Third Reich Instruction Pamplets Pt. 1
Words to Comrades
by F. H. Woweries
All the nations that fought during the World War honor
an "Unknown Soldier". In Paris, he rests under the
"Arc of Triumph." In London, he sleeps his final sleep
under the black marble of Westminster Abbey. But in
Berlin, he lives in the Reich Chancellery. Germany is
the only country whose "unknown soldier" is not dead,
- F. Böök, Swedish Academy, Stockholm
He who wants to live must fight, and he who does not
want to fight in this world of eternal struggle does
not deserve to live. - Adolf Hitler
We marched silently through a damp, cold night in
Flanders. The day began to break through the mists.
Suddenly, an iron greeting whizzed over our heads. The
small bullets pounded into the wet earth between our
ranks, and before the small clouds they caused
vanished, the first two hundred messengers of death
replied from our guns. Now things really began to
clatter and thunder, to sing and to howl, and each now
pressed forward with fevered eyes until suddenly
man-to-man combat broke out in the turnip fields and
hedges. In the distance we heard the sounds of a song,
coming closer and closer, springing from company to
company, and just as death was busy in our ranks the
song also reached us and we carried it on: Germany,
Germany over all, over all in the world!
We came back after four days. Even our tread was
different. Seventeen-year old boys looked like men.
- The Führer
Let your weapons and tools rest!
Lower the weapons!
Lower the flags!
What we never do
Before the enemy,
Today we do before the Führer.
Take your helmet off -
Raise your hand!
Musicians and drummers,
Ring Glory in the land!
-Before the banners
Millions take the oath.
We stand and wait,
Ready to serve you to the end!
I swear before God this sacred oath, that I will obey
absolutely the Führer of the German Reich and people,
Adolf Hitler, the Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht,
and that I will be ready at any time as a brave
soldier to give my life for this oath. [This is the
oath German that soldiers took upon induction.]
Comrade, you know that we soldiers in this campaign
are part of a decision that is only rarely entrusted
to men of our people. It will determine whether our
children will be able to live freer, more peaceful and
happier lives than all the German generations before
us. It will determine whether three millenia of the
shedding of German blood in the West can finally be
ended by a German peace. A German peace under Adolf
Hitler is a peace that will last, a peace for all of
Europe. Europe has had 70 wars over the past 300
years, wars that generally brought misery to the
greater part of the European peoples. Millions of our
fathers sacrificed their blood for the exhausting
achievement of a peace that was betrayed even before
it began. Today, we are fighting a total war for a
truly total peace. No sacrifice we make in this war
will be in vain.
We have a leader who guarantees that to us, one who
sacrificed and suffered as a front-line soldier far
more than we. He was not above being a simple
front-line soldier himself. Who of us may therefore
think himself above it? We wear the field gray uniform
not only because the Reich has called us to it. We
wear it because we carry in our hearts the clear
knowledge that this battle will win a future of
unimaginable and happy scope. The fruit of our victory
will be something that other peoples have not
succeeded in doing over a hundred generations: to
bring down the dark forces that stand behind
governments, the forces that always make money from
each bloody war. The larger the sacrifice in blood,
the more money they make. There has been enough of
Military news means little to them, stock exchange
news everything. Their goal is not service to
humanity, but rather earning from humanity. They are
carriers of a blood whose greed is nourished only by
what working people have created in selfless devotion
to the health and prosperity of the community. We
fight this war in the service of our most precious
possessions and traits of character, the best values
of the community, for the freedom of creative labor.
Labor and blood gave the rulers of the stock exchange
and the speculators easy profits, building the power
of the plutocrats. It is time to put an end to it. As
soldiers of Greater Germany, we bear the weapons that
the Führer has entrusted to us, which we keep clean
and ready every day. This is no careless adventure! We
are fighting for everything that makes life worth
living for a free man on this earth. We are soldiers
because none of us wants to live the life of a slave,
or be a citizen of a nation of serfs, or live without
determining our own fates.
Ask yourself, comrade, and your inner self will tell
you that we Germans could not have found even an
outwardly good excuse to escape this unique trial of
fate of our people to gain a cowardly sham peace.
We believe in the holy justice of our struggle. Just
as any other people in Europe, we have the right to
hold open the door for the millions of German brothers
and sisters who want to return home.
What is self-evident for the English and easy for the
French must be our right as well. That is why we must
win. Who is not willing to fight for this?
We believe that no power on earth has the right to
keep that door closed through bloody power. Where it
nonetheless happens, where all appeals to reason fail,
where intolerable endurance leads only to new acts of
force, then it is a sacred right to meet foreign force
with still stronger force.We know that this last
battle for our honor and for the eternal rights of our
people is led by men who themselves experienced and
suffered for a thousand days the life of a front-line
Our leadership will never act carelessly.
We all know that no glory-hungry adventurer has led us
down dangerous paths. We know that the Führer who
makes decisions knows better than most of us what war
means. A Führer who risked his blood and his life for
us more than once.
We believe firmly that after our unparalleled
generosity and will for peace, the Almighty will not
withhold his blessings from our actions. It is the
same blessing that allowed the Führer to lead us from
Germany's deepest misery to the building of the
Greater German Reich.
We believe that the Lord God, who did not allow us to
perish after 1918, but rather gave us the Führer, will
also be with us in the future. We will defeat our
foreign enemies, just as we defeated our domestic
enemies, Judah and the Treaty of Versailles. We have
been victorious in the past because we were fanatic
fighters, always willing to sacrifice, firmly
confident of victory even in the darkest hour of
We believe in the inevitability of further German
victory, come what may.
We value twice as much that which cost us dearly. We
even believe that when we face the hardest trials, we
are nearest to the final test of fate. German, is your
heart strong enough, despite all its misery and
sorrow, to leave your sons a strong Reich that is a
power in the world? You and I, and those we love back
home, all know that we cannot avoid this battle for
the final security of our blood, our children, and our
jobs, even if it somehow looked as if it were
possible. Man for man, we feel that in bearing arms we
are carrying out a mission given by God to Germany's
great Führer. The head of England's government, who
began this war, is a big stockholder in a British
armaments concern. This is only one of many examples.
Stock in poison gas is typical of the morals of enemy
A world order that earns its money with human blood
should be destroyed!
Each year, millions in profits flow to the family of
former Prime Minister Balfour from the Vickers
armaments industry. Its profits rose from 530,000
pounds in 1932 to 1,500,000 pounds in 1938.
That is plutocracy.
Plutocracy fears our socialist example. No leader of
the new Germany owns stocks! No German Reichstag
representative is a member of a board of directors,
even in an unpaid capacity. Payment in any form is
prohibited. in Britain, 181 Conservative members of
parliament alone have 775 highly-paid positions on
boards of directors! The program of the NSDAP says
clearly and concisely: "Because of the great sacrifice
in property and blood that any war demands from the
people, personal enrichment through war is a crime
against the people."
This spirit makes the new German order a model for all
decent people. We do not want to export our program,
but it is open to a watching world.
The tortures of plutocracy or the freedom of labor,
exploitation or Strength through Joy [a Nazi labor
organization], stock exchange dictatorship by the Jews
or the common good of the workers, that is what this
struggle is about.
Whenever we cross a border in this war, Jews and
Where we enter by fighting, we make way for the
freedom of truly productive labor.
Where we win, so too the good fortune of workers wins.
The recognition of
labor as the measure of honor
wins its final recognition. We are fighting so that
labor, not theft nor exploitation, is the foundation
of the honor of a person and a people. We want peoples
to exchange what they produce, not be subject to
capitalist interests. We want the good of a people to
come before profits, the freedom of to come before
economic war. Our mission is to totally free Europe in
all areas of life!
The either/or of this war is for Germany, and for
Europe is the choice between money or blood.
In the Reich, we have eighty million people of the
same type, united by National Socialism. We have a
Führer blessed by the Almighty like no other. We have
officers and soldiers who were victorious a thousand
times against 29 countries in the World War. Given
these three gifts of fate, only our own inability can
prevent these gifts from bearing fruit for our people.
From he who directs the fate of nations, we received
three strengths: first, the numerically largest
people, second, the best soldiers, and third, and most
important, the best leader. In short, we have
everything on which to base a certain victory.
"Yes, but what about raw materials?" - Comrade, what
are raw materials without people? Technology asks
First ask about people!
The unified feeling and unified spirit of a whole
people in all its classes and groups is more important
than raw materials or technology.
Before the economic four-year plan, the Führer had a
four-year plan for a new people.
Before mobilizing the treasures of the earth, one
mobilizes the treasures of blood.
The specific characteristic of German blood, our
blood, is its outstanding military strength. Even when
we were weaponless, each time we heard march music, we
sensed the military spirit in our blood.
