and then it spent another several decades divided in two after WWII.

This is not to say that the Frederick the Greats and Bachs and Gausses (and Riemanns, about whom the Derb has written) weren't huge history makers but they didn't do so within something we'd recognize as the modern Germany.

John Derbyshire said...

For wannabe Germanophiles: Gordon Craig's book is good. I had high hopes of Watson's, but found it a bit of a disappointment. The Penguin Book of German Verse is excellent.

szopeno said...

Being Polish, I am certainly glad of US involvement in US, no matter whether it was wise or not.

szopeno said...

involvement __IN WWII__, dammit. Damn typos.

SFG said...

While I actually do think the Jewish-dominated publishing industry is eager to revenge themselves on their old tormentors, also remember that evil is sexy and that if it bleeds, it leads.

Of course, the same could be said about Communism...

Peter Akuleyev said...

"Germania: A Personal History" by Simon Winder is pretty good if you want a light overview. Veers toward British condescension at times, but the author truly loves German culture.

Jack Burton said...

Let's also not forget how different the US would be if not for the German contribution to the white American gene pool, being the largest. We might be more like Canada or Australia if not, what a horrible thought.