Top 10 Things The Nazis Got Right

The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi party) is one of the most infamous political systems in the history of the earth, made famous by their severe acts of cruelty and completely inhuman behavior. Despite that, the Nazi government implemented a number of policies which were for the good of their people and those of the future; many of these policies are now implemented by our own governments.

Please note: this list is NOT an endorsement of the Nazi regime which is, clearly, one of the most evil in history – second only to Stalinist Russia. This list hopefully shows that even amidst great evil, the good of man is still able to shine through. This list is an homage to those men and women living in Nazi Germany who were able to make change for good whilst living under a severely corrupt and wrong regime.

10
Banning of Vivisection

Nazi Germany was the first country to ban vivisection in the world, enacting a total ban in April 1933. The measure to ban vivisection was a huge concern and was put forth to the Reichstag as early as 1927. High ranking Nazis such as Hermann Goring, Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Hitler were very concerned about animal conservation, particularly pertaining as to how animals were butchered. Most current laws in Germany, and indeed the world, are derived from the laws put forth by the Nazi Party. This is, obviously, incredibly ironic as while on the one hand they defended the lives of brute animals, whilst on the other hand cruelly slaughtered Catholics, homosexuals, gypsies, and jews.

Hermann Goring, who was established as the Prime Minister of Prussia, had this to say:

“An absolute and permanent ban on vivisection is not only a necessary law to protect animals and to show sympathy with their pain, but it is also a law for humanity itself…. I have therefore announced the immediate prohibition of vivisection and have made the practice a punishable offense in Prussia.

Until such time as punishment is pronounced the culprit shall be lodged in a concentration camp.”

The above picture is a cartoon showing animals saved from vivisection saluting Hermann Goring. The sign in the window says “Vivisection Forbidden”.

9
Animal Conservation

When the Nazis came to power in 1933, their concerns not only laid with the people, but with the animals native to Germany. In 1934, a national hunting law was passed to regulate how many animals could be killed per year, and to establish proper ‘hunting seasons’. These hunting laws have now been applied in most western countries.

This law was known as Das Reichsjagdgesetz, the Reich Hunting Law. The Reichstag also footed the bill for education on animal conservation at Primary, Secondary and College levels. Additionally, in 1935, another law was passed, the Reichsnaturschutzgesetz (Reich Nature Protection Act). This law placed several native species on a protection list including the wolf and Eurasian lynx. Additions were added later as to afforestation and the humane slaughter of living fish.

Without this law it is likely some species would have completely disappeared from Germany’s forests.


8
Anti-Tobacco Movement

It is rumored that Adolf Hitler was so opposed to smoking in his later life that he couldn’t stand someone lighting up in the same room, and often felt obligated to object to it as a waste of money. Thus, he began one of the most expensive and effective tobacco movements throughout history. While during the 1930s and 1940s, other anti-tobacco movements failed fantastically in other countries, it was taken seriously in Nazi Germany.

The Nazis banned smoking in restaurants and public transportation systems, citing public health, and severely regulated the advertising of smoking and cigarettes. There was also a high tobacco tax, and the supplies of cigarettes to the Wehrmacht were rationed. Several health organizations in Nazi Germany even began claiming that smoking heightened the risks of miscarriages by pregnant women, now a commonly known fact.

The statistics of annual cigarette consumption per capita as of 1940 had Germany at only 749, while Americans smoked over 3,000.

The picture above says “He does not devour it, it [the cigarette] devours him!”

7
Welfare Programs

Nazi Germany had one of the largest public welfare programs in history, based on the philosophy that all Germans should share a standard of living.

One of the most famous of these was the Winter Relief program, where high ranking Nazis and common citizens both took to the streets to collect charity for the unfortunate. This was not only an extremely intelligent propaganda move, but also a ritual to generate general good public feeling toward those in need. Posters urged people to donate rather than give directly to beggars. Joseph Goebbels, himself a high ranking Nazi in control of Radio, Television and Propaganda, often participated in these events.

But how was the cost of this met? Largely from the stealing of belongings from those people considered enemies of the regime. The Nazi government stole immense amounts of money from their population and used it to fund a social welfare scheme that favored select members of society. Modern schemes modeled on this system are funded by taxes that steal from everyone.

