How was it that Hitler and the Nazis were in power for so many years committing Jewish genocide and were not captured in the first place?
I've read articles and books on how Hitler came to power with his Nazi party in the early 1930s - if he had plans then to start a World War and commit Jewish genocide, wouldn't the United Nations - or at least America - addressed it earlier to prevent it from happening?
I mean, they could have had other country's official to meet with Hitler, and if mass murder was on Hitler's mind, capture him instead of waiting into the middle of a World War?
I'm also guessing the lack of technology in those days meant infrequent communication between countries so people didn't really know what was going on in the world unless they purchased a newspaper, and even then, didn't get all the details.
- skepticLv 61 year agoFavourite answer
The United Nations was not formed until after WW2. We'll get that out of the way.
The League of Nations was in operation between WW1 and WW2. However, it was not effective towards forcing Nazi Germany to change its ways. Just like someone in their front yard, yelling across the street about someone else in another yard.
Quick look at League of Nations on that part: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/league-...
The concept of Lebensraum ("We need living space"...according to Hitler) was not being stopped by the world powers. Mostly they were 'wagging a finger' at Germany and told them no more. Real effective. During that land acquiring, people were being placed in the camps. There was some understanding what the Nazis were doing....but, once again, they really didn't have any real power to stop them from doing these acts.
All this time, America was staying out of it. We even stayed out of the League of Nations. Our idea of isolationism was still popular here.
The only nations truly concerned what the Nazis were doing was England and France. But, of course, they only had limited actions they could do against Germany.
If I remember right: The severity of deaths at those camps wasn't filtering out to the other nations.
This is a pretty basic explanation.
- Aquarius 1011Lv 61 year ago
There is plenty of untruthful propaganda about them, done by the victorious Allies.
Can see videos on YouTube like 'World defeated the wrong enemy', 'Hitler greatest story never told' and 'Europa the last battle'.
- 1 year ago
Years of ww2 preparation ahead of everyone
- FredLv 71 year ago
I think the reason he got away with it so long and was able to start a world war was through careful actions and the fact the world was in the Great Depression where many countries had major economic problems and were hoping Hitler would keep his problems inside Germany.
Although countries like France, Britain and the USA were aware of the rough treatment of Jews they were unaware of the mass killing of them. The Nazis made a propaganda film showing deported Jews living in nice camps with their families where the Jews were well fed and looked after, and work for them to earn some money to buy some luxuries, and many people believed it. Little did they know as soon as the film was finished being made the Jews in the movie were killed. In this way the some Jews were happy to go to the camps to escape the deprivations of the Ghettos and the General German public who would have been horrified at the murder on such industrial scale were largely unaware of what was really happening to the Jews.
As far as Military build up during the 1930s goes Germany at first hid the number of war planes they were really making and understated the size of her battleships calling them pocket battleships to make them sound small and lightweight and not of much danger to the French and British military. The Hitler Youth was basically a military training ground for future soldiers where teenagers were indoctrinated to believe that Germans were superior to all other races and were being given basic military training in the guise of a youth group not unlike the boy scouts. Some boys were given gliding lessons and this was basically a way to teach flying for future fighter pilots. Boys learned how to use fire arms and other military knowledge so when it came to quickly build an army that required less professional training as the boys were already half trained.
People like Winston Churchill believed Germany was gearing up for war and gave lectures on the subject and pushed for an increase in British military ability to keep pace with the German military. It all fell on deaf ears as no one wanted to believe they would have to go through another huge war. Many believed that they should vote in a Nazi party in countries like England as the German economy appeared to be booming while other countries struggled with mass poverty of the Great Depression. Many were in awe of Germany and believed Hitler was brilliant unaware the new German power came from loans Hitler had no intention of paying back and stolen Jewish wealth.
The revitalised Germany of the 1930s and the impressive things being done in things like the German air industries and the huge Zeppelins and other massive projects had many people cheering Germany on and making them believe Germany was only rebuilding itself and was not planning a war.
