Adolf Hitler And Hitler 's Position Against Anti Semitism Essay

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Essay Four No serious thinker has done more harm to the Jewish people than Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings were an important inspiration for Adolf Hitler and Nazism. Yet, far from being an anti-Semite, Nietzsche was one of the most pro-Jewish German writers of his time. How can this paradox be explained? While in the second and third essay of On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche’s position against anti-Semitism seems to be clear, comments within the first essay can easily be misconstrued as anti-Semitic. In light of all he writes in his On the Genealogy of Morals, the Nazis were wrong to regard him as one of their own… ADD WHY In the second essay of On the Genealogy of Morals entitled “‘Guilt,’ ‘Bad Conscience,’ and the Like,” Nietzsche’s solidifies his opinions on anti-Semites. In section 11 Nietzsche repudiate attempts to find the origin of justice under the pretense of resentment. He writes, “Let me whisper a word in the ear of the psychologists, if they would fain study revenge itself at close quarters: this plant blooms its prettiest at present among Anarchists and anti-Semites, a hidden flower, as it has ever been, like the violet though, forsooth, with another perfume” (2.11). Nietzsche continues further in saying, “it will not be a matter for surprise that it is just in such circles that we see the birth of endeavors, to sanctify revenge under the name of justice, and thus with the rehabilitation of revenge to reinstate generally and collectively all the…

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