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Not amusing sorry   Leave a comment

So as a follow-up to this blog post, imgur posted a musing about Hitler, lifted from tumblr. And now I’m lifting it from the cycle will never stop

It reminds me of the picture I found, of Hitler giggling with some schoolgirls.

How evil was Hitler? How much of his evil is from his advisors, and how much came from him? I know he was twisted and horrible anti-semetic and xenophobic and anti-Slavic and etc. That came from him. The fascination with the military was not unique. The xenophobia was not unique. What evil was Hitler?

Enter the Nazis   3 comments

Hahaha, animation blog, what animation blog? Anyway I’m editing my paper on women in Nazi Germany, and I came across this sentence:

In propaganda, women’s faces light up and beam at the sight of Adolf Hitler.

My professor circled this sentence and then wrote illegibly next to it, so I’m assuming that I could probably spruce this section up a bit. I decided the best way to do that would be to show, not tell. In Triumph of the Will, there’s lot of fantastic images of women looking ecstatic meeting Adolf Hitler during his arrival procession through Nuremberg. I popped up Google and started doing a search for Adolf Hitler and a woman in Triumph of the Will. Just typing in “Adolf Hitler and a woman” called up “Adolf Hitler was a woman as the first search option.

Well curiosity got the better of me.





At first it was hilarious, but right around the fourth image I realized that it was actually sexist, and now I’m not sure how I feel. On one hand, making the leader of one of the world’s most horrific dictatorships look silly is hilarious. On the other hand, isn’t photoshopping him into stereotypical female clothing kind of insulting to females? The last two photos are from articles on Britain’s attempts to turn Hitler into a woman…for some reason. It’s so stupid. I feel kind of stupid for laughing at it.

Anyway I think I’ll put this picture in my paper.


All the crowd scenes from Triumph of the Will don’t have Hitler in them, and I don’t want an adoring crowd out-of-context. Otherwise I’d have to use a picture of Hitler and Leni Riefenstahl, who was part of the propaganda machine, or this picture:


Which is the sort of picture I was looking for, but it has that url on it and I don’t like that border.

Final Project: National Socialist Population Policy   Leave a comment


At the end of World War One, Germany was in bad shape. The so-called “Spirit of 1914” had been killed off by the time of the severe food shortages of 1916-1917’s “Turnip Winter,” and in November 1918-January 1919 the sailors and workers had a massive strike, and toppled the Kaiser. Germany had surrendered unconditionally to the Allied forces. Humiliated and near-starved, the Germans were forced to accept heavy disarmament, pay harsh reparations towards the victors, and cede several territories of German-speaking people to the Allies. The new German government, established in the town of Weimar, was considered weak and unable to cope with crisis.

Where a decade previously, a woman might stay home and raise three or four children, under these circumstances women entered the workforce sooner and stayed in the workforce, even after marriage. They had one or two children instead. In the years following World War One the population remained around the same level — a little over 60 million people.

When the Nazis rose to power in January-March of 1933, one of their strongest policies was population control. They wanted not only more Germans born, they wanted to ensure that it was the right Germans. They went about enforcing this policy three way: encouraging women to stay home and raise children; to separate the unwanted members of society, most notably the Jewish population; and to simply kill those they didn’t like.

Wordle: Hitler's Speech on Women

This is an excerpt of a speech given by Adolf Hitler, in which he gives his opinion on women’s involvement in politics, the military, and society. He expresses the view that a mother who properly educates her children does more for society than a working woman. The largest and therefore most-used word is obviously “woman”, followed by “want” and “children”. The word “mother” is smaller than I would have expected, while the word “work” is a lot larger. This implies that the speech focuses on the idea of motherhood as work.

Women and children cheering for Hitler in Triumph of the Will

The focus was to keep women in the home, not by making it difficult for her work outside the home, but to make it easy for her to stay at home. Women with children, whether married or not, received tax benefits and stipends from the government so she could focus on the children.

