Abraham Foxman's Allegations and Reality
Now that I have seen the show, I can evaluate Abraham Foxman's strident remarks before it aired. Let's take a look.
This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust.
The show is based on the premise that Hitler was one of the most evil men who ever lived. I believe that this was stated in so many words on the show. Far from trivializing the Holocaust, the show affirmed the enormity and the horror of this great tragedy.
Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people.
The show never asserted that Hitler "needed" Darwin. It suggested that Darwinian theory significantly influenced the eugenics movement, and that eugenics played an important role in Nazi ideology.
My take: It is well established that the eugenics movement was significantly influenced by Darwinian theory. It is also well established that the Nazi's were significantly influenced by ideas and concepts from the eugenics movement. How important were these influences and what other influences played a role is a matter of debate about which reasonable persons may differ. However, Foxman's suggestion that there were no such influences seems absurd and seems to deny historical realities.