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Reference | Posted: April 22, 1999

Moral decline in Germany after World War I

Fathers For Life, April 22, 1999
Updated May 14, 2006

Fathers' Manifesto wrote:

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Walter, something that seems to be looming in the background here is something you may be able to square away?  From my own perspective about the only thing that could get a man mad enough to spill blood in the streets is taking his children.  Of course, starving is something we have a hard time identifying with, but for sure that would be a motivator too.

Was it a similar breakdown of the family in pre-war Germany, similar to ours now, which led to Hitler's power--or was this no factor?

Always have been curious about this, and would greatly appreciate your perspective.  It would help the Global Union theory make more sense.

Fight on!

Sincerely,

John

Your nagging suspicions are right on target.  Robert Bork, in "Slouching Towards Gomorrah," gave a general overview of the evolution of modern liberalism, which, he says, started to emerge about 400 years ago.  He views what we see as conservatism only as a branch of liberalism that is a little bit older than modern liberalism, the left-wing kind.

A good overview of some of the aspects of the moral deterioration that modern liberalism brought about, especially in Germany, but even more so with respect to the advocacy for internationalism that emerged in the whole world and centered on Berlin at the time, is contained in chapter 10 of Judith Reisman's "Kinsey: Crimes & Consequences" (beginning on page 290), and in other parts of her book.   It is important to realize that, although moral degradation is one of the prerequisites necessary to make take-over by radical elements possible, there are always elements that promote moral and social degradation and then exploit the results.  It's just a variation of "Divide and Conquer!"

Rather than having me pose my views, which are second-hand anyway, because I turned 10 just after W.W. II, allow me to summarize or quote some of the text from Chapter 10 of Judith Reisman's book.  This will be a little bit lengthy.  If you want to get the gist of a snapshot of German morals of the '20s, go to the full quote shown farther down in this text.  However, it is necessary to read all of this to appreciate the extent of the international links in the eugenicist network.

Judith Reisman begins by stating "Kinsey's Scientific Connections: Rockefeller Funded Human Experiments" and explains Kinsey's background in the scientific community.  "Kinsey came from the Bussey School of Harvard, a hot bed of the "New Biology" for which German American Jacque Loeb (1859 - 1924) was the foremost architect and proponent."  Loeb proposed to get the "life-phenonema under our control" and that this "and nothing else is the sole aim of biology."  Many biologists shared his views.  One of them was Herman J. Mueller.

Kinsey collaborated in the sexual experimentation on children.  In order to understand why he did, it is necessary to know that the Rockefeller Foundation continued to fund Kinsey for many years after Warren Weaver (Rockefeller's Natural Science Division Director) showed the trustees that Kinsey's data was quite simply bad and invalid data.  The Rockefeller Foundation nevertheless continued to feed this false information to the American public for years on end.  Why?

Judith Reisman states that there are scores of well documented work which explore the Rockefeller Foundation's commitment to "better breeding" through groups such as Margaret Sanger's clearly racist "Birth Control League" and Planned Parenthood.  [Rockefeller's Frederick Osborn] devised a clean-up campaign for eugenics after the War [W.W. I] that would operate, since people would generally be reluctant to control their breeding on the basis of the own eugenic merits, on the basis of a system of voluntary unconscious selection. "...The iron fist in the velvet glove was born," as well as coercive slogans such as "Every child a wanted child."

In the next section of chapter 10, Judith Reisman states Muller and Kinsey appeared both in "Sexology", on whose board were Kinsey colleagues Harry Benjamin and Rene Guyon.  Muller was a New-York-born, long-term communist with whom Kinsey "shared an acceptance of 'positive eugenistics,' the elimination of defective genetic stock by mass sterilization."  These two promoted the idea that religion must be replaced with scientific belief, and sexual restraint with sexual choice.

"Muller won a Nobel Price in medicine in 1946, for discovering the use of X-rays to induce and accelerate genetic mutation.  ...[that] '...can be applied to reproductive cells of any kind,' including humans. ... In 1980, thirteen years after his death in 1967, "The Herman Muller Sperm Bank" containing the sperm of Nobel prize winners was established.

So far that doesn't sound too sinister, does it?  But, let's look a little more at what was going on at the time.

Muller was born in 1880, in New York City, helped (while at UTA) to recruit students for  the communist-supported National Student League and aided in the publication of "The Spark," named after Lenin's newspaper "Iskra" ("The Spark").  ...He received his first Rockefeller Foundation grant for work on mutation and genetics in 1925."  The grant was for $65,000 and sustained his research at UTA until 1936.

