Parviz Amoghli is an Iranian-German author who was born in Tehran. When he was a small child, his family relocated to what was then West Germany.
The following essay by Mr. Amoghli is a sardonic look at the depths to which the reductio ad hitlerum has fallen in public discourse, with almost any discussion proving the accuracy of Godwin’s Law.
JLH, who translated the piece, includes this note:
Here’s a close look at the bane of Germany. Will we one day be writing similar stuff about Barack Hussein Obama?
The translated essay from Deutscher Arbeitgeber Verband:
Enough With the Hitler Fixation!
by Parviz Amoghli
January 30, 2017
Faced with the perpetual return of sameness, your bile rises. You can’t listen to it anymore. Hitler here, Hitler there, Hitler everywhere! Nary a political discussion — public or private — that does not end with the booby-trapped conversation killer of the Third Reich, no statement where the Bohemian bloodsucker is not whispering from the wings. Enough to make you throw up!
What’s that about? As if Germany had no other problems than the “Führer” in all his aspects. Anyone who wants to be occupied with that, please, read, view and listen to your heart’s content. It’s not as if there weren’t enough books, texts, Facebook groups, films and filmlets available. Go! To the library, the internet. No one is stopping you. Turn on the TV. Somewhere there is some history porno. Consume what you will. There is something for everybody. Discover you own personal truths — whatever you like. But, please, keep National Socialism out of daily politics. I direct this at both right and left.
Some on the right side seem to believe that they can overcome the problems of the present with revisionism. As if the shameless coquetry with the Holocaust or the claim that the attack on the Soviet Union was in truth a preventive strike would change anything in the present troubled situation. But, you might point out, it’s about the “guilt cult” and freeing ourselves from it. Then everything will be good, or at least better. To be sure, a glance at Sweden — not a land with great National Socialist contamination — shows that an immigration policy does not need a Hitler cult to be wacky. Anyway, such trifles play no role in the great whitewashing. Bigger things are at stake. National rebirth. Walking upright. Or something like that, garnished with some unsavory biologistical spin.
All of that yields an eerie demagoguery of past and extinct times — hollow, musty, redolent of pease porridge — which only puts off dealing with such ideas. Is that really supposed to be the answer for the manifold problems that have been, are and will be faced for decades by the political system, the state and society? Puhlease!
The problem is that this faction within those right of center is terribly loud. Its members’ declamations regularly drown out those who have nothing to do with whitewashings or resurrections of any kind and are arguing on the solid foundation of justice, order and security. These people find themselves enmeshed in confrontations because of inane Hitlerisms, and compelled to renunciations, which unnecessarily and continuously paralyze the libertarian, conservative, Christian-socialist and other democratic resistance to dangerous aberrations. Are the advocates for national consciousness so blind that they do not see what they are accomplishing? That they do not recognize that they are performing the task of those they claim to be attacking?
And now we come to the Left. It has its own Führer-fixated megaphone. Bigger or smaller than the opposite side — that is not important. What is important is that a goodly proportion of them are sitting at the levers of power in Germany, and therefore control sufficient governmental and media power to make their own dream a reality — the Anti-Hitler State. Not a day goes by without an anti-Nazi fanfare. And because it was so much fun, there’s another, and another and…
The first and last question the leftist Hitlerists seem to ask themselves in working out their solution to the problem is: “What would HE say about that?” The answer they feel they have received to this conjuration of the demon goes on to form the basis of their campaigns, actions and policies. Nothing else matters. And then it can even happen that excessive reference to the Holocaust relativizes it. Or the state of Israel is declared to be a fascistic evil, amid the worst of the anti-Semitic lies — wellspring poisoners, child murderers — while a Palestinian terrorist organization, whose only criticism of Hitler was that he did not finish the Holocaust, is declared a bringer of peace and salvation. To be sure, they unceasingly fire off rockets at civilians and now and then slaughter some settler family. But what else can they do? The Jews are the guilty ones. Why do they not understand the meaning of the genocide that the Hitlerist glitterati of the German republic expects of them?
Less disgusting — and therefore more dangerous for peace, freedom and security — is the fact that leftist Hitlerism has step-by-step assumed totalitarian characteristics. What was inconceivable ten and certainly twenty years ago — like an outsourced governmental censor’s office — has become an ominous reality. The censorial measures taken are predominantly against rightist “haters” — a category which includes all those who do not agree with the politics of the leftist Hitlerists. Islamist, anti-Semitic or leftist hate posts, calls for violence and murder, are not affected — they are rather the expression of healthy freedom of expression and civil courage.
And what is going on with the Center — that political force which is supposed to hold such crude thought burps of the Left and Right in check and guarantee stability and continuity? If it still exists, it is sitting like a rabbit before the snake, overwhelmed by the fear of being tangled up in the mustache of the Evil One. All that comes out is a little I-am-not-a-Nazi-but rhetoric, which makes any further conversation unnecessary.
It’s enough to make you tear your hair out. In one political generation, the home of political reason has become the hideout of scaredy cats. No rescue from the Hitlerism of the right and left margins is to be expected. And you can’t blame the so-called middle. What can it set up against the Führer and his iridescent band of demons? The desolate present with all its insoluble problems? Against the mandate of history, whether it leans toward whitewashing or the anti-Hitler state? It is not surprising that the Center, too, is positioning itself in alignment with its relationship to The-Greatest-Military-Strategist-Of-All-Time, depending on whether the particular centrist leans right or left. None of which makes its failure any less pathetic.
It is truly bizarre. In a time when it is more necessary than ever to concentrate on the possibilities as well as the distortions and crises of the early 21st century, to develop a new thinking adapted to the altered circumstances. That in such a time, the Führer — seventy years after his death — still holds the land in his iron grip. It is not possible to eat enough to vomit as much as this makes you want to.
Enough with the Hitler fixation!
Parviz Amoghli is a prize-winner in the competition Writing between the Cultures, has published in divers anthologies and newspapers and belongs to the authors of TUMULT — Quarterly for Upsetting the Consensus .