Darwin and Hitler
In the most recent Stand to Reason radio broadcast (and podcast), Greg Koukl claims that someone whose relatives had been in Hitler’s army told him that Nazi soldiers were all issued two books, Goethe’s Faust and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.
I find this highly unlikely, if only because the list doesn’t include Mein Kampf — the only book that I’ve heard was regularly issued to Nazi soldiers (and newlyweds). I’m not sure why Hitler would want all of his soldiers to read Faust (I’m not familiar enough with it to say), but I somehow doubt that he thought the writings of Goethe and Darwin were more important to the cause of National Socialism than his own rantings.
In addition, by searching a bit with Google, I found a Nazi-era document instructing German librarians how to build their collections, and it seems to say that pro-Darwin books are to be removed.
Assuming that I am correct and Koukl is misinformed, here’s where I need some assistance. Koukl broadcasts his show every Sunday from 2 to 5 Pacific time, and invites listeners to call in (714 754-4150); the show is posted as a podcast a few days later. I am unable to call in, but am hoping someone knowledgeable person out there can give him a call this Sunday and set him straight on the subject. I would really appreciate it!
In: Evolution · Tagged with: Darwin, Hitler