Monday, November 30, 2009

Did Hitler Believe in Evolution?

No, not in a biological sense and not according to his autobiography Mein Kampf, as well as his speeches and interviews. Let's set the record straight.

On the fixity of kinds:
Even a superficial glance is sufficient to show that all the innumerable forms in which the life-urge of Nature manifests itself are subject to a fundamental law – one may call it an iron law of Nature – which compels the various species to keep within the definite limits of their own life-forms when propagating and multiplying their kind. [Mein Kampf, chapter xi]

The fox remains always a fox, the goose remains a goose, and the tiger will retain the character of a tiger. [Mein Kampf, chapter xi]

On the origins of man:
From where do we get the right to believe, that from the very beginning Man was not what he is today? Looking at Nature tells us, that in the realm of plants and animals changes and developments happen. But nowhere inside a kind shows such a development as the breadth of the jump , as Man must supposedly have made, if he has developed from an ape-like state to what he is today. [Hitler's Tabletalk Tischgesprache im Fuhrerhauptquartie]

On the superiority of man:
The most marvelous proof of the superiority of Man, which puts man ahead of the animals, is the fact that he understands that there must be a Creator. [Hitler's Tabletalk Tischgesprache im Fuhrerhauptquartie]

On antisemitism and belief in Jesus Christ:
My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them. [Speech, April 12 1922, published in My New Order]