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Weekly Question #6 - environments German literature of the...

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Wylie, Lawren October 22, 2007 PoliSci #7—TA: Jade Weekly question #6 : how plausible is Miller’s evidence suggesting that adolf Hitler was beaten as a child? Miller uses the individual level of analysis to explain the effects of Adolf Hitler’s personal psychology at national and international levels. Miller reports that an abusive and violent childhood fostered hatred in Hitler, a hatred and resentfulness that would be directed towards the victims of his horrific Holocaust. It is possible that Hitler channeled his anger and traumatizing experiences towards the Jewish people—whom, according to Hitler, were the primary reason (or scapegoat) for Germany’s problems. Miller also states that Hitler’s life is proof enough that he was beaten violently—using outcome (Hitler’s life/Hitler’s evil) to prove that he was beaten (cause). Furthermore, Miller claims human destructiveness is reactive, not innate—people are not born evil, just reactionary to their
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Unformatted text preview: environments. German literature of the era suggests beatings for the children, to implement discipline in the German citizen. Evidence to support that Hitler was among children beaten for discipline can be found in Hitler’s Mein Kempf . In Hitler’s Mein Kempf , hypothetical stories are presented to the reader—in particular, a boy watches his father administer drunken beatings to the mother, as well as accounts of the boy being beaten daily by the father. Moreover, these generations of Germans were heavily influenced by World War I—with Germany being suppressed and ravaged by war, Germans developed a nationalistic mindset that would make them extremely susceptible to being swept up in Hitler’s anti-Semitic campaign in response to Germany’s social, economic, and political problems....
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