Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (10 January 2018, 23 Tevet, 5778)
Do you hate Adolf Hitler?
The question, “Do you hate Adolf Hitler?” exists and it was addressed to us (and to others):
Adolf Hitler in a sense personified an aspect of the people(s) he led. He was doing their will. Nevertheless he was culpable for what he did and realized what he was doing. There may be more reasons to hate Hitler than most other evil persons. AH did badly and caused evil. It was his own doing. He was intelligent, gifted, and capable. He chose to go down a pathway he must have known was incorrect and not positive. He got a kick out of it. This explains not only AH but many of his followers. It was not so much the ideology but rather the licence to do deeds and to take attitudes that appeased inner lusts. This was a motivating factor. If a mad dog attacks you do you hate it? Does the canine have a choice? Nevertheless it may need to be put down.
AH is like a cross between a dog and a man but more culpable than both. Like Pharaoh in Egypt who tried to destroy the Israelite nations there is a certain point beyond which no hope exists. The object has become a thing. The question of hatred is no longer pertinent. What AH claimed the Jews to be is what AH himself evolved to become. That is what he strived for, to be make himself a deadly bacillus.
Hitler was akin to Pharoah the ruler of Egypt who intended to exterminate the Israelite Nation by killing all the male children:
15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, ‘When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.’ 17 But the midwives eared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. ...
22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, ‘Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.’
Pharaoh also attempted to diminish the number of Hebrews by hard labor.
Consequently God through Moses sent plagues and disasters on Egypt. Pharaoh would not listen until eventually Egypt was virtually destroyed.
God had hardened the heart of Pharaoh to use him as a tool.
Exodus (NASB) 7:
3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. 4 When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments. 5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.’
The hardening of the heart of Pharaoh however did not take away his free choice altogether. On the contrary it was in line with it. During the course of the plagues and visitations there were occasions on which Pharaoh had a free choice.
He could at these times have let the Israelites go but he chose not to.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart.
32 But this time also Pharaoh hardened his heart.
So too, with AH. Fraulein Adolf, “The Whore of Babylon,” chose to act as he did for its own sake. Everything else he may have said was merely a rationalization of a pre-conceived decision emanating from bestial urges. A Midrash says that at one stage Pharaoh had had second thoughts. His people then deposed him until he agreed to keep going along the pathway he had chosen. The Midrash may be recording an historical incident or it may be symbolic. Both Pharaoh and Hitler fulfilled the national will of their followers.