For centuries the world has sought to use this ancient
value of our blood. The most desired, the most
important, in most cases the decisive "raw material"
was the German soldier, which our enemies entirely
lack in this war. A Hapsburg deserter, one single man,
is the only miserable exception that proves the rule.
The rule is: German soldiers are the best, when they
want to be.
So these three factors: Führer, people and military
strength, are the strongest war resources of any power
of our day!
Our war resources, comrade!
Germany's war resources!
Either we use these resources with determination,
faith and a clear vision of what our people and our
children lack in comparison to the abundance of other
in which case we will prove ourselves truly worth of
fate's great gifts -
or else a hundred later generations will suffer as the
exploited slaves of foreign powers because of our
However great the sacrifice of blood and wealth this
war demands of us, whatever it takes in time and
strength, greater and more powerful will be the
benefits that victory brings us.
England has colonies 105 times as large as its
homeland, France 22 times as large, Holland 60 times
as large, Belgium 80 times as large.
As large as our population is, as great as our ability
is in every area of culture, as brave as our old
soldiers were, our state is the poorest of all in
terms of land. We are the proletarians of the world.
We must end that situation. Therefore we want to serve
the Führer gladly and willingly with our weapons.
You do not need a university education to recognize
German's shameful situation, only to be a man of
character who is ready to use all his strength to end
Germany's lack of space. The earth is not only for the
rich. That is why we are fighting.
What others have, we should have too! What other
states have gained in the world, they have always
gained only with the help of German soldiers, officers
No state and no political leader in the last two
thousand years of Europe's history won his campaigns
or his victories without using German strength.
Germans themselves were usually defeated by their own
countrymen. From the victory by the German-blooded
Marshall Findram for Poland over the order of knights
at Tannenberg in 1410 to the desperate order by
British Admiral Seymour on 22 June 1900 from the
German-built fort at Peiho during the Chinese Campaign
- "Send in the Germans!" - the amount of blood Germans
shed for others cannot be measured.
The past teaches: Whatever enemy Germans fought, white
or black, they were victorious.
This year, too, our enemies may draw their troops from
wherever they can. History proves that we Germans will
be the victors if we are as unified and as brave as
Over eighty million Germans have awakened, pulling
together their strength that has for centuries been
spread about in 300 other nations
under one Führer for one Reich.
What an enormous concentration of power that is
becomes clear when one looks back to see what a few
thousand German soldiers have accomplished elsewhere
in the world. For the first time, this valuable
resource is entirely unavailable to our enemies. In
the past, the whole world called brave men out of
German, who were deserted by their fatherland, who had
no people's community.
Despite that, they remained brave soldiers, models for
the world. In the same way, German accomplishments are
clear in every other area of life.
We, and above all our children, no longer want to
remain fools in the service of others, since we can
demonstrate our achievements, sometime the very
highest achievements, in every area of human life. Our
achievements were stolen by others for centuries. Each
could take what he wanted. But woe to the German
government that dared to make a demand.
It might be only the demand to bring together all its
ethnic comrades, something self evident for anyone
else.Yet in this war, only Germany's reincorporation
of the East was given as a ground for the war.
Russia's corresponding step was ignored. The result of
this double moral standard is that other states have
done more with German achievements that we ourselves.
For too long, we have given other states, without
charge, the unending strength of our farmers and
soldiers, workers and inventors, explorers and other
great minds, without any regard for our own people's
We did not have that holy egotism that would have
allowed each German to say: "My own people comes
first, than all the others; first my homeland, then
the world!" (B. v. Selchow).
But now, alongside the countless gifts that our
fathers and brothers have given to the world,
we demand a just order of nations in Europe.
Thus Germany must wage this war as its last resort. It
is a war for Europe's peace. We are not waging war
because our own policies failed.
We are not fighting to repair our own political
failures, but rather to establish and build the same
peace abroad that the Führer has established at home
through the National Socialist movement, which led our
people from the horrors of civil war to the peace of
the people's community.
Our weapons and the war are only the last entry in the
balance sheet of German contributions to the
prosperity and possessions of the nations of this
earth. Entry after entry could be made to record our
contributions, our discoveries and inventions, our
organization and creativity throughout the world, but
then this little book would become a large world book
of German achievements.
It is enough for us here in the field to know that:
whenever Germans have crossed a foreign border,
whether in war or in peace, they have always brought
more than they have taken, given more than they have
"Who can equal us," Ludendorff asked the world in his
war memoirs, after his discussion of the great
administrative and cultural work of the Supreme
Command East in wartime Poland. "Poland is in our
debt," he said.
That is also true today!
Already in 1940, the harvest in former Polish
territory will be much higher than before.
When in 1688 four regiments from Brandenburg, lent by
great [German] electors occupied England and marched
into London, they brought the English a king whom they
declared to the world to be their savior. If this war
destroys the Jewish capitalism that rules England, the
true English spirit can only be grateful! Our victory
will give the better England opportunity to come to
What the new Germany brings is more than it demands.
What we are giving Europe is more valuable than the
colonies that we will regain.
In a foreign land.
Wherever we are, as German soldiers we have a clear
right to move about proudly and freely. We do not come
to foreign countries as robbers.We do not come to beg,
to disgrace ourselves, to plunder or to exploit.
Rather, in the occupied territories we should
conduct ourselves in a way that is worthy of the
world-wide fame of German achievement.
If we conduct ourselves in the way honest people in
all other nations remember as the German way, all of
the attempts by the Jews to soil the German image in
the world will be immediately washed away. The
atrocity propaganda will be vanish with no effort at
The Jews and all our enemies know a thousand ways to
deceive. Manliness faces its greatest test abroad. Be
resolved to be true to yourself, whatever the
temptations. "He who cannot believe enjoys; he who can
believe does without."
Where we disgrace ourselves in the eyes of foreigners,
they soon cease to respect or honor us. They
immediately begin to day: "The Jews were right after
all when they warned us about the Germans!"
You can, comrade, through your actions easily become
either the conquerer of another people or a traitor to
the image of your own!
Comrade, you must know that we soldiers are the first
ambassadors of the Greater German Reich to the people
of another county,
and that Germany will be seen as its solders are seen.
He is respected whose actions can stand to be seen,
and he remains respected who continues to act in such
In such matters, we want to be comrades and teachers
to each other. No real comrade simply allows or
ignores your mistakes and his own.
Ernst Moritz Arndt, the preacher of the German wars of
liberation, teaches us of military manliness:
"...even in the greatest need, a soldier should never
ask for more than food and shelter to protect himself
against the weather, and hunger and thirst.
And this he should ask for and accept in a friendly
He who behaves differently and steals, who would
rather be a thief than an honest man, should be driven
away or shot like a dog, to serve as an example and
No German soldier may become rich through war, neither
in silver and gold nor in lust and revelry, but rather
justice should be his goal and honor and virtue his
War is holy work to rescue freedom. If it becomes
profitable, the warrior becomes a robber."
Your civilian occupation is no basis for questioning
the manly experience or instruction of a German
officer. Even if you think you are older or have
accomplished more in life.
The desire to object is a sign of inner weakness.
It is not age or occupation that justifies the
military's right to teach us when we are soldiers, but
rather a long tradition built on achievement and
countless blood sacrifices.
Even the ability to silently accept an apparent or
real injustice proves that one is a soldier.
Discipline is a treasure; he who wastes it hurts the
He who wants to train us, even as adults, can spare us
many difficulties later in life.
You may think that you have gone to war to fight, not
to be trained. You may think that your path in life is
clear enough to be able to dispense with the necessity
for further training. My friend, that sounds good, but
it is wrong.
After the German nation wins this war, it will need
leadership as never before. We will no longer need to
take care only of ourselves. In other words:
The opportunities for all brave and capable German
people after the war will be greater than ever before.
Countless new tasks will await us. War is a test of
fate only before victory, just as duties come before
The war is leadership selection for peace.
In war, leadership selection because of protection or
personal relationships is at a minimum.
Selection by obedience and bravery is not only a way
to recognize the best military leaders, but also to
find the men who have the character and ability to
carry out an order with their full strength,
regardless of its personal cost to them. Without false
acquiesce, with ready acceptance of a perhaps
He who ignores his own feelings and reservations,
paying no heed to what he knows or to his private
interests, earns the right to leadership in peace as
well as in war. The Führer's associates, the
Reichleiter and other party leaders, are the example
and model here. Like the Führer himself, they were
mostly excellent front line soldiers during the World
War. Front line soldiers, regardless of their military
rank, created National Socialism, and through it, our
Reich. National Socialism's idea, its worldview of
blood and soil, grew from the blood of three million
who died for Germany during the World War in its great
battles. While in the hospital, the Führer decided to
become a politician.
What has worked so well in the past will surely work
as well in the future. A leader should be in control
of himself, of both his inner and outer enemies. In
battle, both enemies look us in the eyes, and are
equally dangerous. If we master them, we are free. The
same is true for our people. During the period of
struggle [1919-1933], we fought our domestic enemies:
desperation, parties, class struggle, class confusion.
