[Marxism] Fwd: Review of James Q. Whitman, "Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law"
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Finding himself in prison following the beer-hall fiasco in Munich in
1923, Adolf Hitler had time to put his thoughts about politics and
destiny into order, at least as much as that was possible. The United
States was part of his grand vision, and not as someplace to conquer.
“The racially pure and still unmixed German has risen to become master
of the American continent,” he wrote in Mein Kampf, “and he will remain
the master, as long as he does not fall victim to racial pollution.” He
was encouraged on the latter score by what he had learned of American
immigration policy. With its stated preference for Northern Europeans,
its restrictions on those from Southern and Eastern Europe, and its
outright exclusion of everyone else, the Immigration Act of 1924
impressed Hitler as exemplary. It manifested, “at least in tentative
first steps,” what he and his associates saw as “the characteristic
völkisch conception of the state,” as defined in some detail by the Nazi
Party Program of 1920.
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