Nazi Germany Unfairly Demonized?

by Victoria Malcolm Story — Feb 28, 2014

Daily Express: 'Judea Declares War On Germany'. Click to enlarge

Heinz Weichardt’s 28-page booklet, Under Two Flags is so much at variance with conventional accounts of pre-WWII Germany as to elicit instant ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the reader.

Living in Berlin from 1929-1938, the son of a Jewish newspaper editor, Weichardt had every reason to hate the Nazis. Even though his own mother was a Gentile, the Nazis prevented him from serving in the military and marrying the Ayran girl he loved because of his Jewish father.
The first part of his booklet sets some of the historical context including his remarks upon WWI and the notorious Versailles Treaty and the second discusses his experiences living as an ‘enemy alien’ in the U.S.  He concludes with some remarks upon what he sees as dubious calculations regarding the number of holocaust victims.
Of particular interest are Weichardt’s experiences living under the Nuremberg Laws.  He describes a couple of run-ins with the authorities, including one that involved an inspection of his gun collection, including ammunition, without confiscation.  He also reveals that he and his Jewish mother were allowed to vote in elections and even as ‘non-Aryans’ were given the protection of the state, if not all the privileges of full-citizenship.
Weichardt heaps scorn upon other world leaders of the day noting their often, less-than-honorable dealings with Hitler and Germany.  He mentions a League of Nations conference held amongst thirty-three countries at Lake Geneva in 1938 and observes with sarcasm how, despite their criticism of Germany’s racial policies, not one of them would alter their laws to facilitate the immigration of Germany’s remaining 300,000 Jewish population.


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