In this war, we will master our external enemies and
thus demonstrate in both our accomplishments and our
the moral right to be a ruling people.
The ruling man is the prerequisite to a ruling people.
The ruling man in the new Germany - thank god - does
not come from a particular class or a particular
The ruling man for us is someone who can rule himself.
He who can order and control himself can also command
others, and be obeyed by them.
The numerous promotions of tested NCOs to officers and
chiefs are clear proof to German soldiers that in the
military, just as in the vocational competitions of
the NSDAP during peace, the path is open to him who is
capable and worthy, for a soldier just as much as
worker. The NCO who is a sergeant is more common than
ever before, and not only since the beginning of the
war, he has exercised all the rights and duties of an
officer. You, too, comrade, will have seen that the
path to advancement is made as easy as possible in the
new Germany. You, too, will never have a better
opportunity to advance than during the war!
The prerequisite is your personal bravery. Practical
experiences replaces advanced education.
You ask if bravery can be learned. It can be learned
by example, and through self control.
Self education in bravery never ends in life.
We can all probably find opportunity in life, in war
or in peace, to learn bravery. Recklessness is not
Avoidable losses diminish any victory. They are not
sacrifices, but mistakes.
Bravery requires thought, a consideration of the goal
of a courageous decision. What can I achieve if I
leave cover, what can I destroy before the enemy
We learn to be brave only by thinking. Few receive
bravery as the gift of fate. For many, bravery is the
result of victory over weakness. The more we know our
weaknesses, comrade, the better we can learn to be
brave. Never give in to weakness when it attacks us,
resist it, fight cowardice, ask what it is good for.
It can never tolerate that question!
For weakness must answer that it is good for nothing,
that it is the beginning of all evil.
But then you will be able to find this answer: "To be
brave is good!" That is the answer to cowardice.
Remember that, comrade, both the question and the
It is the answer of a great man who found faith as he
experienced a German attack.
A word on bravery in a war of materiel. There is an
outwardly intelligent fear that gives but a limited
yes to the final exertion. It says yes to "an
honorable soldier's death in open battle," but then
finds a hundred ifs and buts: gas, mines, bombs, the
colored, darkness, water and the like.
Away with this false cleverness!
Men determine the outcome, not matériél.
Means can be found and overcome. "He who looks into
the abyss with eagle's eyes - he has courage." There
are a thousand means, but a single death, a thousand
possibilities, but only one character. High explosives
are no pleasanter than gas, Levisit no deadlier than
Bethlehem Steel, the English blockade no more humane
than Negroes with knives in their mouths.
The value of a man or of his life does not depend on
the means of death. Rather, be prepared for the
To expect the unexpected means to have overcome it in
advance. The burdens of war cannot be chosen.
Not the particular choice, but the decision, is
The last sacrifice reveals either a whole life or half
The whole life overcomes death before encountering it.
The real man strives for a whole life, defying death,
laughing at it, as our ancestors teach us in the
"Edda," or as we read in a letter from one who fell
during the World War: "I am free to risk everything.
My eternity belongs to God, my life to the fatherland.
To me remains joy and strength."
Rich or poor?
You ask, comrade. But the war does not! Only defeat
It wants the poor to be still poorer, those with
possessions to lose them.
To be still poorer means slavery, it means deportation
and chaos or unemployment. What those who possess
something at least have until their defeat, those
without possessions will never enjoy. All hope is
lost. To be without possessions is the last form of
being without weapons. The winner wins, the loser
Every one who is defeated loses, whether rich or poor.
War makes no distinctions.
Still, it is valuable for you to know that it is far
worse to lose hope than to lose dead possessions.
Defeat takes no more or no less from anyone. It takes
everything! Also you and me!
Germany's poorest son was its best during the last
war, and also the most intelligent!
What a lost peace withheld from him twenty years ago,
our peace will guarantee to him who remains loyal and
brave, not holding to his private possessions.
He who says "I have nothing to lose!" is a liar and a
fool. Friend, it is not a matter of losing, but of
Our Reich is socialist.
What our nation gains benefits everyone who in the
past lacked everything that the German money state and
social state withheld.
And how much better will our socialism be with the
means that the money-sack powers would rather have
burned or thrown into the sea than have sold to us.
Not only poor people, but poor countries are convinced
that our victory will lead to new ways of prosperity
Rich or poor, comrade, is a question that this war
will solve not only for us, but for all of Europe. For
War weddings and war children.
Yes or no?
The question was asked frequently during the weeks of
waiting. Life gave the answer. The greatest thing in
this war is that the "yes" was so clear.
There were 1.6 million births in the first war year
1939. That is 300,000 more than in England and France
together. Three times as many children here as in
France. In a hundred years, there will be more than
100 million Germans in Europe, but only 5 million
There the birth rate is falling, here it is rising;
there hopelessness, here the faith of a rising
birthrate. In 1939, 100,000 more couples married than
in the peaceful year 1938! During 1914, the first year
of the World War, there were 500,000 fewer marriages
than in the year before! That is evidence of
long-range confidence and assurance of victory.
Most soldiers in the Maginot Line have neither
brothers nor sisters.
There, more coffins than cradles, here laughing life.
There so many dead even before the first battle, here
even before victory the weapon of life.
Do not think it reckless marry during war and have
children. He who lives on in his children only half
dies. The woman who loses her husband but has his
children has defeated death, and is stronger than
fate. Blood lives on. When war kills the last of a
line, a hundred die at once.
Do not think it reckless to have even more children
One helps the other. Many children means a lot of
And work for the whole economy, not only for the
household. The number of people determines the number
of requests, the amount of work.
Work, as we have learned during the years of progress,
is the way to happiness. Each child left is a
milestone on the way to happiness.
You may doubt that friend, since the grayness of
everyday life seems to depend on others.
Forget these doubts!
Learn faith that our new age is overcoming the past,
that the present difficult battles of our children of
every class will come out well in the end.
Our sacrifice will make our children free.
The greatness of our victory will lead to an even
The great harvest will need more barns.
[The next page reproduces a page from Hitler's World
War I pay book, which lists the battles he fought in.
It includes the following text.]
The first solder of the Reich. The achievements of the
Führer as a front line soldier. What other people has
ever had such a statesman?
Adolf Hitler's pay book, with a list of battles. Our
war, too, has given bloody proof of the dangerous
nature of the Führer's military service. The first
death on the Western Front in1939 was a corporal on
The Führer is fulfilling a mission.
His life is his mission.
His battle is our battle.
He who has taken an oath to the Führer, as have we who
swore to him in faith when we were inducted, are also
bound by oath to the Führer's mission.
All of us - each soldier - is fulfilling a mission
today. It is the Führer's mission for Europe's peace.
We thought we could fulfill this mission within
Germany. But envy and baseness preferred to sacrifice
Europe rather than to tolerate Germany's rise.
Germany's freedom, and the freedom of Europe, depend
upon a German victory. When the enemy wanted war, the
Führer made peace with Russia. That shows the strength
of his desire for peace.
Comrade, your life and my life belong to this great
peace mission. Our lives are the Führer's mission. To
separate ourselves from the Führer is to separate
ourselves from life. It would mean our death for all
To fulfill our mission to the last breath makes us
immortal, even if we must fall, for the flag is more
How small, how tiny, how filthy in character are those
who even dare to make the attempt to separate us from
the Führer. They want to take from us the Führer given
to us by God!
And not only through force, but through paper. With
Powers that so underestimate us are contemptible. Such
base attempts are evidence of the justice of our
glowing hatred against these enemies. He who would
like to make us so base is himself base. If we stop
them, it will beas good for the world as it will be
bad for the Jewish underworld.
I am a German. I believe in my people. I believe in
its honor. I believe in its future. I believe in
justice for it, and I will fight for this justice. I
fight for its freedom, and I fight for a better peace
than the cursed and hateful peace of the past. I
believe that and affirm that in the name of my people
before the entire world.
- Adolf Hitler
A renaissance of ethnicity.
If we feel that this war is for the ordering of
Europe, for a better ordering of the continent, for
its liberation from warmongers and the murderers of
nations, then we must also see that Europe is waiting
Not the envious, everyday Europe, but rather the other
Europe, just as there is also another England without
poison gas concerns on the royal throne.
Money ruined politicians.
No Rothschild will transform the blood of our battles
into stock certificates. Nobler values are taking the
We are not exporting our worldview!
We are fulfilling a law of nature in human life, a
higher law of our epoch, by proclaiming the victory of
blood, the right of ethnicity. This is a truly godly
law: the right of the highest life force of an ethnic
There is no higher law on this earth!
