“Hitler responds to the vibration of the human heart with the delicacy of a seismograph”
“The secret to Hitler’s power is … that his unconscious [or superconscious – O.L.] has exceptional access to his conscious and … that he allows himself to be moved by it. Others have too much rationality, too much cerebrum to obey it but Hitler listens.”
“Hitler’s strength as a leader is that he almost always works through the power of his persuasion; rarely does he command.”
“Hitler [had an] excess of imagination, which very frequently foresaw what would happen but also very often went astray.”
“The chief characteristic of Hitler’s leadership was his over-estimation of the power of the will. To win the war this will had only to be translated into faith down to the youngest private soldier.”
Erich von Manstein
“No matter what Hitler said, he spoke with a fine feeling for the particular circle which he addressed. … He was a great psychologist.”
“Hitler had charm, loved children, charmed women. But in political respects he would stop at nothing. In other respects he had soft and touching emotions. Just as he could be terribly brutal in following up political ideas, so he could be humanely sensitive for the feelings of individuals, for the individual human life.”
“Hitler had a great gift for adjusting – consciously or intuitively – to his surroundings. … With enormous histrionic intuition he could shape his behavior to changing situations.”
“Hitler overestimated the importance of technology. As a result, he would count on a mere handful of assault-gun detachment or the new Tiger tanks to restore situations where only large bodies of troops could have any prospect of success.”
Erich von Manstein
“He took all of the suitable ingredients that the German tradition of philosophy had to offer, and by way of his private alchemy, he mixed them into a cocktail that the Germans wanted to drink.”
“Hitler always spoke about destiny and fate … and there can be little doubt that he believed in such things. Above all he believed in the force of will. … It was willpower that had turned the half-blind, gassed and penniless ex-soldier of 1918 into the dictator of Germany. His faith was in willpower. … His confidence in it was absolute.”
Not necessarily sad, by the way
The conditions of a nation’s life can in the end be improved only through the political will to expansion.
Land cannot be made an object for speculation. Private property can be only that which a man has gained for himself, has won through his work. Natural resources are not private property; that is national property. Land is thus no object for bargaining.
We suffer today from an excess of culture. What we need is instinct and will. Most people have lost both through their ‘culture.’ We have, it is true, a highly intellectual class, but it is lacking in energy.
What we need is the system that will produce a continuous succession of intellectual leaders drawn from the people itself.
Our own people has genius enough – we need no Jews [wrong, as it turned out].
A press which is on principle anti-national cannot be tolerated in Germany. Whoever denies the nation can have no part in it. We must demand that the press shall become the instrument of the national self-education.
We need a reform in art, literature, and the theater. The Government must see to it that its people is not poisoned. There is a higher right which is based on the recognition of that which harms a people, and that which harms a people must be done away with.
No one gives you freedom save only your own sword. What our people needs is not leaders in Parliament, but those who are determined to carry through what they see to be right before God, before the world, and before their own consciences – and to carry that through, if need be, in the teeth of majorities.
And if we succeed in raising such leaders from the body of our people, then around them once again a nation will crystallize itself… It is the pride of our Movement to be the force which shall awake the Germany of fighters which yet shall be.
Whatever in human civilization has real value, arose not out of internationalism, it sprang from the soul of a single nation.
We are National Socialist fanatics, not dancers on the tight-rope of moderation!
There are three words which many use without a thought which for us are no catch-phrases: Love, Faith, and Hope. We National Socialists wish to love our Fatherland, we wish to learn to love it, to learn to love it jealously, to love it alone and to allow no other idol to stand by its side. We know only one interest and that is the interest of our people.
We are fanatical in our love for our people, and we are anxious that so-called ‘national governments’ should be conscious of that fact. Gradually victory must be granted us if only we are fanatical enough.
We are straightforward: it must be either love or hate.
And from this love and from this faith there emerges for us the great hope. When others doubt and hesitate for the future of Germany – we have no doubts. We have both the hope and the faith that Germany will and must once more become great and mighty.
We have faith that one day Heaven will bring the Germans back into a Reich over which there shall be no Soviet star, no Jewish Star of David, but above that Reich there shall be the symbol of German labor – the Swastika. And that will mean that the first of May has truly come.
France does not want reparations; it wants the destruction of Germany, the fulfillment of an age-old dream; a Europe dominated by France.
Our first priority must be the defense of the nation. That is primarily not a technical matter but a question of psychology and of the will to accomplish this. Only when we have solved that problem can the rebuilding of Germany begin, and that will not be accomplished until the German People once again recognize that politics are driven by power and power alone.