Pictured above is a canister used for the Winter Relief Fund effort.


6
The Volkswagen

Literally meaning “People’s Car”, this vehicle was presented as a car that every German citizen could afford to buy. It was based on the advice of Hitler to the designer, saying that it should resemble a beetle. The car was a huge success (it was made available to citizens of the Third Reich through a savings scheme at 990 Reichsmark, about the price of a small motorcycle), but toward the end of the war resources were low and public availability declined. The Volkswagen emerged more as a military vehicle toward the end of the Third Reich.

However this has not stopped it from being one of the most popular vehicles in the world, known for reliability, stylish design (though some might question that!) and ease of use.

5
Autobahn

While not originally conceived by the Nazis, Hitler was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea and pushed for the largest network of roads to be built across Germany. Established as the first freeway system in the world, the autobahn was a revolutionary feat of engineering that forever changed the way humans travel. Thousands of countries have emulated the system Hitler put in place, including America and Britain. It is single handedly the largest network of roadways in the world, with roads stretching all across the country, even to other countries such as Austria.

The construction of this roadway wasn’t only revolutionary in itself, it provided over 100,000 workers with jobs necessary for the economic recovery efforts. It was a goal of the Nazi party to try and bring the country into a sense of unity through the roadway system, and for the most part it was successful. Aircraft was tested on the long, smooth, straight sections of road and Grand Prix racing teams are known to practice on them.


4
Father of Modern Rocketry

The man who invented rockets as we know them today, Wernher Von Braun, was a member of the Nazi party and commissioned Schutzstaffel Officer. He aided both Germany and the United States in the use of rockets during and after WW2, and eventually became a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

Although he pioneered many areas, including the installation of liquid-fueled rockets in aircraft and orbit to ground missiles, he is best known for his achievements in NASA.

His best achievement there was undoubtedly the development of the Saturn V booster rocket, that helped man to finally touch the moon, in July 1969. Von Braun officially opened the gate to space travel through his innovative inventions…as well as creating one of the most destructive methods of war known to mankind.

3
Innovations in Film

The Nazis were very interested in both film and music as propaganda techniques and essential cultural pillars. The first known magnetic tape recording was of a speech made by Hitler, and Joseph Goebbels pushed for more complicated methods of filming.

For example, the propaganda film ‘Triumph of the Will’, the sequel to the former propaganda film ‘Triumph of the Faith’, is regarded as one of the most important pieces of cinematographic history. The director, Leini Riefenstahl (pictured above) used an astounding thirty film cameras and over one hundred technicians to produce the two hour film. Since Triumph of the Will had an unlimited budget, the latest technologies were used. Cranes and track-rail filming were used, techniques still used today to make a smooth ‘traveling’ effect.

Ultimately, the propaganda films are dead, but the techniques developed at the time are seen regularly in the latest great Hollywood blockbusters.


2
Contributions to Fashion

The Nazi style of uniform was as bold as their style of government. Thick-soled leather boots, slouch hats, cowhide coats, and peak hats were some of the staples in Nazi fashion, as well as muted color tones often in gray, tan and black. The SS Panzer military organization struck fear into the hearts of their adversaries, with black forage caps and leather coats which were later adopted by American rockers. Doc Martens closely resemble the jump boots that many Schutzstaffel officers wore. Look around at any rock, industrial or otherwise ‘edgy’ group and you see small traces of Nazi fashion sense. The American novelist Kurt Vonnegut once described the style as ‘mildly theatrical’.

Additionally, the founder of Adidas, Adolf Dassler (whose nickname was Adi), was a Nazi. He produced shoes for the Wehrmacht during the war, as well was providing American and Nazi athletes with his footwear during the Berlin Olympics. This created national acclaim when Jesse Owens won the sprinting event at the Berlin Olympics wearing Adolf Dassler’s shoes. Adidas is now a multinational company, supplying athletes all over the world with a supply of footwear and sports accessories.