Ireland is one example of many:
For 750 years, little Ireland fought relentlessly
against Great Britain. Its sacrifice in blood and
wealth is unparalleled, the horror and hardness is
unlimited, the proud sorrow of the ethnic fanatic
nameless. In 1921, three million Irish were victors
over a world power, against all the means used against
Over 600,000 Italians live in the south of France!
Neither the jails of Hungary nor Czechoslovakia
stopped Father Hlinka until there was a free Slovakia.
World power and world stock exchanges, world fleets
and a world church, are not enough to hinder the
victory of ethnicity. The doctrine of human equality
is mocked. The doctrine of humanity is silenced.
To be a people is a holy affirmation by billions.
World Jewry or World Freemasonry, or whatever other
dark powers striving for world domination there may
be, ethnicity will defeat them all!
Not always gladly, often against their will, but it is
absolutely certain wherever blood awakes. As the Irish
tortured the English, so it will be elsewhere. How
many other ethnic groups in Europe want justice and
Comrades, the world is waiting for us!
That means: march.
We remember our own ethnic victory a thousand times
from the Greater German year of the loudspeaker
: One People, one Reich, one Führer! A victory
against a world of enemies, against the front of the
counter race, that is a victory that brings true peace
to the peoples: the victory of ethnic freedom!
The campaign in the East at the beginning of this war
gave vivid proof of this:
A word from the Führer, a single word, and 200,000
people left what had been their homeland for
In the middle of the war, over a distance as great as
that from Tilsit to Vienna, in temperatures of -40 C.,
they left the rich black soil of the Warthegau,
perhaps leaving their possessions behind. They come.
They come with horse and wagon, and because Hitler
needs iron, the wagon carries not only wife and
children, hay and food, but also the old oven. They
travel 80 kilometers a day.
Forgotten for centuries by the Reich, left as
outposts, the Reich calls the Baltic Germans in the
middle of the war.
The Führer calls.
A referendum under foreign supervision, but despite
war and hatred: of 100 voters, 100 voted for their
people. It was no less powerful than the independent
referendum of nearly 200,000 people's comrades in
Tyrolia, in the middle of the war! That is the miracle
of a new world, the renaissance of ethnicity. Faith
Comrade, do not disappoint that faith! Never!
They believe in the victory of ethnicity, and in us,
in Hitler's soldiers, a vctory that will bring peace.
We may recognize the law of a higher power, and
faithfully fulfill it. We thank the Creator who gave
us such fruitful times. We want to stand fast,
comrade, and fulfill that law we are fighting for:
The law of ethnicity as the form of life of healthy
Be thankful for those "old timers" who are still with
us! The young will join the one day. The war
experience of the old is our greatest possession after
the Führer. Poland proved that. The war lasted 18
days. In 1914, the approach alone took 18 days. And
the relatively light losses of the Polish campaign are
due to the military experience of the veteran
soldiers. General Ludendorff wrote of the major
battles in the East in 1916:
"Divisions of the oldest soldiers fought with the same
devotion as that of the younger comrades next to
History will say the same of German skilled workers on
the homefront in our war. Their accomplishments equal
those who bear weapons. The work place in an armaments
factory is a danger zone every day. Comrades, that we
want to say or write to those whose tasks and
abilities keep them from serving with the troops. They
should feel our camaraderie, and the appreciation of
those who need the work of their hands to serve as
Those of military age have bowed to the order of the
good of the community. Thus there are those with gray
hair with the troops, and "young men still at home."
And that will continue! For both are of great value to
us: the experience of the old at the front, and the
work of others in industry. Both are giving their full
effort to the war. There is no reason to complain. We
want to say that to those who have not understood.
We may believe that victory will be ours because of
the old, whose field gray camaraderie gives us double
cause for faith. Among our splendid young soldiers, we
have gray-haired heroes who proved for all time their
invincibility during the World War. Both in the
courage of the young and the experience of the old, we
are far ahead of those who stand against us!
And then there is the silent heroism of the German
woman "above all else in the world." We greet you,
German woman and mother, who today, perhaps for the
second time in your life, is a soldier of the silent
homefront! We greet you, fighters in the front of big
hearts! Let those of us wearing the gray helmet always
see your loving face: calm , brave, undaunted and
faithful! And know that we will always win over life
and death if you can see you so at home, dear comrade.
We the men of the field gray front believe in you,
fighters on the homefront, because we believe in the
German people. We are able to fight as never before
under a Führer whose life has always been marked by
one sign: victory.
On the battlefield of labor, you men and women of the
great, silent homefront won victories long before the
first shot was fired. Like a rock in the ocean, your
daily labor has made the German currency and the
German economy unassailable. We are proud,
immeasurably proud, of you.
And you may believe in us, on the example of the old
and the loyalty of the young!
A day in the bunker.
How easy to believe that one is in the wrong place.
It sounds big, but is nonetheless small, when one
pleases oneself by cheap boasting: "Well, if only I
had the right place instead of this boring little..."
One does not ask for service, comrade, particularly
military service. Prussia's honor grew from the
Potsdam Honor Guard. Courage and character, not some
other factor, is the measure of accomplishment. It is
an art of life, and proof of personality, to be great
in small things, and multi-faceted in monotony.
The military personality refuses to judge the
situation according to personal feeling. Private
feelings weaken one's carrying out of orders. Test
your military value on the strength of your
weaknesses. One does not choose one's orders.
The order is proof enough of its necessity. If you
begin to doubt your orders, you will lose strength
that cannot be regained.
Where you stand is not decisive; what you make of it
Even the least military seeming activity offers enough
possibilities to develop one's abilities. He who does
not recognize that, comrade, whether in the bunker or
during an attack, has no right to complain about
anything except his own weakness, his lack of ability,
his inadequate decisiveness.
Every command, even the worst, can be multiplied by
your personal decisive force and become a valuable
experience. It depends only on your abilities Only the
incapable complain that they are "above" this or that
Even the smallest bunker is a little world. Your
Puppies, skat and picture books are not enough to pass
a day in a bunker.
Of course one will play cards, but the so-called joke
that the first casualties on the West Wall were the
result of "hand injuries due to overexertion while
playing skat" is foolish, unedifying and banal. We
reject it in the name of the hours we stood watch, wet
and cold, under the threatening barrels of the
artillery of both sides. Weeks of adjusting to the
mysterious nature of technical warfare, and the
frequent, if often ineffective, attacks of enemy
We reject it in the name of the quiet sacrifices in
the common room, where each should feel at ease: no
smoking in the fighting and personal quarters, washing
to be done outside, the unfamiliar beds, the nighttime
test alarms, fetching mail and water from kilometers
away, changing the guard, digging holes, listening
posts, duty in constant rain, minefields and cable
ditches, deserted livestock and the empty streets of
evacuated villages. Here your ability can find a
hundred ways each day to laugh, to be a commander in
the smallest space, to remain cheerful each day in the
eyes of one's comrades, to keep men and equipment at
the highest readiness.
Each group leader is a commander, each commander is a
king in the battlefield of fortresses. Each soldier in
the bunker guarantees the military security of the
greatest German fortification ever built. Each is the
guardian of what the people have built.
Comrade, whether we are in a bunker or on the attack,
at our post or in command, what is decisive is what we
make of it.
And it is always our own fault if we consider our
position unworthy of us.
However early we rise, the cook is already up.
How ever far we have marched, there has to be food.
One may gripe and complain when too much seems to be
demanded. But the more arduous the day, the louder the
call for food, for the field kitchen, which Ludendorff
called "a blessing everywhere."
Consider what the military supply system does every
day, and what it accomplished while we were still
innocent civilians. How rarely is it cause for
complaint - and even less often for thanks. But how
quickly, comrade, are we ready to mutter and complain
about things of the stomach.
We do not know the shortages our fathers suffered. He
who experienced them does not complain today.
You know how the size of the piece of meat determines
the evaluation of the meal.
That is incorrect, friend!
Countless great men are witnesses that the amount of
meat does not determine the value of a meal. The
notion that meat and sausage alone provide good
nourishment and strength is silly.
Nature teaches differently.
The horse finds his strength without meat, the pig his
fat from an unroasted diet.
Let us learn from them!
The amount of meat does not determine the value of a
soup or butter the value of a portion.
"But a stew every day?"
Excuse me friend, how many stomachs do you have each
One more thing about eating. One says "commissary" (or
Barras in Southern Germany). One speaks of commissary
Germany after 1918 hated soldiers. It was unmilitary.
It didn't want commissary grub, and did not have any
grub at all.
A respect for one requires respect for the other.
It is a defect in human and military self esteem when
one carelessly refers to food as commissary grub.
To be careless is to be contemptuous.
To take one's holy food carelessly is unworthy, it is
Do not respect your food only when it is too late!
Value it always!
The invisible enemy.
The myth of an invisible enemy is ancient. Technology
served deception. Alberich developed.
In the world-wide struggle against the powers of
money, in the war of the poor peoples against
plutocracy, invisible enemies use all possible means
in their secret war.
