[Another one from those 104 drafts :)]
Hitler was never unpopular in India because he was considered the ‘Enemy’s Enemy’, i.e. Britain’s enemy. School principals or strict teachers in India are nick named Hitler all the time. All we knew during our school years was that he was a dictator.We were ignorant. Unlike now, Indian schools did not teach European History we never learnt much about exactly what Hitler did. Hitler’s Cross Restaurant in Mumbai is an example of our ignorance, not malice.
CBSE syllabus has changed recently and WW I and WW II have been included. Thank God! Why do I care whether we study Hitler or not? Because the biggest benefit of studying history is to learn from the mistakes our ancestors made.
Here’s a video that shows what the allied soldiers found when they reached one of the concentration camps. Holocast crimes were taken very seriously and even today you will not find any statues of Hitler anywhere there. India could learn this lesson from the West, human life and human rights are taken seriously over there.
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Do you know, there are many in India today who quote Gandhi one moment and next talk about Hitler as a role model, Raj Thakre and some History text books are two such examples. It’s sad because the guy they worship would have sent them to holocaust too. Hitler was strongly racial, he was against Romanians, Blacks, Slovakians, Gypsies, (we come in this category, for Hitler, no matter how much ‘fair & lovely’ we apply), homosexuals, physically and mentally disabled and anyone who opposed him.
I also doubt the veracity of the sporting folklore that Hitler was so impressed by Dhyan Chand’s sorcery with the stick that he offered him an officer’s commission in the Wermacht.
1.Here’s a book that is not just about Jews but about a Polish woman (although I have provided a link I recommend don’t read it, it’s a spoiler), just read the book, called Sophie’s Choice. If you don’t wish to read the fat book, follow the link. The book was so disturbing it was banned from some libraries (Wikipedia), no banning is required they should just warn the readers. It isn’t physical cruelty but a choice the mother had to make that made me not just cry but for a while hate the book.
2.Night by Elie Weisel is a young boy’s story , about how he is afraid to help his father because he is afraid of the soldiers….read summary here. It’s a part of syllabus in many schools.
3.Anne Frank’s Diary – I think everybody has read this one. It’s like reading the teenager’s blog posts.
4. Boys from Brazil by –94 men must die, all around the same age, 59 if I remember correctly, all in similar jobs, living in many different countries all over Europe and America…all have young wives and sons around the same age. The sons are all light skinned, blue eyed, artistic, sensitive, very bright boys who are very close to their mothers…
What’s this book got to with Hitler? Well if you know enough about Hitler you should have guessed by now! If you don’t then the book will be a learning experience. It’s a thriller. Very engrossing.
5. Shadow Life – (Bought from Scholastic book fair, basically meant for kids) What happened to Anne Frank after they were discovered by the SS Guards? Read about ‘the final days of Anne and Margot, as well as other rarely seen details.’
Do add some more books and movies to the list.
I wish those who talk of Hitler’s achievements will talk of Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr, and John Lennon …