Tuesday, July 25, 2017


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What the Heil?

Various images attempted to connect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler through slogans promising to make their respective countries "great again."


As the Nazi Party rose to power, Hitler used the slogan "Make Germany Great Again." See Example(s)
A prominent theme during the Nazi Party's ascendancy was restoring Germany to its former greatness, and Adolf Hitler used the phrase "make Germany great again" upon occasion.

In March 2016, various online images attempted to draw a connection between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler by claiming that both politicians campaigned using similar slogans:

Hitler didn't technically ever employ "Make Germany great again" ("machen Deutschland wieder groß" in German) as a campaign slogan himself, as the only office he achieved before seizing dictatorial control of the German government was an appointed one, and the Nazi Party didn't need to do any "campaigning" after that, as one of Hitler's first actions was to outlaw all other political parties.
However, even if he didn't use the phrase as a recurrent slogan, Hitler did at least occasionally reference it. For example, according to an English translation of a speech Hitler delivered in February 1940 (seven years after being appointed Chancellor of Germany), he cited it as one of the imperatives of his political movement:

Making Germany great again was also a dominant theme in Nazi propaganda, even if it wasn't expressed in exactly those words. The mood in 1930s Germany was dark: the country had been hit especially hard by a global economic recession and was still stinging from the humiliating terms imposed upon them by the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. Hitler's main message was one of redemption for the country — in his book Access to History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-45, Geoff Layton identified three dominant themes in Nazi propaganda:


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