«When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan» (Proverbs 29:2).
Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in Branau am Inn (Austria). He had a childhood surrounded by complex situations. When the First World War broke out, he immediately enlisted in the 16th reserve of the Bavarian Infantry Regiment, where he fought throughout the battle. His acts of bravery resulted in him being decorated with the Iron Cross in December 1914. In October 1916, he was wounded by mustard gas. While in the hospital, Germany’s surrender and the end of the war were announced in 1918. Subsequently, his strong nationalist convictions led him to engage in political movements clamoring for the resurgence of a Germany that was sunk in misery and humiliated by its enemies. His charismatic attitude and passionate speeches enchanted a German people in need of leaders. Hitler was chancellor and president of Germany between 1933 and 1945. But no one ever imagined the warlike earthquake this man was going to cause. One of those who managed to glimpse the disaster that was coming was Albert Einstein, the brilliant German scientist, who, faced with the rise of Nazism, fled his country to the United States in 1932.
The German leader established a real regime of terror where those who thought differently than his proposals could not fit into society. He created a whole publicity machine for the people to endorse his reckless measures, such as his «racial hygiene» policies, sending opponents, Jews, homosexuals, and those of a weak mind to extermination camps. Paradoxically, many of his followers considered him a true redeemer of the fatherland. Hitler led Germany to the Second World War, which left between fifty-five and sixty million dead, of which almost half were civilians, as well as six million Jews who were killed in concentration camps. Resentment, hatred, and desire for vengeance are never good ingredients to build a nation. Such sentiments will cause many injustices against opposing sectors to those who wield power and can trigger real massacres. Rather, nations must be built on the basis of values that favor the healthy coexistence and prosperity of citizens, which make a way through this world more attractive and bearable.
What will happen to those who abuse power and whose leadership causes so much damage? The Bible answers in this way: » ‘Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them’ » (Deuteronomy 32:35).