The Hitler Myth and Hitler as Myth: The Occult and Demonic in the Hitler Legend


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The Hitler Myth and Hitler as Myth: The Occult and Demonic in the Hitler Legend
There has always been a feeling of disproportion in the story of Adolph Hitler: a sense that the magnitude of the effect demands something larger than the apparent cause. Many of the best-known students of his time confess that they find Hitler an "enigma," a mysterious force of pure evil that resists rational explanation. How could this nobody with a silver tongue and a gift for political maneuver have come to dominate Europe and hold the fates of hundreds of millions of people in his hands?
One habitual metaphor for Hitler may shed some light on how we view the man in our inner psyche. This is the obsessive practice, even among the non-religious, of referring...
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.....fted his entire story after the war, from Nuremberg to his self-exculpatory memoirs, on the master narrative of him as Faust and Hitler as Mephistopheles. This made his uncritical acceptance of the Nazi Party more sympathetic and human, since it made it appear that he had been set upon by an inhuman force and swept off his feet.
In fact, Hitler did nothing beyond human capability, or at least the capability of someone who was obsessed with his own destiny and with the insight he felt that he had into Fate. The inability to appreciate these simple facts means that Hitler has been consistently underestimated both while he was alive and after his death. The persistence of that error, perhaps, is something more frightening than any demon story.