I brought up this amazing question about Hitler today in English class, but I was thinking about the Civil War when i asked this, but it relates to Hitler as well. It is as follows:
"Why was Hitler considered a monster, if he was only doing what he thought was right, for him and his country?"
~James A. Brino
I brought this up in class thinking about what Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address more than 150 years ago. In the Gettysburg Address, A. Lincoln says,
"...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Abraham Lincoln was saying in this speech, that the men that fought here are not going to die, and be sent to hell, he was saying, that these people were fighting for what they believed in, and you can not blame them for doing that.
Let me put it in simpler terms, The Union soldiers thought that the confederacy were the bad guys, and needed to get killed, but the Confederate soldiers thought that the Union soldiers were the bad guys, and needed to die.
Do you see the problem that we are facing. Each side thought they were doing what was right, but when we look at it 150 years ago, it is very different, compared to what they were looking at back then.
Let me tie back to Hitler, In WWII, Hitler was just doing what he thought was right, and what would benefit his country, so in a way, A. Lincoln is saying that Hitler should not go to hell, or die in vain, because he was fighting for what he thought was right.
Please feel free to comment, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to explain your side of the story.