On 9 November of the first year of war, the invisible
enemy made clear its murderous intentions [This was
the date of an attempt to kill Hitler in Munich with a
However, it was not a National Socialist, but rather
an officer in Department 2 of the French general
staff, Lieutenant Desgranges, who even during the
World War made the remarkable statement: "Invisible
veils conceal these rulers, who seek only money and
The enemy is everywhere, and everywhere we are his
superior. Those are the two lessons of the murderous
attack in Munich.
To be everywhere alert, even far from the visible
front, is our redoubled promise after Munich.
To watch the borders, the bridges, the depots, to
watch conscientiously by day and even more at night.
No means of battle, be it ever so small, may find a
hole in our front!
The art of the warrior is also to be able to see the
hidden enemy. To be a soldier means to keep the enemy
always in sight. Only innocent civilians believe that
the enemy is to be seen only at the front lines, or
just behind the lines.
But you, comrade, know that wherever you are: "The
enemy is listening!"
If some dead comrades of the Great War could speak,
they would have this warning: "I died, because one of
you could not keep silent!"
The Führer says:
"How often in war are there complaints that people
cannot keep silent! How hard it was to keep even the
most important secrets from the enemy! . . .
Irresponsible statements were carelessly passed on.
Our economy was constantly damaged by the careless
revelations of manufacturing methods. Even attempts at
defending the country were rendered illusionary
because people had not learned to keep quiet, but
rather talked about everything. But in war, such
talkativeness can lose battles and contribute to an
unhappy outcome of the struggle."
You know, comrade, that the enemy has a thousand ears
listening for idle chatter.
You know also that the invisible enemy has radio
transmitters as well as listening ears.
They are a means of battle that aim straight for the
heart and mind. The noblest elements should be hit by
the dreadful use of this weapon. To fight it directly
is impossible. But how disheartened the enemy must
become when they broadcast every day with no audience!
Your manliness and obedience destroy these otherwise
dangerous weapons. Not only because listening to them
is forbidden, but because now more than ever it is the
smart thing to do, each foreign station must be turned
off. Fighting morale will be protected and preserved
by the ban on listening to foreign stations. That is
as important as a weapon, and cannot be replaced.
He who listens to enemy radio commits spiritual
That is the epitome of cowardice.
The first blows do not hurt. Perhaps they even cause
laughter. They are like the pleasant odor of poison
Despite the ever so pleasant odor, you would reach for
your gas mask on the battlefield.
Despite the amusing methods, your ear is constantly
closed to the radio poison attack! As tightly as your
mouth is closed against gas.
You know the order against listening. It is for your
good, comrade. It protects your pure will for victory.
You think that nothing could weaken your will.
Neither should it be soiled! Gas cannot damage your
weapon, but we nonetheless protect it so that the gas
does not harm its sheen.
Remain therefore firm and unreachable for the enemy's
He who listens to enemy radio lets himself be shot
through the heart and mind.
He who carelessly risks such damage, whether from
disobedience or stupidity, risks the community and the
No verdict against him can be too harsh.
A blow in the war of nerves.
This war is hardly suited for storm attacks singing
the national anthem. Its nature is fundamentally
different. That is not a matter of values. Still, the
fact that the individual man can sing the laughing
affirmation "That can't bother a sailor" (my company
sings "That can't bother the infantry") is an
important advantage we have over against the others.
This hit song may have had less serious intentions,
but at the front - the "war of nerves" one calls it -
it has become a million-fold assertion that "We won't
let life get us down." The life-affirming strength of
a positive worldview is revealed by the spread of this
song through the military, and happily to all circles
of our people.
Weak nerves don't sing that.
Only those who are free sing freely.
He who can sing "We won't let life get us down. Don't
worry! Don't worry, Rosemarie!" is self-aware and
And was not that little song frequently the response
to some sort of everyday military annoyance?
And does not its effectiveness reach to the homeland,
to the domestic front, with the words "Don't worry,
This hit song, written by an unknown soldier, speaks
to the spirit of both fronts.
It is an affirmation of laughing determination, which
can be shaken by nothing.
A "yes" to every difficulty.
But over there in Paris, the highest government
offices offered a major prize to the man who can write
a new hit song for their soldiers.
One pulls the last tired poet from the boulevard, just
as one looks for the last tired horse in the stables.
One pulls out the busty old canteen singer Madelon
Elan to try to inspire. Old tricks, moth balls and
dust. The common people watch and freeze. Madelons's
tire charms have no effect. Paris has its troubles.
One tries the tired old poet again.
No, he says.
"No, you will not win" gets the state prize.
Now the people should sing it. A fighting song that
begins with no: "Non! Jls ne la gagn'ront pas."
That truly cannot bother us.
Here, too, the stronger force is on our side! The
weaker side over there.
And not only since the war began, but since the
"Marseillaise," dedicated to a German general and to
the tune of a German melody. Just as England's royal
song would not exist were it not for the German
The last strengths are revealed in song. On this field
too we are superior - 'Don't worry.!"
The silent comrade [the talk here is of horses, on
which the German military depended heavily].
Not many words, but one big request, friend, a matter
of the heart,
You know the unpleasant command: "Supply detachment,
We heard it in the Austrian mountains, in the
Sudetenland, in the hills of the west. After 20
kilometers, it was burden, after 40 a torture, and
after longer marches impossible
But nothing is impossible to the man who wants to do
"Supply detachment, march!"
It's not bad to grumble.
But aggravation reaches for the whip.
That is worse!
Meanness pretends to search, but leaves the silent
comrade in the lurch,
That is mean!
Think of what the silent comrade carries for you! What
will you have to carry if he fails?
A big request: be a good comrade to our horses in the
field as will as in feeding them! Their eyes will
Life has given us more than a little. Let us see if it
also demands more of us! Brigade leader Ernst Wurche,
who fell in the East, left this military affirmation.
In his company comrade Walter Flex's book "Wanderer
Between Two Worlds," it lives on.
In a position occupied by Moroccans, I found a picture
of a fallen one. The discovery reminded of a letter
that Wurche's mother probably received from Flex. It
was about the soldierly death of his comrade: "He
could never have achieved anything greater had he
He could never have done anything greater.
The same day, my bunker comrades wondered why I asked
for the addresses of their loved ones.
It should be our desire and our hope that the letters
the homeland receives about us should always make them
The news may be hard, as long as it is good.
To be brave is good.
Only a weak spirit sees a war's losses as greater than
its gains in spiritual strengths. He who sees the
gains in character that each people's war causes will
affirm anew the old statement:
War is the father of all things!
The battle itself does not give the wider view or
manly maturity, but rather one's response to things
that result from a completely changed personal
situation. The serious environment raises serious
It is not the worst who see in war great changes for
the good, despite its horrors and hardness.
What would our victory mean for the Reich without an
increase in the value of the good strengths of each
Only an increase in moral strength assures that peace
will be won along with victory. Here you should want
to be a war profiteer!
The victory of weapons is the victory of a thousand
Even during the collapse of 1918, the undefeated
German soldier, who had triumphed a thousand times,
did not forget Germany's mission. Faith in Germany
created, as its last word in the Great War, a faithful
affirmation of the mission of the German soldier,
which we today fulfill: "We must carry the light into
a dark world -" (Zöberlein in "Faith in Germany".)
Such a faith provides the strength that is determined
to be stronger than fate. That is the highest human
To be stronger than fate sounds so hard, but it is so
easy. To give more help than one accepts means to be
stronger than fate. To offer more help than one asks
for, to give more than one takes, that is to be more
than one seems, to be stronger than fate. To be a
comrade means to be stronger than one's own fate.
What the man alongside can no longer do, camaraderie
does for them both. The effort of one contributes to
the success of both, and the success of both
contributes to the success of the troop, the next
higher unit. From small-scale camaraderie grows large
scale camaraderie, from personal camaraderie grows a
community, the people's community, the German
socialism that is the expression of our faith, the
goal of our struggle:
A flourishing people and a powerful Reich,
Stronger than fate.
For the supreme law of all is:
The common good before the individual good.
In 1940, the Nazis put out a booklet titled "What Do I
Do in an Emergency?" It told Germans what to do in
various crisis situations, and was to be kept by the
telephone, kitchen, or other highly visible place. It
included material on first aid, conduct during air
raids, etc., but also several pages on how to deal
with enemy propaganda.
Warning! Enemy Propaganda!
In modern warfare, weapons, the economy, physical
resources and organization play a role. So too do
spirit and soul.
A new and sinister weapon is used against a nation's
spiritual strength: Propaganda!
CoverGermany lost the World War of 1914-1918 because
it did not recognize the danger of enemy propaganda.
It collapsed spiritually.
That may not and will not happen again!
Enemy propaganda wants to break the German people's
will to resist by slanders, rumors, suspicions, and
with political, military, or simply general lies.
