posted on Jul, 12 2004 @ 09:37 AM
WW: it is rather ironic that Hitler didn't fit his ideal of the ubermensch... yet he kept striving to create it. A small dark man who failed at art
trying to create a race he could rule but could never be part of.
I found this on wikipedia which addresses some of the debate
"The idea of the "Aryan race" arose when linguists identified the Avestan and Sanskrit (ancient languages of Persia and Northern India,
respectively) as the oldest known relatives of all the major European languages, including Latin, Greek, and all Germanic and Celtic languages. They
argued that the speakers of these languages originated from an ancient people who must have been the ancestors of all the European peoples.
These hypothetical ancestors were given the name Aryans, from the Sanskrit and Avestan word Arya, which means "noble person". From this point the
term "Aryan" came to mean something similar to "white European" — excluding the Jewish and Arab peoples, because their ancestral languages
(Hebrew and Arabic) do not belong to the Indo-European family.
It is notable that in the Vedas the word Arya is never used in a racial or ethnic sense. It is still used by Zoroastrians, Buddhists, and Jains, as
well as Hindus, to mean "noble" or "spiritual". It is similar to the Sanskrit word sri, an epithet of respect."
"The Russian Steppe theory of Aryan origins was not the only one circulating during the nineteenth century. Many German scholars argued that the
Aryans originated in ancient Germany or Scandinavia, or at least that in those countries the original Aryan ethnicity had been preserved. It was
widely believed in that the Vedic Aryans were ethnically identical to the Goths, Vandals and other ancient Germanic peoples of the Völkerwanderung.
This idea was often intertwined with anti-semitic ideas. It was claimed that there were distinct "Aryan" and "Semitic" peoples, based on these
assumptions about the linguistic and ethnic history of the ancient world. In this way Semitic peoples came to be seen as an alien presence within
"Aryan" societies. During this time Arthur de Gobineau became read around Europe."
[edit on 12-7-2004 by Mynaeris]