Articles of Controversy: Nazi Germany vs. America Today

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” 

This well known quote by George Santayana is one we should never forget.  Today, so much of the history taught in our schools is altered in order to be “politically correct.” Most children, and even some adults, don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July, or where the idea of a day of thanksgiving came from, and many are now taught that the holocaust didn’t really happen.  If we don’t know or understand our history, or the high price of liberty that so many have paid, the liberty and freedom we possess become unimportant.  If liberty and freedom become unimportant to us, as a nation, we will lose both.  However, you don’t lose freedom overnight.  Freedom is lost slowly, like a frog being boiled in water slowly loses its life without even knowing it.  Unless we in America wake up and start standing against infringements of our freedom in the small things, by the time we realize what is happening, it will be too late.

My family and I lived in Germany for four months.  While we were there, we visited many historic places, one of which was Dachau concentration camp.  Dachau was the first concentration camp the Nazis opened, and is located near Munich in southern Germany.  Visiting Dachau was a sobering experience, and one I will never forget. There were 31,951 people reportedly killed in Dachau, but the number of actual deaths is probably much higher.  How could this happen?  It didn’t happen overnight; it happened slowly, by one compromise and then another until it was too late.  While I’m not saying that what happened in Germany is going to happen here in America, or that one day in the future we will have concentration camps, I am saying that there are similarities of which we, as Americans, should be made aware. 

Here are a few of the similarities I would like to address:

National I.D. Cards

Nationalized Education

Nationalized Healthcare System and Euthanasia  

Gun Control 

National I.D. cards

Herman Goring is quoted to have said in 1938, “By establishing a people’s registration, we will achieve complete supervision of the entire German people.”  This was accomplished by the national identification papers, or what are known today as national I.D. cards.  In 1938, all men of military age and Jews were required to carry identification papers.  However, shortly after the start of WWII, everyone between the ages of five and seventy-five were required to carry identification papers as well.  The identification papers included the following information: name, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, religion, race, occupation, citizenship, military status, and criminal record; and, also, whether or not the individual had a license for hunting, driving, piloting or owning weapons.  These papers also included the name, date of birth, place of birth and religion of the parents of the individual.  The German people could not travel without first checking in at police headquarters, which was where the registration office was located, and getting permission.  Also, if anyone moved they had one week to report and make a change of address.  In 1946, Robert M.W. Kempner wrote in an article entitled The German National Registration Systems as Means of Police Control of Population

“Gestapo also had a register of persons politically undesirable to the national socialist regime, such as former members of the democratic parties, lodges etc. this register consists of five different sets of alphabetical card indices for 1) highly dangerous persons, 2) less dangerous persons, 3) dangerous persons, 4) Jews, 5) part Jews.” 

The important question is, who decides who’s dangerous? 

While this may seem a little far fetched for the United States, have you ever heard of the REAL ID act?  I didn’t until recently.  The REAL ID act was signed into law by former President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade center.  If this remains in effect, after January 22nd, 2018, you won’t be able to enter any Federal facility or fly without a drivers license that meets the REAL ID standards.  The information that will be on this REAL ID drivers license is as follows: full legal name, date of birth, gender, and principal residence.  It will also include a digital front facing photograph, identification number, and the license holder’s signature.  Additionally, REAL ID drivers licenses will have a scannable chip.  This is an invasion of privacy.  The federal government will be able to know when you’re traveling, and, also, where and when you buy firearms, because you won’t be able to purchase a gun without it. Another reason that this is an invasion of privacy is because chips can be used as a tracking device.  Thankfully, several states are standing up against the REAL ID (Oklahoma being one of them); however, by 2020, all states will be forced to comply. 

 Nationalized Education

In 1933, schools in Germany changed.  All textbooks were rewritten and had to be approved by the Nazi party.  Teachers had to swear allegiance to Hitler, or they lost their jobs, and all Jewish teachers were dismissed.  The reason for this change was that, as Hitler said, “He alone who owns the youth, gains the future,” and Hitler knew that the way to own the youth was through education.  Teachers lost the freedom of speech.  If a teacher made a negative comment about the Nazi party or spoke of God in the classroom, in many cases, the children reported them, and the teacher not only got in trouble, but also lost his/her job.  Michael Burleigh in his book The Third Reich: a New History, wrote, “Parents…were alarmed by the gradual brutalization of manners, impoverishment of vocabulary and rejection of traditional values…Their children became strangers, contemptuous of monarchy or religion, and perpetually barking and shouting like pint-sized Prussian sergeant-majors.”