The methods of enemy propaganda include: leaflets,
appeals, false pictures, atrocity stories, rumors,
radio incitement and systematic complaining.
All those who are reached by enemy propaganda and have
their will to victory reduced by it, whether
consciously or unconsciously, are tools of enemy
Complainers and grumblers, doubters and agitators are
the enemy's spiritual Foreign Legionnaires amidst the
It is often only a short step from doubting the
justice of one's cause to the complete collapse of the
will to resist. The World War proved this!
How do I respond to enemy propaganda?
If I encounter enemy propaganda in word, print,
picture, radio, in conversation about the news or
through rumors, it depends on my intelligence and good
sense whether or not I render it ineffective.RAF
I immediately collect the enemy propaganda material
and explain what it is to citizens who have come in
contact with it.
I know that the greatest danger of enemy propaganda is
in the phrase: "There must be some truth in it."
I am careful in all my conversations and
correspondence. Letters and conversations could reach
the enemy and provide him with material.
I strengthen the will to victory of citizens who may
If I encounter citizens who are being overcome by
enemy propaganda, I confront them directly and make
clear to them the enormous danger they face, appealing
to their sense of honor.
Anyone who becomes a tool of enemy propaganda and
contributes to weakening our spiritual strength places
himself outside the national community. He should not
be surprised if he is treated as an enemy of the
people and of the state. If all my warnings are in
vain, I do my duty and turn him over to the
I actively oppose enemy propaganda whenever I
encounter it. I also do this with foreigners and
friends abroad whom I talk with or write to. If I have
German propaganda material at hand, I include it in my
If I find or am given enemy propaganda material, I
quickly write in large, clear letters "Enemy
propaganda" on it and turn it over immediately to the
nearest police station.
I do not show such enemy propaganda material to
I obey all regulations against listening to foreign
radio stations, not only because there are severe
penalties but also because I view it as an obvious
I know that enemy propaganda material is an enemy
method of warfare.
Enemy Propaganda is poison!
He who falls for it is lost.
The Secret of Japan's Strength
by Albrecht Fürst von Urach
The rise of Japan to a world power during the past 80
years is the greatest miracle in world history. The
mighty empires of antiquity, the major political
institutions of the Middle Ages and the early modern
era, the Spanish Empire, the British Empire, all
needed centuries to achieve their full strength.
Japan's rise has been meteoric. After only 80 years,
it is one of the few great powers that determine the
fate of the world.
What did the rest of the world, or we in Germany, know
only two generations ago about Japan? Let us be
honest. Very little. One had heard of an island nation
in the Far East with peculiar customs, of an island
nation that produced fine silk and umbrellas from
oiled paper, that honored a snow-capped mountain as if
it were a god. They drank tea and had the curious
custom of slitting their bellies open. One had heard
of smiling, powdered girls with black hair and
colorful silk clothing who strolled under cherry trees
and lived in houses of wood and paper. But one was not
sure if the small and sturdy men of this peculiar
people, some of whom came to Europe to learn eagerly,
wore pig tails and ate rotten eggs back at home, or
whether one was confusing them with the Chinese, since
both peoples after all had slitted eyes.
Everything about Japan and the Japanese seemed
attractive, a good place to visit on a world tour to
enjoy the sights before European-American civilization
put it all under protection to preserve it from
decline, just as had happened to the Hawaiians, the
Papuans and the other small and dying peoples of the
Pacific. One honestly regretted that so many
interesting native customs were condemned to die out.
That was what our grandfathers knew about Japan. And
today? Today Japan's rising sun waves from the frozen
northern sea to the coast of India. Today the once
strongest powers tremble under the blows of Japan's
mighty power. Today the island nation of a hundred
million Japanese leads with unbreakable will the
millions of East Asia who make up a third of the
world's population. Today a huge kingdom has risen
with a powerful heart where just 80 years ago an
unknown people lived on their isolated island,
satisfied with themselves and with no need or desire
to leave the bounds of their islands. A powerful
center of power has developed where only 80 years ago
the conquerors and economic pioneers of Europe and
America believed there was a colony that could easily
be taken over.
That is the amazing and unique miracle of Japan's
meteoric rise. The world today looks in amazement.
Amazed, astonished and also terrified that they had
not earlier recognized the mysterious causes, but also
the compelling logic that led to this fabulous ascent.
We, the Axis powers, face the same enemies in our
struggle in Europe as our Japanese allies. We
understand what drives them to such accomplishments,
for we too are today struggling for our existence and
for our future. Still, the mysterious strength behind
Japan's unique accomplishments is a riddle for most of
Japan's National History
Summary: The chapter provides a brief history of
Japan. It suggests that Japan's island status allowed
it to develop free from foreign interference. On
Japan's racial background, the chapter says: "Scholars
today do not agree on the racial origins of the
Japanese people. It is important to know that the
present racial composition of the Japanese people has
been fixed since about the time of Christ." The
samurai are mentioned favorably.
Japan's industrial structure is remarkable. Japanese
experts followed the industrialization of Europe and
America carefully. Japan succeeded in avoiding the
atomizing tendencies of European industrialization and
the growth of a rootless proletariat. Despite
manifestations of capitalism, Japanese industrial
capitalism never gave rise to class struggle. The
common goal of both workers and owners - to build a
strong Japanese fatherland - overcame all disputes
about wages or other matters.
Military and Political Strength
The unique nature of centrally guided energy brought
about the miracle of Japan's rise. Japan's soldiers,
however, more than any other force built the nation.
Throughout Japan's history, the warrior class embodied
the best characteristics and highest virtues of the
Japanese people. The leading military families that
exercise political power nourished this spirit in the
elite over the centuries. The active but also stoic
Zen Buddhism perfected and refined the character of
the Japanese warrior and gave it a clear ascetic tone
which remains even today the essential characteristic
of the Japanese soldier.
The warrior class was not only an armed instrument in
the hands of the landed nobility or the major military
rulers, but also an elite with its own class ethos.
The samurai had to be able to do more than fight. He
had to embody an elevated and noble form of everything
Japanese in all he said and did. He had to stand out
both militarily and in social life.The samurai class
had great privileges, but also greater
responsibilities. He owed absolute obedience to the
landed nobility or the Shogun. But he also had deeper
and broader obligations. He could not live a
comfortable life on own his own land. His greatest
honor was to bear the sword.
The Sword as Symbol
Since ancient times, the Japanese sword has been not
only a means of power, but a symbol for everything
that the samurai served. The sword is the symbol of
justice which the samurai was obligated to defend
under all circumstances. The Samurai class had the
study to promote social justice as well. There are
countless legends of swords that recall our myths of
swords in the Niebelungen tales. There are tales of
swords that act on their own, without the necessity of
their owners doing anything, of swords wielded as it
were by a ghostly hand that struck down dozens of
enemies. Other swords drew themselves from their
sheaths and struck down unjust and the evil foes. Even
today swords are made by the same families that have
forged them for centuries. Sword-making even today in
Japan is more an act of worship than one of
craftsmanship. The smith who passes on the secrets of
his father to his sons fasts the day before he begins
to forge a sword and undergoes purifying ceremonies,
since the Shinto religion views physical cleanliness
as a prerequisite to spiritual cleanliness. Clothed in
ceremonial white priestly robes, the apprentices
hammer the steel in unison. The master follows
carefully the slow development of the blade, which at
exactly the right moment he plunges into cold water.
The holy process results not only in a strong blade;
it also reflects the deep significance of what a
Japanese sees in his sword.
One has to have seen the devotion and admiration
Japan's soldiers have before a centuries-old blade.
They take a prescribed stance and hold their breath so
as to avoid marring even with their breath the honored
and shining blade that is perfect in every regard.
Then one understands what significance the sword has
for Japanese soldiers. It is not only a respected
weapon, but also a symbol for everything that is the
best produced by the Japanese race.
The samurai is pictured and described in every school
book and picture book for small children. He is the
model and noblest essence of being Japanese. The
normally restrained Japanese, both men and women, weep
in the theaters and movies when the heroic Samurai
dies in combat, all the while showing his passion and
stoic attitude. Even in today's modern and
industrialized Japan, the heroic is esteemed as much
as it was centuries ago.
As a result of modernization, the samurai class was
scattered throughout the country and absorbed by the
masses. Its members spread their formerly unique ethos
throughout the population and had a profound
educational impact on the whole nation. Japan's new
army was a people's army with universal service. The
idea that Japan's officer corps today comes
exclusively from the earlier samurai class is false.
Japanese officers today come from the entire people.
