By Andr Mineau, Andre Mineau
SS ideology used to be the expression of an it seems that philosophical self-containing method of idea, articulated round a scientific physique of data claiming to combine humanity inside of an international imaginative and prescient of Being. utilizing ontology and anthropology as foundations, SS pondering built basically within the box of ethics. It portrayed itself as a world method of society and civilization, according to eugenics and ethnic detoxing. It comprehensive the fusion of the fashionable organic paradigm with the cultural surprise led to via international conflict I and promoted overall struggle for the sake of overall health and wellbeing. and because institutional philosophy mostly ignores SS thought and praxis, Holocaust memorial associations may well characterize an alternate for the improvement of realizing and mirrored image. in the context of Nazism, SS pondering did a lot to see the speculation for which the Holocaust often is the final accomplishment. It meant to supply the Holocaust with legitimacy, from the viewpoints of ontology, anthropology, politics, and ethics, whence the significance of learning the theoretical framework that gave feel to the main bad type of SS praxis
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It is the doctrine of blood and honor. (BA NSD 41 / 75) This passage would ground the Weltanschauung into anthropology (blood) and ethics (honor), but its corollary would formulate a principle of exclusion leading to political consequences. Indeed, given the close connection between the mind and the inner law of blood in a Volk, a foreign culture and an estranged Weltanschauung could be lethal. After World War I, according to a textbook author, the force and vision of the German people lay in a state of destruction, because political and ideological views, which were foreign to German blood, reigned over the Volk.
And in this war, Germany had a right to life: consequently, she could take any and all steps necessary to secure her survival, including cleansing operations against civilian populations. SS ontology, thus, would justify the Holocaust. Four SS ANTHROPOLOGY During the 1930s, in Germany, there was some agreement on the fact that the German Volk was racially mixed, owing to the contribution of approximately six races, although no consensus existed over this issue, even within the SS. Many anthropologists saw the Nordic race as the superior one, the race that was ultimately behind all major achievements in human history.
20 SS THINKING AND THE HOLOCAUST new war. What was apparent, once again, was the 1918 trauma as the matrix of Nazism (Burrin, 2004, pp. 50-51, 73-75). All in all, in post-Versailles Germany, ethnic and biological racism merged with völkisch thinking, in a way that would result in “positive” eugenics as well as in the exclusion of “impure” biological elements from the Volk’s body, thus renewing the debate around anti-Semitism. But Hitler’s mind was much more biological and Social Darwinist than völkisch, at least in the traditional sense of this term.
SS Thinking and the Holocaust by Andr Mineau, Andre Mineau