His brother, Rudolf Dassler, was the more ardent Nazi of the two brothers and went on to found another proficient sports company…Puma. Oh – and Hugo Boss was a Nazi who, from 1934, was an official supplier of uniforms to the SA, SS, Hitler Youth, NSKK and other Party organizations (as evidenced in the advertisement above).

1
Medical Advances

The death of ethics from medicine in Nazi Germany was a sinful, reckless, and dangerous decision, leading to untold atrocities; it has created one of the most extensive ethical controversies in history. Through the Nazi use of torture they discovered information that is discretely used by doctors and medical scientists today. For example, the Nazis extensively studied and monitored hypothermia, at Dachau concentration camp, by subjecting victims to severe torture. The Nazis immersed victims in vats of freezing water or left them out in the winter cold, all the while monitoring changes in body temperature, heart rate, muscle responses and urine. These tests were initially performed on volunteer soldiers, but the Nazis were not satisfied that they had all the information they could get and began to test on concentration camp victims. They attempted to formulate methods to bring the bodies back to a safe temperature, including the “Rapid Active Rewarming” technique that seemed to be the most effective method of revival – and is used today in the west. This research could potentially fill a gap in other researchers studying hypothermia.

A fascinating and extensive article on the ethics involved can be found here.

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  • Interesting & provocative list, however some people will always fail to see any "good" side to the Nazis. You're right about their evil outweighing any good done by them, but there's going to be a shitload of comments.

    • I suspect so - but hopefully not too heated! When dealing with subjects like this objective debate is essential.

      • Agreed. You can't look at it like "Was what the Nazis did about this right?" because just associating something with the Nazis is way too loaded to garner any civil conversation. You need to take each situation as it is, regardless of who conducted it.

        For example, I don't think human experimentation is right in any capacity (except volunteering, I suppose) regardless of the potential gains because I believe that it violates some sort of inalienable human right to life. The fact that the catalyst for this topic was the Nazis is irrelevant.

        • I agree with one caveat - no experimentation (even voluntary) which can potentially lead to death is acceptable.

          • Fair enough. Why are you opposed to potential death if it's voluntary? Do you think that anyone who would agree to that probably isn't of right mind to be deciding that for themselves?

          • Then you'll have to include any pilot or astronaut who pushed the envelope of aviation technology willing to die for the sake of human achievement and exploration.

      • Hi, I read the post with truly interest. There´s any bibliography you know on the subject? such as Nazis laws or so? Thanks

    • o oh.. I smell some racy comment coming up in a while plus hundred of replies from Nazi haters hahaha..

        • the numbers really can't be 100% accurate... winners write history stuff.. if it's true that no nazis said the holocaust didn't happen is good in a weird way.. i think the reason why some people consider the holocaust against jews being overrated is because some people are overreacting.. yes, the nazis were wrong on so many levels but don't you guys hate it when you meet someone, a nazi topic comes up and all of a sudden they become so defensive like "i'm not a racist, oh i'm not a nazi, they're evil"?they're entitled to their opinions but there's a 'go with the flow/ copy the majority's opinion' thingy.. we should at least know a thing or two about this stuff before we go out saying "I hate nazis" you get what i mean? i always remind my friends, the nazis are still human beings.. i believe the soldiers did what they are supposed to do..not exactly genocide but protecting their country.. remember saving private ryan? why did they do it? because it was an order.. germans aren't stupid people.. it's not like all of them were cheering for the deaths of people at auschwitz.. it's sad that others equate germans to nazis.. >.<

        • Haha, I hadn't heard anyone say the holocaust never happened in a serious manner, it'll be interesting if someone actually does post on here with that argument.
          I can't see how anyone can delude themselves into believing that, especially considering the mountain of evidence showing what happened.

          • Just where is this evidence? Actually there is little evidence supporting the claims of the juden. Look at what patton had to say before he was subdued.
            Churchhill's six volume set of his cronicles of WWII, never once mentions any holocaust. Same with the red cross, who was in Germany the whole war, their estimate of all camp deaths were around 300,000. Now they make laws taking peoples freedom for expressing doubt about the official story. here's a great quote, "Never trust a man or religion who is afraid of the truth. Because truth will remain truth under any circumstances.

