Every child is born good. No child is born as Ronald Reagan, or Adolf Hitler, or Joseph Stalin—but what happens? These people have tried… Adolf Hitler first wanted to be a painter. No school of painting accepted him, because he was not a great painter. But my understanding is, if he wanted to be a painter… he may have been amateurish in the beginning. If the chance was given he may not have become a genius, a Picasso, but he would have become at least a good painter—and the Second World War would have been avoided, six million people would not have been killed. When rejected from the schools of painting he started thinking of becoming an architect, and was again refused.
It seems we accept only flowers, not seeds. Our insight is so shallow that we cannot see the flower in the seed—and every educational system is criminal in this sense. They want you to come as a flower, fully grown, fragrant; then you will be accepted. But why should a flower come to you? It is the seed who is tortured inside, wants to grow, have green foliage, wants to dance in the sun, wants to grow flowers—just give him the opportunity. And don’t ask that every flower has to be a roseflower. What about the marigold? There is no way for the marigold to be a rose, it can only be a marigold. A right educational system—an educational system which is wise—will not impose standards on people but rather find ways how a certain person can grow into his own potentiality.
If Adolf Hitler wanted to be an architect, what was wrong in it? At the most he may not have created great Taj Mahals, but I don’t think that he would have not have been able to make your apartments, high-rise buildings… they don’t need much intelligence. Absolutely idiotic constructors are making all kinds of things—they have made humanity live in boxes. What harm could Adolf Hitler have done? But rejected from there, this continuous rejection… And all Adolf Hitler’s efforts were for creativity. He wanted to be a painter or an architect; both are creative dimensions. He may not have gone very far, but what was wrong? Everybody does not want to create a Taj Mahal, and everybody cannot afford a Taj Mahal. There are people who need mediocre architects, because they can only afford mediocre architects and their mediocre designs. But continuous rejection from everywhere was like a wound—and it was these wounds that turned him into a politician.
The profession of the politician is the only profession where no qualification is needed. It is strange: they have all the power, power over millions of peoples’ life and death—but no qualification is needed. But if you want to be a painter, qualifications are needed; if you want to be an architect, talents are needed. But if you want to become an Adolf Hitler, no qualification is needed.
And he took… In my view, the Second World War was nothing but a revenge against the humanity that had rejected the man, humiliated the man, his creativity, his longing to make something beautiful. The Second World War was a revenge with vengeance.
If you don’t allow creativity, it is bound to become destructiveness. If you don’t love, you are bound to hate. If you don’t allow your good to grow, you are bound to fall into the darkness of evil.
Rosa Berneli (or Bernile) Nienau, was from Munich. With her parents, she visited on her birthday in the summer of 1933, and Hitler invited her out of the crowd and up to Haus Wachenfeld for strawberries and whipped cream.
Hitler called her his “little sweetheart”. She was featured in many of the photos and picture postcards that photographer Heinrich Hoffmann sold at that time.
Two of the above photos has Hitlers favorite flower the Edelweiss attached. One has a hand dedication by Hitler which reads:Der lieben und braven Rosa Nienau, Adolf Hitler, München, den 16/ Juni 1933 (To my darling and good Rosa Nienau, Munich, June 16, 1933. Adolf Hitler)
A few more:
Most of the photos for the photoset are of little Bernile, although some may be of different little girls.
Thanks to the site Third Reich In Ruins for some photos used here
Six from 2016: Nonfiction for Youth About Resistance, Struggle, and Survival
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, Russell Freedman
“In his signature eloquent prose, backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.”
March: Book 3, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
“Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.”
The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero, Patricia McCormick
“Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler.”
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, Albert Marrin
“A close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.”
Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger, Anita Silvey
“Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened.”
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, Caren Stelson
“This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko’s trauma and loss as well as her long journey to find peace.”
Hitler claimed that he alone could make German great again; Trump claims that he alone can make America great again.
Hitler was a media pioneer, using radio broadcasts to delude the gullible masses; Trump uses TV and the Internet.
Hitler used an airplane to fly around Germany, drumming up support for his insanity; Trump has a private jet.
Hitler’s “base” was German white supremacists; Trump’s “base” is American white supremacists.
Hitler scapegoated, banned and deported Jews, just as Trump plans to scapegoat, ban and deport Muslims.
Hitler’s initial “solution” for the Jews was giant internment/concentration camps; Trump’s initial “solution” for illegal Hispanic immigrants would also require giant interment/concentration camps.
Hitler’s initial “solution” to the “Jewish problem” did not work; Trump’s “solution” won’t work either. Will Trump’s “final solution” be the same as Hitler’s? He has already advocated killing (“taking out”) Muslim women and children.
Hitler was extremely militaristic; Trump has called himself the most militaristic person on the planet.
Hitler had a titanic ego and thought he was invincible; ditto for Trump.
Hitler had his brownshirts beat up protestors; Trump has protestors thrown out and physically manhandled.
Hitler had the world’s oddest moustache; Trump has the world’s weirdest combover.