What misconception about history infuriates you? (self.AskReddit)

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9806 comments submitted at 05:44:38 on Oct 14, 2013 by PM_ME_UR_TITS_PLS

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  • Wibbles20
  • 1 Points
  • 22:53:18, 14 October

It's only the Western view of these guys that portrays them as bad guy.

Like if you look at Hitler. Sure he ordered the persecution of Jews, gypsies, gays and the disabled. But he got Germany back on its feet after the Treaty of Versailles and the Great Depression pretty much wrecked it. Also, many of the medical break throughs wouldn't have happened if the Nazis didn't experiment on the Jews.

So there is always 2 sides to every story

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  • Das_Mime
  • 2 Points
  • 02:28:05, 15 October

> But he got Germany back on its feet after the Treaty of Versailles and the Great Depression pretty much wrecked it.

Ah, another history myth. Hitler's so-called "economic miracle" was based entirely on heavy deficit spending and money-printing, which would have led to another massive crash if Germany hadn't conquered other nations and stolen their reserves of currency and metals.

>Also, many of the medical break throughs wouldn't have happened if the Nazis didn't experiment on the Jews.

Actually, the Nazis' experiments were not nearly as important scientifically as many people seem to think. Most of them were carried out less-than-rigorously. They were largely a sadistic rather than scientific endeavor.

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  • Wibbles20
  • 1 Points
  • 03:21:40, 15 October

Unemployment was getting high (not sure of exact figure and on phone so can't link to it anyway) and he got it down to close to zero. This was because he pretty much forced people into a job of his choosing (most were in the military or manufacturing for the military). A lot of work was already done by Stresemann (can't remember how to spell his name), who stopped the hyperinflation.

Through his experiments we know the causes of hyperthermia and also i read somewhere that he was one of the first people to see the correlation between smoking and lung cancer.

But yeah, i get here you're coming from. It was because they were sadistic and willing to do anything to another human that we were able to learn from it

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  • Das_Mime
  • 2 Points
  • 05:02:21, 15 October

He was able to employ people because of deficit spending, which was only sustainable because of raiding other nations' treasuries.

Hitler had some anti-smoking programs, but he was nowhere close to the first to realize that tobacco was harmful to the lungs.

The hypothermia experiments were some of the very few which had scientific value. Doctors have some very active ethical discussions about using the data from Mengele's murderous experiments, but at the same time, the value of those experiments should not be overstated.

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  • Paradoxius
  • 1 Points
  • 00:27:58, 15 October

And even if, like me, you say that all of that good stuff don't add up to outweighing the bad, there are plenty of people the western world reveres as heroes whose good deeds were outweighed by the bad as well.

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  • Wibbles20
  • 1 Points
  • 00:30:16, 15 October

Yeah, i'm kinda the same. I always look at both sides. I'll be like, this guys evil, but he did all this good stuff too, or vice versa