Mein Kampf: Hitler's view of the World
   
 

 

Nazi Ideology

Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1924 (emphasis added)

The Importance of Race:

No more than Nature desires the mating of weaker with stronger individuals, even less does she desire the blending of a higher with a lower race, since, if she did, her whole work of higher breeding, over perhaps hundreds of thousands of years, might be ruined with one blow.

                Historical experience offers countless proofs of this. It shows with terrifying clarity that in every mingling of Aryan blood with that of lower peoples the result was the end of the cul­tured people. North America, whose popula­tion consists in by far the largest part of Ger­manic elements who mixed but little with the lower colored peoples, shows a different hu­manity and culture from Central and South America, where the predominantly Latin im­migrants often mixed with the aborigines on a large scale. By this one example, we can clearly and distinctly recognize the effect of racial mix­ture. The Germanic inhabitant of the American continent, who has remained racially pure and unmixed, rose to be master of the continent; he will remain the master as long as he does not fall a victim to defilement of the blood.

                The result of all racial crossing is therefore in brief always the following:

(a) Lowering of the level of the higher race;

(b) Physical and intellectual regression and hence the beginning of a slowly but surely pro­gressing sickness.

                To bring about such a development is, then, nothing else but to sin against the will of the eternal creator....

Everything we admire on this earth today— science and art, technology and inventions— is only the creative product of a few peoples and originally perhaps of onerace.  On them depends the existence of this whole culture. If they per­ish, the beauty of this earth will sink into the grave with them....

                All great cultures of the past perished only because the originally creative race died out from blood poisoning.

                The ultimate cause of such a decline was their forgetting that all culture depends on men and not conversely; hence that to preserve a cer­tain culture the man who creates it must be pre­served. This preservation is bound up with the rigid law of necessity and the right to victory of the best and stronger in this world....

                If we were to divide mankind into three groups, the founders of culture, the bearers of culture, the destroyers of culture, only the Aryan could be considered as the representa­tive of the first group. From him originate the foundations and walls of all human creation. . . . .

                Blood mixture and the resultant drop in the racial level is the sole cause of the dying out of old cultures; for men do not perish as a result of lost wars, but by the loss of that force of resistance which is contained only in pure blood.

                All who are not of good race in this world are chaff....

                A state which in this age of racial poisoning dedicates itself to the care of its best racial ele­ments must some day become lord of the earth.

Anti-Semitism

The mightiest counterpart to the Aryan is rep­resented by the Jews....

. . . The Jewish people, despite all apparent intellectual qualities, is without any true cul­ture, and especially without any culture of its own. For what sham culture the Jew today pos­sesses is the property of other peoples, and for the most part it is ruined in his hands.

                In judging the Jewish people’s attitude on the question of human culture, the most essen­tial characteristic we must always bear in mind is that there has never been a Jewish art and accordingly there is none today either; that above all the two queens of all the arts, archi­tecture and music, owe nothing original to the Jews. What they do accomplish in the field of art is either patchwork or intellectual theft. Thus, the Jew lacks those qualities which dis­tinguish the races that are creative and hence culturally blessed....

                On this first and greatest lie, that the Jews are not a race but a religion, more and more lies are based in necessary consequence. Among them is the lie with regard to the language of the Jew. For him it is not a means for express­ing his thoughts, but a means for concealing them. When he speaks French, he thinks Jew­ish, and while he turns out German verses, in his life he only expresses the nature of his na­tionality. As long as the Jew has not become the master of the other peoples, he must speak their languages whether he likes it or not, but as soon as they became his slaves, they would all have to learn a universal language....

                With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus steal­ing her from her people. With every means he tries to destroy the racial foundations of the people he has set out to subjugate....

                For a racially pure people which is conscious of its blood can never be enslaved by the Jew. In this world he will forever be master over bas­tards and bastards alone.

                And so he tries systematically to lower the racial level by a continuous poisoning of indi­viduals.

And in politics he begins to replace the idea of democracy by the dictatorship of the prole­tariat .

In the organized mass of Marxism he has found the weapon which lets him dispense with democracy and in its stead allows him to sub­jugate and govern the peoples with a dictatorial and brutal fist.

                He works systematically for revolutioni2a­tion in a twofold sense: economic and political.

Around peoples who offer too violent a resis­tance to attack from within he weaves a net of enemies, thanks to his international influence, incites them to war, and finally, if necessary plants the flag of revolution on the very battle­fields.

                In economics he undermines the states until the social enterprises which have become un­profitable are taken from the state and sub­jected to his financial control.

                In the political field he refuses the state the means for its self-reservation, destroys the foundations of all national self-maintenance and defense, destroys faith in the leadership, scoffs at its history and past, and drags everything that is truly great into the gutter.

                Culturally he contaminates art, literature, the theater, makes a mockery of natural feeling, overthrows all concepts of beauty and sublim­ity, of the noble and the good, and instead drags men down into the sphere of his own base nature.

                Religion is ridiculed, ethics and morality represented as outmoded, until the last props of a nation in its struggle for existence in this world have fallen....

