Rosenberg, Alfred

Rosenberg's theory on races

Rosenberg saw it as his duty to create a hierarchy of races in order to justify Hitlerís politics. He used the works of racist and anti-Semitic authors like Frenchman Joseph-Arthur de Gobineau, British Houston Stewart Chamberlain and American Madison Grant as base. Rosenberg however lacked any anthropological knowledge. Moreover he skipped the scientific sources available to the authors mentioned above. In stead of scientifically founded research he chose his own philosophical ideas as his base.

Rosenberg argued there are two opposing races. On the one hand the Arian race as creator of all values and culture and on the other hand the Jewish race, representatives of cultural corruption and degeneration in all possibled fields. In his vision, the notion of race was the decisive factor in art, culture and the entire course of world history. The Teutons (read: Germans) represented the masterrace of the Arians whose task it was to dominate Europe. He rejected Jewry and Christianity. Their ideals of love thy neighbour and charity should be replaced by a new heathenish Teutonic sense of honour. The Jews had destroyed the pure racist ideal by their humane religion that was destructive to the true Teutonian spirit of blood, honour and courage.

In the Mythos he wrote: "The essence of the present worldrevolution lies in the awakening of the types of races, not only in Europe but across the entire planet. This awakening is the natural reaction aimed at the last chaotic remnants of the liberal, economic imperialism where its subject of exploitation has fallen into the trap of bolsjevistic Marxism out of pure desperation, in order to finish what democracy has started, namely the eradication of the racial and national conscience".

Blacks, Jews and other Semitic races were put at the bottom of the ladder by Rosenberg. At the top stood the white Arian race. Rosenberg considered the Nordic peoples representatives of the masterrace that was superior to all other races, even other Arians. The masterrace consisted of Germans, Scandinavians, Baltics, Dutch (including the Flemish) and the inhabitants of the British Isles. Rosenberg also saw the Berbers in northern Africa as Arians. The Germans were the superior Nordic race, the master race within the master race. In the course of the years, Rosenberg shaped this racial theory differently but his base remained white monocracy, extreme German nationalism and rabid anti-Semitism.

Two quotes by the anti-Semite Rosenberg do not need further comment: "Anti-Semitism is the connecting element in the rebuilding of Germany" and "Germany will consider the Jewish question as solved only after the last Jew has left the Greater German living space. Europe will have solved its Jewish question only after the last Jew has left the continent"

Mention must be made of the fact that Rosenberg was violently opposed to homosexuality. In his pamphlet "Der Sumpf" (the moor) he especially targets lesbians as they stood in the way of procreation of the Nordic race.

Definitielijst

democracy
From the Greek: demos (the people) kratein (rules). Democracy is a form of government elected by the majority of the people in which the people can check on the leaders and have the government resign in case a majority of the people no longer agrees with the government.
imperialism
The policy of a state to extend its territory by annexations of border areas of other states through colonisation. After World War 2 the term got more of an economic and cultural meaning rather than the actual domination of a territory.
Jews
Middle Eastern people with own religion that lived in Palestine. They distinguished themselves by their strong monotheism and the strict observance of the Law and tradition. During World War 2 the Jewish people were ruthlessly persecuted and annihilated by the German Nazis. . An estimated 6,000,000 Jews were exterminated.
nationalism
The pursuit of a people to become politically independence or securing such independence.

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Joseph-Arthur de Gobinea. He inspired Rosenberg
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Translated by:
Arnold Palthe
Article by:
Robert Jan Noks
Published on:
03-12-2015
Last edit on:
25-07-2017
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