"—Jeff Guo, Washington Post, "Stunningly well-timed. possibly Hitler’s personal train, ‘Amerika’. ―Jeff Guo, Washington Post "The uncomfortable truth is that Nazi policy was itself influenced by American white supremacy, a heritage well documented in James Q. Whitman’s recent book Hitler’s American Model ." Historians of the twentieth century often represent the New Deal–era United States and Nazi Germany as polar opposites. . Princeton University Press, 2017. Mussolini’s train was parked in an artificial tunnel at Anlage Süd, near Stepina. This unsettling book demolishes that orthodoxy. . He got to Anlage Süd by car. The unsettling answer is yes. 2A Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District In spite of the Nazis' disdain, to put it mildly, for our stated and evident liberal and democratic principles, they eagerly looked to the United States as the prime example for their own goals of protecting the blood, restricting citizenship, and banning mixed marriages. "—Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School, "This is a brilliant, erudite, and disturbing book. . . Indeed, Nazi jurists criticized their American counterparts for their hypocrisy in publicly denying yet locally practicing systematic racism. One of the programs highlighted Hitler's personal train, which was code named "Amerika", of all things. Its place in the full context of Nazi theory and practice comes into view in Hitler’s American Model. Whitman is admirably careful not to exaggerate the influence of the U.S. model on Nazi Germany: he recognizes that twentieth-century American southern racism was decentralized rather than fascist and incapable of inspiring mass murder on the industrial scale of the Holocaust. Hitler's Restaurant Car Goes on Show The restaurant car in which German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler used to dine in style has been completely restored and will go on show in a museum. Phone: +44 1993 814500 Hitler's train 'Amerika' in Jellowa, September 1939 'they can look at their phones, I prefer to read a... a Leyland half-cab bus at the eastern portal of th... the first car in Los Angeles, 1897 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air L.A. streetcar and . The book, in effect, is a portrait of the United States assembled from the admiring notes of Nazi lawmakers, who routinely referenced American policies in the design of their own racist regime. . . Rather, both American citizenship and antimiscegenation laws proved directly relevant to the two principal Nuremberg Laws—the Citizenship Law and the Blood Law. "An important book every American should read. . Required fields are marked * Comment Name * Email * . . He didn't name it that...it was named Amerika. One train with German World War Two insignia is being saled in a toy store. [1] The train served as a headquarters until the Balkans Campaign. Hitler’s Empire3 Other scholars have insisted on what most of us . United Kingdom [2], Before the first permanent Führer Headquarters Felsennest was used in May 1940, the Führersonderzug served as a mobile headquarters. Whitman forces us to see America through Nazi eyes and to realize how profoundly white supremacy has shaped this country. Hitler spend the night in his train . But while Jim Crow segregation was one aspect of American law that appealed to Nazi radicals, it was not the most consequential one. 224 Pages. The train was named Führersonderzug "Amerika" in 1940, and later, Führersonderzug "Brandenburg". "—Oded Heilbronner, Haaretz, "Historians of the twentieth century often represent the New Deal-era United States and Nazi Germany as polar opposites. Moreover, he shines a light through this unlikely lens on the worst sins of our own country's past. [5], There were other special trains (Sonderzüge in German) used by prominent German officials;[6][7], Duke and Duchess of Windsor's tour of Germany, 1937, "PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES – TRANSPORTING THE FÜHRER", "The Führersonderzug, Hitler's special train", Lagardère Studios: "Hitler's Steel Beast", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Führersonderzug&oldid=1000113616, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 January 2021, at 17:12. Oxfordshire, OX20 1TR possibly Hitler’s personal train, ‘Amerika’. Adolf Hitler > Quotes > Quotable Quote “I don't see much future for the Americans ... it's a decayed country. After the Balkans Campaign the train was never again used as a Führer Headquarters, but Hitler used it throughout the war when he travelled between Berlin, Berchtesgaden, Munich and other headquarters. United States Hitler's Train Amerika Post by military history writer » 22 Feb 2004, 02:23 Dear Sir, There are a number of known photographs of Amerika and they can be found in the book entitled, The Fuehrer Headquarters, 1939-1945. . "—Michael J. Kelly, International Dialogue, "Whitman’s method is both of a legal historian and comparative lawyer and his book offers a clear and well-documented account of the history of Nazi law, by exploring the context of elaboration of the Nuremberg Laws. . Whitman methodically explores how the Nazis took inspiration from American racism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The argument is made in two succinct, cogent and copiously documented chapters, prefaced and followed with remarks that remain within the cooler temperatures of expressed opinion. At the end of the 1930s, Adolf Hitler ordered the building of a real railways fortress: the “Fuhrersonderzug”, i.e. "Hitler's American Model is overall, an erudite, well-researched, and thought-provoking study that raises important questions about America’s laws - and leaders - in the not-so-distant past." Many of our ebooks are available for purchase from these online Hitler’s train stood in Strzyzow. . Directions, Princeton Asia (Beijing) Consulting Co., Ltd. . "—The American Interest, "The accepted assumption is that Nazism was the