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Hitler and Vegetarianism: Both Are Evil

The late author and vegan activist Rynn Berry smashes the popular myth about Hitler's dietary habits

Hitler standing with Chinese emissary Dr. H. H. Kung at Hitler's retreat in the Berchtesgatener Alpen, June 1937

In an attempt to defile the animal rights movement, meat, dairy and egg-eaters often proclaim that Hitler practiced vegetarianism. However, biographers Albert Speer and Robert Payne attested to Hitler's love for liver dumplings, stuffed squab [pigeon], ham and sausage in the following books: Inside the Third Reich and The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. German Chef Dione Lucas wrote about Hitler's meat-eating in her Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook, published in 1964. Rynn Berry's Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover describes how Goebbels, The Third Reich's propaganda minister, tried to sell Hitler as a vegetarian to make him seem as peaceful as Gandhi, who was (and still is) adored by the world. Check out Berry's March 8, 2007 letter to the New York Times below, where he proves—beyond a reasonable doubt— what the top Nazis ate.

Keep in mind, most concentration camps had animal slaughterhouses built right next to the human ones! And Heinrich Himmler, the Gestapo Commander who created the Jewish Holocaust's gas chamber system, was a mass murderer of chickens before orchestrating the mass murder of humans. The fact that he enslaved and killed chickens for a living further exposes the 'Nazis-were-animal-lovers' scam.

A rare photo of Hitler smiling

Even if Hitler and his crew were vegetarians (which they weren’t), it is time for some harsh reality: Vegetarianism is nothing but a deviant form of meat-eating. It is not akin to veganism because vegetarians wholeheartedly support the commodification, enslavement, rape and murder of cows (see the article on Dairy) and hens (Chickens, Eggs, and the Free-Range Scam), and the exploitation of bees in the honey industry (Bees and Honey). They also condone the kidnap, torture and murder of baby animals as calves on dairy farms are stolen from their mothers after birth (the males are sent to veal camps), while male chicks on egg farms are killed by tossing them into the trash or grinding them up fully conscious in rendering machines (because they don’t lay eggs). Plus, most vegetarians adorn themselves—and their homes—with leather, wool, silk and down (see the Animal Skins article). Would someone like to explain to me how vegetarianism is an animal-friendly lifestyle? (You can email me here.)

Before you read Berry's indisputable piece, I need to point out that Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter) is the only ALLEGED vegan mass-murderer I can locate. An acquaintance of his family made the claim shortly after the 2012 massacre, but that tenuous claim has yet to be verified to this day! Since Lanza’s mother and the FBI confirm that Adam spent nearly every waking hour online, wouldn’t there be a slew of evidence—some diatribe somewhere—straight from the killer’s mouth that he was vegan? But even if someone proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Lanza lived a vegan lifestyle, how does that offset the following mass-murderers who are all VERIFIED meat, dairy, egg and/or honey-eaters who also wore leather and other animal skins: Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Uday Hussein, Qusay Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Osama bin Laden, Pol Pot (Cambodia), Slobodan Milošević (Serbia), Idi Amin (Uganda), Josef Mengele (Nazi), Adolf Eichmann (Nazi), Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Anders Behring Breivik (Norway), Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine H.S. shooters), Christopher Harper-Mercer (Umpqua Community College shooter), James Holmes (Denver movie theatre shooter), Seung-Hoi Cho (Virginia Tech shooter), Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”), Susan Smith (child killer), Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City truck-bomber), Elliot Rodger (U. of California-Santa Barbara shooter), Martin Bryant (Australia), William Unek (Africa), Woo Bum-kon (South Korea), Baruch Goldstein (Israel), Jack The Ripper (London), Jim Jones (Jonestown, Guyana, Massacre), Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden (Jonesboro H.S. shooters), and many, many more, including The Führer, of course! And check out this 2015 article detailing the last meals of McVeigh, Gacy and 13 other murderers and rapists. Wanna take a guess what those meals consisted of?

The Letter by Rynn Berry

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Editor
The New York Times Book Review
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

To the Editor,

I must take issue with Mr. Rothstein's glib characterization of Hitler and his Nazi henchmen, Hess, and Himmler, as vegetarians, in his review of Tristram Stuart's The Bloodless Revolution (February 25). As the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society, I am constantly being taxed with having to explain Hitler's alleged vegetarianism. In researching the matter, I discovered that Hitler was not a true vegetarian. I presented my findings in a book entitled Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover (Pythagorean Publishers, 2004).

Hitler posing with some emissaries from China

In my book, I cite numerous primary sources that attest that Hitler was not a thoroughgoing vegetarian. Here are a few examples: For instance, one of his closest friends, Frau Hess, asserted that Hitler was a strict vegetarian except for Liver Dumplings. “From that moment on, Hitler never ate another piece of meat, except for liver dumplings.” (His habitual eating of liver dumplings is an important exception that disqualifies Hitler as vegetarian.)

