RE: Anyone read 'Mein Kampf'?
i looked today for the first time at the "off topic" forum, and was shocked to see this little german political discussion going on. as far as nazi's are concerned, i, and most other germans consider THEM to be sub-human, based on the senseless murder that took place. HOWEVER, also, i, and also most germans (in the young generation 15-30) agree with most of the non-murderous political doctrine of hitler. ie, the whole "the german people are superior to other europeans" ideal. i realize at this point i am treading a fine line here, but as this seems so far to be a purely open minded informational discussion, i will continue, not for venting european politics at you, but simply to put out some information that may be not readily available to most. much of these feelings in germany have "sprouted" with the coming of the euro. it is a fact that germany is the richest country using euro. it is also a fact that the german economy has suffered DEARLY due to the "one currency" which allows poorer countries to drag us down in the world markets numbers, as they have debt, and small GNP's. this has caused prices to rise on everything, making many germans disgusted by it, and at least mentally "prepare for war". for example, my aunt renate in Nuernberg has almost 75,000 Deutche Marken is bills hidden in her apartment, so does my grandfather, and MANY others there as well. all under the idea that when the "upcoming" war starts, all euro will be worthless, and only Deutsche Mark will still be able to buy food. this may never happen, but this is the general state of mind at the moment. u should here some of the drunken discussions that take place daily in the guesthouses. everyone's fed up, had enough of being dragged downwards, as the prices rise, jobs and wages are lost, and taxes rise every week. this inspires them to imagine the idea of "The Empire", and arouses feelings that during the time of "the russians are coming any day now to kill us all" never would have even been thought. due to this, the NPD (Nationalistische Partei Deutschlands) (the same party as in hitlers time, just with a new name) is on the rise, up to 6 or 8 percent in the parliament. this worries many, as its a bad sign of things to come. the next 10 years should be fairly interesting for me, as far as whats gonna be going on here, and what will happen in germany. and the EU. maybe itll grow stronger, maybe it'll fall aprt. who knows. so anyways, as far as a poliician is concerned hitler was a great leader. militarily, also great, before his amphetamin addiction took over. unfortunately he had to go and ruin everything, by angering the world nations, and committing mass murder. seems all the great leaders end up screwing themselves. (i just watched about Ivan the Terrible on the History Channel, also thinking of napoleon bonaparte, and Coronado.) among others. will be interesting to see how this discussion will progress over the next few weeks. am very surprised at the extense of some of u guys knowledge over all the details. guess im not the only guy who thinks reading books and watching History Channel is cool! :)