I'm really new to philosophy and heard a lot that Nietzsche was considered the "godfather of fascism". The phrase seems to be a recent development according to Google ngram, but it is clearly an idea if one conducts a search on google. It looks like there are some very specific works in contemporary philosophy, such as this book Nietzsche, Godfather of Fascism?: On the Uses and Abuses of a Philosophy by Golomb and Wistrich.
From the press:
Nietzsche, the Godfather of Fascism? What can Nietzsche have in common with this murderous ideology? Frequently described as the “radical aristocrat” of the spirit, Nietzsche abhorred mass culture and strove to cultivate an Übermensch endowed with exceptional mental qualities. What can such a thinker have in common with the fascistic manipulation of the masses for chauvinistic goals that crushed the autonomy of the individual?
The question that lies at the heart of this collection is how Nietzsche came to acquire the deadly “honor” of being considered the philosopher of the Third Reich and whether such claims had any justification. Does it make any sense to hold him in some way responsible for the horrors of Auschwitz?
What is it about the philosophy of Nietzsche and its various interpretations that would lend credence to the idea that Nietzsche might be the godfather of fascism or in some way relevant to the NSDAP?