Muller returned to Berlin (Germany) in 1932, after an earlier visit in 1922; well aware that his ideas were well supported not only in Germany but also in American and English psychiatric circles.  (Medical ethicist Roderick Gorney, in his book "The Human Agenda," had demonstrated that Muller's ideas were reflected in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World")

"Muller was in the "Brave New World" of Berlin, where "the first 'scientific' sex 'Institute' had been established in 1919 by the famous homosexual  Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld."

In 1932, America and Europe were still reeling from the depression.  This was reflected in Weimar Germany's "Cabaret Berlin" when nude "straight" and "gay" dance hall entertainments and drugs dominated the urban cultural landscape.  Weimar Germany's wide-open pansexual revolution preceded and, in fact, laid the groundwork for the National Socialist (Nazi) takeover.  As in the French and Russian revolutions, Germany's political upheaval would also be preceded by a sexual revolution, with thousands of destitute boy and girl prostitutes, fascist and communist youth roaming the violent streets in search of customers and recruits.  Alex de Jonge, writes in "The Weimar Chronicle: Prelude to Hitler," that post World War I widespread inflation destroyed the stable, conservative middle class, and predisposed its youth to cynical rootlessness and disorder.  The resulting trauma:

"destroyed savings, self-assurance, a belief in the value of hard work, morality and sheer human decency....Traditional middle class morality disappeared overnight.  People of good family cohabited [consider that it was illegal to do that. --WHS] and had illegitimate children...Pearl Buck wrote that "Love was old-fashioned, sex was modern.  It was the Nazis who restored the 'right to love' in their propaganda," [creating] that new decadent and dissolute generation that put Berlin on the cosmopolitan pleasure seeker's map." [p. 295]

"Exploiting this revolutionary upheaval, Hitler had recruited and trained his 'Hitler Youth' since about 1922.  Adult males seeking youthful boy consorts traveled to Berlin from all corners of the world to join in on the exitement of the wide-open German free-sex movement," Judith Reisman continues. [p.296]

It must be considered that the foundations for the Hitler Youth go back to the Wandervogel movement (Wandervogel: bird of passage) that began in the last decade of the 19th century.  Judith Reisman touches on that further by showing a photograph of a group of Hitler Youth marching in a field (p. 296, the caption: A long history of youth "nature" groups allowed the Nazis to intervene in the lives of youngsters outside of parental control).

Most of Hitler's "recruiting" was no more than the consolidation of a very popular development that appealed to many youth because it allowed them to break with the "stuffy" traditions of the older generation and of society.  The youth movement was concerned with aspects of "back to nature" and had an admiration for rural ethnic traditions and rural ethnic cultural roots.  A multitude of youth organizations with large memberships already existed when Hitler came on the scene.  There was quite literally a separate youth organization for every single political and ideological persuasion.  These were the youth groups that Judith Reisman refers to when she said they allowed the Nazis to intervene in the lives of youngster.  There is no doubt that, since these groups were almost exlusively split along the lines of the sexes, they, just like the Boy Scouts do today, proved to be a great attractions for homosexuals.  It is a fact that the groups produced many of the homosexuals that later became avid Nazis.  Although the committing of homosexual acts too (just like cohabiting without being married) was illegal in Germany at the time, it is a myth that the Nazis persecuted homosexuals on a wholesale basis.  For more on the homosexual aspects of the Nazi Party, check Homosexuality and the Nazi Party, by Scott Lively.  It provides a detailed look at the progression from the beginnings of the homosexual movement, through the Wandervogel movement (Wandervogel: bird of passage), to the concentration camps. Scott Lively states:  

Homosexuals who died in the camps (mostly of disease and starvation) were "a small fraction of less than 1 percent" of homosexuals in Germany (S. Katz:146), compared to more than 85 percent of European Jewry exterminated in the gas chambers. More significantly, many of the guards and administrators responsible for the infamous concentration camp atrocities were homosexuals themselves, which negates the proposition that homosexuals in general were being persecuted and interned.

While any prisoner could be chosen as a Kapo (a slave overseer), none of the other interned groups except homosexuals had counterparts among the Nazi guards and administrators.

Interestingly, as Judith Reisman reports by quoting from various sources (pp. 7, 9, 10, 20), Kinsey too was strongly active in the Boy Scouts during his late teens and early twenties, and apparently active there in sexual ways as well.

Just as Kinsey did during the twenties, so Muller, Sanger and many others promoted at the time the views that a program of active sterilization to improve the human race should be implemented. Those views were reflected by Aldous Huxley in "Brave New World."