          • The Holocaust did happen, but you're a fool to think that the perported numbers of deaths aren't grossly inflated. First it was 4 million, then years later changed to 6 million, even reaching a count of 11 million dead -- quite the inconsistancy.
            Sorry, it was a terrible tragedy but I highly doubt that any of those numbers are anywhere near accurate.

            In addition, it's always bothered me that the Holocaust is primarily associated with the Jews solely -- many other minority groups were persecuted by the Nazis and yet they don't complain about it unendingly.

          • In Nuremburg after the war they tried the twenty or so top surviving nazi's. Their defences were numerous and varied, but none tried to use the defence "It didn't happen." You'd think if it hadn't happened some of them may have denied the charges rather than offering weak excuses such as following orders or even worse, defending the ideology?? Nuremburg is 100% proof of what happened and anyone who argues it is an idiot. 'nuff said.

          • im just surprised that less people know of a genocide that was far worse
            hitler was quoted as saying "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"

    • You are quite right sir. The reason why there cannot be a positive side to any aspect of the third reich is that each and every bit of its actions and politics where determined-to-the-bone by their anti-humanist and anti-semitist Herrenrasse ideology, especially the more social aspects listed here. Motivations and events in history are always intertwined and interdependent, so in that way, it does not make sense to look at an isolated aspect and try and find a good side to it. These things can only be understood in proper context, espacially when it comes to National Socialism. There is no rational or philosophically consitsent way to turn the catastrophy of Nazism into positive light. Those who are challenged by these statements I would strongly advise to get familiar with the post-WW2 german philosophy and political philsophy releases.

      • i'd like to add that antisemitism wasn't a german-only opinion.. looking at something and disregarding everything but the negative side is definitely not in 'proper context'.. i respect your opinion and you have a good reason to believe that way.. however, i hope the readers will keep an open mind to things like this.. it is not meant to make them pro or against the nazis.. it's educational and whatever they think after reading is up to them.. nothing is 100% evil.. >.<

      • i'd like to add that you are totally one-sided..and, no offense, someone directly affected by the war or something..hence the i respect your opinion part on my previous reply..anyway, attacking a non-biased article with something too forceful is not good for debate..these 'challenged' people are neither misguided nor confused.. they are simply open to new ideas.. again, don't be a dictator..let them decide what they want to believe...

    • There's a criminal in my country who sodomized many homeless young boys aging 7-14. On the other side, he took care of them. Good of a man?

      • What the fuck are you talking about? Even if he gave them a million dollars and a pony, he still rapes children. Ofcourse he's not a good man.

        • Lol if he gave me a million dollars and a pony he can do whatever he wants to me :P Cause then after one time and I get my money I can just have him arrested and I get to keep leh Pony and leh money :D

        • The writer list medical advance (#1), included the torture and stuff, as a thing Nazi got right. Screw with medical advance! One way or another, scientists from other countries would found a way to deal with hypothermia and in an ethical way. Why would someone acknowledge an evil way is beyond my comprehension.

          • see, another factor why such experiments are tolerated is to prevent death caused by some disease as early as possible.. so that it won't be to late for me or you to get the cure..i'm only disagreeing with the waiting part....

        • He got caught. It's a slap in the face actually because he's been raping for 14 years and live in a crowded neighborhood. None of his neighbors is suspected him although they knew that he took a bath with the kids because he's always been a nice person. They would only see the good side of him.

  • Sorry, but how is torturing people "getting it right", even if they gained some medical advance. And what sort of people feel its ok to do medical experiments on people but not animals? The Nazis got it wrong.

        • yes torturing was not on the list....however the means by which these medical advances were achieved does not translate into the nazis getting it right....before anyone argues that the end justified the means just imagine if you were the person being experimented on.......would you care about those medical advances then?

        • Totalitarian and Socialist governments like the Nazis don't care about the individual and will always sacrifice the minority for their own ends. Warning!!! When America falls to the Socialists there will be no end to the inhumanity of man. The unholy union of Islamo-Socialists will be the most bloody and repressive regime the world has ever seen.

          OK, tell me that I'm a paranoid fool. But Remember my words when you are reading the Quran and naming all your children Muhammad.