Our nation faces a two-fold challenge: first spiritual and then material rearmament. Spiritual rearmament means reeducating the nation, teaching it to defend itself, to represent its vital interests and to assert its rights.
How can the national will be strengthened? By destroying whatever opposes it. The choice is: national, or anti-national and international? This all-important question – nationalism or internationalism – must be decided; only then can the spiritual rearmament of our nation be achieved.
If only sixty million people had the will to be fanatical nationalists, weapons would grow out of our bare fists.
The only way is to have the strength of will to one day tear up the Treaty of Versailles and in to develop instead the ability to defend our nation and ultimately to attack its enemies.
Germany was confronted not by an economic but a political problem. The reawakening of the nation’s will to act.
There are still hundreds of thousands who love their Fatherland above all else; but the Fatherland must show them greater love than the others.
The [German politicians] would not even permit a strong-willed individual to exist. They do not want anything superior to their own mediocrity. They are afraid that someone without a parliamentary majority might have power. If a Frederick the Great were to appear again today, they would probably pass emergency legislation aimed at him!
When the lives of nations are at risk, national and provincial parliaments are useless; only giants can save the nation. Germany can be saved only by the dictatorship of the national will and the determination to take action.
It was one man alone who created the [Second] Reich, [the German Empire]: Bismarck.
The course of history cannot be changed; the German parliamentary system is digging its own grave. And all that will be left for us to do is lay it to rest in that grave.
We believe that we must answer for our actions not only to future generations but to those who came before us.
It is the fire in the hearts of Germany’s young folk which will bring us ultimate victory.
It must be proved that the [German government] official is not a party man, but a specialist!
The day must come when a German government shall summon up the courage to declare to the Foreign Powers: ‘The Treaty of Versailles is founded on a monstrous lie [it is]. We refuse to carry out its terms any longer. Do what you will! If you wish for war, go and get it! Then we shall see whether you can turn seventy million Germans into serfs and slaves!’
When the whole German people knows one will and one will only – to be free – in that hour we shall have the instrument with which to win our freedom. It matters not whether these weapons of ours are humane: if they gain us our freedom, they are justified before our conscience and before our God.
Since we know that today the German people consists for one-third of heroes, for another third of cowards, while the rest are traitors, as a condition of our freedom in respect of the outside world we would first cleanse our domestic life.
The domestic battle must come before the battle with the world without – the final decision between those who say ‘we are Germans and proud of it’ and those who do not wish to be Germans or who are not Germans at all.
Our Movement was not formed with any election in view, but in order to spring to the rescue of this people as its last help in the hour of greatest need, at the moment when in fear and despair it sees the approach of the Red Monster.
We want the dictatorship of national reason, of national energy, of national brutality and resolution. Germany can be saved only through action.
Either Germany sinks – and we through our despicable cowardice sink with it; or else we dare to enter on the fight against death and devil and rise up against the fate that has been planned for us.
[Essence of the Weimar Republic]: Subservience towards the enemy, surrender of the human dignity of the German, pacifist cowardice, tolerance of every indignity, readiness to agree to everything until nothing more remains. This November Republic bore the stamp of the men who made it. The name ‘November criminals’ will cling to these folk throughout the centuries….
How are States founded? Through the personality of brilliant leaders and through a people which deserves to have the crown of laurel bound about its brows.
Seventeen million Germans are in misery under foreign rule.
Germany has been turned into a colony of the outside world.
Ideas such as ‘Democracy,’ ‘Majority,’ ‘Conscience of the World,’ ‘World Solidarity,’ ‘World Peace,’ ‘Internationality of Art,’ etc., disintegrate our race-consciousness and breed cowardice.
We must demand a great enlightenment on the subject of the peace treaty. With thoughts of love? No! But in holy hatred against those who have ruined us.
Extremes must be fought by extremes. Against the infection of materialism … we must hold aloft a flaming ideal. And if others speak of the World and Humanity we say the Fatherland – and only the Fatherland!
He who would pursue the golden mean must surrender the hope of achieving the great and the greatest aims. Until the present day the half-hearted and the lukewarm have remained the curse of Germany…
Today we are the least loved people on Earth. A world of foes is ranged against us and the German must still today make up his mind whether he intends to be a free solder or a white slave. The only possible conditions under which a German state can develop at all must therefore be: the unification of all Germans in Europe, education towards a national consciousness, and readiness to place the whole national strength without exception in the service of the nation.