In 1933, after Hitler had come to power, Muller, while he was situated "at the Genetics Department" in the Kaiser Wilhelm Brain Research Institute, wrote to The John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York, seeking a "fellowship renewal."  He explained in his letter that he was strongly connected with other [Nazi] investigators involved in the planning of new experiments.  (The people he wrote about would at that time already have been doing their research under the jurisdiction of the SS Department for Genealogical Research, which was already at that time involved in implementing the program of mass euthanasia that eventually escalated into the mass extermination of the Jews in Europe. --WHS)


Update 2006 05 14

Chilling perspectives on "Ethics"

In case of a deadly flu pandemic, whom should we save?

Once-upon-a-time a question like that never came up, except in totalitarian nations such as the USSR, Red China and Nazi Germany.  The presence of universal moral standards in the cultural heritage of the West ensured that the answer to such a question was, women and children first, then the elderly, the weak and the sick.  We fought wars to preserve that as a right of humanity, to ensure the abolition of slavery and the right of everyone to life and liberty.  That had made our society reach the heights it attained before its fall.  However, those standards no longer exist.  Now the legalization of euthanasia, assisted suicide and rigorous culling to establish the survival of the fittest is the norm in our brave-new world. 
    In the name of science it is now rationalized that rigorous selective culling is needed on the basis of economics, not survival of the weak on moral grounds.  The outcomes of such practices are similar to those that the Nazis hoped to achieve, for similar reasons; only the methods differ.  The Nazis actively killed those that were -- and in our brave-new world we actively withhold the means to keep alive those that are -- deemed not worthy to let live, although in the rationalizing for the eradication of the right to life of the weakest of all, those not yet born, we have already shown ourselves to be far more ruthless than the Nazis ever were.
    Still, vestiges of our largely vanished great cultural aims still exist, or else it would not be that the proposal by Ezekiel Emanuel and Alan Wertheimer (in the journal Science, May 12, 2006) sparked as much public discussion as it did.  (The discussion is still growing.  A May 13, 2006 search per the preceding link provided 539 entries in the search return list. Sixteen hours later, May 14, the entries in the return list for the search had grown to 572.)


One of the Nazi doctors (Rudin) that Muller wrote about in his letter to the Guggenheim Foundation was the founder of "the Society for Racial Hygiene .... to further the cause of human racial improvement."  Rudin shortly thereafter put into place the extermination procedures for hereditarily undesirable Germans.  The program provided the means of harvesting live "fresh" brains of adults and children for careful laboratory study; such studies as Muller then actively pursued.

Muller wrote to Guggenheim that he was involved in research pertaining to methods of using X-rays and ultraviolet radiation on genes, which was a method that was later used for mass sterilization in the concentration camps.  He wrote that he was partially aided by the "Rockefeller-supported "Committee on Radiation of the National Research Council of the U.S."

There is much more along the same lines in the book, but of special concern is the fact that when Guggenheim declined to provide the requested funding Muller went to work in Soviet Russia, with the Russians having offered him his own laboratory, assistants, and all of the "material" he could wish for.

Judith Reisman then stresses that, although Muller had been abandoned by most of his American colleagues (on account of his work under Stalin; they weren't aware of his involvement with the Nazis), he became rehabilitated after he received the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1946 and was already at that time reconnected and working with Kinsey.

But that is not all that Judith Reisman reports on.  On page 304 she quotes

"[A] Senatorial investigating committee headed by Harry Truman.... declared.... "Standard Oil could be scarcely regarded as an 'American business.... it was a hostile and dangerous agency of the enemy."  Committee Chairman Truman had left the hearings snorting, 'I think this approaches Treason.'"  Even after we were in the war, Standard Oil of New Jersey [Rockefeller] was putting forth every effort of which it was capable to protect the control of the German government over vital war material.  As Patrick Henry said: 'If that is treason then make the most of it!  Yes it is treason.  You can not translate it any other way.'"  [from the Congressional Record, March 27, 1942], and shows (on page 306) the very strong ties between I.G. Farben ("Industrial Association Dyestuffs" a major German manufacturer of war material), American I.G., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Ford Motor Company, Standard Oil of New Jersey, and the Bank of Manhattan.

More about that at http://fathersforlife.org/krupp.htm

What Judith Reisman's report on those circumstances has in common with many other such accounts is that it focuses on social issues, on the hard or soft sciences, and on moral standards.  Rarely do such accounts do more than touch on the economics of the agenda of the internationalists who move their pawns on the chess board that represents all of humanity.  Until I'm convinced otherwise, I strongly believe that the few players in that game are motivated by greed for power and consider money as only being a synonym for power.  It seems that wealth by itself and the comforts it can provide are no longer important for these people; neither are people themselves -- beyond being a resource available for exploitation.

Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada,  1999 04 22, --WHS

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Eugenics alive and well