Hitler and the Negro

Hitler and the Negro


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This Henri Noel an unmixed Negro brought by Rohls from

 Central Africa, whom Wilhelm I, adopted as his own son



Books by J.A. Rogers

One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro  /  From Superman to Man  /  The Real Facts About Ethiopia

World’s Great Men of Color   /  Africa’s Gift to America  /  Five Negro Presidents   Sex and Race: Why White and Black Mix in Spite of Opposition

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Hitler and the Negro

By   J. A. Rodgers


Adolph Hitler inspired no doubt by the valorous conduct of the Negro in the last World War declares in Mein Kampf that Negroes are “half-apes.” This, however, is far from being the opinion of pre-Hitler Germany if one is to judge by the various monuments and pictures of Negroes in German museums and other public  places.

Foremost of these pictures and monuments are those of St. Maurice (or St. Mautritus) leading Catholic saint of Germany, who is invariably depicted in Germany as a Negro of the finest type. St. Maurice is the patron saint of the city of Cobourg and he appears in the city’s coat-of-arms. His picture, by Grunewald, hangs in the Alte-Pinokathek, Southern Germany’s largest museum. (At least I saw it there as late as 1934.) Another painting of St. Maurice by Hans Baldung is, if I remember rightly, in the Dresden Museum. There is also a monument of him in armor in the Cathedral of Magdeburg.

In almost every German art gallery are pictures by great artist of “The Adoration of Magi,” one of who is invariably depicted as a Negro. The most celebrated shrine in Germany is that of the Black Virgin in Alt-Oetting, Baravaria. There and there especially in Southern Germany and in what was once Austria are shrines of Black Madonnas. The blackness of these, be it noted is not due to age as the lace and some of the other decorations of these statues are still nearly white. Only the face is black.

On the most important bridge over the Spree at the south end of the Unter den Linden near the Berlin Cathedral in the very center of the north side of the bridge is a monument no less than eight feet high of a Negro. In the park of the royal palace at San Souci, Potsdam, favorite residence of the last Kaiser are several statutes of Negroes, who were the favorites of the Prussian rulers.

In the state pictures of Kaiser Wilhelm I, between the years 1857 and 1870 appears a Negro as a German officer. “This Henri Noel an unmixed Negro brought by Rohls from Central Africa, whom Wilhelm I, adopted as his own son. I have given further details in “The 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro.”

Hitler is a native of Austria and there, too, St. Maurice and the Black Virgin are highly revered. In the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna are the portraits of Angelo Soliman and his daughter and grandson, Baron Edward von Feuchtersleben.

Angelo Soliman was a Negro ex-slave who became a tutor of royalty, and the friend and companion of Joseph II, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. In the Vienna Museum is another piece of priceless Negro art: that of the Venus of Willendorf,  oldest known representation of a human being executed by a Negro artist, about 10,000 or 15,000 B. C.

Several other art treasures in which Negro figure could be cited. It is interesting to know what Hitler and his brown shirted reformers have done about these Negro monuments, and how they reconcile them with their statement that the Negro is a “half-ape,” and the Negro professional man a monstrosity. Perhaps these pictures and monuments have been removed or destroyed; only the coming peace will tell.

See Also:Sigillum Secretum” (Secret Seal): On the Image of the Blackamoor in European Heraldry” (a preliminary proposal for an iconographical study) by Mario de Valdes y Cocom  (

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Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP), commonly referred to as the Nazi Party). He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and head of state (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler is most commonly associated with the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II, and the Holocaust.

A decorated veteran of World War I, Hitler joined the German Workers’ Party, precursor of the Nazi Party, in 1919, and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923 Hitler attempted a coup d’état, known as the Beer Hall Putsch, at the Bürgerbräukeller beer hall in Munich. The failed coup resulted in Hitler’s imprisonment, during which time he wrote his memoir, Mein Kampf (My Struggle). After his release in 1924, Hitler gained support by promoting Pan-Germanism, antisemitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and propaganda. He was appointed chancellor in 1933 and transformed the Weimar Republic into the Third Reich, a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of Nazism.

Hitler’s avowed aim was to establish a New Order of absolute Nazi German hegemony in continental Europe. His foreign and domestic policies had the goal of seizing Lebensraum (living space) for the Germanic people. He oversaw the rearmament of Germany and the invasion of Poland by the Wehrmacht in September 1939, which led to the outbreak of World War II in Europe.

