How could that be true?
He was on a mission to wipe the entire Jewish population off the planet!
The holocaust is a perfect example of the HUGE IMPACT one person can make on the world!
As with any tragic event in the world, I look for how I can learn something good from this...
How can someone hate what they also are?
Although it seems unlikely, it happens way more often than you would think. Had Hitler accepted that he had Jewish blood in his lineage, perhaps the Holocaust could have been avoided all together.
My Husband was stationed at an Army base in Germany for about three years. He said many German people still deny that the Holocaust ever happened at all. He visited with people who were alive during that time, living just one mile away from a concentration camp filled with rotting corpses, they deny that it ever happened.
Made me wonder- HOW?
The guilt was probably intense! Nobody wants to think of their Grandparent as a heartless murderer, responsible for killing so many helpless people. Like many people do, they reject their own guilt and either deny it all together or place the blame on someone else. I assure you it takes MORE COURAGE to accept Guilt when it taps upon your shoulder. Embrace Guilt, own up to YOUR Part of the wrong-doing and try to make it right... thank your Guilt for bringing it to your attention and then send it packing, it's served it's purpose.
Still shocked about Hitler being part Jewish? I've heard it said that the problems we PERCEIVE IN OTHERS are merely REFLECTIONS of that which we haven't yet accepted/addressed within ourselves. That would certainly seem to be true in this instance!
What a Great Lesson!
Deep inside, Hitler KNEW he had Jewish blood running through his veins. His racism showed how tortured he really was, by ordering the deaths of all those people. Hitler rejected that part of himself, his self hatred continued to grow and manifest itself outwardly in the destruction of those who shared similar blood.
Still find it hard to believe that many Germans deny that the Holocaust ever took place? A similar event happened upon our American soil, however, most will deny it ever took place or they will argue that they "deserved it." Sounds like GUILT to me, just for being white skinned perhaps?
I've felt the same guilt myself. Complicated further by remembering that I am also Anishinaabe'Ojibwe decent. That's a Roller coaster of emotions.... feeling wronged, oppressed and angry towards whites for doing that to my Native American ancestors. Then feeling Guilty & Ashamed simply for also having white ancestors! Back and forth with those emotions until I finally accepted that I am both and if there can't be PEACE WITHIN ME between the Native Americans and the Whites, then how could I ever expect to find that peace outside of myself?
I've heard many Native American people say horrible racist things about other Native Americans, even from within the same tribe. I've heard Native Americans ask me what I'm doing on the reservation, my light skin says I don't belong there. When I reply introducing myself in Ojibwe, but they don't speak Ojibwe, they've said things like, "I don't know any of that Indian stuff and I don't want to know!" Interesting, but aren't you "Indian?"
It;s sad to see people continue to reject part of who they are, without ever taking the time to GET TO KNOW WHO they are rejecting. Native Americans have such a beautiful culture, filled with meaning, celebration and connecting all living things as relatives.
I have learned to celebrate and embrace every aspect of WHO I AM. By doing so, I lovingly embraced all of myself... resulting in a feeling of great peace & balance within.
I may be just ONE PERSON, but then again... so was Hitler!
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Article by: Jen Kruse, LMT CRMT