"All you need is love"
"my fatherland in sore distress
shall hate its foes unto their death "
-Julius Bab, a Jewish theater critic who wrote war poetry during the first world war on behalf of Germany
some of that poetry was sang by the Hitler youth during the second world war.
"Lieutenant Hugo Gutmann , a Jewish regimental adjutant went to considerable lengths to secure Adolf Hitler an Iron cross for bravery in the line of action .
The divisional commander doubted that Hitler deserved it . Gutmann finally convinced him and personally affixed the medal to Hitler's chest."
"The pity of it all-a portrait of the German Jewish epoch
1743- 1933" by Amos Elon.
www.Haaretz.com Israeli daily newspaper brings to the attention of the readers this morning the topic of Hitler's hate of the Jews.
If only we could understand the great mystery of why Hitler hated the Jews we could understand why six million Jews were murdered, millions lost their homes and property .
What is the reason for anyone to hate anyone else '?
The simplistic way of explaining hate is that someone has done something
to cause that hate.
Haaretz repeats an incident about Hitler's mother having been treated by a Jewish doctor who could not save her life.
so did Adolf Hitler having had his mother treated unsuccessfully by a Jewish doctor began to generalize that hate towards all the people who were Jewish too ?
If we assume that there is a reason for hate based on race or religion
or creed than of course we search for a time or place when an incident
occured with a person of that race, religion or creed that causes the
person to hate but hate is never rational.
Love and hate have this in common : you can not fully explain it in rational
terms and that is where poetry steps in the case of love and in the case of hate history.
Why does one person love another person ?
yes, you can enlist psycho analysis and trace back the roots of love
to the family and to the parent of the opposite sex , you can go over
the history of the family , you can go over the personality of the person
with a fine toothcomb and yet you can never really explain love
and why it chooses to appear and unfold within a particular person
at a particular time
it is a need , it has a rational base, but too often there is more unexplained
The human soul as an iceberg metaphor given by Sigmund Freud only
exposes a small part of it on the surface while most of the human soul
remains hidden beneath the surface in the world of the subconscious
dreams, family history, culture , all of that blend into one large mystery
which is the human soul .
Why did Hitler hate the Jews?
was it because a Jewish shop keeper failed to give him back the right change ?
was it because Hitler was the illegitimate son of a Jewish man whom his mother had worked for as a servent?a Rothschild no less...
was it because a Jewish art critic had given an unfavorable opinion of
All attempts to explain why a nation proud of being a world leader in culture that had a large percentage of Jewish artists and scientists should decide one fine day to expell its Jewish citizens and take their possessions and murder them and all the Jews throughout Europe is something no one can fully explain.
Amos Elon , the historian, tries to trace back the hate of Jews back throughout modern history.
What stands out according to the very thorough study Amos Elon had conducted was that German Jews were in the best position of all Jews in Europe.
In Russia ran by the Czar Jews were treated as subhuman and were the target of pogroms and used cynically to distract the masses from the financial abuse of the Czar the starving masses
Many Jews throughout Europe and probobly the middle east too became speakers for human rights and for progressive thought and action
is that why Jews were hated ?
I would suggest that Hitler had hated the Jews less than he had known this would move the masses to act since hate is a strong powerful force.
The swiss right wing party the SVP currently places posters throughout my small little town showing black boots marching and calling to stop the immigration and calling to stop foreigners from taking over the father land
What has changed in the years since world war two ?
It is very interesting that Hitler's mother was treated by a Jewish doctor who did not take payment because she could not afford it
It is interesting that Hitler had hated the Jews despite the fact that his mother was treated kindly by a jewish doctor though some may claim he had blamed his mother's death on the Jewish doctor but surely all those masses throughout europe had not murdered Jews because they had an unpleasant encounter with a Jew?
Hate and racism are without a rational reason but they are very easy to use in order to unite the masses .
A common hate of the enemy is perhaps a better cement than that of love.
What makes human beings seek to be part of a group that forgets to think
individually and thinks collectively?
What makes people unite and forget to think for themselves?
I would offer stupidity as an answer but it is beyond that
hate has to be taught
The Dali Lama in contrast did not teach to hate the chinese who conquered Tibet and slaughtered brutually a million Tibetians sending them to exile and destroying their sacred temples
Not to hate is the best answer to hate
Not to give back hate and hostility is the best way to live a good life and to ensure you use your life force the best way you can to live the best life you can.
Hate pollutes and ultimately destroys the very person who hates.
Germany went from being the leader of western civilization and a proud nation to having not only lost the war but dignity and its moral navigation system not to mention millions of Germans killed in the battle field and millions more deeply traumatised by the war and ashamed and humilated in the deeds of their fathers.
When i look at Israel today i know that the reason that Israel has become such a success story in such a short time, since 1948 when it became a state Israel has been able to take in refugees and rehabilitate them, give the homelss a home, take in millions of Jews that had been thrown out of their homes in Europe and in Arab lands and to give them once again dignity and a reason to live is because Israel never placed focus on hate
The Palestinians who have also been given much financial aid from the European union and much political support throughout Europe and the USA the Palestinians have not succeeded in using their rule over their land , Gaza , to build a school of love for their nation, where children can learn to find new dignity in having their own land.
The Palestinians rather than take responsibility and rehabilitate their scattered masses have united the masses in hating a common enemy, Israel shooting rockets, sending terrorists over the border to shoot at Israelis and using all their power to promote hate.
History seems to indicate that hate is always a recipie for failure without questioning the reason for hate, and there is always a reason for hating someone, the better question may be,
how do i want to live my life ?
How can i live the best life i can and to make the most out of my life's circumstances?
Israel will only win as long as it continues to focus on building and on contributing to the world in art and science and in love.
Love is the only way to live
The question is not why Hitler hated the jews , the question is why people dont learn to love but insist on learning to hate?
Is it easier to learn to hate than it is to learn to love?
I am not sure but i think there are too many teachers of hate, history has a long long record of those leaders who have used hate to unite people and to lead them to war but very few leaders who had led their nations in love.
I myself struggle sometimes with the question
how do i learn to love more than to hate ?
surround yourself with good teachers
surround yourself with good books and writing and movies about
learn to love
live in love
I will try
and i will try to love the right questions, to quote the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in "letters to a young poet" where he advices a struggling poet to learn to love the questions
but i add, yes, but learn to love the RIGHT questions which will teach you to
learn to love your life!