Here in the United States, the education system is a mess.  All but nine of our states use Common Core standards in their schools, which means that children are being taught politically correct — not historically correct — curricula.  In some ways, Common Core is similar to the nationalized education system of Nazi Germany.  Our government is trying to regulate what our children are taught, teachers don’t want to sway from the curriculum because they’re worried about losing their jobs, and many parents are dissatisfied with the curriculum.  This is what one father said regarding Common Core: 

“The teachers in my district are scared for their jobs. They won’t sway from the curriculum…The three times this year that I brought up very specific problems with my son’s amazing teacher about something that didn’t seem right with Common Core, I was told that my son needed to know this a certain way for the state tests – end of story.” 

Nationalized Healthcare System and Euthanasia

In 1934, Hitler forced socialized medicine on the entire German population.  There was already a socialized healthcare system that had been in place since 1883 — the Reich Insurance Act — that Hitler built upon and expanded.  Hitler still allowed privately owned companies to exist, but they were completely regulated by the Nazi regime.  The quality of healthcare plummeted, and some medicines became unavailable. Nationalized healthcare also gave Hitler the power to decide who lived and who died through euthanasia.  The lives of handicapped people, whether it was a mental or physical handicap, and the lives of Jews were seen by Hitler as lives not worth living. Hundreds of thousands of these people were euthanized, and Hitler called this “mercy killing”.  Euthanizing wasn’t seen as murder or as a crime, but, rather, as a way to free the German people from spending tax money on healthcare for the Jews and people with a handicap.  It was also seen as a way of cleansing the undesirable from the Aryan, or “master,” race.  How devastating to take the life of a person because they seem “undesirable,” when, in reality, every person is fearfully and wonderfully made and created in the image of God.  Life is precious.

Euthanasia remains illegal in every state, although five states do allow physician-assisted suicide, or “Physician Aid in Dying.”  The difference between euthanasia and PAD is that euthanasia allows doctors to give the fatal dose of medication meant to end a persons life whereas with PAD the patient self-administers the fatal dose of medication meant to end their life.  Even though euthanasia is not legal in the United States there is genocide and it’s still geared toward the “unwanted” – this time unborn children.  There have been an estimated 54 million babies murdered since Roe v. Wade compared to an estimated 20 million murdered lives claimed during the Nazi holocaust.  54 million babies murdered.  The American people should be outraged.  The Bible says “Thou shalt not murder” (Ex. 20:13) and “Children are a gift from the LORD” (Ps. 127:3).  Abortion is clearly in opposition to the word of God.

Socialized medicine was introduced in 2010 here in the United States, under the name of the “Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as “Obamacare.”  Obamacare was not only an  unconstitutional overreach of the federal government, but also a way to control the lives of the American people.  The Affordable Care Act became less affordable than privately funded healthcare, because, for many people, their premiums went up, and certain medications, that had been available with previous healthcare plans, became unavailable, and had to be paid for out of pocket.  Thankfully, President Trump is working on rolling back Obamacare. 

Gun Control

In 1931, the Weimar Republic authorized the registration of all firearms.  After Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, he used these records to confiscate the guns of Jewish people and political opponents, whom he saw as a potential threat.  Once the Jews and political opponents were disarmed, they could no longer defend themselves, and were at the mercy of the Nazi regime.  Hitler said, “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms.  History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing.”  When a people are disarmed, they cannot protect themselves.  For more information on the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms, see Daniel’s recent post here.

In closing, I would like to share an observation from an eighteenth century historian, Alexander Tyler.  He states: 

“The average age of the worlds’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: 

From bondage to spiritual faith

From spiritual faith to great courage

From great courage to liberty

From liberty to abundance

From abundance to complacency

From complacency to apathy

From apathy to dependance

From dependence back into bondage”.

Where are we?



-The German National Registration System as a means of police control of the population –

-National Review – How the Nazis used gun control

-Education in Nazi Germany –

-How did the Nazis control education? –

-Indoctrinating Youth –

-Nazi Education –

-Does your license meet TSA ID travel regulations? –

-Public Law 109-13 109th Congress –

-National ID and the REAL ID Act –

-REAL ID Act Ten Years Later –

-A National ID card is coming soon – and you will need it to fly and drive –

-Group classification on National ID cards as a factor in genocide and ethnic cleansing –

-Hitlercare vs. Obamacare – 

-Social Darwinism in Nazi Family and Inheritance Law –

-The Real Father of Universal Healthcare – Adolf Hitler –

-ID cards – an historical view –

-Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide –

-Euthanasia in America –

-Abortion Statistics –

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