          • Ummmm....just when is all of this supposed to happen? Have you ever servered in the military? I have and have been to countries where I wouldn't wish my worst enemy to live in(well....) The U.S. is the greatest country in the world. Even some of my "conservative" friends see that and admit it. Go to North Korea or Sudan you'd be BEGGING for Obama. Plus I don't what being Muslim has to do with anything. Some of the most racist groups out there claim to be "Christian". The Klan,Christian Identity,etc.

          • You're a racist retard. Do you really think fucking muslims want to take over the united states? Islam is a religion, not an orginization bent on world domination, you idiot. And on what do you base this exactly, besides your racist paranoid views of the world? You are too stupid for words, i'm honestly having trouble finding words to explain how stupid you are.

          • He bases it on the Quran itself Bob. I will give you one of the MILDER quotes:

            Sura 61:9

            He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islamic monotheism) to make it victorious over all (other) religions even though the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, and disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger Muhammad) hate (it).

          • And Bob, if you are too stupid to read something, dont make yourself more of a fool trying to defend it. By the way Islam is a religion, not a race.

          • Nazism was brought to power by contributions from corporations such as IG Farben and Krupp; fascism is a form of capitalism.

            Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, the policies of Churchill (Bengali famine 1943) and, earlier, the king of Belgium in 1880-1920 (the rape of the Congo), among many others, were killing millions. The difference is that the victims of capitalism in their millions were primarily non-white, and their deaths are not in any capitalistic history books such as those of the US. Look up the bombardment of Damascus by the French in 1926 or the invasion of the Phillipines by the US in 1901 if you want to un-skew your view of world history and begin to form a balanced view of the relative atrocities of Christians, Muslims, socialists, capitalists (in all their forms -- US, Nazi, Brit imperialist, etc.).

          • @ alfred rosenberg -- the quotation from the Qu'ran is fair enough, but I remind you that there are passages from Leviticus and Deuteronomy, beloved of many adherents of the Christian faith, that make accounts from Auschwitz sound like a day at day-care.

          • "The unholy union of Islamo-Socialists will be the most bloody and repressive regime the world has ever seen."

            You sir are an idiot.

            Go read the Koran, then go read up one a definition of socialism.

            Then see a definition of nationalism.

            You'll find NATIONAL SOCIALISM is what we all want.

          • Hope it wont get that bad as it would have in Christ regime.

            It is a religion which spread throughout the world with Iron Headed Violence.

            Any denials?...

          • Sorry, but you ARE a paranoid fool. While some of our civil liberties may be trampled upon from time to time we will remain a heavily armed capitalist country.

          • I can't believe people actually agree with that idiot! What, are all Muslims Taliban and al Qaeda?! Besides, what you are saying isn't helping. That's the kind of attitude that drives people crazy. Moreover, this is supposed to be about the good the Nazis did, not about Muslim terrorists!

    • You are right in the sense that torturous experiments are ethically wrong - I think more to the point of this list is the question of whether it is ethical to use the research for the betterment of modern medicine.

      • Perhaps I've got hung up on the title, and putting medical experiments on humans at number one sure got me riled up. Very interesting debate though. There always seems to be a lot of people who seem to think its important to see the positive side of the Nazis...

        • Hi, Rob.

          This is an interesting point: Why are there those who seek to put a positive light on what the Nazis did? It's curious, isn't it? As if the items named in this top-ten list, somehow, will provide a more balanced account of the Third Reich? I really and truly don't get it. "Hitler was a vegetarian who loved his dog!" Yeah, so? :/

          • Why are there those who try to claim the Nazis were pure evil?

            People use this to excuse their own behavior. "I might be bad but at least I don't kill Jews!" The Nazis had these excuses and justifications. I might kill Jews but at least I don't kill animals!" We need to rid ourselves of relative morality and judge ourselves absolutely.

          • This may veer towards off-topic, but let me throw one explanation out there.

            Americans have watched the US get into one war after the other (Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, maybe Syria next?) as the MSM rationalizes and defends the whole way, and each time, it turns out that everything was different from what the MSM says it was at the time.