But it is true that the army has retained the purest
form of the samurai spirit. It displays it clearly to
the whole nation. The "three living bombs" displayed
the samurai spirit in Shanghai in 1931. Three simple
soldiers carried concealed bombs to open a passage for
the soldiers who would follow them. The same spirit
filled the tens of thousands who charged into the guns
at Port Arthur in 1904/05 until the corpses filled the
ditches and allowed their comrades to storm over them
to capture the enemy fortress. It is the spirit of the
samurai that allowed General Nogi to follow his
emperor into death. It is the same spirit that filled
the men in Japan's tiny submarines who, assured of
their own death, snuck into Pearl Harbor and delivered
the decisive blow against the American fleet. It is
the spirit that filled the stoops that stormed British
fortress Singapore, that filled those who fell to
prepare the way for Japan's great military triumphs.
They carried with them the ashes of their fallen
comrades so that they too could participate in the
triumph. The spirit of the samurai lives today with
the same force that enabled Japan's army, an army of
the whole people, to fight its many recent battles.
The first requirement of the samurai is a readiness to
give his life. Without this willingness even the best
weapons are of no avail. First the spirit, then
training wins victory. The spirit must from the
beginning include the willingness to die. That does
not mean that the Japanese soldier seeks death.
Rather, in sacrificial death in battle he finds the
most perfect fulfillment of his life. But he wants to
achieve a goal through his death - the realization of
justice, which is the highest manifestation of the
divine will of the emperor. His first military goal is
not his own death, but rather the realization of that
for which he fights.
Death as such holds no terrors for the Japanese
warrior. For the Japanese, death is not an end, but
rather a stage in the eternal progression from
ancestors to posterity. It is a door that is not the
end, but the beginning. Death on the battlefield makes
one a kind of god, a "Kami," who does not dwell far
from the living, but rather always and ever joins with
millions of others to hold his protective hand over
the Japanese nation and people. He defends their
happiness and growth, and takes a living role in all
the earthly affairs of the entire people. The fallen
become divine, and remain close to the coming
generations. They are honored by them daily and live
on in the nation as models and defenders of coming
The Army's Training and Equipment
Training in the Japanese army puts the hardest demands
on the soldiers. Training is conducted under the
blazing sun and in bitter cold over the harshest
terrain. Japan had two essential military tasks from
the beginning of its modernization. It needed a strong
navy to defend the island nation, and a strong army to
defend the bridgeheads on the mainland that it
established at the beginning of its modern history.
Not only were two different types of military training
necessary, but also two different foreign policy
goals. The army secured the Japanese islands by
expanding the bridgeheads on the mainland, while the
fleet secured Japan from the south, where vital raw
materials needed for Japan's industry in the Southwest
Pacific islands were under the control of foreign
nations, but were near Japanese territory. Great deeds
of heroism were done by Japan's young army in its
first battle against China in 1894/95. The numerically
vastly inferior Japanese army defeated the Imperial
Chinese army on every front. It proved advantageous
that many Japanese officers, who before the
German-French War of 1870 had held the French army in
high esteem, had learned something from the best army
in the world, the Prussian-German army. The
Sino-Japanese War ended with Japan's complete victory.
But the world hardly noticed. The war was considered
an internal affair of the East Asian nations.
During the years of peace that followed, Japan
carefully and systematically built its military. The
fleet was expanded, the army strengthened. Japan was
able to risk the unexpected, and take on the strongest
army that then existed, the Russian, in Manchuria. The
world thought it a foregone conclusion. One laughed at
the little Japanese soldiers and mocked their heroic
efforts as suicidal, as the hari-kari of a nation gone
But Japan knew what it was doing. It knew that it was
protecting its territory, that it had to defeat the
growing Russian threat. The army and navy fought with
identical grim determination. Admiral Togo had
returned from England in 1875, where he had studied
English naval tactics for many years. He won the
battle at Tsuchima. It was a brilliant naval victory,
the kind is rare in history. Togo's naval victory led
to a decisive turning point in the Russo-Japanese war,
eliminating Russian sea power in the Pacific for
decades. The historic message "Japan's future depends
on your actions today," signaled from the mast of the
flag ship "Mikasa", was the spark that ignited a holy
enthusiasm of the crews of the battleships, cruisers
and torpedo boats to win the battle.
Years of hard training paid off. The Japanese victory
was complete. The tsar's fleet sunk under the blows of
the rising sun.
The Japanese naval academy in Etadschima looks at
first glance more like an ascetic leadership school
than the training ground of Japan's future naval
officers, though every element of modern naval warfare
is taught there. The training at this unique military
school is ascetic, strict and well-rounded. Only 200
of 8000 applications are accepted after the most
rigorous examination not only of their technical and
physical abilities, but above all of their moral
character. 44 months of thorough training follow. A
nine-month tour of duty abroad concludes the training.
The English and Americans are known to smile in pity
and shake their heads over the primitive
accommodations of even the highest officers. But
Japanese officers are trained to see that as natural.
One accepts the most basic and cramped quarters as a
way of increasing the defenses or the speed of the
Japan's raiders and pirates had roamed the entire
Southwestern Pacific, but from the 17th to the 19th
centuries the government prohibited all naval
activity. But the naval spirit never died. It found a
glorious resurrection three hundred years later in the
men who built Japan's navy and saw to it that the
island nation was defended by a strong fleet.
The Japanese fleet has not lacked honor since its
remarkable victory in the Russo-Japanese war. Only the
best are chosen for the navy. The most modern
technology of naval warfare is used. Japan's island
nature allows for a far more powerful concentration of
naval power. Favorable harbors and proximity to the
industrial strength of the home islands allow for a
wide operating radius, while the English fleet depends
on widely separated bases across the entire world,
which results in a dilution of its striking power.
The Japanese naval leadership recognized these
strategic advantages from the beginning, and built its
fleet accordingly. Nonetheless, the Washington Naval
Agreement of 1922 granted Japan a considerably smaller
navy than England or America. As the terms of the
agreement were announced, several Japanese naval
officers committed hari-kari to show the public and
the world that they saw the agreement as a humiliation
of the whole Japanese fleet. England and America
smiled at this "theatrical fanaticism" by Japanese
officers. They smiled and felt secure in their
numerically superior fleets, and in the quality of
their naval officers, who came from the leading
families of the plutocracy, and who did not want to
give up their accustomed luxury when serving on
What could America and England know of the sacrificial
spirit of Japan's heroes, who suicidally plunged down
on enemy fleets at Pearl Harbor or the Malacca
Peninsula? At best they could only defend themselves,
but could do nothing against the released power of
Japanese heroes, for whom life was nothing, the
greatness of their Fatherland and their Emperor
The Japanese army displayed the same heroic spirit.
Since the beginning of Japan's modern armed forces, it
has gone from victory to victory. It never suffered a
military defeat, rarely even a setback.
It is impressive to observe Japanese army cadets,
whose training is as hard as the navy's. Each morning
before sunrise, they gather outside and bow
respectfully in the direction of the Imperial Palace.
Then each silently reads the famous declaration of the
Emperor Meiji to his soldiers and sailors. I have seen
Japanese officers on the battlefields of China who,
after a bitter night battle, despite total exhaustion,
before sunrise read the holiest possession of the
Japanese soldier, the order of the Emperor Meiji, in a
way that was a cultic expression of a commandment.
Only then did they care for the wounded and the
fallen. Only then did they place the ashes of fallen
heroes in wooden caskets and arrange their shipment
back to the distant homeland.
Honoring the Dead
There is no more moving remembrance of the dead than
the annual commemoration in recent years at Tokyo's
Yasukuni Shrine for the heroes who fell for the
fatherland. It is a nocturnal ceremony with no lights.
Shinto priests call out the names of the fallen heroes
so that they may join the pantheon of Japan's heroes.
It is as if the wings of those who died in the steppes
of Mongolia, or the jungles of the Amur, or the plains
of China and the tropic isles of the South Sea beat
over the ranks of admirals and generals gathered to
hear the priests of the national cult as they sing out
their oaths in the spring night.
No one knows Japan who has not seen how the ashes of
fallen heroes are received in harbor cities. Hundreds
stand in rows in solemn silence, members of national
associations, veterans, the national women's league,
and school children. They bow solemnly as soldiers,
usually comrades of the fallen, carry the urns of
ashes as if they were carrying something holy. The
urns are delivered to the family members and brought
to their distant villages. They sit in the trains in
silence, holding the urns on their knees. Each who
enters the train takes his hat off and bows deeply
before the heroic spirit of the fallen and burns a
small candle as a sacrifice. This is how the homeland
honors its soldiers who have died on distant
Japan's army has been at war for ten years. Since the
emperor's soldiers marched into Manchuria, the flow of
ashes of fallen heroes back to the Japanese islands
has continued. For ten years the Emperor's army has
been practicing the hard lessons of its training, and
proved its devotion with hundreds of thousands of
sacrifices. The Japanese people know what these
sacrifices mean, for their awareness of their common
national fate and that of the national community has
been clear since the earliest times.