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- curtisports2Lv 71 year ago
You don't know anything. There was no United Nations. There was the League of Nations, but whatever you called it, if the individual members collectively had no stomach for a fight, what good is it? The US did not want to get involved in another European conflict, of which there had been an endless string since before there was a US. World War I was just the latest. Britain and France did not have the stomach for another war, they were trying to get back on their feet after the ruinous war they had just been through, and then the worldwide depression of the 1930s. When Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles that ended WW I (and sowed the seeds of German discontent that led to WW II) and started to build up the military he wasn't allowed to have, nothing was done about it by the British and French and others except feeble protest. When Hitler began making moves to take territory to the east, on the grounds that they were only taking back German territory, or acting to protect the large numbers of German-speaking people in those territories (Sudetenland and Danzig, and the bloodless takeover/absorbtion of Austria), under threat of force, the French did little. The British did little more, making feeble attempts to 'negotiate' a solution. Neville Chamberlain met with Hitler twice, and the 'solution' was to do nothing to stop Hitler from taking over the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in exchange for Hitler's promise on a piece of paper that he would be seeking no additional territory. Chamberlain famously waved that worthless piece of paper in the air on his arrival back in England and proudly boasted that they had secured 'peace in our time', while Hitler just continued on with what he intended all along, to take nearly everything to the east, to have the 'lebensraum' - the free space to live - that he wanted for his dream empire. Of course those plans were kept to himself and his Nazi leaders, as was the real purpose of his actions against Jews and other 'untermenschen' like the Slavs and Romany and the disabled. The sub-humans not deserving of life in his Germany. A lot of that was hidden from the Allied powers.
When Hitler didn't stop pushing for more, when he set his sights on Poland next, the British and French warned him that it would be war this time, but with them doing nothing but issue warnings up to this point, Hitler paid little attention to it. When he invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, both countries made good on their threats, finally, and declared war on Germany. But both were ill-equipped for war and could do nothing about Poland. Hitler had already made a secret deal with Russia that he was no threat to Russia, and so Russia stayed out of it and didn't contest for Poland.
And the rest that followed you can do the research on. There is much more complexity, MUCH more, to what I have merely touched upon. There was Italy, and there was Spain. People were preoccupied with their own troubles and did not want another fight with Germany, and that's why little was done but talk.
- Tad DubiousLv 71 year ago
Folk either bought what Hitler was selling, or they didn't realize how bad it could get until it was too late - despite attempts - to get rid of him. Kind of like the way history is repeating itself today.
- 1 year ago
They did not say what they were up to.
- Anonymous1 year ago
The United Nations was created after WW2. By the USA.
The USA wanted above all to stay out of WW2. The US was dragged into conflict when Japan surprise attacked Pearl Harbor and the Nazis declared war on America.
- nonpartisanLv 61 year ago
OMG - I can't believe what I'm reading in here.
Firstly, the Zionists DID cause Germany's problems. It actually started back around 1902 when they wanted to buy Palestine from the Sultan of Turkey and he refused. Turkey at the time was part of the Ottoman Empire which included Germany. The fact that thee Zionists stabbed Germany in the back in 1917 wasn't related to this directly - they were just a convenient tool since they were the only country left in the war that was part of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1915 the Zionists launched a plan to get their hands on Palestine by exploiting world sympathy. They use the Jewish history of persecution (and also created some persecutions of their own) to make the world feel sorry for them, which they used to gain support to get their hands on Palestine.
The "homeland for the Jews" was hogwash. Their true goal was to set up a political state in the Middle East. But they could never have gotten the support they needed to do this - that's why they began publishing their sympathy campaign which told of "6 million Jews being persecuted and threatened with extermination" in 1915 - a campaign that would run until months before the start of WW2 in 1939.
