This little conversation happened –
Me – I was doing quite well in the beginning.
Mim – in a cute little sing song voice – Yeah, just like Hitler.
Unlike Hitler, I won my quest for world domination…uh..the game…
Tags: family, life, teens
Unlike Hitler you have no narrow minded concept of which life is worth living …
Does Mim know, what Hitler stood for? – All his inhuman ideas about who is worthy and who is there to serve or die because he thought him to be bad for “the people”. All his strange ideas about people health – as if somebody with disability was endangering others and could only die.
I live in Germany, am german – and I have learned a lot about those dark times at school – enough to think it a little insensitive if somebody compares the mother of a child with special needs to Hitler who would have thought nothing about killing that very child you so lovingly care for.
If you can laugh about that good for Mim.
Please tell her from me to look up the ideology of the Nazis and to spend a day on finding out what the Nazis did with the disabled. They were not killed in concentration camps, they were brought to clinics and killed there, “euthanized” – after doing abominable experiments on them.
Yes, I am a little touchy on that subject. There was so much cruelty in my country less than a century ago and the only sense I can see in it is to learn from that, so things will not happen again. That includes the knowledge about what Hitler stood for. He was, I am the first to admit, not alone with his sentiments in his time. But he used his power to act upon those!
And I am VERY GLAD that Hitler did only do well at the beginning!
(Did I mention Mim’s 13?) Miriam has read “The Diary of Anne Frank” already, plus “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”, so what Hitler did isn’t lost on her. I think she has a pretty good balance of “What Hitler did was wrong” and “the Germans are pretty nice people, it seems like a nice country”. Keep in mind, as Americans, we take pride in our ancestor’s heritage, and there is a bit of German on both sides of her family. I really don’t think Miriam meant any disrespect – it was just this odd little comment that I thought “Well gee, she knows a bit about the timeline of WWII.” Weird child of mine!
But we are ALL glad Hitler only did well in the beginning…
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