How Hitler Won Germans Over With His 'Scientific Religion'

The Nazis conducted experiments on her mother and nailed her father's tongue to a wall. And yet, Israeli lecturer Tamar Ketko still managed to be shocked by what she found in Nazi textbooks she discovered in a Zurich library cellar.

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German girls shown in physical training at the Reich's Colonial School for Women, in this undated photo, Rendsburg, Germany.
German girls shown in physical training at the Reich's Colonial School for Women, in this undated photo, Rendsburg, Germany.Credit: AP
Ayelett Shani
Ayelett Shani
Dr. Tamar Katko.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

One textbook stated, 'In the beginning, God created the German. From ice he created him.'

Nazi education simply recreated the Germans. It succeeded in a way we can’t comprehend and it resulted in almost 70 million people killed and murdered in World War II.

Schoolchildren do the Nazi salute in Berlin, 1934.Credit: German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons
A group of children stand behind the barbed wire fence at Auschwitz just after the death camp was liberated by the Soviet army in January, 1945.Credit: AP

Hitler, in his genius, understood that the language that would grab the elites most powerfully was the language of science.

Hitler Youth in Worm, Germany, 1933.Credit: German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons

Auschwitz was the biggest-ever laboratory for experiments on human beings. How did medicine suddenly leap forward by hundreds of years?

A Lebensborn birth house in Nazi Germany, created with intention of raising the birth rate of 'Aryan' children from extramarital relations of 'racially pure and healthy' parents.Credit: German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons
Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.

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