Did American Racism Inspire the Nazis?

A new book claims as much—and in so doing falls into the intellectual trap known as reductio ad Hitlerum.

From the cover of Hitler’s American Model, by James Q. Whitman. Princeton University Press.

From the cover of Hitler’s American Model, by James Q. Whitman. Princeton University Press.

Observation
March 9 2017
About the author

Joshua Muravchik is the author most recently of Heaven on Earth: The Rise, Fall, and Afterlife of Socialism (Encounter).

In 1935, two years after Hitler came to power, Nazi Germany promulgated the so-called Nuremberg Laws. One of the two laws stripped Jews of their citizenship, leaving them instead as mere subjects. The other prohibited marriage or extramarital sex between Jews and persons of “German or related blood.”

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