Under Hitler’s direction, German forces and their European allies at one point occupied most of Europe and North Africa. These gains were reversed in 1945 when the Allied armies defeated the German army. Hitler’s racially motivated policies resulted in the deaths of as many as 17 million people, including an estimated six million Jews and between 500,000 and 1,500,000 Roma targeted in the Holocaust.  In the final days of the war, during the Battle of Berlin in 1945, Hitler married his long-time mistress, Eva Braun. On 30 April 1945—less than two days later— the two committed suicide to avoid capture by the Red Army, and their corpses were burned.—Wikipedia

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On J. A. Rogers’ “Hitler and the Negro”

By Amin Sharif 


The reader will find above a small article by J. A. Rodgers entitled “Hitler and the Negro.” J. A. Roger is, of course, known to every serious student of African and African-American history through his many voluminous works such as From Superman to Man and One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro. Born in Jamaica on September 6, 1883, Rogers saw two World Wars, attended the coronation of Haile Selassie, and traveled extensively throughout the world as a journalist before he died in New York City of March 26, 1965.

In this article, as in all of his works, Rogers is quick to point out the contradictory nature of white racism as embodied in the philosophy of Adolph Hitler. One of the most puzzling aspects of racism is that it holds to false concepts against every tide of reason. Rogers maintains that Hitler’s argument that Negroes “are half-apes” cannot be collaborated by any evidence found in Germany or elsewhere. On the contrary, there is evidence right beneath Hitler’s nose that Negroes (Africans) made important contributions to Germany history and culture.

On the surface, this article would seem to be just another small and interesting piece of history. But it stands at the very heart of every argument crafted for and against racism. For, at its center, racism—especially white racism—is the denial of the very humanity of the darker people of the earth. On the other hand, the anti-racist argument always begins with an affirmation of humanity.

And it is as a part of this process of “affirmation” that Rogers attacks the racism of Hitler. Now that I have shown you the humanity of the Negro, Rogers asks, what will you do? Shall you deny the monuments, the paintings, and the artifacts that speak plainly of the humanity of the Negro? Or will you accept these items as valid arguments of my contribution to the world?

We know now that Hitler was unable to bring himself to accept the humanity of the African or the Jew. The result of Hitler’s denial was the horrific slaughter of six million Jews and countless others. Today, we should not be surprised that after all the arguments to the contrary that there are still persons who harbor notions of the inferiority of the darker people of the world. If we are to defeat these notions, then we must do as Rogers and others have done. We must affirm our humanity at every time and in every place.

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Joel Augustus Rogers

(c. 1883 – 6 September 1966)

By Siraj Ahmed

Historian and journalist, Joel Augustus Rogers devoted fifty years of his life to revisionary scholarship, in a pioneering attempt to recover the black presence throughout history that had been excluded by white historians. He is thought to have been born in 1883, although the exact day is not known, in Negril, Jamaica. After serving in the British Royal Army, he migrated to the United States in 1906, although he did not become a citizen until 1917. Despite having no formal postsecondary education, he learned French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, and researched European and African library and museum archives. 

But Rogers’ lack of proper scholarly credentials increased the difficulty that, as an African American, he already had in getting his work published, forcing him to publish much of it himself. Furthermore, because his research led him to radical conclusions, few of his scholarly contemporaries recognized him, and later historians who confirmed his claims have left him largely unacknowledged.

Rogers’ publications included One Hundred Amazing Facts About the Negro (1934), which went to a nineteenth edition; The Real Facts About Ethiopia (1936), which grew out of his firsthand experience as a foreign correspondent for the Pittsburgh Courier during Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia (1935-1936); the monumental three-volume Sex and Race (1941-1944), which documents miscegenation throughout world history and which went to a ninth edition; the two-volume World’s Great Men of Color (1946), which was republished in 1972; and Africa’s Gift to America (1959), which discusses the role of African Americans in the development of the United States. 

Rogers also wrote a series of African-American history for the Pittsburgh Courier, which reached tens of thousands of readers, and a weekly series that was published in many African-American newspapers. He died in New York.


Sandoval, Valerie. “The Bran of History: An Historiographic Account of the Work of J.A. Rogers.” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Journal 1, no. 4 (Spring 1978): 5-7, 16-19.

Turner, W.B. “J.A. Rogers: Portrait of an Afro-American Historian.” Black Scholar 6, no. 5 (January-February 1975): 32-39. 

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