The historic order of the Emperor Meiji lays out the
moral conduct of Japan's soldiers. It lays out not
only their obligations to the fatherland, but also the
relations between soldiers and officers, but also to
the enemy. This order placed grave responsibilities on
the army. The Japanese army is therefore filled with
the will to sacrifice, but also demands as spiritual
leader the same willingness to sacrifice of the entire
The Emperor Cult
They demand this in the name of the emperor, since the
Japanese army is directly subordinate to the emperor.
In international relations that relate to the military
security of the nation, the Japanese military insists
on the deciding word. It took upon itself the
responsibility for the Manchurian campaign, without
going through complicated diplomatic negotiations. The
army, directly subordinate to the emperor, sees itself
as the executor of the emperor's sacred will. For the
same reason, the army seeks its holiest task as
educating the national spirit. As in no other land on
earth, the army is the nation's educator. The army
tirelessly defends the national interest when weak
politicians or industrialists with foreign connections
saw humiliating compromise as the best policy. Many
officers committed hari-kari when treaties or
agreements were made that were inconsistent with the
nation's honor. Members of the army do not hesitate to
remove statesmen and important personages who in their
eyes stand in the way of the national interest. They
feel themselves as holy executors of the godly order
that encompasses the ancient strength of the Japanese
people. Modern history is rich in such actions, which
however happen only when in the eyes of nationalist
circles Japan's national honor is at stake. This
fanaticism reached its high point in the rebellion of
young officers in 1936, during which government
leaders were killed and parts of the capital were
occupied for days by fanatic Nipponistic troops.
This may to our eyes appear to be mutiny, but it can
only be explained by the spiritual condition of the
Japanese, who saw that which was most holy to them,
the greatness and dignity of their nation, at risk. As
fighting samurai, they reached for their weapons to
The emperor cult's strongest supporters are in the
Japanese army. In honoring the emperor, they see the
strongest expression of their national faith, for his
ancestry reaches back unbroken to the sun god. The
person of the emperor is the holiest thing not only on
earth, but between heaven and earth. In the eyes of
the Japanese, the emperor himself is a god.
These are ideas that are difficult to understand from
our Western perspective, and hard to express in
Western language. But the emperor cult, which one
might call the ancestor worship of the entire nation,
is not the private belief of individual Japanese. It
is the core of the Japanese community. Without it, the
Japanese would be only an interesting and unusually
hard-working Asian people. The emperor cult not only
raises the Japanese far above the other peoples, but
also forms the most unique form of government,
governmental consciousness and religious fanaticism in
the entire world.
One can only understand the enormous power that the
emperor cult gives the Japanese people which one has
seem it in action in Japanese life. The materialistic
peoples of America and England cannot understand this
form of state religion. They do not comprehend it.
They cannot understand the enormous strength the
emperor cult gives the Japanese people. This strength
is spiritual, and can outweigh superior fleets of
battleships and armaments budgets. It cannot be
measured in numbers, but it is there, wonderful and
The relationship of the Japanese people to their
emperor is that of the child to the father, the
ancient family relationship of obligation and
obedience. The emperor only rarely exercises actual
power. The emperor incorporates less real power as the
authority that stands far above temporary power. The
Japanese owes obedience to his parents, who in turn
care for their children. The family relationship does
not end with a single generation, but continues
eternally, just as the emperor's family according to
legend has continued since the beginning of the
Japanese islands and will be as eternal as the
Japanese people itself.
This faith finds its outward expression when the
Japanese see the revered person of the emperor, or
when the fanatically revered personification of
Japan's greatness and faith travels through the
streets of the capital, or during a review of the most
modern tank or air force units. The streets are
scrubbed clean. Reverent silence falls over the
capital. The masses stand respectfully in the side
streets. When the emperor's Mercedes drives past, the
masses silently bow such that they cannot see him. It
is not permitted to look upon the person of the
emperor. Every Japanese, no matter how well educated,
would see such a thing as an insult to a holy person
and therefore to his own faith in the state.
The modern Japanese see no contradiction between the
fact that the emperor today reviews the most modern
weapons, and perhaps tomorrow within the holy
precincts of the emperor's Palace acts as the supreme
mediator between heaven and earth. Following ancient
customs, the emperor himself symbolically sows a rice
field while his wife weaves traditional silk. The
royal pair carries out both ancient Japanese
practices. The Japanese people honor not only the
royal house, but also the entire people.
The Army as the People's Spiritual School
Just as the samurai saw his moral duty to defend
justice against injustice, the Japanese army sees its
task as the education of the people in social justice,
according to the will of the emperor. They fight
untiringly against everything they see as un-Japanese,
against the harmful influences of individualism and
capitalism. They fight for social reform and for the
social betterment of the suffering masses. They do so
not only because their own best elements come from the
people, but because they see it as the fulfillment of
their highest ethical duty. True to the samurai
tradition, the army sacrifices its own good for that
of the community. They demand that the Japanese people
follow their model. The army is the strongest
socializing force in Japan.
Japan's army has always favored the strength of the
spirit over the strength of the material. Only this
has allowed Japan's soldiers to win against
overwhelming odds on battlefields everywhere. The
willingness to be finished with life, to view death as
not the end, does not mean that Japanese soldier seeks
a hero's death, though it is esteemed as the
fulfillment of a soldier's life. He keeps his military
goal before his eyes when with stoic determination and
fanatic will to victory he storms the enemy position.
He has left everything, home and family, and does not
expect to reaches its pinnacle during war, inspires
Japan's soldiers today. In warplanes, two-man
submarines or in storming the bunkers at Singapore, it
gives him the strength to overcome, the willingness to
die and an unshakable will to victory.
East Asia for the East Asians
The previous pages have summarized the unique miracle
of Japan's rise. Foreign policy, the world standing of
its country, was always more important in Japan than
momentary domestic issues. Still, the spread of
Japan's international power can be explained only by
the internal political power of the Japanese people.
The private and the economic has always been bound to
the governmental whole. Japan's miracle is the success
of the first major planned economy, which stands in
sharp contrast to the confusion and chaos of Europe
and America. Japan has earned its present position by
The Emperor Meiji ruled in his time over 30 million
Japanese. 74 years later, his grandchild rules over
about 100 million. To them must be added the hundreds
of millions of the Asian peoples who follow Japan's
The ancient Japanese culture, once built of wood,
bamboo, paper, straw and silk, is today a civilization
built of iron and steel, of factories and machines.
Yet even today Japan's strength rests more on its
ancient culture than on the civilization of the 20th
Japan has always been a reservoir and defender of
Asian culture.The old cultures of China, Korea and
India no longer have their original strength, but they
have not only been preserved in Japan, but have
remained alive. That too is why Japan claims
leadership of the peoples of Asia today, not only
because of its technical superiority.
The Asiatic Monroe Doctrine was first formulated in
1934: "Asia for the Asians." Today, less than a decade
later, the greater part of this political demand has
become reality. Ever more of Asia's peoples live in
areas ruled by Japan and are building a common
prosperous East Asia. The peoples of East Asia know,
esteem, admire and fear Japan more than the
Anglo-Saxons. They have seen Japan's explosive growth
and the weak response of the Anglo-Saxons with their
own eyes. They have seen what Japan can do. They have
seen Manchuria change from a chaotic No Man's Land to
the center of a new Asian order under Japan's strong
hand. They know that Japan is the real power and
center of East Asia, and see in the Land of the Rising
Sun not only the center of a spiritual rebirth of the
ancient cultures of East Asia, but also the center of
modern civilization. They increasingly send their
students to Japan.
England and America closed their eyes to the
phenomenon that had to lead to a Japanese explosion:
the phenomenon of Japan's steadily growing national
strength. It is not surprising that these cold,
calculating nations with their material outlook could
not understand Japan's spiritual values and strengths.
It is incomprehensible that they ignored Japan's
growing population, with its necessary consequences.
They even tried to hold back this irresistible natural
process, using means that have to led to the explosion
we are seeing today.
The Strength of the Axis
National Socialist Germany is in the best position to
understand Japan. We and the other nations of the Axis
are fighting for the same goals that Japan is fighting
for in East Asia, and understand the reasons that
forced it to take action. We can also understand the
driving force behind Japan's miraculous rise, for we
National Socialists also put the spirit over the
material. The Axis Pact that ties us to Japan is not a
treaty of political convenience like so many in the
past, made only to reach a political goal. The
Berlin-Rome-Tokyo alliance is a world-wide spiritual
program of the young peoples of the world. It is
defeating the international alliance of convenience of
Anglo-Saxon imperialist monopolists and unlimited
Bolshevist internationalism. It is showing the world
the way to a better future. In joining the Axis
alliance of the young peoples of the world, Japan is
using its power not only to establish a common sphere
of economic prosperity in East Asia. It is also
fighting for a new world order. New and powerful ideas
rooted in the knowledge of the present and the
historical necessities of the future that are fought
for with fanatical devotion have always defeated
systems that have outlived their time and lost their