Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Pictures of Hell

Adolf Hitler (center) flanked by SS officers (German Federal Archive via Wikimedia)
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Third Reich, edited by Robert Gellately (Oxford, 400 pp., $39.95)

A fantasy possessed Adolf Hitler that “race is everything, all the rest is chaff,” as he expressed it in Mein Kampf, his confessional book. In his mind, races were engaged in a Darwinian free-for-all struggle for supremacy, and this gave Germans every reason and right to dispose as they saw fit of the lands, properties, and, in the end, even the lives of other races. One source of his anger against Jews was their failure to fall in with his fantasy; their nonracial definition of themselves could not coincide with his. The outcome of his fantasy was world war, and

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