creator and master of the murderous enterprise, while the United States went to war to destroy it. . "—Lawrence M. Friedman, author of A History of American Law, "In Hitler's American Model, Whitman tells the deeply troubling story of how Nazi lawyers drew inspiration from the American legal system. Required fields are marked * Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name . ---Rafael Medoff, Haaretz "In his startling "—Ira Katznelson, The Atlantic, "To get to the core of race in America today, read this new book by James Whitman. German praise for American practices, already found in Hitler’s Mein Kampf, was continuous throughout the early 1930s, and the most radical Nazi lawyers were eager advocates of the use of American models. Hitler was there on August 27, 1941 to meet Mussolini. Hitler and his entourage used this train to visit various fronts and theaters of war. A brilliant page-turner. . "—Charlie Hegarty, Catholic Herald, "Whitman's bracing and well-researched account should remind us that the nativism and racism on the rise in America today are in no way foreign to our traditions. And they have their racial problem, and the problem of social inequalities ... my feelings against Americanism are feelings of hatred and deep repugnance ... everything about the behaviour of American society reveals that it's half Judaised, and the other half negrified. For safety, a front train and rear train were used to prevent any possible attack. Readers will be gratified as they wend their way thorough [this book], asking questions that Whitman seems to have anticipated and subsequently addressed. "—Kirkus, "[This] new history argues convincingly that institutionalized racism and common-law pragmatism in the United States inspired Hitler's policies. A must-read! The unsettling answer is yes. This unsettling book demolishes that orthodoxy. . The train served as a headquarters until the Balkans Campaign. The author does not seem prone to sensationalism. "—Jessica Blatt, Public Books, "Few efforts manage to elucidate with such level of clarity of purpose and rigorous scholarly research the historical threats to our American experiment as James Q. Whitman's Hitler’s American Model. "—Jair Santos, Politics, Religion & Ideology, "Hitler's American Model is a breathtaking excavation of America's shameful contribution to Hitler's genocidal policies. His short book raises important questions about law, about political decisions that affect the scope of civic membership, and about the malleability of Enlightenment values. “Holy Grail” Was Discovered in 2015 with $17 Billion Cargo The World War II Classic Movie That Still Thrills Fifty Years Later 5 of WWII’s Most Valuable Treasures Still Missing Today Graf Spee Eagle Worth $26 MILLION, Could be Every place Hitler stayed cannot be considered as a Führer Headquarters, and he did not stay at every official FHQ. It was first named Führersonderzug "Amerika", and later". . But Whitman’s adroit scholarly detective work has proved that in the mid-’30s Nazi jurists and politicians turned again and again to the way the United States had deprived African-Americans of the right to vote and to marry whites. Rather, he implicitly challenges readers to consider when and how, under what conditions and in which domains, the ugly features of racism have come most saliently to the fore in America’s liberal democracy. Phone: +1 609 258 4900 . Princeton University Press, 2017. China Whitman looks at the ultimate, ugly irony that when Nazis rejected American practices, it was sometimes not because they found them too enlightened, but too harsh.Indelibly linking American race laws to the shaping of Nazi policies in Germany, Hitler’s American Model upends understandings of America’s influence on racist practices in the wider world. By looking at the United States through the eyes of Nazi legal theorists in the 1930s, Whitman contributes to our understanding of this darkest chapter of German legal history. Posted on November 4, October 24, Full size 500 × 333 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. . But in book length, it . Whitman reminds readers of the subtle ironies of modern history and of the need to be constantly vigilant against racism. Whitman's book contributes to a growing recognition of American influences on Nazi thought. 224 Pages. "—Jan T. Gross, author of Neighbors, "This is a critical book for our difficult times. Whitman's book stands apart from, indeed above, everything I've read regarding America's influence on the making of the Nazi state. "—Donté Stallworth, "The uncomfortable truth is that Nazi policy was itself influenced by American white supremacy, a heritage well documented in James Q. Whitman's recent book Hitler’s American Model. Nor have they belonged mainly to the unwashed and poorly educated. . . The "Pressewagen" was to receive and release press reports, not for journalists. The exact elements of the train are not known, but some details were revealed by the departure information "Bln 2009", when the train departed the Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin on 23 June 1941, arriving at Wolfsschanze on 24 June 1941; The individual 10-16 components (locomotives and cars) in order were:[4][2], Otto Dietrich indicates that the Flakwagen never had to be used when Hitler was travelling. Afterwards, the train was not used as Führer Headquarters, however Hitler continued to travel on it throughout the war between Berlin, Berchtesgaden, Munich and other headquarters. In Hitler’s American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. By calling his personal train “Amerika,” Hitler was proclaiming that this was the goal, this was the power & prosperity of the future, with Adolf as the Chief Engineer, & the Volkswagen would become the German equivalent of the Ford Model T! It was named Führersonderzug "Amerika" in 1940, and later in January 1943, the Führersonderzug "Brandenburg". On the contrary, it is