No economic policy is possible without a sword, no industrialization without power. If a people is to become free it needs pride and willpower, defiance, hate, hate, and once again hate…
Always before god and the world the stronger has the right to carry through what he wills.
A world court without a world police would be a joke.
The whole world of nature is a mighty struggle between strength and weakness – an eternal victory of the strong over the weak. There would be nothing but decay in the whole of Nature if this were not so. States which should offend against the elementary law would fall into decay.
Behind economics must stand power, for power alone makes an economic position secure.
The old Reich had at least made an honorable attempt to be socially-minded. We had to show for ourselves such an initiative in social institutions as no other country in the wide world could boast.
I reject the word ‘Proletariat’
Business lost the Aryan character of work: it became an object of speculation.
Where then can any strength still be found within the German people? It is to be found, as always, in the great masses: there energy is slumbering and it only awaits the man [i.e., the leader] who will summon it from its present slumber and will hurl it into the great battle for the destiny of the German race.
The battle which alone can liberate Germany will be fought out with the forces which exist in the great masses. Without the help of the German workingman you will never regain a German Reich.
Not in our political salons lies the strength of the nation, but in the hand, in the brain, and in the will of the great masses. Now as ever: Liberation does not come down from above, it will spring up from below…. If we today make the highest demands upon everyone, that is only in order that we may give back to him and to his child the highest gift: Freedom and the respect of the rest of the world….
He who refuses to do honest work shall not be a citizen of the State. Capital is not the master of the State, but its servant. Therefore the State must not be brought into dependence on international loan capital.
If in a State only he who does honest work is a citizen, then everyone has the right to demand that in his old age his needs shall be provided for. That would mean the realization of the greatest social achievement.
The Treaty of Versailles was a crime [an armed robbery, to be more precise].
My feeling as a Christian points me to my lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded only by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were [Pharisees, not Jews] and summoned men to the fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as sufferer but as fighter.
In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and of lenders.
How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison [not really – His fight was different, although He did fight the Pharisees – Jewish leaders]. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before – the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross.
As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. And as a man I have the duty to see to it that human society does not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did the civilization of the ancient world some two thousand years ago – a civilization which was driven to its ruin through this same Jewish people [this collapse existed only in his imagination – 2000 years ago no such thing happened].
For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people
And when I look on my people I see it work and work and toil and labor, and at the end of the week it has only for its wage wretchedness and misery. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people is plundered and exploited.
Often there are no adequate economic grounds for a strike, but there are always political grounds and plenty of them.
The Jews are a people of robbers . The Jew has never founded any civilization [not true – Jewish civilization was one of the most advanced], though he has destroyed civilizations by the hundred [not true either]. He possesses nothing of his own creation to which he can point [not true at all].
In the last resort it was the Aryan and the Aryan alone who could form States and could set them on their path to future greatness.
The whole of present-day Russia has nothing to show beyond a ruined civilization, a colony ripe for development through alien capital, and even this capital in order to supply resources in labor for its practical work must introduce Aryan intellects
It might be possible that from Germany the light should come which is destined to light both Germany and the world to their salvation.
Every truly national idea is in the last resort social, i.e., he who is prepared so completely to adopt the cause of his people that he really knows no higher ideal than the prosperity of this – his own – people, he who has so taken to heart the meaning of our great song ‘Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles,’ that nothing in this world stands for him higher than this Germany, people and land, land and people, he is a Socialist!
And he who in this people sympathizes with the poorest of its citizens, who in this people sees in every individual a valuable member of the whole community, and who recognizes that this community can flourish only when it is formed not of rulers and oppressed but when all according to their capacities fulfill their duty to their Fatherland and the community of the people and are valued accordingly, he who seeks to preserve the native vigor, the strength, and the youthful energy of the millions of working men, and who above all is concerned that our precious possession, our youth, should not before its time be used up in unhealthy harmful work – he is not merely a Socialist, but he is also National in the highest sense of that word.
The destinies of peoples could be determined neither through majority decisions nor through treaties, but only through blood and iron. (c) Bismarck
For what Germany needs today, what Germany longs for ardently, is a symbol of power, and strength [and the Nazis provided exactly such a symbol – the swastika].
The Storm Divisions have been formed for our protection, for your protection, and at the same time not merely for the protection of the Movement, but for the protection of a Germany that is to be.
He who today is leader must be an idealist, if only for the reason that he leads those against whom it would seem that everything has conspired.
Our Movement is not sustained by money or the lust for gold, but only by our love for the people.