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Nietzsche And The Third Reich

‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger’ these words have become cliché’ in modern literature due to their extensive use now-a-days. Little do we know the personality who originated this saying. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a famed German philosopher and an erratic figure of modern history. His’s was a life that encompassed bravery and morality, truth and culture. Nietzsche’s character was untraditional in more than one way; his fondness for knowledge was not limited to books and theories; but rose above it. He was the first to raise the concept of ‘nihilism’ meaning ‘death of God’; which also lead him to be a strong opponent of Christian religion. He was an ambassador of newly defined heritage and customs; far different from the original one.

Nietzsche has a positive outlook towards life; he contaminated the German army, youth and countrymen with this attitude. Believing in the power of oneself and finding the strength from within is what he preached. Nietzsche never craved any political status; he worked for an overall betterment of the nation. Misinterpretation of his ideologies associated him with Hitler, but those were proved to be rumors. Although, Hitler was influenced by Nietzsche; even used his theories to express him. However, there is ample evidence that demonstrates Nietzsche was not a fascist.

The culprit of this scenario was a lady named Elizabeth who gained the rights to Nietzsche’s work. She exploited Nietzsche’s work presenting him a Nazi in front of the world. Ironically, Hitler was the contrary of Nietzsche; he was a staunch rationalist and had a violent perception of matters. If scholars are to be believed unlike Hitler; Nietzsche never propagated war. His biography was only a journey of improvising even on the smallest aspect of life. However, due to his association with the Nazis Nietzsche is thought to be the God-father of Nazism. Masses, historians are baffled and debate the fact whether Nazism was a product of Nietzsche’s creed. But again as Nietzsche says ‘there are no facts, only interpretations’; hence people are free to choose what part of this story they credit.

A brawny and renowned portrait of modern history Nietzsche remains to influence many souls till present day.