Hitler and the American Indians

{This was posted by Bob a couple of years ago, but it speaks to today also.}

What?? Hitler and the American Indians? Have you lost your mind?

Adolf Hitler in Yugoslavia.

Adolf Hitler in Yugoslavia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What connection could there be? Well, dear reader . . . According to James Pool’s Hitler and His Secret Partners:

“Hitler drew another example of mass murder from American history. Since his youth he had been obsessed with the Wild West stories of Karl May. He viewed the fighting between cowboys and Indians in racial terms. In many of his speeches he referred with admiration to the victory of the white race in settling the American continent and driving out the inferior peoples, the Indians. With great fascination he listened to stories, which some of his associates who had been in America told him about the massacres of the Indians by the U.S. Cavalry.

He was very interested in the way the Indian population had rapidly declined due to epidemics and starvation when the United States government forced them to live on the reservations. He thought the American government’s forced migrations of the Indians over great distances to barren reservation land was a deliberate policy of extermination. Just how much Hitler took from the American example of the destruction of the Indian nations is hard to say; however, frightening parallels can be drawn. For some time Hitler considered deporting the Jews to a large ‘reservation’ in the Lubin area where their numbers would be reduced through starvation and disease.” (pp. 273-274)

Have you ever heard of the Sand Creek Massacre?

The Sand Creek Massacre summary: On November 29, 1864, seven hundred members of the Colorado Territory militia embarked on an attack of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian villages. The militia was led by U.S. Army Col. John Chivington, a Methodist preacher, as well as a freemason. After a night of heavy drinking by the soldiers, Chivington ordered the massacre of the Indians. Over two-thirds of the slaughtered and maimed were women and children. This atrocity has been known as the Sand Creek Massacre ever since.  [Source]

Colonel John Milton Chivington, United States Army

Colonel John Milton Chivington, United States Army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read the US Congressional testimony concerning the “battle” here. We visited the site of the massacre several years ago on a research trip to Colorado. I still remember walking on the sandy ground next to the creek, seeing in my mind’s eye the children running and hiding only to be run down and killed by the “soldiers” on horse back. I remember telling my wife that I could “hear” the screams of children and their mothers as they were slaughtered. (Two years later I learned that the site we visited had been determined by historians not to be the actual site. Later evidence placed the actual site a few miles away. So much for my empathetic “hearing”.) 3:AM magazine has a piece by Alan Gilbert at Denver University titled “Amnesia: Spain, Sand Creek, Oklahoma, Germany” which is available here. It seems useful from time to time to consider our history. maybe even learn from it.

My old man

father

An old SOB asked me to share a story he remembers from an afternoon we had spent at the Occidental. The story is told in my little book of short stories, REDNECK, the story is said to be true by my brother, and is one of my favourites. Here it is:

His older brother had told him a story about his father:

It was right before the big war. In Denver. The old man was a kind of contractor. He worked for himself. Built a lot of outdoor fireplace-barbecue pits for people who owned their own homes. Built them out of brick. Good ones too. He’d kept going all summer just building fireplaces. One guy would tell his friend while showing off his fireplace at a Sunday barbecue, “Yeah, got a good deal on this. Built by a private contractor. A real magician with bricks. Just tell him what you want and he builds it. Got to keep him supplied with Coors, but by God he does a good job for a reasonable price.”  Kept the old man going all summer.

But the union didn’t like this scab activity. The old man had never bothered to join the union. In fact, he was damned well against the union. Didn’t like FDR either, for some reason. He was sure that Wilkie would beat him, but he was never in tune with times. He bought an Edsel in 1954  right before he shot himself.

Anyway, the union started bugging the old man. Asked him to join. Pointed out that he was ruining the American economy. Helping to destroy the carefully worked out balance between jobs and wages. Several times the business agent found the old man at work and decided he was going to get his initiation money and dues or put him out of action.

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