Adolf Hitler on Citizenship

IMG_0297The völkisch [i.e. national-socialist] State will classify its population in three groups, namely, citizens, subjects of the State, and aliens. The only difference between an alien and a subject of the State is that the former is a citizen of another country.

The principle is that birth within the confines of the State gives only the status of a subject. It does not carry with it the right to fill any position under the State or to participate in political life, such as taking an active or passive part in elections.

Another principle is that the race and nationality of every subject of the State will have to be proven. A subject is at any time free to cease being a subject and to become a citizen of that country to which he belongs in virtue of his [or her] nationality.

A boy of German nationality who is a subject of the German State is bound to complete the period of school education which is obligatory for every German.

Thereby he submits to the system of training which will make him, race-conscious and make him realize that he is a member of the folk-community. [Makes sense, only it must be nation-conscious, not “race-conscious”, of course]

Then he has to fulfil all those requirements laid down by the State in regard to physical training after he has left school, and finally he enters the Army. The training in the Army is of a general kind. It must be given to each individual German and will render him competent to fulfil the physical and mental requirements of military service.

The rights of citizenship will be conferred on every young man, whose health and character have been certified as good, after having completed his period of military service.

The State must draw a sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and the support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled in the State simply because they earn their livelihood there.

[The latter actually makes a lot of sense even today – albeit culturally rather than “racially”]

The citizenship diploma must be a bond which unites all the various classes and sections of the nation [good ideal]. It must be regarded as a greater honor to be a citizen of this Reich, even as a street-sweeper, than to be the king of a foreign State [makes sense, too].

Those who are without personal honor or character, who are common criminals, or traitors of the Fatherland, can at any time be deprived of the rights of citizenship. Thereby they revert to the status of mere subjects of the State.

[Good idea theoretically; it is the practical implementation of judging “personal honor or character” that is a problem. As is the definition of the “traitor of the Fatherland”]

The German girl is a subject of the State, but becomes a citizen when she marries [also not a bad idea]. At the same time those women who earn their livelihood independently have the right to acquire citizenship, if they are German subjects.


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