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Communism killed 100 million people in the 20th Century - why do you think Lenin and Trotsky (Mao too) are not as vilified as Hitler? with his "paltry" 55 million killed?
Most of the 100 million that died under communism was due to poor planning resulting in famines. Yes, communists killed a lot of people but the Nazis explicitly planned and carried out an industrialised system of murder.

Mao I think gets less talk due to Eurocentrism. The west tends to think of the east as mysterious and barbaric and takes little time to look into their affairs.
 
Most of the 100 million that died under communism was due to poor planning resulting in famines. Yes, communists killed a lot of people but the Nazis explicitly planned and carried out an industrialised system of murder.
I have a question.

How badly did it make Hitler's vagina ache when he saw Max Schmeling get knocked out by Joe Louis in their second fight?
He didn't care.
 
1934.

Hitler has near total control of the country and immediately seizes assets of jews and political enemies. His goal is to restore the German economy and so appoints an economic genius by the name of Hjalmar Schacht. Schacht quickly begins printing the famous Mefo bills - similar to an iou as well as the mass printing of money.

The largest infrastructure scheme in German history begins. Dams, autobahns, railroads. The unemployment rate plummets yet wages stay low and the price of goods increases. Printing money is creating inflation, but Hitler doesn't care. His economic plan has only one goal. War.

He assembles his military leaders. Germany will be withdrawn from the league of nations and demilitarized zones will be retaken. The military is to be expanded far past that allowed under the Versailles treaty. He believes Europe will do nothing. They are scared, weary of war and beset with economic disaster.

To the generals alarm he declares his wish for war by 1938 at the latest. He plans on annexing Austria and seizing Lebensraum (living space) in Eastern Europe. This area will be Germanized, a colonial space for the German people to expand into.

But first he must expand both his economy and his military in order to destroy the Judeo-Bolshevism that he rails against in his massive speeches.
 
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The nazi bring in the infamous nuremberg laws in 1935. Their goal is to destroy judaism in Germany. Here's a translation I found online:

Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour
Moved by the understanding that purity of German blood is the essential condition for the continued existence of the German people, and inspired by the inflexible determination to ensure the existence of the German nation for all time, the Reichstag has unanimously adopted the following law, which is promulgated herewith:

Article 1
  1. Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or related blood are forbidden. Marriages nevertheless concluded are invalid, even if concluded abroad to circumvent this law.
  2. Annulment proceedings can be initiated only by the state prosecutor.
Article 2
Extramarital relations between Jews and citizens of German or related blood are forbidden.

Article 3
Jews may not employ in their households female citizens of German or related blood who are under 45 years old.

Article 4
  1. Jews are forbidden to fly the Reich or national flag or display Reich colours.
  2. They are, on the other hand, permitted to display the Jewish colours. The exercise of this right is protected by the state.
Article 5
  1. Any person who violates the prohibition under Article 1 will be punished with hard labour
  2. A male who violates the prohibition under Article 2 will be punished with prison or prison with hard labour.
  3. Any person violating the provisions under Articles 3 or 4 will be punished with prison with hard labour for up to one year and a fine, or with one or the other of these penalties.
Article 6
The Reich Minister of the Interior, in co-ordination with the Deputy of the Führer and the Reich Minister of Justice, will issue the legal and administrative regulations required to implement and complete this law.

Article 7
The law takes effect on the day following promulgation, except for Article 3, which goes into force on 1 January 1936
 
The nazis take the opportunity to ditch their wives and marry younger girls. They also amass huge fortunes, take control of lucrative contract and cease paying taxes.

Here is Göring - WWI fighter ace, morphine addict and early backer of Hitler. He's rich, aristocratic and the 2nd most powerful man in Germany. Note the nazi salutes given by priests.

 
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In realistic terms, quite far away. There was of course a lot of theory but the Nazis had killed or deported the most intelligent people in the country i.e. jews, left wing intellectuals. Science had become poltiicized and corruption was wide-spread.

A common philosophy took shape in Nazi Germany - working towards the Führer. This meant that although there were often not direct orders from Hitler you worked according to the culture and emotions he instilled. For example, though there was never any offical order from Hitler for the holocaust the entire nai apparatus worked towards what they believed he wanted and what he called for in his pseeches and table talks i.e. the complete extermination of jewry.
Who was the highest ranking Nazi who gave direct orders for the holocaust?
 
