Despite all these thoughts, until the very end of the Great War I was committed to my dream of one day becoming a famous painter or at least an architect. Everything changed – and changed forever – on October 14th, 1918, a few hours after the British opened an attack on us with mustard gas on the front south of Ypres.
On a hill south of Wervick, on the evening of October 13th, we were subjected for several hours to a heavy bombardment with gas-shells, which continued throughout the night with more or less even intensity.
A few hours later my eyes were like glowing coals, and all was darkness around me. I was sent into hospital at Pasewalk in Pomerania, and there it was that I was to hear of the [November] Revolution.
It took me several weeks to recover but gradually, I was able to distinguish the general outlines of my immediate surroundings, and I hoped that I would at least recover my sight sufficiently to be able to take up some profession later on. That I would ever be able to draw or design again was naturally out of the question.
The choice of profession came naturally. I was so appalled by the colossal act of high treason – Revolution and subsequent Armistice (i.e. essentially surrender of Germany) – perpetrated by “November Criminals” that right then and there then decided that I would take up political work.
[It appears that the Providence (God, to be more precise) finally got Adolf Hitler. For almost two decades, he kept ignoring clear signs that his Destiny, his Divine Mission was to become a great political leader and statesman. Predictably, the day has come when the Providence was fed up with Hitler’s obstinate insistence that he must become a famous painter or architect. And closed this road for him – for good, opening the one he was destined for].
Sometime in mid-summer of 1919, I received orders to attend a course of lectures which were being given to Army personnel. This course was meant to propagate certain fundamental principles on which the soldier could base his political ideas.
There I met quite a few like-minded soldiers and began to seriously discuss with them the project of forming a new party. The leading ideas which we then proposed were the same as those which were carried into effect afterwards, when the German Labor Party [DAP, that subsequently became NSDAP – the Nazi Party] was founded.
At that time Germany faced very serious economic problems. Consequently, to be successful, this new party must develop and offer efficient solutions to these problems.
The important question is whether an idea [i.e. the solution to an economic problem] is fundamentally right or not. The question as to whether it may or may not be difficult to carry it out in practice is quite another matter.
[Whatever human mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Where’s the Will, there’s the way. Everything is possible if one has enough desire, determination, discipline and dare. And, of course, feels and follows the Divine Guidance].
Developing the right solutions to German economic problems, obviously required proper understanding of the nature and function of capital in the economic system of a nation. From the national standpoint, the significance of capital depended on the greatness, freedom and power of the State, that is to say, of the nation, and it is this dependence alone which leads capital to promote the interests of the State and the nation, from an instinct of self-preservation and for the sake of its own development.
Consequently, the dependence of capital upon the independent and Free State would force it to defend the nation’s freedom, might, strength, etc.
According to such principles the duty of the State towards capital would be comparatively simple and clear. Its only object would be to make sure that capital remained subservient to the State and did not allocate to itself the right to dominate national interests.
Thus the State could confine its activities within the two following limits: on the one side, to assure a vital and independent system of national economy and, on the other, to safeguard the social rights of the workers.
[Made complete sense then and makes complete sense now].
I clearly saw what was developing in Germany and I realized then that the stiffest fight we would have to wage would not be against an alien enemy, but against international capital.
[Also makes complete sense as nationalism and internationalism of any kind are natural sworn enemies]
International stock-exchange capital was not only the chief instigating factor in bringing about the war, but that, now the war is over, it serves to turn the peace into a hell.
[No and no. In one of the next chapters I will prove beyond the reasonable doubt that World War I was started by Serbia and Russia (in that order). International stock-exchange capital had nothing to do with that whatsoever. And as stock prices are directly correlated with economic growth, this capital is keenly interested in the fastest possible economic growth and prosperity. Worldwide].
The struggle against international finance capital and loan capital has become one of the most important points in the program on which the German nation has based its fight for economic freedom and independence.
[For a very different reason – this capital is fundamentally opposed to both destructive wars and mass murders such as Holocaust because they hamper economic growth and thus make stock prices go down. And usually bring about tough government regulation that no business likes or wants].
The core of this program is the simple and fundamental truth. What we have to fight for is the necessary security for the existence and increase of our race and people, the subsistence of our children and the maintenance of our racial stock unmixed, the freedom and independence of the Fatherland, so that our people may be enabled to fulfil the mission assigned to it by the Creator.
All ideas and ideals, all teaching and all knowledge, must serve these ends. It is from this standpoint that everything must be examined and turned to practical use – or ruthlessly discarded. For me, and for all genuine National Socialists, there is only one slogan: People and Fatherland.