Why Do We Keep Bringing Up Hitler and the Nazis?

Even though there are many other examples of pure evil

Martina Petkova
6 min readSep 22, 2021
Brandenburg Gate | Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Many things existed before Hitler came into power. Here are a few.

  • Racism
  • Bigotry
  • The desire of human beings to feel superior to others
  • Genocide
  • Internment in labor and death camps
  • Dictatorships and tyranny
  • Hunger for war, glory, and conquest
  • Cruelty
  • Systemic dehumanization of others

AAll of these have existed for centuries, all over the world. They didn’t start with Hitler and didn’t end with Hitler. They keep happening today, right now, at this very moment.

But Hitler has become the face. And his Nazi regime is still used today as a catch-all label for the far-right.

And what’s most fascinating is that this label is used both as an insult and as a compliment.

If you’re against far-right politics, racism, and tyranny, you’ll likely find yourself saying “This is Nazism” as the ultimate form of criticism.

If you’re racist yourself and enamored with the concept of a “one true charismatic leader” who “gets you and your…



Martina Petkova

In my Medium writing, I explore the human psyche, our many contradictions, mental health, & the signs and causes of abuse. I also write about racism.