only in the middle of the last century that the idea of racial equality began to enter the mainstream, and only in the post-civil rights era that at least some lip service to that ideal became mandatory in polite circles. . "—Brent Staples, New York Times, "Among recent books on Nazism, the one that may prove most disquieting for American readers is James Q. Whitman’s Hitler’s American Model. This book is a profound testament to what the past can teach us about the present and is more timely than Whitman could possibly have imagined when he began this remarkable excursion into our nation's original sin and its surprising European legacy. . Scholars and historians have argued for years about whether American's own regime of racial oppression in any way inspired the Nazis. Also, it is a significant example of how comparative law works in practice—not simply imitating statutes, but by gradual transplants of legal ideas, later adapted and developed by national legislations. Hitler's train "Erika" Post by André Bride » 22 Feb 2003, 17:50 My team and myself let us be currently producing a model with the 1/87ème reproducing the meeting between Hitler and Pétain which proceeded on October 24, 1940 in the station of Montoire (France). The locomotive has been rebuilt and hauls excursion runs today, but there is no mention of a train named "Amerika" in relation to Hitler. Beijing 100016, P.R. In 1937, Hitler ordered a special train to the Deutsche Reichsbahn which he would use for his travels. Posted on November 4, October 24, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. "—Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph, "Hitler's American Model delivers a powerful and timely reminder that it is not only liberal legal orders that look abroad for normative instruction. "—Scott McLemee, InsideHigherEd.com, "Interesting and eye opening. The Führersonderzug (from German: Führer's special train) was Adolf Hitler 's personal train. Whitman's readings of the Nuremberg laws and Nazi legal scholarship are astonishing—nimble, sophisticated, and nuanced. "—David Mikics, Tablet Magazine, "Hitler's American Model is overall, an erudite, well-researched, and thought-provoking study that raises important questions about America’s laws - and leaders - in the not-so-distant past. This is an essential, alarming read for every student of American democracy, and for any person who cares about the fate of humanity in an experiment which has significant roots in a supremacist rot that is poisonous to its branches of government. . . "—Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs, "Whitman blends his keen sense of legal reasoning with an impressive depth of historical knowledge, resulting in a passionate argument for our own time. "—David Wecht, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Whitman argues convincingly that American jurisprudence-federal and state alike-provided both inspiration and a model for the most radical Nazi lawyers. Historians have downplayed the connection between Nazi race law and America because America was mainly interested in denying full citizenship rights to blacks rather than Jews. "—Eddie S. Glaude, author of Democracy in Black, "This is one of the most engrossing and disturbing pieces of legal history I've read in a long time. . The train also had flak batteries mounted on flatcars at the front and rear of the train. . Reading this book could make many Americans doubt the possibility of ever forming a more perfect union with such a legacy. But it’s the historical reality the book discloses that proves much harder to digest. Princeton, New Jersey 08540 . It had 4 AA Flak 38 batteries on it and had 30 regular carriages. In 1945, Hitler's aide and adjutant Julius Schaub saw to it that the Führersonderzug was destroyed.[3]. It was named Führersonderzug "Amerika" in 1940, and later in January 1943, the Führersonderzug "Brandenburg". The Führersonderzug (from German: Führer's special train) was Adolf Hitler's personal train. . . He offers a detailed and careful reading of how U.S. immigration laws and antimiscegenation legislation gave the Nazi legal establishment the sense of remaining within the boundaries of respectable jurisprudence. must think of as the obvious truth: There was of course no direct American influence on Nazi race law, or at least no meaningful in-fluence. Prepare to be startled. This book is a profound testament to what the past can teach us about the present and is more timely than It's weird they … It carefully documents how the tradition of racist laws in the United States inspired and instructed Adolf Hitler and Nazi lawmakers in fashioning their own racist policies. It's a story that will shock readers. The featured topic of the video is the Deutsche Reichsbahn 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific locomotive number 01-150, constructed in 1932, which was used to pull some of the trains that Hitler traveled in. "—Daniel J. Sharfstein, author of The Invisible Line: A Secret History of Race in America, 41 William Street "—Sasha Chapin, New York Times Magazine, "Eerie. Whitman offers a sustained, systematic, and thoughtful look at how Nazi legal theorists and conservative German lawyers drew on American examples when crafting the Nuremberg laws—Germany's contribution to racial madness in the twentieth century. nor a one-off remark. [Hitler’s American Model] contributes to a growing recognition of American influences on Nazi thought." Hitler visited the frontlines using either by airplane or his special train, the Führersonderzug, which was considered the first of his field headquarters (Führerhauptquartiere, abbreviated FHQ). "—Bill Moyers, BillMoyers.com, "In his startling new history, Whitman traces the substantial influence of American race laws on the Third Reich. . Carefully written and tightly reasoned, backed up every step of the way with considered evidence and logic, Whitman reminds us that today is yesterday’s