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December 7th, 2006, 15:08
Hey Ace. As a German, you might not understand this, so let me spell it out for you: people cannot think rationally about Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler and Co. are the ultimate in evil. Everything associated with them is tainted by that evil. As the ADL puts it, "To write of Hitler without the context of millions of innocents brutally murdered is an insult to all of their memories." That context intrudes into any discussion of any aspect of that period in Germany's history. So when you connect someone (or his country, or whatever) to the Nazis in some way, that person has to defend himself (country, etc.) from the charge of "being like Hitler", even though you didn't make that charge, because he knows that the people around him cannot think rationally about Hitler and the Nazis. And it kills the conversation. So don't do it.
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