Identifying Characteristics of a National Socialist: Germany and Alfred Wittmann.

Aiko N. Bresinsky, East Tennessee State University


Words are often expressed and misunderstood when used in different situations. Often the speaker doesn’t comprehend the complex meaning of words or their impact. The word “Nazi” or “National Socialist” are used under various circumstances in everyday life, either to describe a person’s traits or personality, and often it is used as a derogatory insult. The real meaning behind the word is, however, commonly not known.In my research I will compare and contrast the major historical views on Nazism and then frame my own idea of a National Socialist. My grandfather’s life and those of many other respected Germans such as Sophie Scholl and Oskar Schindler will be used to differentiate and draw conclusions about National Socialism.