I hope the Jewish student sues the student newspaper for defamation and identity theft. I cannot think of anything more despicable than what was done to him.
That aside, I think this is an important reminder that Hitler was not born a monster; he was human like you and I, but chose to become a monster. And in doing so, it was his good actions which allowed him to gain the trust of the German people to the point that he could convince them to carry out Naziism’s greatest evils.
This reminds me of an encounter with one of the vets at our local Legion post, who happens to be a former Nazi from Eastern Europe. This bothered us young vets to no end, we wanted to get rid of him as we considered his presence a disgrace. However, the old WWII vets were very protective of him and the Korean and Vietnam vets had come to respect him as well.
So one day one of us young guys popped the question to one of the old guys. Namely, how could they tolerate, let alone defend, the presence of an individual who not only had fought against them, but represented one of most evil regimes in human history.
“Why don’t you ask him yourselves?” was theirresponse.
So we did. We asked him how he could have fought for Hitler and the Nazis during World War 2.
“Because in Eastern Europe the alternative was communism and fighting for Stalin. The concentration camps were the last things on our mind. We were worried about what would happen to our families under communism.”
He then told us how, when the war was over, the Soviets invaded his country and liquidated his family and well as many others in the village who had resisted communism. Most of his people were disgusted by Hitler and the Nazis, he told us, but that had chosen them as the lesser evil to Stalin and the Communists.
Identity theft, interesting idea. With the picture, it's pretty clear. Haven't a clue if that takes it from the civil to criminal realm.