Darwin-Hitler connection

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In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote:

  • “Underlying the Nazis’ belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being.”[1]

The standard biographies of Hitler almost all point to the influence of Darwinism on their subject. In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock writes:

What Hitler found objectionable about Christianity was its rejection of Darwin's theory: “Its teaching, he declared, was a rebellion against the natural law of selection by struggle and the survival of the fittest.”[1]


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