And so the Jew today is the great agitator for the complete destruction of Geomancy. Wherever in the world we read of attacks against Germany, Jews are their fabricators, just as in peacetime and during the War the press of the Jewish stock exchange and Marxists systematically stirred up hatred against Germany until state after state abandoned neutrality and, renouncing the true interests of the peoples, en­tered the service of the World War coalition.

                The Jewish train of thought in all this is clear.  The Bolshevization of Germany—that is, . . . to make possible the sweating of the German working class under the yoke of Jewish world finance [which] is conceived only as a preliminary to the further extension of this Jewish tendency of world conquest. As often in history, Germany is the great pivot in the mighty struggle. If our people and our state be­come the victim of these bloodthirsty and ava­ricious Jewish tyrants of nations, the whole earth will sink into the snares of this octopus; if Germany frees herself from this embrace, this greatest of dangers to nations may be regarded as broken for the whole world....

 

[PROPAGANDA AND MASS RALLIES]

 

The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in call­ing the masses’ attention to certain facts, pro­cesses, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.

The whole art consists in doing this so skill­fully that everyone will be convinced that the fact is real, the process necessary, the necessity correct, etc.... Its effect for the most part must be aimed at the emotions and only to a very limited degree at the so-called intellect.

All propaganda must be popular and its in­tellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is in­tended to reach, the lower its purely intellec­tual level will have to be....

The art of propaganda lies in understanding

the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses....

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In conse­quence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogans. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.

Thus we see that propaganda must follow a simple line and correspondingly the basic tac­tics must be psychologically sound....

The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task

• is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and un­flinchingly.

But the most brilliant propagandist tech­nique will yield no success unless one funda­mental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success. . . .

The purpose of propaganda is not to provide interesting distraction for blasé young gentle­men, but to convince, and what I mean is to convince the masses. But the masses are slow moving, and they always require a certain time before they are ready even to notice a thing, and only after the simplest ideas are repeated thou­sands of times will the masses finally remember them.

When there is a change, it must not alter the content of what the propaganda is driving at, but in the end must always say the same thing. For instance, a slogan must be presented from different angles, but the end of all remarks must always and immutably be the slogan it­self. Only in this way can the propaganda have a united and complete effect....

All advertising, whether in the field of busi­ness or politics, achieves success through the continuity and sustained uniformity of its ap­plication .

The mass meeting is . . . necessary for the reason that in it the individual, who at first, while becom­ing a supporter of a young movement, feels lonely and easily succumbs to the fear of being alone, for the first time gets the picture of a larger community, which in most people has a strengthening, encouraging effect. The same man, within a company or a battal­ion, surrounded by all his comrades, would set out on an attack with a lighter heart than if left entirely on his own. In the crowd he always feels somewhat sheltered, even if a thousand reasons actually argue against it.

But the community of the great demonstra­tion not only strengthens the individual, it also unites and helps to create an esprit de corps. The man who is exposed to grave tribulations, as the first advocate of a new doctrine in his factory or workshop, absolutely needs that strengthening which lies in the conviction of being a member and fighter in a great comprehensive body. And he obtains an impression of this body for the first time in the mass demonstration. When from his little workshop or big factory, in which he feels very small, he steps for the first time into a mass meeting and has thousands and thousands of people of the same opinions around him, when, as a seeker, he is swept away by three or four thousand others into the mighty effect of suggestive intoxication and enthusiasm, when the visible success and agree­ment of thousands confirm to him the right­ness of the new doctrine and for the first time arouse doubt in the truth of his previous convic­tion—then he himself has succumbed to the magic influence of what we designate as “mass suggestion.” The will, the longing, and also

the power of thousands are accumulated in every individual. The man who enters such a meeting doubting and wavering leaves it in­wardly reinforced: he has become a link in the community.

 

Lebensraum

Only an adequately large space on this earth assures a nation of freedom of existence....

                If the National Socialist movement really wants to be consecrated by history with a great mission for our nation, it must be permeated by knowledge and filled with pain at our true situation in this world; boldly and conscious of its goal, it must take up the struggle against the aimlessness and incompetence which have hitherto guided our German nation in the line of foreign affairs. Then, without considera­tion of “traditions” and prejudices, it must find the courage to gather our people and their strength for an advance along the road that will lead this people from its present restricted living space to new land and soil, and hence also free it from the danger of vanishing from the earth or of serving others as a slave nation.

                The National Socialist movement must strive to eliminate the disproportion between our population and our area—viewing this latter as a source of food as well as a basis for power politics—between our historical past and the hopelessness of our present impotence.

. . . The demand for restoration of the frontiers of 1914 is a political absurdity of such proportions and consequences as to make it seem a crime. Quite aside from the fact that the Reich’s frontiers in 1914 were anything but logical. For in reality they were neither complete in the sense of embracing the people of German nationality, nor sensible with regard to geo-military expediency....

                As opposed to this, we National Socialists must hold unflinchingly to our aim in foreign policy, namely, to secure for the German people the land and soil to which they are entitled on this earth. . . .

