John Toland on #462 Adolf Hilter

by Gary Noel

Last week, I was asked some questions regarding my comments about Hitler and . I was asked if I was arguing that Hitler was a humane mass murderer.

I never said those words. In fact, I put “humanely” in quotes to emphasize the absurdity of genocide being benevolent.  For the June 1995 issue of American Astrology, I wrote an article about Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II. On page 36 I ended the article with this sentence:

“For Audie Murphy and the millions of other Americans who risked life and limb to conquer Hitler’s ugly Nazi dream, we remain a grateful nation.” Does that sound like sympathy for Hitler?

I was asked for a dated source regarding Himmler’s approach to murdering the Jews. My source for all the things I mentioned about Hitler is the 1976 biography of Adolf Hitler by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland.

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The following paragraph is from page 703 of the Hardback copy.

“The decision taken, the Führer made it known to those entrusted with the Final Solution that the killings should be done as humanely as possible. This was in line with his conviction that he was observing God’s injunction to cleanse the world of vermin. Still a member in good standing with the Church of Rome despite detestation of its hierarchy (“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so”), he carried within him its teaching that the Jew was the killer of God.

The extermination, therefore, could be done without a twinge of conscience since he was merely acting as the avenging hand of God—so long as it was done impersonally, without cruelty.

Himmler was pleased to murder with mercy. He ordered technical experts to devise gas chambers which would eliminate masses of Jews efficiently and ‘humanely,’ then crowded the victims into boxcars and sent them east to stay in ghettos until the killing centers in Poland were completed.”


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The following is from page 676:

“Heydrich’s most awkward problem was coping with the psychological effects of the exterminators. Some enlisted men had nervous breakdowns or took to drinking, and a number of the officers suffered from serious stomach and intestinal ailments. Others took to their task with excess enthusiasm and sadistically beat the prisoners in violation of Himmler’s order to exterminate as humanely as possible.”

Adolf Hilter’s chart is here. 800px-Audie_Murphy_grave_-_Arlington_National_Cemetery_-_2011.JPGFor other articles on Hilter click on the hashtag #Adolf Hilter

Neither Mr. Toland or Infantrymen Murphy’s charts have been rectified.