Hitlers Supermen

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Hitlers Supermen

Postby Andyb » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:40 pm

Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party believed in the concept of "The definite race".
This ideology determined that the Aryan race, namely the descendants of Northern Europe, mostly Germans, represented the 'pure race'. The ideal example are the so-called "Übermensch", or super-men.
All those who did not meet the parameters were considered "Untermensch" or if translated - "inferior". In this post i'll discuss the high stakes that Hitler put on the Übermensch.

Crafting the "Master Race"
The notion of the Master Race originated from 19th century racial theory, which posited that there is a hierarchy of races, and that cultures degenerate when distinct races mix. The bottom of this hierarchy included dark-skinned indigenous peoples, such as Aboriginal Australians and Native Africans. The Nazi’s considered darker-skinned people to be mentally and physically inferior to the European races. The middle of the hierarchy belonged to Southern Europeans (Spanish, French, Portuguese, & Italians). These Europeans, with their dark hair and olive skin, were considered to be only partially-tainted by mixing with the Untermenschen. The top of the hierarchy was reserved for the Aryan races (Germans, Swedes, Icelanders, Norwegians, Danes, English, & Dutch). The figure of the Übermensch, with his blonde hair and blue eyes, was a member of the superior race which was intended to rule the earth during the Nazis’ so-called “Thousand Year Reich”.


Propaganda warning of the growing population threat of the Untermensch.

To ensure the genetic purity of his country, Hitler implemented selective human breeding through the racial pseudo-science of eugenics. Mixed-marriages between an Aryan and a member of a “lesser race” were forbidden, and the Nazis forcibly sterilized hundreds of thousands of people whom they viewed as mentally or physically unfit. Many of these policies are generally seen as being related to what eventually became known as the Holocaust.


An ideal Aryan family, ca. 1942.

In 1932 Hitler implemented the Lebensborn program, which sought to be the literal “spring of life” for the Master Race. He created breeding facilities in which Aryan women were recruited to be impregnated by S.S. soldiers. A male German seeking admission into the program had to prove that he was in perfect physical condition, and that he was “racially pure” as far back as 1750. Before the program ended in 1944, the Lebensborn produced more than 42,000 babies.

The Germans also captured Aryan women and children from the surrounding conquered countries. From Poland, alone, they kidnapped 200,000 blond-haired, blue-eyed children.


Hitler awarding the Hünenkreuz to a model Übermensch, ca. 1942.


Adolph Hitler posing with an officer of the Lebensborn, ca. 1941

Hitler’s definition of genetic superiority did not stop with blonde hair and blue eyes. The value that Hitler placed on physical power led him to favor Aryan men with the strongest physiques and the tallest statures. Near the end of the Lebensborn program, Hitler set requirements that new male applicants be at least 6 ft. tall. Hitler regarded individuals who were 6 ft. 6 in. and taller as being the highest creed of Übermensch, the so-called “Hünenmensch”. He considered men of this stature to be the closest relatives of the original Germanic warrior tribes, from which the Aryan peoples are said to have descended. Being 6 ft. 6 in. entitled a Nazi soldier a special medal of honor, called the Hünenkreuz, and an instant promotion to the status of S.S. officer.

Individuals who were unusually tall due to gigantism were not recognized as being Hünenmenschen by the government of the Third Reich. Because the abnormal height of a giant is the result of a defective pituitary gland, these individuals were deemed Untermenschen. Sterilization was, more often than not, their reward.


Nazi S.S. officers sharing a laugh with a Hünenmensch at Auschwitz, ca. 1943.

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Re: Hitlers Supermen

Postby Dave_Holden » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:05 pm

All very disturbing indeed - not pleasent reading.

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Re: Hitlers Supermen

Postby Andyb » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:45 pm

I agree Dave and it was only 70 years ago , It does make you wonder what the world would be like today if Germany had won the war .

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Re: Hitlers Supermen

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:41 am

Much has been said and written about Nazi Germany's ethnic cleansing often referred to as the Holocaust. Not so much about the other method of 'improving' the existing Ayrian 'stock'. Very informative thread. Thanks Andy for taking the time to touch on this terrible period in world history. It's stuff like this that makes collecting Third Reich items of the period for us so difficult for many to understand. Regards Mark

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