            After watching this happen a few times (older people will recollect the way the Viet-Nam War was packaged and sold back in the day) many people begin to suspect that they really shouldn't trust everything they hear, and at this point, they seek to test the beliefs they were fed in their tender years. All this revisionism, Nazi or otherwise, is just a natural human desire to test and verify the tenets of one's world-view so one can separate the reliable data from the MSM/indoctrination BS that pounds them every day. The longer the experience of being brainwashed and duped, the deeper the scepticism of all official-sounding gate-kept doctrines grows.

      • I think the real question here is, is it ethical to use torturous experiments that are ethically wrong on humans, on animals? The Nazi's didn't think so.

      • Bob
        If there is a tard here, its you...... "Islam is a religion, not an orginization bent on world domination??? Huh....?? WTF are you talking about. THAT IS EXACTLY what there goal is. Islam is a RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. They don't deny that......why are YOU, besides the fact that you are a parrot repeating any liberal bull you here. Read, do research. The number one MAIN goal of islam is world domination. This is as much a fact as water running down hill......here's one that wouln't have survived Hilters medical "advances"

        • So if I said I knew a muslim who, simply wanted to live a happy life with his family like any good christian would. You wouldn't believe me? I could easily say that Christians are bent on world domination as well. You my friend are an ignorant idiot.

          • I think his comments would be fair if he replaced the word Islam with Taliban but it's a small percentage of the people Taliban controlled cities who are true Taliban supporters. Fear does seem to keep them in power though, unfortunately.

    • Well if you could smell the truth it would smell like terror , stale bloody shit and burned rhesus monkey . Id feel less guilty if we experimented on humans ,at least humans have done something to deserve it. Monkeys just play and be cool, humans should know better, humans are cruel .

      • hmm - you can't really say that humans - as a whole - have, as a united front, done a thing which makes experimentation on individuals acceptable.

        • Yeah not random experimentation on civilians , but we can ,say, just go down a list of sex offenders , serial killers and even(if we lucky) the production team behind the Australian TV drama " neighbors" .

          • So because somebody has done something to someone, it's okay to do it back to them? Ever heard of the phrase an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind?

          • Oh yea man, it's not like performing horrific experiments on serial killers makes you just as bad as they are or anything...Wait! My bad, that's exactly what it does.

        • What about religion? No greater evil was brought to the earth. Judging by the standards being discussed here and in your article. If someone that is twisted and evil can't be accepted for their good side, what is the excuse of religion? The bad side is much worse than the good.

        • What about religion? That should count. Nothing is more evil. The only reason that it is not seen that way is because too many have been indoctrinated and believe zealously in the illogical.

          • I Agree. Religion has held Humanity back Since it's Creation Since the Dawn of Man Man Has killed each other for petty Differences AKA: Colour of One's Skin. One's Religion. One's Country. one's Gender. The List goes on. I Agree Humanity will Never Stop Fighting with himself But Humanity will Prevail over war. Not in our Livetime Maybe. So Good Luck.

            If You're An Atheist i Praise good sir. Because People Like you Humanity Will Thrived

      • Some species of chimps have been found to be carnivorous, and I've also seen a documentary where a female monkey killed the baby monkey of another female out of jealousy, or possibly to prevent new competition.

        • Infanticide is actually very common among primates (and many other animals), but it is usually done by males. When a new male defeats the previous leader and wins himself a harem of females, he will often kill any existing infants to cause the females to stop lactating and go into estrus (thus ensuring that he can pass on his own genes and eliminate those of the previous male(s)). But infanticide by a female is not a common or, I suspect, a normal thing.

    • Well, check some other lists in here or books and learn how many other medical advances were made by torturing and murdering people. And they were not made by the Nazis. Human nature...And power

    • How come only the Nazis get crap for experimenting on people, even if it caused medical advances? Does noone take into consideration the psychological experimentation done in American Sanitariums and the horrible treatments and experiments done to Americans by Americans for Tuberculosis? Bad things sometimes happen to open the door to realizations. Get over it. Whatever happened, happened.

      • As much as I agree with the first part of your statement (the whole Nazis aren't the only ones to do these things.) I'm fairly sure you wouldn't be saying 'get over it' if I started experimenting on you :P It's saying things like that that makes people look like idiots.

