- The art of the Con
Nazi Germany had a division of the government known
as the “Race and Resettlement Bureau.” One of its mandates was to search the
world for references and evidence of an Aryan civilization. Archeologists were
sent hither and yon in search of the mythical beginnings of a true Aryan culture.
Germanic history had created the cultural mythology of an existence of the culture
and it was one of Goebelsâ€™, the fanatical head of Nazi Propaganda, missions
in life to prove the authenticity of these statements.
Goebels began the project with great fanfare and announced
to the German People that there would soon be hard evidence of exactly where
their ancestors had come from and what had indeed made them so special. Moreover,
Goebels was so tetched on the subject that he actually seemed to believe it
himself, at least at the beginning. He assigned the top archeologists in the
country to the project and was so certain that he would find evidence of this
insanity that he sent film crews along with the scientists to record their achievements
when they uncovered whatever it was that he had them searching for.
Naturally, this “Alice in Wonderland” approach never
got anywhere and even Hitler started tiring of Goebels incessant ravings. However,
by this time the Propaganda minister had already gotten in to deep and had to
find an honorable why out of his morass. He did the only thing that a Minister
of Propaganda knows how to do when trapped. He lied like a rug. Goebels started
to pepper his digs with objects that could satisfy his mindless thesis and then
he would have one of his planted experts direct the archeologists and film crew
to the proper spots. The fakes were so childlike that the scientists immediately
refuted them as plants. This further embarresed the German hierarchy all the
way up the Fuerher and you certainly didnâ€™t want him mad at you in Nazi Germany.
Hitler who by this time saw that the government was getting
egg all over its face told Goebels in no uncertain terms to stop the entire
project and if he didnâ€™t he may find himself as an artifact of another civilization.
Outwardly, Goebels complied with Hitlerâ€™s request but all the while, he was
still sending the best of Germanyâ€™s scientific minds into the field looking
for the unattainable. This dislocation of valuable resources along with other
vanity projects pursued by other of Goebels associates detracted markedly from
Germanyâ€™s war effort and was quite helpful to the allies in their effort to
destroy Nazi Germany. Between Goebels search for the non-existent, Goerings
purchases of forged art and Mengeleâ€™s extraordinary medical experiments, this
must have seemed a mad house even to the inmates themselves.