This nonsense has been, and continues to be, utterly mind-boggling in both its prevalence and the frequency with which it’s invoked. If you’ve been vegetarian or vegan for more than about a month–or even if you’ve merely expressed interest in becoming one!–there’s a tremendous likelihood that someone has said this to you. I don’t wanna go into detail about the innately illogical, pointless, and absurd nature of this claim, because plenty of people have already spent the time debunking this forehead-smacking lunacy, and I’d rather spend my time writing/editing books. I’ve provided several links to a few of the many thorough debunkings below…
I did, however, want to hit a couple quick points–not because I feel particularly interested in the matter, and not because I legitimately truly want to–but simply due to  the ubiquity of this myth, and  its stupidity and total pointlessness. Ultimately, this myth and (this part’s crucial) the constant, unrelenting references to it say FAR FAR MORE about the people invoking it than anything else! It’s used all the time by trollish simpletons as a kind of catch-all way to dismiss the monumental importance of the issues that veganism and, to a lesser degree, vegetarianism inherently confront.
*[defensiveness, deflection, and total lack of critical thinking…hammering the point home b/c it remains commonplace]
Here are just a few detailed analyses debunking the Hitler-as-vegetarian drivel:
That third one was written by Rynn Berry, a terrific man and tireless animal advocate who sadly passed away in 2014, shortly before his 70th birthday (just to cut off any bullshit ideas of “early”-death-by-veganism, he had asthma and was jogging on a frigid New York winter day, which apparently isn’t the best idea because asthmatics exercising vigorously in the cold have a high risk of cardiac arrest). He’d been vegan for nearly half a century, having transitioned from a teenage vegetarian to vegan in 1966 at the age of 21. Berry was a many-time guest on my dear friend Bob Linden’s popular radio show-podcast Go Vegan with Bob Linden, especially around the holidays. CLICK HERE for a list of Berry’s intriguing, controversial interviews on the show!
So, I’ve lain out ample evidence for this blog’s titular claim. Can we please, for the love of all things good and decent and just and intellectually honest, please flush this ridiculous, stupid, and utterly irrelevant myth down the toilet and into the fetid sewers of history–where it belongs–for good? PLEASE?!