There is so much in this world that people would like to change and if it was possible, it, perhaps, would have led to the total chaos. Changing history is especially alluring, but everyone knows that if even the least important event was changed, the present would be absolutely different because sometimes something bad has to happen for the future to become better. Nevertheless, when it comes to historical events, there are a number of events which people wish to change. Taking into consideration the fact that the World War II and its appalling events are still remembered and feared of, I would really want to interfere with nature and erase from the history the day when Adolf Hitler was born; this would have entailed a number of other changes which the whole world would have been grateful for.
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One of the consequences which my change would have caused would be the absence of the World War II. I can appease with the war when it is caused by territorial disputes or political ones and I would never blame America for interfering with the Vietnam War only because it wanted to prevent communism from spreading over Asia (Dornbush 439). This at least can be understood. However, I still cannot appease with the idea that somebody could start slaughtering people with the purpose of making his own nation superior. Of course, the history of the United States is also stained with the country’s not always successful fight with racial discrimination, but that was a little different from Hitler’s situation.
Moreover, if Hitler was never born, the world would have never known about the Holocaust. It is hard for me to decide which is more appalling, Hitler’s desire to conquer the world and his belief that German people were the only pure race or his slaughtering six million of Jewish people for their mere being Jewish (Evans 128). It is striking how the hatred which came from one person spread over the world so quickly. Surprising, but after Hitler some people started realizing that they did not like the Jewish as well. How come that these people have never known about their dislikes before? The answer is quite simple. It was Hitler who bred this dislike and hatred and his nationalistic ideas are to blame for hundreds of thousands of deaths which the World War II and the Holocaust brought.
Finally, if there was no Hitler, there would perhaps be fewer instances of racial and other kinds of discrimination these days. Namely his ideas turned the world into what it is now and resulted in the decades of fight with racial, gender, age, and the like discrimination. It is namely the remains of the past which form people’s prejudices towards non-white people, women, homosexuals, etc. Hitler’s ideas made people realize differences between them. It was Hitler who made people differentiate between the Jewish and the Non-Jewish, it was Hitler who considered that women were only for pleasure and for giving birth to children, and it was Hitler who convinced the others that 90-60-90 (in cm) were the right proportions for a woman’s body. Thus, he is to blame not only for discrimination but for the deaths of those girls who wished their bodies corresponded to these standards.
In conclusion, I think that erasing the day when Hitler was born from the world history would hardly do any wrong to the society. Of course, there would emerge other people with similar nationalist ideas, but they would hardly be so powerful to make so much evil to the world as Hitler did.
Dornbush, Krista. Kaplan AP U.S. History 2009. New York: Kaplan Publishing, 2009.
Evans, Richard. Telling Lies about Hitler: the Holocaust, History and the David Irving Trial. London and New York: Verso, 2002.