|Bodies of Sioux Indians being unceremoniously piled into a mass grave hacked into|
the frozen Dakota soil after the tragedy at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890
He was said to be fascinated by the conflict of cowboys and Indians in North America, avidly reading adventure stories of the Wild West.
One of his particular fascinations was how camps in America contained and eventually changed the Indigenous people of its lands.
And it is this idea, of containing people, scrubbing away their identities by replacing their names with numbers and breaking their spirit with beatings if they veered from the rules that can be seen in the horrific concentration camps later created under the Nazi regime.
It is impossible to point to any one factor to determine what caused Hitler to take certain actions. But he was drawn to the conflict of the American 'Cowboy and Indian' and merged this with his twisted epic vision of an Aryan German Empire - aka the Third Reich. (more...)
I am put in mind of what my father told me about how he, his brother, and his sister were beaten in school in Alberta for speaking in the Polish language.
“Campbell was an ordinary-looking man, but he was extravagantly costumed in a uniform of his own design. He wore a white ten-gallon hat and black cowboy boots decorated with swastikas and stars. He was sheathed in a blue body stocking which had yellow stripes running from his armpits to his ankles. His shoulder patch was a silhouette of Abraham Lincoln’s profile on a field of pale green. He had a broad armband which was red, with a blue swastika in a circle of white.”Sorta makes sense:
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five
More cringe worthy than Cowboys n Indians is Wops n Wahoos courtesy of the Ratpack from back in the day when the Mafia laundered its drug money through Hollywood... and gave the CIA a cut to fund its covert operations.