I decided to start working on the infographics version of this guide. Initially I planned to develop it after completion of the text (book) version of the guide but for a number of reasons I changed my mind. So I am going to develop these versions somewhat in parallel.
Nazi obsession with Lebensraum was based to a very significant extent on their firm commitment to make sure that the horrors of the Blockade of Germany and of the hunger of 1917-19 never happen again. However, it was their short-term objective (and drive).
And there was also a long-term objective and drive. Nazi viewed German women as essentially breeding machines. Which would have inevitably resulted in an explosive – and permanent – population growth (that fulfilled God’s commandment stated in Genesis 1:28 – “be fruitful and multiply”).
Which – in turn – will sooner or later require physical expansion of German territories via military conquest and colonization (with inevitable cleansing of these territories of the native population).
Successful military conquest obviously required a military victory over not-always-weak opponent. And to achieve this victory in every war (and permanent territorial expansion meant essentially permanent war), Nazi Germany needed an “absolute weapon” (i.e. a weapon that will give the German Wehrmacht a decisive advantage over every opponent).
Wehrmacht did have one such weapon. The blitzkrieg – a revolutionary method of land warfare that allowed Nazi Germany to defeat and conquer Poland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Albania, Yugoslavia, Greece, Denmark and Norway.
And – had Adolf Hitler not committed catastrophic strategic blunders – would have led to the defeat of the Soviet Union (i.e., to a successful execution of Operation Barbarossa).
However, the blitzkrieg was totally useless against the enemy protected by a wide stretch of water (i.e. Great Britain, the USA, Canada, etc.). Or even colonial British troops in North Africa as it turned out.
War with these enemies (and with the Soviet Union on the Eastern front after the failure of blitzkrieg) was inevitably a war of attrition. To win this war, totally different weapons were needed.
The purely military weapons that Nazi Germany needed to win the war on attrition and achieve world supremacy were obvious: a nuclear bomb; its carriers (intercontinental high-altitude jet bombers and later nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles) and a mighty surface-to-air missile (e.g. Enzian-class).
However, to win this war and to achieve world supremacy (and quite possibly to develop the abovementioned weapons), the Third Reich needed another powerful weapon – the Übermensch himself.
It is well-known that just about all human beings (“Menschen”) discover and realize 10% or even less of their potential – thus falling far short of self-actualization (let alone self-transcendence). And thus do not achieve genuine happiness.
An Übermensch – by definition – discovers and realizes 80-90% (i.e. just about all) of his or her productive and creative potential. Which allows him (or her) to make far better decisions and implement them in a far more efficient way than the “regular folks” can ever do.
Thus all but guaranteeing both the victory in every possible kind of war with every possible kind of component and a highly efficient management of conquered and colonized territories.
The only question is how to transform “regular Germans” into Übermenschen.
To properly understand Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, one must properly understand Nazi long-term vision – of a thousand-year German Reich.
The Nazis were national-sociopaths driven by a deep and genuine patriotic love for Germany and the German nation. Consequently, in very general terms this vision was simple and very attractive – genuinely happy people living in a genuinely happy society. The devil – as usual – was in the details.
More specifically, their vision was of superhumans (Übermenschen) living in a national-socialist society and in a national-socialist state. The state that ensures a perfect harmony between its citizens.
Consequently, the Nazis had two fundamental long-term “quantum leap” objectives – (1) transforming the German nation into a nation of Übermenschen and (2) transforming the Weimar republic into an ideal national-socialist state and society.
Obviously, every Übermensch was supposed to have a perfect health and a strong and beautiful body (according to classical “Aryan” – i.e. North European – standards).
Women in a Nazi state were supposed to devote themselves exclusively to giving birth to and raising perfect Übermenschen of both sexes. Obviously, all homosexuals were to be either (preferably) “cured” (i.e., transformed into heterosexual) or physically eliminated (via a T-4 – style involuntary euthanasia program).
Men were supposed to dedicate themselves to supporting their wives (i.e. mothers of Übermenschen) and to productive work. In other words, to creating aggregate value (financial, functional, emotional and spiritual) by satisfying aggregate needs of other Germans. Either directly or by faithfully serving the national-socialist state and its Führer.
There was nothing fundamentally wrong about this vision (with the exception of persecution of homosexuals, of course). It is well-known (albeit, alas, rarely admitted in modern self-centered individualistic society) that a human being can be genuinely happy only in a family with children.
And Abraham Maslow discovered (in 1943, believe it or not) that a human being can be genuinely happy only if he (or she) satisfies his (or her) needs of self-actualization and self-transcendence.
The former requires an individual to discover and realize his or her full productive and creative potential; the latter – to use this potential to the maximum extent possible to satisfy aggregate needs of other members of the society in question (and of the whole society).
Technologies of the 1930s and 1940s did not allow a woman to simultaneously pursue a productive career and raise the happy and healthy children. Consequently, the Nazis were generally right by insisting that a woman focuses on the latter (a woman is first and foremost the mother, after all). In other words, being a mother and a wife without a successful career makes a woman far happier than having a successful career but no family and no children.
We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the people’s right to self-determination.
The “Ein Volk – Ein Reich” principle. Essentially it demands that in every foreign territory where the Germans are in the majority, they must have the right to hold a referendum on whether to remain in the state in question or join the German Reich (taking with them the territory in question, of course).
This principle (supported by an overwhelming majority of Germans in Germany and abroad) made perfect sense and the only reason why the whole problem of “Germans abroad” existed in the first place was the criminal and outright idiotic armed robbery at Versailles (sorry, the Treaty of Versailles) that was imposed on Germany and Germans at gunpoint.
When Nazis game to power, they faithfully implemented this perfectly natural and sensible principles in a series of political and military decisions and actions. These decisions and actions ultimately led to the Anschluss of Austria, the Munich Agreement (which allowed Germany to annex Czech territories mainly inhabited by Germans), invasion of Poland and thus to the Second World War (caused to a significant extent by and armed robbery at Versailles)
We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.
Given the fact that the infamous Treaty of Versailles was imposed on Germany and the Germany people essentially at gunpoint (i.e. under threat of murderous blockade and the military occupation), this demand was perfectly noble and made complete sense.
Hitler and other key party leaders realized that in order to win the genuinely cutthroat competition (it was painfully evident that only one of over seventy nationalist groups will survive as there is room for only one such party in the market for nationalist ideologies), it needed one more crucial competitive advantage.
A powerful, attractive and inspirational party program.
Hitler later claimed that he was the sole author of the DAP/NSDAP program. However, in reality it was initially developed by Rudolf Jung – an ideologue and one of the leaders of the German Bohemian National Socialist movement.
It was Jung who convinced Hitler to add “National Socialist” to the name of German Workers’ Party (Hitler originally wanted to rename the German DAP the “Social Revolutionary Party”).
The DAP/NSDAP program thus was but an adaptation of Jung’s program by Anton Drexler, Adolf Hitler, Gottfried Feder and Dietrich Eckart. It was much more realistic program – by far – because unlike the Austrians, the Germans did not claim to being either liberal or democratic and opposed neither political reaction nor the aristocracy, yet advocated democratic institutions and voting rights for all Germans.
The program consisted of 25 points (statements) and was announced by Adolf Hitler on February 24th, 1920 to the audience of about 2,000 people. On the same day the party was officially remained the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) – the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
In this section, I will perform a thorough analysis of this fundamental document that by and large determined decisions and actions by party leaders and officials for the whole 25 years of NSDAP existence.