Yearbook prints Hitler quote

Easton Area High School’s 2010 yearbook was checked for profanity and sex, but nobody at the Pennsylvania school noticed that one of the inspirational quotes came from Adolf Hitler.

“And in the last analysis, success is what matters,” attributed to Hitler, was published next to student photos.

“I think they were so inundated with spreading these quotes sporadically through the pages that, unfortunately, (they) just stopped recognizing the authors,” Easton Area High School Principal Michael Koch told the newspaper. “I don’t by any means think it was put in there maliciously.”

Perhaps Easton Area High needs to focus more on teaching history.

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  1. Perhaps Easton Area High needs to focus more on teaching history.

    I don’t think the problem is not recognizing the name “Adolf Hitler.” I suspect the problem is lots to do, pretty tired, stuff slips through.

  2. As with many of these restrictions by schools, I also wonder where the line is drawn. Okay, quotes by Hitler are out. How about Stalin? Or Mao? Or Che? Is Ho Chi Minh okay? Margaret Sanger? Jefferson Davis?

  3. Michael E. Lopez says:

    My wife is fond of telling me about her time in Germany, where, although they certainly have no love of the man, Hitler is an actual, historical leader and people point to a patch of grass and say things like “Hitler built that park.”

    I suppose I’ll be burned in effigy for saying this, but just because the man was the third (possibly fourth, but likely third) greatest mass murderer in history doesn’t mean that he didn’t have a pearl of wisdom or two to share with the world. It would be a shame if we allowed all of his horrible evil to prevent us from recognizing a good bit of sense when we hear it.

    Now, that said, I don’t think that the quote IS a good bit of sense — at least not the way that it’s phrased. It’s probably true, but it’s true in a slightly misleading way that doesn’t account for the various ways that success can be defined.

    But I hardly think it’s worth getting worked up over the fact that Hitler said something and it was included in a yearbook.

  4. Michael,

    I really like your writing and your sensability (very common sense and analytical) , but when somebody says something offensively stupid, then they have to be called on it. What wisdom does a tyrant like Hitler have to share with the rest of us? What can we glean from his writings and speeches that would prove worthwhile (that we can’t find elsewhere or that isn’t simpistic, like the quote in the yearbook)? If you’re just another one of those revisionist Hitler apologists, then you are no better the fools with the Che Guevara T-shirts or Stalin nostalgics. You can do better than that, Michael.

  5. Michael, it’s the usual. Despite the fact that quoting Hitler will offend a number a people who are looking to be offended, it will also genuinely hurt a few people, who understand that the quote’s acceptance without a kerfuffle would be one more tiny step in the direction of making Hitler (in the minds of the next generation) just another terrible leader, and his massacre of the Jews just another ethnic cleansing instead of something personal and visceral.

  6. Richard Nieporent says:

    “I think they were so inundated with spreading these quotes sporadically through the pages that, unfortunately, (they) just stopped recognizing the authors,” Easton Area High School Principal Michael Koch told the newspaper. “I don’t by any means think it was put in there maliciously.”

    The response by the principal is just adding insult to injury. Of course it was done deliberately as a sick joke by one or more of the students. I do not believe the student(s) were trying to glorify Hitler; rather they thought it would be funny to see if anyone would catch the quote without thinking how offensive it would be to have an “inspirational” quote from Adolph Hitler.

    I suppose I’ll be burned in effigy for saying this, but just because the man was the third (possibly fourth, but likely third) greatest mass murderer in history doesn’t mean that he didn’t have a pearl of wisdom or two to share with the world. It would be a shame if we allowed all of his horrible evil to prevent us from recognizing a good bit of sense when we hear it.

    And speaking about adding insult to injury, what were you thinking when you made this comment, Michael? No Michael you cannot separate the message from the messenger. Why would you ever look to a genocidal madman for an inspirational quote? Do you think that there is a shortage of inspiration quotes in the world that you have to turn to Adolph Hitler for a pearl of wisdom?

  7. Richard Aubrey says:

    Problem with the quote is that, in some ways, it’s so obvious it’s hardly worth noting or quoting, the author notwithstanding.
    Sort of like, “A helping hand is at the end of your arm.”
    So what?
    If we know for certain that the people who put the quote in researched the author, that’s one thing. Otherwise, it’s sort of a Burma Shave encouragement to get the job done.
    Now, I know that it could mean something like “the end justifies the means”, which people are always saying as if it means something. The end had better justify the means, I suppose, but ….whatever. It could mean that nobody remembers how success was gained, with an implication that if they gain by it, people won’t remember the evil of the process.
    Could also mean that nobody’s interested in excuses.
    Just get’er done.

    It is so banal that it may not even have been authored by Hitler, instead being an old saying he threw in someplace and, because he was Hitler, it was taken later to be IMPORTANT or something.

    Not entirely OT, what do we do with the data accumulated by Unit 731?