[Hitler concludes that Germany will have to wrest by force additional land in Eastern Europe, including Russia]

                Just as our ancestors did not receive the soil on which we live today as a gift from Heaven, but had to fight for it at the risk of their lives, in the future no foolish grace will win soil for us and hence life for our people, but only the might of a victorious sword.  Much as all of us today recognize the necessity of a reckoning with France, it would remain ineffectual in the long run if it represented the whole of our aim in foreign policy.  It can and will achieve meaning only if it offers the rear cover for an enlargement of our people’s living space in Europe.

                If we speak of soil in Europe today, we can primarily have in mind only Russia and her vassal border states . . . .

 

Racial Teaching in German Schools under the Nazis

Hereditary and Racial Biology for Students(1935),a school textbook for German students.

How We Can Learn to Recognize a Person’s Race

Assignments

1. Summarize the spiritual characteristics of the individual races.

2. Collect from stories, essays, and poems examples of ethnological illustrations. Under­line those terms which describe the type and mode of the expression of the soul.

3. What are the expressions, gestures, and movements which allow us to make conclusions as to the attitude of the racial soul?

4. Determine also the physical features which go hand in hand with the specific racial soul characteristics of the individual figures.

5. Try to discover the intrinsic nature of the racial soul through the characters in stories and poetical works in terms of their inner attitude. Apply this mode of observation to persons in your own environment.

6. Collect propaganda posters and carica­tures for your race book and arrange them ac­cording to a racial scheme. What image of beauty is emphasized by the artist (a) in posters publicizing sports and travel? (b) in publicity

for cosmetics? How are hunters, mountain climbers, and shepherds drawn?

7. Collect from illustrated magazines, news­papers, etc., pictures of great scholars, states­men, artists, and others who distinguish them­selves by their special accomplishments (for example, in economic life, politics, sports). De­termine the preponderant race and admixture, according to physical characteristics. Repeat this exercise with the pictures of great men of all nations and times.

8. When viewing monuments, busts, etc., be sure to pay attention to the race of the person portrayed with respect to figure, bearing, and physical characteristics. Try to harmonize these determinations with the features of the racial soul.

9. Observe people whose special racial fea­tures have drawn your attention, also with re­spect to their bearing when moving or when speaking. Observe their expressions and ges­tures.

10. Observe the Jew: his way of walking, his bearing, gestures, and movements when talking.

11. What strikes you about the way a Jew talks and sings?

 

 

Russia:  Forced Collectivization and the Liquidation of the Kulaks, 1929-1933. 

                In rural Russia, almost 5 million people--possibly more--were eliminated by the terroristic policies of Stalin in his open war against the better off peasantry and his determination to collectivize Russian agriculture. 

                Stalin’s address to the Conference of Marxist Students of the Agrarian Question, December 1929—conveys his intentions to make war on the landowning peasantry, virtually to exterminate the entire class  of farmers known as Kulaks.

 

                The characteristic feature of our work during the past year is: (a) that we, the party and the Soviet government, have developed an offensive on the whole front against the capitalist ele­ments in the countryside; and (b) that this of­fensive, as you know, has brought about and is bringing about very palpable, positive results.

What does this mean? It means that we have passed from the policy of restricting the exploiting proclivities of the kulaks to the policy of eliminating the kulaks as a class. This means that we have made, and are still making, one of the most decisive turns in our whole policy.

. . . Could we have undertaken such an of­fensive against the kulaks five years or three years ago? Could we then have counted on suc­cess in such an offensive? No, we could not. That would have been the most dangerous ad­venturism! That would have been playing a very dangerous game at offensive. We would certainly have come to grief and, once we had come to grief, we would have strengthened the position of the kulaks. Why? Because we did not yet have strongholds in the rural districts in the shape of a wide network of state farms and collective farms upon which to rely in a determined offensive against the kulaks. Be­cause at that time we were not yet able to sub­stitute for the capitalist production of the kulaks socialist production in the shape of the collec­tive farms and state farms....

                But today? What is the position? Today, we have an adequate material base which enables us to strike at the kulaks, to break their resis­tance, to eliminate them as a class, and to sub­stitute for their output the output of the collec­tive farms and state farms....

                Now, as you see, we have the material base which enables us to substitute for kulak output the output of the collective farms and state farms. That is why our offensive against the ku­laks is now meeting with undeniable success.

That is how the offensive against the kulaks must be carried on, if we mean a real offensive and not futile declamations against the kulaks.

                That is why we have recently passed from the: policy of restricting the exploiting proclivities of a the kulaks to the policy of eliminating the kulaks \ as a class.... Now we are able to carry on a ‘ determined offensive against the kulaks, to t break their resistance, to eliminate them as a class and substitute for their output the output of the collective farms and state farms. Now, the kulaks are being expropriated by the masses of poor and middle peasants themselves, by the masses who are putting solid collectivization into practice. Now the expropriation of the ku­laks in the regions of solid collectivization is no longer just an administrative measure. Now, the expropriation of the kulaks is an integral part of the formation and development of the collective farms....

. . . {Should} the kulak . . . be permitted to join the collective farms{?} Of course not, for he is a sworn enemy of the collective farm movement. Clear, one would think.