In 1917 Germany was on the verge of winning the war. The Zionists approached Britain offering to bring the United States into the war in exchange for the rights to Palestine once the war was over and Palestine came under Britain's jurisdiction as spoils of war. Britain agreed.
From there, the British Zionists worked with the American Zionists to drag the US into the war. America may have been an isolationist country but there was a lot of Jewish influence in the government, including the Supreme Court's first Jewish Justice named Louis Brandies who President Wilson appointed after being blackmailed by Zionist lawyer and leader Samuel Untermyer.
After the war, the Zionists told Britain that they wanted something in writing that would guarantee Britain would honor their part of the deal, and this became the Balfour Declaration.
This was the reason Hitler hated the Jews. Bringing the United States into the war was the reason Germany lost. But it wasn't only this - it was what came after. The Versailles Treaty was an illegal collusion forced on Germany that violated its rights. Mainly, the right of self-determination was recognized in international law back in the mid-1800s, and Germany was denied theirs. The massive reparations and the territory stolen from them all combined to throw Germany in the worst state of oppression ever. The main architect of the Versailles Treaty was France who suffered the most in WW1 and wanted to ensure that Germany would never be able to do it again. In other words, it was revenge.
When Hitler became Chancellor he was determined to right the wrongs done by the Versailles Treaty and do away with the Jewish-controlled Weimar Republic government. He hadn't been in office 3 months before Samuel Untermyer (see above) made a broadcast over ABC radio accusing Hitler of exterminating Jews (remember the Zionist media campaign that started in 1915. This was 18 years after it started and the fact that they were able to secure the rights to Palestine indicates that they had the attention and support of a huge number of sympathizers. The accusations didn't have to be factual - the association with the "6 million Jews being persecuted and threatened with extermination" claim was enough to condemn Hitler in the eyes of the exploited supporters.).
Hitler actually did a lot of good not only for his people but he also made other innovations that the world still makes use of today. This is why he was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1936.
There is no documented proof that Hitler ever committed genocide. There are claims of him talking about it in his book Mein Kampf, but although the word "exterminate" (and its variables) appears 17 times in Volume 1 and 6 times in Volume, there is not a single reference to the Jews.
Claims of gas chambers in Germany have all been debunked. The only "gas chamber" in Poland is fake. Even the curators of the Auschwitz museum admit to it being "rebuilt". It has been tested for residue of Zyklon B and only traces have been found - commensurate with what would have been on prisoners' clothing after being fumigated to kill lice. The kind of residue that would prove gassing of millions of prisoners just isn't there.
Yet, the gas chamber myths continue because it generates more sympathy than dying of typhus and other disease epidemics that were rampant at the time. You seldom hear of the toll taken by disease from the exterminationists because it doesn't enhance their claims of genocide.
Finally, the Wannsee Protocol was not an elaborate plan to exterminate the Jews. The name itself "The Final Solution to the Jewish Question" refers back to the Haavara Agreement ("The Solution to the Jewish Question") which was a cooperative agreement between Hitler and the Zionists to relocate the Jews to Palestine. The "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" was shortened to "The Final Solution" because of how it sounded ominous and foreboding, which would paint a bleak picture that further exploited sympathy.
- bluLv 71 year ago
Hitler wrote of his disdain for Jews in his book written while he was in prison (1925). Once released, he began a legal campaign for Nazi power culminating in fuhrer (ultimate) power f/ the Enabling Act (1933).
He withdrew Germany f/ the League of Nations (1933) and began to act on his Antisemitism w/ systematic elimination of Jews. Since he had muzzled the free press and Germany was a sovereign nation w/ the ability to screen out foreign investigative journalism, the fate of the Jews was largely unknown. Most people figured they were being relocated. As their unknown whereabouts extended into yrs., suspicion, rumors etc. began to surface. By then it was war which became front and center.
It can be VERY difficult to come up w/ enough hard core factual evidence/proof ... opinion doesn't convict.