The story I covered yesterday here: Somehow It Is Always About Them, is really capturing my attention. I am seeing all over Facebook various normiecons repeating the same thing over and over again “The Canadian Parliament gave a standing ovation to a LITERAL NAZI!”, from normiecon news sites like Not The Bee to people that should know better like author Larry Correia of Monster Hunter International fame.
What makes it the perfect 2023 story is that it is based in layers upon layers of ignorance. To most people in 2023, “liberals” and “conservatives” alike, the word Nazi has taken on almost mystical quality. It is not quite as bad as nigger, a word so powerful that it can only be referenced in hushed voices as “The N-Word”, but it is close. It is a word designed to shut down conversation. Once you throw down the Nazi card, the argument is over because everyone agrees that nothing is worse than being a Nazi and once you have been called a Nazi you need to cower unless you want people to think you are a Nazi sympathizer.
Sure, those same people couldn’t tell you within 25 years when the NSDAP rose to power in Germany nor could they tell you anything about the philosophical underpinnings of National Socialism or it’s historical context (see also: fascism). All they know is that Nazis are the most worsetest people EVER. I posted this on Facebook although all of my friends already know this (I hope):
A day later and I am still seeing this. So let’s review. Nazi is a shortened version of National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei). It was a political party and not all Germans, not even close to a majority, were actual party members. Even the most wildly exaggerated claims place the figure of adult membership in the NSDAP at around 35%. Conflating “Nazi” with “Any adult German in the late 1930s/early 1940s” is lazy and inaccurate.
Even more so, people of other nationalities who were part of German military units, even Schutzstaffel or SS units, were not necessarily “Nazis” either. This is especially true for Slavs who were viewed as Untermensch by the NSDAP along with Jews and Gypsies among others.
I doubt this will convince most of the kneejerk “NAZI!” screeching about some nearly 100 year old Ukrainian/Canadian guy that signed up to fight the Soviet forces in the 1940s, the same forces that murdered millions of Ukrainians via starvation and oppressed hundreds of millions of East Europeans for the better part of the 20th century. Still, it bears mentioning.
Liberals are not sure what to do with this story as they love femboy Justin Trudeau, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trying to overcompensate for this atrocity by deporting a 98 year old Canadian citizen back to Europe to stand trial for daring to oppose the Soviets. Conservatives are all over the story because they think it scores points for them against liberals and reinforces the “dEmS R tHe rEAl rAcIsTs!” bullshit to no one really cares about.
What this really does is reinforce the narrative that even standing up against the most brutal, genocidal regime in human history, the Soviet Union, doesn’t matter if you do so in any affiliation with the German army. Despite the fact that the members of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS aka 1st Galician were carefully vetted and declared to not be complicit by association with any war crimes by the The Canadian Commission of Inquiry on War Crimes in 1986…
The Galicia Division (14. Waffen grenadier division der SS [gal. #1]) should not be indicted as a group. The members of Galicia Division were individually screened for security purposes before admission to Canada. Charges of war crimes of Galicia Division have never been substantiated, either in 1950 when they were first preferred, or in 1984 when they were renewed, or before this Commission. Further, in the absence of evidence of participation or knowledge of specific war crimes, mere membership in the Galicia Division is insufficient to justify prosecution.
..it is still considered an obscene and immoral action to take up arms against the Soviet Union if you have the wrong insignia on your uniform.
The point of these posts is not to defend the actions of the Nazi party or the Schutzstaffel, nor for that matter to condemn them. Rather I am simply pointing out how ludicrous it is to see the frothing at the mouth two minutes of hate this story has generated by people who lack a cursory understand of history.
Stamping out the ability to think critically and doing everything possible to ensure people are historically illiterate is done intentionally and with a purpose. Those who are ignorant of history are far easier to manipulate than those who understand how we got to the place we are.