Hitler’s Aryan Diet

 

Adolph Hitler, leader of the nazi party in Germany and founder of the Aryan race has been exposed on suspicious habits. In the practice of the pure Aryan race followers and members were advised to abide by strict rules, one being the idea of an all vegetarian diet.  Margot Woelk, one of the war brides at the time of Hitler’s rise to power had to taste each and every meal made for Hitler by the kitchen to test for poison. She recently came forward after many years and revealed some intriguing details. Margot noted that while testing the food for Hitler to eat she occasionally noticed a meat source, whether it was a bavarian sausage, a stuffed pigeon, or a slice of ham. Adolph was ignoring the all pure Aryan diet that he created himself, which is known for fresh delicious foods like salads and vegetables. As we have learned in class diet plays a significant role in religion. Many religions have a different suggested diet and eating habits that pertain to their belief system, whether it be meat friendly or prepared completely kosher. How can one create such ideas and strict rules for the people of this race to follow yet not abide by them himself?  Although Hitler promoted the idea of the pure Aryan race as a meat-friendly diet, he was on the fence and did not always practice the ways he strongly advocated.

 

-RySF

#205

7 thoughts on “Hitler’s Aryan Diet

  1. The blog entitled Hitlers Aryan Diet depicts an interesting component concerning the dietary practices of Adolf Hitler during a time when he professed the opposite. While this notion seems somewhat injust, it is not one that is unfamilliar. Throughout history and in many circumstances it seems that the ritualistic practices engrained in various religions have been filtered out by many modern believers. For many it seems the practice of preforming ritualistic behaviour or dietary restrictions is often a personal choice merely guided by religion. While this individual freedom of choice may not be completely permitted by the valued religion, following such practices is still a personal decision or act. From a personal perspective, I find that the same relgion can be percieved very differenlt among the various people in it. As such the notion of worship and obligation should be seen along a spectrum, with each individual having the freedom to choose their involvement with such.

    KDP04266493 RELS205L03

  2. The blog entitled Hitler’s Aryan Diet depicts an interesting component concerning the dietary practices of Adolf Hitler during a time when he professed the opposite. While this notion seems somewhat unjust, it is not one that is unfamiliar. Throughout history and in many circumstances it seems that the ritualistic practices engrained in various religions have been filtered out by many modern believers. For many it seems the practice of performing ritualistic behaviour or dietary restrictions is often a personal choice merely guided by religion. While this individual freedom of choice may not be completely permitted by the valued religion, following such practices is still a personal decision or act. From a personal perspective, I find that the same religion can be perceived very different among the various people in it. As such the notion of worship and obligation should be seen along a spectrum, with each individual having the freedom to choose their involvement with such.

    KDP04266493 RELS205L03

  3. Dear classmate,

    This blog post seems to touch on the observable divide between implicit forms of religion versus those that are explicit that we discussed in class.
    Hitlers divergence from this vegetarian diet that he imposed on his Aryan followers displays an example of explicit religion, which is known as “statements made by individuals about their beliefs” (Hexham 2011). Hitler identified with the Christian religion, but a ‘purified’ form known as positive Christianity. It has been said that most christians view religion through the lens of these explicit beliefs and creedal statements (Hexham 2011). Therefore it does not seem odd that Hitler would chose to stray from his verbalization of an ideal Aryan diet because it is not something etched in his beliefs, but rather something he chose to identify with and claim it as ideal amongst his supporters, perhaps to deem his own branch of cultural or religious standard among germans. It also may have even been put in place to further influence the people into supporting Hitler to the point where people are foced to question their eating habits daily which, if following the Aryan diet, enforces their allegiance to his cause. Hitler and many of his cohorts have carried out various forms of propaganda to carry out their extremist anti-Semitic opinions. This may have been yet another tactic to allow the people to prove to themselves that they fully support hitlers ideas.
    However, professionals in anthropological fields argue that what people do is more important than what they say, so on the bases of social or cultural analysis of Hitlers lack of commitment to his self enforced Aryan diet, this would not prove any deep rooted source of belief in the act which may second the notion that it may have been a form of psychological influence on those who chose to follow his command.

    -HZR
    #205

  4. It further shows how faith at its core is completely personal; free from doctrines and practices. I hear many people today saying that they aren’t religious, but spiritual. With an ever changing society and continuous growth in communication and technology it can be difficult for people to maintain some of the rigorous practices that accompany many religions. Their faith however, remains strong through practices and rituals of their own. On a personal level I believe that this has helped encourage tolerance of religion; this blending of practices.

    TGP #205

  5. this is one issue that has plagued religious doctrine since the dawn of time. Examples pop up all over history about religious figures not “practicing what they preach” in their day to day lives. Be it the “celebate” Pope Alexander having approx 5 illegitimate children or the priesthood condemning innocent people to death for non belief after having red to “love thy neighbour”. These such twisted practices follow us into the modern era as well with the persecution of different belief groups and minorities. I seem to be of the belief that the core doctrine of Christianity is to love all humans as Jesus Christ would have loved them. In the bible you don’t hear much about Jesus picketing against gay rights, but it seems some people would certainly like to believe that he did.
    -AVM #205

  6. Hitler was a dictator and wanted to control the people around him, not control himself as well. He was supported as a leader used propaganda to convince people to like him and he wanted his country to be strong and healthy and have the best race in the world. Clearly he didn’t want to follow these rules though and snuck meat into his diet. To keep the people supporting him he did it in secret so they wouldn’t rebel against him. If I learned that a Jewish Rabi was eating pork or Mormon Bishop was drinking wine I would be disappointed and not support that leader anymore, even if I am not Mormon or Jewish. Hitler needed the support from his people but he wanted to do it his way so he snuck the food that he wanted and did things his way. It was very wrong to do to his followers, but I think we can all agree that sneaking meat into his diet was not the worst thing that Hitler did and he still kept his followers and army for a long time even after starting the concentration camps and killing millions of people.
    JLK

  7. You raise a good point about leaders not following their own doctrines. Hitler didn’t follow his Aryan diet, but it may be that Hitler didn’t believe himself to be a true Aryan. The Aryans were a race of tall, blonde haired, blue-eyed whites with sharp features. Hitler by contrast was a of average height, had dark brown hair, a round face. The only thing that matched were his blue eyes, although according to different accounts these could have been brown as well. This does not excuse him for not following his own doctrines, however, as he was the leader of this movement and should have held true to his own beliefs. But the focus here shouldn’t be Hitler not following his own doctrines, but rather he should be an example of a larger study of religious leaders. Specifically we should look at how many religious leaders follow their own doctrines. Many religious leaders do not, or at one time have not, follow their own beliefs. Various religions require their leaders to live in poverty, having just enough to get by, while the leaders truly live lavishly. This is just one example of the need for all religious leaders to live more strictly to their religion’s code.

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