FoxNews on March 5, 2014, reported that former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared the recent Russian troop deployment in Crimea to policies implemented by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany regime. Excerpts below:
Speaking at an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Calif. Tuesday, Clinton drew parallels between what she described as a campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin to give Russian passports to any Crimea resident with Russian ties and the so-called “Heim ins Reich” resettlement policy practiced by the German dictatorship prior to World War II.
“[This is like] what Hitler did back in the 30s,” Clinton said, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”
“Heim ins Reich,” which literally means “Home into the Empire,” was a policy pursued by Hitler beginning with the Anschluss of Austria and the annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland in 1938.
At a press conference earlier on March 4, Putin said that he would use force in Crimea only as a last resort, but he reserved the right to protect ethnic Russians in the region by any means necessary.
Later in her remarks, Clinton described Putin as a man “who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness … When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.”