Movie Poster for "The Eternal Jew", an anti-Semitic Nazi Propaganda film made in 1940

But even while they worked to get true German children born and properly raised, they worked to get rid of the Jews, with their International Jewry and their outsider Jewishness. If you look at the first chart above, you can see how many Jews were actually in German society; their population amount is the blue line along the very bottom. About 12,000 Jewish men died for the German cause in World War One, and their overall population remained in the lower-mid 500,000s throughout the Weimar government years. Obviously they hoped to overwhelm true Germans through sheer numbers.

In the early years of Nazi campaigning, with their posters and through Adolf Hitler’s speeches, the Nazis made their anti-Semitic viewpoints clear. With Hitler’s appointment to Chancellorship in January 1933, 37,000 simply saw the writing on the wall and simply left.

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The Nazis first singled out the Jews in society. They claimed that all Jews had large noses and oddly-shaped left ears, so Jews had to keep their left ears exposed. They had to wear a yellow Star of David on the breast of all of their clothes, with the word JUDE stamped in the middle.

An original Star of David from that period

In September of 1935, the Nazis enacted a series of marriage laws, stipulating who could and could not marry each other. A person’s race was determined by their grandparents. If you had three or more Jewish grandparents, then you were Jewish. If you had two Jewish grandparents, you were half-Jewish. If you had one Jewish grandparent, you were full German, or Aryan, with a few clauses. If none of your grandparents were Jewish, you were full Germans and did not have to worry.

A full-blooded Aryan man could marry a full-blooded Aryan woman. If you were half-Jewish, you could only marry a full-blooded Aryan, and your marriage had to receive special dispensation from the state (if the woman was the half-Jew then there was less concern). If one of your grandparents was Jewish, then you could only marry a full-blooded Aryan with no Jewish ancestry, in the interest of ensuring that you assimilate fully into German society.

These laws also affected domestic workers. An Aryan woman under the age of 60 could not work in a Jewish household, and a Jewish woman could not find work in an Aryan household at all.

The Nazis also enacted a series of boycotts of Jewish stores and businesses in the early parts of the regime. These went either unnoticed by the general population, or caused more business for the Jewish businesses, as gentiles tried to show support for their Jewish neighbors. On August 9, 1938, a Jewish youth named Herschel Grynszpan assassinated a low-ranking German diplomat named Ernst von Rath. That night, Nazi Stormtroopers, dressed in civilian clothing, attacked Jewish businesses and synagogues all over greater Germany, breaking glass, looting, burning, and arresting any Jews or civilians who protested. They threw children out windows, and arrested business owners for the damage wrought to their own storefronts. The ferocity of the attacks became known as Kristallnacht, or Night of the Broken Glass. 30,000 Jews were arrested, most of them with some sort of prior record, even if the record was a simple traffic ticket.

On January 20, 1942, Nazi officials came up with their own Final Solution to the Jewish Question. They had already forced the remaining Jews to live in ghettos, walled off from the rest of the country. They had executed thousands of Jews already, leading them to the countryside, forcing them to dig pits, then having them strip completely naked and then turned machine guns on the prisoners. This did not have the effect they wanted; this was a huge waste of time and money, and it turns out that Jews, when forced to dig their own graves, strip naked, and face their own deaths, tend to look like miserable, starved human beings attempting to die with dignity, or just simply cried. Mothers would cradle their children, men would comfort their family, little old ladies would comfort the young ones.

And so the Nazis created death camps. They did not tell the Jews where they were going; they simply told the Jewish leaders that they were going away, and the Jews themselves decided that they were going to a forced labor camp, and told their fellow Jews to pack accordingly. The map above shows all of the concentration and execution camps in the immediate German area, as well as the famous Auschwitz-Birkenau near Krakow, Poland, and a camp in Belgium. Other than the camp in Belgium, you’ll notice that all of the camps are towards the eastern side of Germany. Eastern Germany had less people overall, and was a more rural, agricultural area. There were certainly towns and people living near these facilities, but the fact that these camps were kept away from most of the population of Germany certainly tells a story on its own.