Chef Dione Lucas, who used routinely to prepare meals for him into the early 1930s, actually published Hitler's favorite recipes in her cookbook, The Gourmet Cooking School Cookbook (1964, p. 89). “I learned the recipe when I worked as a chef before World War II, in one of the large hotels in Hamburg, Germany. I do not mean to spoil your appetite for stuffed squab, but you might be interested to know that it was a great favorite with Mr. Hitler who dined at the hotel often. Let us not hold that against a fine recipe though.” (His habitual eating of stuffed squab disqualifies Hitler as a vegetarian.)

In the New York Times of May 30, 1937, in an article entitled “Where Hitler Dreams and Plans,” Times reporter Otto D. Tolschuss wrote, “It is well known that Hitler is vegetarian and does not drink or smoke. His lunch and dinner consist, therefore, for the most part of soup, eggs, vegetables and mineral water, although he occasionally relishes a slice of ham and relieves the tediousness of his diet with such delicacies as caviar, luscious fruits and similar tidbits.” (His occasional eating of sliced ham and caviar disqualifies Hitler as a vegetarian.)

Hitler biographer Thomas Fuchs, in his book, A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Berkeley, 2000, p.78), also confirms that Hitler was not a vegetarian. “A typical day's consumption included eggs prepared in any number of ways, spaghetti, baked potatoes with cottage cheese, oatmeal, stewed fruits and vegetable puddings. Meat was not completely excluded. Hitler continued to eat a favorite dish, Leberkloesse (liver dumplings).”

To be sure, Hitler professed to be a vegetarian (in section 66 of Hitler's Table Talk, 1941-44), but the primary sources that I have cited in my book show that while he paid lip service to vegetarianism, he was not consistent in his practice of the diet. “Vegetarian”—which means (according to the standard dictionary definition) “the practice of eating only vegetables and refraining from eating meat, fish, or other animal products”—is like that other V word, Virgin: you either are one, or you are not. By that criterion, Hitler was a quasi-vegetarian, a would-be vegetarian, or a flexitarian. He was decidedly not a true vegetarian.

This was the last of 36 photos of Hitler shot by George Lacks

With regard to Rudolf Hess, the Führer's fawning deputy, Hess may have been a vegetarian for a brief space—perhaps as a result of his faddish interest in Rudolf Steiner's bio-dynamic agricultural theories. In fact, Hess's biographer, Wulf Schwarzwaller, in his book, Rudolf Hess: The Last Nazi (Bethesda, MD: National Press, 1988), suggests (pp. 157, 161) that Hess's flirtation with biologically dynamic vegetarian foods was just that—a dietary experiment prescribed by a Steinerian doctor. By the time Hess was in Spandau prison in the 1940s, he was back to eating animal flesh with gusto. Schwarzwaller (p. 278) quotes him as complaining to the prison doctor, “The sausages are much too spicy.”

Mr. Rothstein's statement that Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Final Solution, was a vegetarian advocate [“Himmler was an advocate,”] is preposterous and utterly without foundation in fact. Nowhere in the biographical literature on Himmler does it state that he was ever a practicing vegetarian. In fact, in the definitive biography of Himmler, Peter Padfield's Himmler (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1990, p. 352), Padfield writes that Himmler, despite his queasiness about the hunting of animals, “was not a vegetarian.”

Finally, to suggest with Tristram Stuart, as Mr. Rothstein does, that many Nazis were vegetarians [“Many Nazis, as Stuart suggests, were either vegetarians or interested in related issues”] is a gross distortion of the facts. The truth is that not one Nazi was a thoroughgoing vegetarian—not even Hitler himself. I hope that you will be fair-minded enough to print this letter so that readers may judge for themselves whether Hitler, Hess and Himmler were vegetarians. I'm afraid Mr. Rothstein's review is just one further instance of a pundit's publicly relishing the (false) paradox that a triumvirate of genocidal tyrants should have been the followers of a Gandhian diet.

Rynn Berry

About the Photographs

The photographs you see on this page have a connection to the developer of this website. George Lacks, a war correspondent and photographer for Life Magazine, shot these and many other photos of Hitler while Lacks was traveling through Europe with a group of Chinese emissaries. In June 1937 the group visited Hitler's retreat in the Berchtesgadener Alpen, and Lacks seized the opportunity to snap a few quick pictures of Der Führer in his own element. Lacks is believed to be the first American to photograph Hitler at close range. He was also the father of Gordon Brown, who built this website for Gary Yourofsky.

For more photos of Hitler, as well as numerous other photos produced by George Lacks, please visit this website.

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