Perceptions of history

Our perceptions of history shape our world view and when we accept propaganda, we become tools of oppression. Mention the name Hitler and it conjures up images of death, destruction and every possible evil imaginable. But what if most, if not all, of the stories are false? Are we prepared to explore the possibility that they are false? Our deeply cherished beliefs enslave us; knowledge and understanding will set us free.

Hitler's response to Jews was the result of his perception of who perpetrated the overthrow and murder of the Tsar in Russia and who was responsible for the defeat and humiliation of Germany in the first world war. He was seeking the removal of Jews from positions of power and influence in German society, so much so that he supported the Zionist project to export Jews to Palestine.

If we're prepared to question Saddam Hussein's WMD, Gaddafi's plans to massacre his own people and Bashar Assad using chemical weapons in Aleppo, we need to be prepared to apply the same standards of proof and evidence to Hitler's alleged crimes, rather the running scared at the first mention of his name.

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