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The Aryan Doctrine

Nature volume 134, pages 229231 (18 August 1934) | Download Citation

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HOWEVER much we may feel assured that ultimately truth will prevail, in the practical affairs of life it often befalls that we must watch the dry light of reason pale and flicker in the hot breath of a theory which, illogical and perversive of fact though it may be, appeals to the emotions, the passions and the interests, of the uninstructed, but socially and politically powerful, elements among mankind. The dogma of the Aryan race, which recently has burst like a shell over an astonished world, though formulated on a view of racial affinities fundamentally obsolete and a biased interpretation of archaeological fact, with the aid of the mystic symbols of the swastika, the arm raised in salute and a Messianic leader, has swept Germany off her feet by setting up an ideal, which recalls the ancient glories of the Germanic peoples in a period of political and economic depression, and holds out a promise of their revival through a racial regeneration.

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