child, and that certain strains of DNA persist from one generation to another. Speaking volumes, this book will change the way we think about Jim Crow, Nazis, and America's role in the world. vendors: Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic While it does a superb job with the history, it also propounds the means by which that experiment may yet fail in the future. Whitman's history does not expose the liberal tradition in the United States as merely a sham, as many of the Third Reich’s legal theorists intimated when they highlighted patterns of black and American Indian subordination. Phone: +86 10 8457 8802 "—Matthew Harwood, Reason, "In Hitler's American Model, Yale Law School Professor James Q. Whitman makes a credible case for his assertion that, by the 1930s, ‘America was the obvious preeminent example of a ‘race state’. . . . . They may have been part of a model railway set owned by Hermann Goering, Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man in the Nazi party and commander-in-chief of … "—Rafael Medoff, Haaretz, "Through intensive scrutiny of German language transcripts and other primary sources that he translated himself, Yale Law School professor James Whitman develops a story in Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law of unintended American inspiration for the infamous Nazi anti-Jewish laws. . Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? a special train. Choo-choo …! . Nazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. Furthermore, some sources may not refer to the Berghof and the Führerbunker as official German Führerhauptquartiere at that time in history, but both of them became de facto Führer Headquarters; thus, they are historically often referred to as such. Not only does Whitman throw a bright light on the debate, to this reader he settles it once and for all. "—Lawrence Powell, Tulane University, "This spellbinding and haunting book shatters claims that American laws related to race and segregation had little to no impact on the shaping of Nazi policies. Hitler's American Model, greatly reduced in length, would have made a wonderful article in the New Yorker or the Atlantic. Chilling in its details, the unsettling insights of Hitler's American Model jump from every page. Contrary to those who have insisted that there was no meaningful connection between American and German racial repression, Whitman demonstrates that the Nazis took a real, sustained, significant, and revealing interest in American race policies.As Whitman shows, the Nuremberg Laws were crafted in an atmosphere of considerable attention to the precedents American race laws had to offer. "—Michael Workman, Rain Taxi, "While Whitman's book is a slim one, only two chapters spread over 161 pages, it is a narratively interesting one and quite readable. . It contains some very interesting ideas and informations, perhaps four major points. [Whitman] illustrates how German propagandists sought to normalize the Nazi agenda domestically by putting forth the United States as a model. Lol, Hitler was intrigued by American culture, just like North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Filled with novel insights, this is a particularly timely book given today's political climate. "—Thomas McClung, New York Journal of Books, "Whitman's book is not simply a history of the appalling treatment meted out to African-Americans in the southern states. In Hitler's American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of … "Hitler's American Model is a breathtaking excavation of America's shameful contribution to Hitler's genocidal policies. Princeton Asia (Beijing) Consulting Co., Ltd. One of Foreign Affairs Best of Books 2017 – Economic, Social, and Environment / Finance. . Profoundly illiberal law travels just as well as liberal law. Given such traditional impressions, Whitman tries to show that the racist legal activities against blacks in the United States, mostly in the South, provided inspiration for the Nazis, though they didn't influence the German anti-Jewish legislation. He points out that by the late 1870s, US immigration and naturalisation law had become more racist, in particular against Asians. They were fascinated by the way the United States had turned millions of people into second-class citizens. Other figures having a flag and greeting the train with their fist. … "—Lawrence Douglas, Times Literary Supplement, "A small book, but powerful all out of proportion to its size in exposing a shameful history. Directions, The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law, Frederick the Great's Philosophical Writings. Just a Many people will take the very title as an affront. We must come to terms with race in America in tandem with considerations of democracy. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? Nazism triumphed in Germany during the high era of Jim Crow laws in the United States. "—Alex Ross, New Yorker, "Timely. James Q. Whitman, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. Comparisons of things that aren’t fascist dictators to fascist dictators are made as … "—Michael H. Traison, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, "The admiration for American immigration policy expressed in Mein Kampf was not a passing thought on the day's news . If I recall correctly, some of the cars, Hitler's especially, were armored. resources including these platforms: How American race law provided a blueprint for Nazi Germany. Unit 2702, NUO Centre 1 Hitler’s American Model The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law James Q. Whitman Princeton University Press Princeton and Oxford 2 Introduction This jurisprudence would suit us perfectly, with a single exception. In Hitler’s American Model, James Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. I recently have found out that hitler had an immense personal train, called Amerika. 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