Americans, and most of the free world, tend to view Adolph Hitler as evil, and wonder how the hell the German people got suckered into his lunacy.
There was nothing lunatic about Adolf (sp) Hitler (except maybe writing a prison manifesto that influenced nobody atall, but is forever after held up as evidence of not very much).
Even attacking Russia looks relatively logical, since Churchill and Roosevelt were so obviously set on the complete destruction of Germany. Almost in cahoots to dynamite the British Empire and (perhaps less obviously) bring about the Holocaust.
Hitler in fact was left with no choice about attacking his ally Russia - "Germany must perish" (March 1941) was not a joke but a death knell that Morgenau in the Roosevelt administration and others intended to carry out.
Germany Must Perish! is a 104-page book written by Theodore N. Kaufman ... advocated genocide through the sterilization of all Germans and the territorial dismemberment of Germany, believing that this would achieve world peace.
... The Nazi Party used the book, written by a Jewish author, to support their argument that Jews were plotting against their country.
Kaufman advocated the mass extermination through forced sterilization of the German people and the territorial dismemberment of Germany after an Allied victory in World War II.
Kaufman summarized Germany Must Perish! in advertisements in the New York Times and New York Post as: "A dynamic volume outlining a plan for the extinction of Germany and containing a map showing possible dissection and apportionment of its territory." In an interview carried in the September 26, 1941, issue of The Canadian Jewish Chronicle, Kaufman defended his plan for the "sterilization of all Germans":
I believe that the Jews have a mission in life. ... Slowly but surely the world will develop into a paradise. We will have perpetual peace. And the Jews will do the most to bring about this confederation, because they have the most to gain. But how can you get peace if Germany exists? The only way to win an eternal peace is to make the punishment of waging war more horrible than war itself. Human beings are penalized for murder, aren't they? Well, Germany starts all the wars of magnitude. Let us sterilize all Germans and wars of world domination will come to an end!
... the book received considerable attention ... the Time essay recognized that Kaufman's work was not satirical; it described the book as the "enshrinement of a single sensational idea". "Since Germans are the perennial disturbers of the world's peace, says the book, they must be dealt with like any homicidal criminals. But it is unnecessary to put the whole German nation to the sword. It is more humane to sterilize them."
... Kaufman also promoted the book by mailing a miniature black cardboard coffin with a hinged lid to reviewers. Inside the coffin was a card proclaiming, "Read GERMANY MUST PERISH! Tomorrow you will receive your copy."