There is a new documentary out about the lives of the direct descendants of prominent National Socialists and how they are addled with guilt about the sins committed by their parents and grandparents. I found these tidbits interesting:
“Rainer Hoess is not his grandfather, Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz. And yet, at the same time, Bettina's children would carry on Herman's genes--which is why, she explains, she and her brother both sterilized themselves.”
“The person in the film who seems to have made the most sustained effort to grapple with his Nazi heritage is, unsurprisingly, one with a very direct connection to that past. Niklas Frank, son of the Nazi Governor-General of Poland, Hans Frank, has spent much of his life researching and denouncing his father's crimes…. But he is spurned on by his loathing of his parents and of what they did …. As for his father, he says, through all his research, he kept hoping to find something, anything, good that he had ever done; some evidence that he tried to save at least one person, one time. But there was no such evidence.”
It seems that victory over National Socialism is now so complete that the children of prominent Nazis – who extolled eugenics and breeding a master race –voluntarily sterilize themselves so that their father’s genes would not propagate forward.
Were this also true for communism. Where are Mao and Pol Pot and Lenin and Stalin’s children? Where is the movie describing their guilt and self-sterilization? After all, while National Socialism killed 20 million, communism has killed 100 million world-wide. In Cambodia, Pol Pot killed 1/3 of all the people in his country in less than 5 years.
Instead we have proto-Stalin, Vladimir Putin, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad by temporarily changing the name of Volgograd back to Stalingrad and painting Stalin’s visage on the side of municipal buses.
We need to be working for the day when Vladimir Putin’s children are so wracked with guilt that they neuter themselves so that the hated Putin gene is not propagated any further in the human gene pool.