Nietzsche and the Nazis
Many scholars view Friedrich Nietzsche's exploitation by the Nazis as a travesty based on ignorance and willful distortion, but the truth may be more complicated.
The source: “The Uses and Abuses of Nietzsche in the Third Reich: Alfred
Baeumler’s ‘Heroic Realism’” by Max Whyte, in Journal of Contemporary History, April 2008.
During World War II, Hitler’s soldiers marched off to battle with field-gray editions of Friedrich Nietzsche’s works in their packs, and ordinary Germans were occasionally urged on with the philosopher’s words. After the...