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Some Thoughts on Hitler and Other Essays by Irmin Vinson

Some Thoughts on Hitler is another example of a book that I’m not a fan of but can’t hate, because it accomplishes its goals without making any major missteps. It’s a compilation of essays from the white nationalist writer Irmin Vinson, published by Greg Johnson’s Counter-Currents Publishing and edited to perfection. If you’re already a white nationalist, racialist, or otherwise interested in the subject matter, you’ll enjoy it; if not, the book isn’t going to move you either way.

According to the introductions by Johnson and Kevin MacDonald, Some Thoughts on Hitler is a collection of articles Vinson wrote for his website, the Racial Nationalist Library. It’s subdivided into several sections, focusing on Hitler/Nazism, the Holocaust, Islam and “white ethnomasochism.” The section on the Holocaust is by far the most valuable, as Vinson deconstructs the mythos surrounding it and how it’s used to browbeat whites into submission:

The novel’s historical context is central to its subject. In Focus the European war, depicted in our propaganda as a titanic struggle of good against evil, seems little more than a distant contest between two rival groups of pogromists, each nurturing its own “murderous monster” of racial hatred. In Europe German nazis conduct mass hangings of Jews, while at home angry anti-Semites, organized into the Christian Front, part of a large network of patriotic organizations spread across the country, beat Jews and rape Puerto Ricans as they await the return of the American military, who will then assume the lethal role of storm troops in driving Jews from America, beginning first in New York, the center of Jew-hatred. White America’s cleansing war against Jewry will begin, as an activist neighbor informs Newman, “when the boys come home,” since American combatants in the European war are at one with their German enemies in their implacable anti-Semitism.

Vinson points out some astonishing facts, such as how the West’s—and organized Jewry’s—obsession with the Holocaust didn’t begin until the mid-1960’s, when Jews decided to hop aboard the civil rights bandwagon. This was in part due to the massive amounts of non-Jews who were killed in concentration camps, and the fact that Jews were primarily shipped to camps on the Eastern Front, contra the propaganda in Band of Brothers and other modern World War II media.

Vinson also elaborates on the sheer absurdity of Arthur Miller and other Jews trying to depict America and the Allied nations as being equally anti-Semitic (and complicit in the Holocaust by omission) as Nazi Germany. While Jews were excluded from some positions of prestige in pre-WWII America, they were never actively discriminated against like blacks were in the Jim Crow South. To this day, the number of American Jews killed in anti-Semitic pogroms remains exactly one: Leo Frank. The book is also eerily prescient (most of the essays were originally published a decade ago) about how the same anti-racist, anti-nationalist rhetoric used by the Holocaust industry to attack nationalism in white countries could also be used to attack Israel; young American Jews nowadays are largely either indifferent to Israel or openly sympathetic to the Palestinians.

I’m not convinced of the Culture of Critique-esque logic underlying Vinson’s essays, but it’s still good food for thought.

The eponymous “Some Thoughts on Hitler” and its accompanying essays are also a good read. Vinson deconstructs how, like the Holocaust mythos, the mythos surrounding Hitler and Nazi Germany has little connection to reality and serves to demonize whites in general and nationalists in particular. The mainstream narrative of Hitler and Nazism being the apotheosis of evil doesn’t hold up to the slightest scrutiny: going by pure body count, communism killed far more people than Nazism ever did. The reason why we obsess over the Holocaust and not the Holodomor is not because the former is uniquely horrible—humans have been committing genocide since the beginning of time—but because the former is politically convenient for our Marxist masters:

Although most nationalists in the United States and even in Germany do not consider themselves national socialists, multiracialists and anti-White Jewish advocacy groups call each and every one of us a “nazi.” It is an undeniable fact that in our contemporary political climate any white nationalism, as recent events in the Balkans amply demonstrate, will be labeled Hitlerian and will summon, in breathless media presentations, “the specter of the Holocaust” and anguished fears that “it” might just happen again, if the goyim get too restless. That, after all, is the central lesson taught by the countless Holocaust museums sprouting up, like noxious toadstools, throughout most of the West: that White racial consciousness is literally lethal and must therefore be actively combated, a lesson which we have now enshrined, in deference to Jewry, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, a national memorial to our White wickedness.

My biggest criticism here is that Vinson falls victim somewhat to wishful thinking. While his tone throughout the book is academic rather than polemical, he ridiculously claims that one of Hitler’s war aims was the destruction of the Soviet Union, somehow unaware of a little diplomatic agreement called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Germany and Russia agreed to divide eastern Europe among themselves, freeing the former to wage war on France and Britain. Hitler was an opportunist who was perfectly happy co-existing with communists so long as it served his interests; he certainly didn’t care for the Ukrainians and the other victims of Stalin’s machinations.

Some Thoughts on Hitler also seems painfully out-of-date in some areas. For example, Vinson claims at one point that the war in Iraq was intended to benefit Israel by knocking out one of the Palestinians’ biggest benefactors in Saddam. This was barely plausible at best ten years ago and looks amazingly ridiculous today. Israel ended up being one of the bigger losers in the Iraq debacle; not only did Saddam’s overthrow make Iran—an even more powerful and anti-Israel regime—into a major power player in the Middle East, the war with Hezbollah—Iran’s proxy army—ended with the IDF being bitchslapped and run out of Lebanon with their tails between their legs.

Nonetheless, for what it is, Some Thoughts on Hitler is a well-researched and thought-provoking read. If you’re interested in racialism and white nationalism, it’s a good addition to your collection; if not, feel free to skip it.

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