Healthy Family -- Healthy Children!

Jews were certainly the largest population persecuted by the Nazis, but there were others in the 6,000,000 eventually executed. Political prisoners made up a large population of the prisons. Gypsies, or Roma, were round up and executed, around 250,000 in all. It’s difficult to say how much of an effect this had on the overall Roma population, as their nomadic lifestyle prevented a true census from taking place. Around 50,000 homosexual males were also executed. Because they refused to have sex with a woman, they could not be fathers, and therefore had no place in Nazi society. Homosexual women were not persecuted, as they were still capable of bearing children and raising them.

Were the Nazis successful in their attempts to control the population? Yes. Starting from Hitler’s rise to power in January 1933, to the start of the Soviet counter-invasion in the fall of 1943, the general German population rose from the flat 60 million to 80 million people — that’s a rise of 2 million people each year. In that same time period, the Jewish population dropped from 523,000 to 20,000 people. By April 1945, as Soviet tanks rolled in and American planes fired into Berlin daily, as Adolf Hitler swore that the German people had failed him and that they were going to die with him, the population of Germany had fallen again to around 65 million people. The population, their numbers and hopes, had risen with Hitler; and now they were going to fall again.

In 2010 the population of Germany had risen again to around 81 million people, with 119,000 of them being Jewish. Hitler, and the rest of the Nazis, were wrong about the German people failing without them. The Germans and the Jews live on.

Posted December 16, 2011 by agentksilver in Digital IT

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And we have a map!   Leave a comment

Technically I already had a map, but this is a map that’s related to my new topic. Consider this a rough draft, as I need to edit the names and add a little bit of background information to each dot. But. I pretty much made a map of Nazi concentration camps because I couldn’t think of any other thing to make a map of. I was surprised to see a story in there. Notice that, other than the one camp in Belgium, all the ticks are in Eastern Germany — the more rural, less-developed part of Germany. Farther away from people and civilization. I’m not saying no one saw these camps — lots did — but less people saw these camps than if they had been situated more evenly across Germany.

Posted December 6, 2011 by agentksilver in Digital IT

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Let’s see how this works   Leave a comment

Wordle: Hitler's Speech on Women

I don’t have Java downloaded. It keeps saying it’s downloading and it keeps lying to me! But hopefully this wordle works. This is an excerpt of a speech Hitler gave about women. If you look up “Hitler’s speech on women” this is what always comes up. I’m hoping to incorporate this into my final project.

Posted December 5, 2011 by agentksilver in Digital IT

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I’m doing reading for my History of Germany class, and found an interesting quote:

“Historical quality is a mysterious quality, even when looking backward to find it, much less looking forward to predict it. I do not claim to have a well-developed definition, much less a theory. I would suggest, though, that historical significance arises from a connection between the historical content and the context of the topic or theme of theme or study, on one hand, and, on the other hand, the structural characteristics of its history. (Wehler’s structural elements include, for example, size, failure, and dependence) An historical subject will gain “shelf space” and “shelf life” if its substance, context, and structure conjoin to the capture the attention of (enough) historians and provide (enough) evidence to allow scholars to apply methods of historical analysis and interpretation. If their research constructs an interesting, well-supported story and a persuasive interpretation, then it will attract the wider attention of the discipline and might (a big caveat) grab the attention of a wider public, and could (an even bigger caveat) stand the test of time, thus winning the subject a place in the annals of longer-term historical significance.”

–Donna Harsch, Footnote or Footprint? The German Democratic Republic in History, pg. 12-13

I found this to be really interesting on its own. How do we judge historical significance? I get asked that all the time, by people saying, “How will people judge X?” The latest was my boyfriend asking, “How will they judge the Cold War? There was no bloodshed, only Asian proxy wars. Will they still be aware of the Cold War 500 years from now? Will they think of this time as a century of war?”