  • I've gathered from the entries that when you say "vivisection," you mean as it pertains to animals. But since the Nazi surgeons conducted such unethical (partially outlined in entry #1) experiments on humans (and since "vivicection" can apply to human experimentation also), I'm not sure we can chalk up "banning vivisection" as a win for the party. Otherwise, very interesting list.

    Ironic that Adi Dassler gave Owens the shoes that defied Hitler at the '36 games.

    • You are right - it pertains entirely to animals. That is one of the ironies of the Nazi party (and, unfortunately some in modern society - namely some animal rights activists) that they protected the rights of animals but didn't care at all about the rights of humans who are essentially animals - albeit rational ones.

      It is not entirely unlike the situation of some extremist anti-abortion protesters who murder abortionists. They consider abortion to be the unjust taking of a human life but have no qualms about unjustly taking the life of the doctor. I happen to disagree with abortion but I also know that those fundamentalists are perpetrating the same crime - killing someone who has not been justly judged.

      • Yeah, and it's really unfortunate. Animals rights is a good cause to rally around, but the extremism with which some of the major groups (starts with a "P" and rhymes with "pita") conducts their business is appalling.

        And I have heard of some of those murders. That's so dumb. When any semblance of reason abandons the effort, I just decide to sit out on the debate.

      • I do not support the murder of abortionists yet I must speak out against your claims here. These people believe that as an abortionist may perform hundreds of abortions (murders as they see it) a year killing him is justified to prevent these abortions (murders).

        Many people would agree with assassinating Hitler to prevent the deaths that he caused. These abortion protesters see these situations as analogous.

        • If you could theoretically go back in time and kill Hitler before the war, very few people who are live now, would be. Changing the course of history effects every single person, so for example, without the war, my grandparents wouldn't have met, and wouldn't have married...as such they wouldn't have had children, meaning that my Dad would never have existed, meaning that I would never have existed...and so on. Of course, the human race would still exist, population could be pushing seven or eight billion now, but few, if any of those people would be the people who were eventually born. In summary, you are alive thanks to Adolf Hitler, go back in time to kill him and you in effect massacre more people than the Nazi's ever did. All based on fantasy of course, but worth thinking about.

          • Ah, but is it considered murder if those people never technically existed at all. And to neonshadows, if you killed Hitler then you would never go back in time to kill Hitler because he was never a problem. Thus resulting it what is commonly known as the Grandfather Paradox

  • Nice list.. So i guess we should say a little thanks to those Nazis for contributing even a little to society.. btw love the shoes created from Nazi ingenuousness..

  • On the autobahn; I don't believe that "thousands of countries emulated" the autobahn. There are only around 200 countries known in the universe.

    • Maybe there are "thousands minus 200" countries on other planets who have emulated the autobahns. Hitler has been beamed into space - if you believe the movie "Contact"!

      • Um, anything that's been broadcast has indeed been sent into space as well; that's the nature of electromagnetic waves. It's a fact, not simply some "assertion" or "claim" that the producers of "Contact" were trying to make.

      • Actually, in "Contact" images from the 1936 Olympics were beamed back to us as a part of a message.

        With all this chatter about what "good" the Nazis may have done, do remember that, at the end of the war, Hitler claimed that all the good Germans has already died, and that the rest were too weak to have earned the right to survive.

        Nazi Germany, in all that did, and all that it had done to it, brought catastrophe down upon the heads of its own people, not too mention the tens of millions killed in everything from air raids to extermination.

        Tell ya what, if you can find any veterans still alive from the 6th Army, ask them about the things the Nazis got right.

  • They got everything right except they failed to kill all the greedy jewish people who are still greedy p.o.s as of today... Imagine a world with no jews.. Hollywood would be a whole lot better ..

    • And there would have been very less entertaining movies and of course, no Jack black, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Eugene Levy, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Billy Crystal, and ur favorites, Daniel Radcliffe and Natalie Portman... And of course, ur idol, Paul Reubens... But of course, u can never be Ron Jeremy...

      I Imagine a world without you... Yeah, much better...

      Seriously, did u even have to comment???