Of course we have the written orders from Hitler for the T4 euthanasia plan that he was then criticised for. After that he only gave extermination orders verbally. For that we have oral evidence from Goebbels, Himmler, Eichmann and Rosenberg that Hitler wanted the Jews exterminated (see my post on "working towards the Führer") as well as his speechs. Written evidence of course we have from Heydrich.




 
Heinrich Himmler. October, 1943 - Posen

I also want to refer here very frankly to a very difficult matter. We can now very openly talk about this among ourselves, and yet we will never discuss this publicly. Just as we did not hesitate on June 30, 1934 to perform our duty as ordered and put comrades who had failed up against the wall and execute them, we also never spoke about it, nor will we ever speak about it. Let us thank God that we had within us enough self-evident fortitude never to discuss it among us, and we never talked about it. Every one of us was horrified, and yet every one clearly understood that we would do it next time, when the order is given and when it becomes necessary.

I am now referring to the evacuation of the Jews, to the extermination of the Jewish people
 
Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf
If at the beginning of the war and during the war twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.
Adolf Hitler 30 January 1939:

Today I want to be a prophet once more: if international Jewry succeeds in plunging the nations into another world war, the result will not be the Bolshevization of the earth, and thereby the victory of Jewry, but the destruction of the Jewish race in Europe!
Adolf Hitler 30 January 1942:

The war will not end as the Jews imagine it will, namely with the uprooting of the Aryans, but the result of this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jews. Now for the first time they will not bleed other people to death, but for the first time the old Jewish law of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, will be applied. And – world Jewry may as well know this – the further these battles [of the war] spread, the more anti-Semitism will spread. It will find nourishment in every prison camp and in every family when it discovers the ultimate reason for the sacrifices it has to make. And the hour will come when the most evil universal enemy of all time will be finished, as least for a thousand years.
Adolf Hitler 29 April 1945:

I have also made it quite plain that, if the nations of Europe are again to be regarded as mere shares to be bought and sold by these international conspirators in money and finance, then that race, Jewry, which is the real criminal of this murderous struggle, will be saddled with the responsibility. I further left no one in doubt that this time not only would millions of children of Europe's Aryan peoples die of hunger, not only would millions of grown men suffer death, and not only hundreds of thousands of women and children be burnt and bombed to death in the towns, without the real criminal having to atone for this guilt, even if by more humane means
 
Heinrich Himmler 18 September, 1942
"in principle the Fuehrer's time is no longer to be burdened with these matters...The delivery of anti-social elements from the execution of their sentences to the Reich Fuehrer of SS to be worked to death. Persons under protective arrest, Jews, Gypsies, Russians and Ukranians, Poles with more than 3-year sentences, Czechs and Germans with more than 8-year sentences according to the judgement of the Minister of Justice [Thierack]. First of all, the worst anti-social elements amongst those just mentioned are to be handed over; I shall inform the Fuhrer of this through Reichsleiter Bormann"
 
SS Scharfuehrer Erich Fuchs:
One day in the winter of 1941, Wirth put together a transport to Poland. I was selected along with. eight to ten others and transferred to Belzec in three motorcars... Upon our arrival in Belzec we met Friedel Schwarz and two other SS-men whose names I do not remember. They served as guards during the building of a hut which we were to fit out as a gas chamber. Wirth told us that in Belzec "all Jews were to be bumped off." For this purpose the huts were fitted out as gas chambers. I installed shower nozzles in the gas chambers. The nozzles were not connected to a water pipe because they were only meant to serve as camouflage for the gas chambers. The Jews who were to be gassed were untruthfully informed that they were to be bathed and disinfected.
 
Joseph Goebbels
February 14, 1942: The Führer once again expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe pitilessly. There must be no squeamish sentimentalism about it. The Jews have deserved the catastrophe that has now overtaken them. Their destruction will go hand in hand with the destruction of our enemies. We must hasten this process with cold ruthlessness.
March 27, 1942: A judgment is being visited upon the Jews that, while barbaric, is fully deserved by them. The prophecy which the Führer made about them for having brought on a new world war is beginning to come true in a most terrible manner. One must not be sentimental in these matters. If we did not fight the Jews, they would destroy us. It's a life-and-death struggle between the Aryan race and the Jewish bacillus
 
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Of course we have the written orders from Hitler for the T4 euthanasia plan that he was then criticised for. After that he only gave extermination orders verbally. For that we have oral evidence from Goebbels, Himmler, Eichmann and Rosenberg that Hitler wanted the Jews exterminated (see my post on "working towards the Führer") as well as his speechs. Written evidence of course we have from Heydrich.




I don't read German. Are these orders related to the Holocaust?