In case you’re wondering, I replied, “Well how do we judge the rivalry of France and Britain today? It’s still pretty significant. The United States and Russia are rivals, now and who knows how long. It had a huge affect on international politics.” He seemed satisfied with that answer.

I’ve also been trying to decide what I should do with this blog once this semester is over. I have a personal blog already, and I cover my school life in there. But this blog has entries, like multiple entries wow. And it has my name on it. I shouldn’t just abandon something with my name on it.

I’m thinking about re-teaching myself Latin grammar over the spring and summer, to get ready for Latin 202 in the fall. Maybe I’ll track my progress here.

Are you guys thinking about updating your blogs once the semester is over? If so, with what? And what classes are you taking next semester? I think I’m set with this:

History of Trad China MW 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
The Roman Empire TR 10:30 am – 11:45 am
History of Animation T 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Introductory Geology II TR 5:55 pm – 7:10 pm
Lab for Lectures 001-002 W 4:30 pm – 7:10 pm

Are any of you in the same classes? We could be study buddies!

Posted December 2, 2011 by agentksilver in Personal

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Another cheery Thanksgiving post   Leave a comment

After turkey and mashed tatoes had been eaten, after Charades had been noisily taught to my grandfather’s girlfriend, we all settled back into quietude. My uncle Steve settled down to watch the Ravens play the 49ers. Grampa and his girlfriend went to their bedroom, as it was way past bedtime. My twin sister, Lacey, went to investigate the space heater. Dad went to wash dishes. Mom continued sitting in her chair, looking sleepy.

“Mom,” I said. “Let’s say I was hit by a bus tomorrow.”

“I would be very sad,” she said.

“Yes,” I said. “But what would you do with my online stuff? My twitter feed — I mean, my facebook feed? My livejournal?”

“I barely even know what a twitter feed is,” Mom said.

“I haven’t updated it in months,” I said. “What about my facebook? Or my livejournal? Would you want to access that?”

Mom thought for a moment, then said, “Yes. It’s a part of you, a part of your creativity. I would want to be able to access that.”

“How would you get at my information, though?”

“I guess you could put it in your will.”

I don’t have a will. I thought about this for a moment.

“I have a friend,” Mom said. “An acquaintance, really. He died about two years ago. And it’s weird. It keeps saying, ‘You have six friends in common’, and what would they do with that friend request? It’s morbid. Why don’t they delete it?”

Next I asked my twin sister Lacey.

“Lacey,” I said. “Let’s say I was hit by a bus tomorrow. What would you do with my facebook account and my livejournal?”

“Are you planning on throwing yourself in front of a bus tomorrow?”

“No, it’s for class.”

“Oh,” she said. “I guess, yeah, I’d use your facebook and your livejournal. It’s how you keep in touch with people right? So I’d arrange your funeral and stuff like that through facebook, yeah.”

“What about after that?”

“I guess I’d download it and delete it,” she said. “It’s kind of weird, you remember my friend Paul? He died like two years ago, and his family still hasn’t deleted his account. I still get updates.”

“Yeah,” I said.

I approached my dad, washing dishes.

“Is that china?” I asked.

“No, the dishwasher is full.” He gestured at the dishwasher, which was currently running.

“Dad,” I said, “Let’s say I died tomorrow. Would you want access to my online stuff?”

“Yes,” he said, almost immediately. “It’s a part of you after all. Losing it would be like losing you.”

“Oh,” I said.

“There was a lawsuit a couple years ago,” he said, scrubbing at a dish. “A family wanted access to their son’s email account, but Verizon wouldn’t give it to them. They asked what they were planning on doing with the account, and Verizon said they were going to delete it after sixty days or a year, I forget. They said that they might as well give their son’s email to them, but Verizon refused. So they sued them. I forget the result.”

“Interesting,” I said.

Posted November 25, 2011 by agentksilver in Digital IT

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