Hitler and America, by Klaus P. Fischer
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. vi, 356. Notes, biblio, index. $29.95. ISBN: 0812243382 .
The author of several works on Nazi Germany and Nazism, in this volume Prof. Fischer (Allan Hancock College) gives us a look at Hitlers complex views about the United States, how these came about, and how they affected World War II.
Almost simultaneously, Hitler admired the U.S. as a great achievement of the Nordic race, envying it for its vast industrial resources and great technical expertise, while despising it for its crass materialism, "racial degeneration," and supposed dominance by Jews. His perceptions of America were derived from contacts with friends who had lived or travelled there, from reading, including the western novels of Karl May and the racist tracts of Madison Grant, and from American motion pictures and animated cartoons. While focused on Hitler, Fischer also takes a shorter, but no less useful look at FDRs views of Germany and the Nazi leader, which were generally more realistic, but also affected by some misunderstandings and preconceptions, despite the fact that the president could read German.
Hitler and America is an important work for anyone interested in the Second World War.
Reviewer: A. A. Nofi, Review Editor
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|"The chief aim of all government is to preserve the freedom of the citizen. His control over his person, his property, his movements, his business, his desires should be restrained only so far as the public welfare imperatively demands. The world is in more danger of being governed too much than too little.
It is the teaching of all history that liberty can only be preserved in small areas. Local self-government is, therefore, indispensable to liberty. A centralized and distant bureaucracy is the worst of all tyranny.
Taxation can justly be levied for no purpose other than to provide revenue for the support of the government. To tax one person, class or section to provide revenue for the benefit of another is none the less robbery because done under the form of law and called taxation."
John W. Davis, Democratic Presidential Candidate, 1924. Davis was one of the greatest trial and appellate lawyers in US history. He also served as the US Ambassador to the UK.