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Racialism against Civilization

Nature volume 149, pages 590591 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



FOR many years Dr. Zollschan has been trying to rouse public opinion to a greater awareness of the ugly aspects of the racial theories concocted by Nazi propaganda, and its predecessors, to justify the aggressions by means of which a pathological group seeks to over-compensate for its deep sense of intellectual inferiority. The German disease is an old one, as the author shows. It was raging in Bismarck's time, and, whether voluntarily or not, Wagner increased the morbid tendency by his popularization of Teutonic heathendom in the “Ring of the Nibelungs”. The Christian tradition was sick almost unto death in German universities ; and theological writers, there as in Great Britain, were too often content to spin webs of sophistry to hide a void.

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