Churchill: An Unsettled Legacy
idealization of Churchill is part and parcel of a drastically misleading view of the
Second World War that Americans have been fed for decades. One
common deceit is to give the
impression that Hitler sought war against Britain and France, and that Germany aggressively
attacked those two countries ... Churchill's enduringly stellar
image is all the more remarkable
considering that his views on a range of issues were, by today's standards,
hopelessly backward and politically incorrect ... Along
with most Britons
(and Americans) of
his era, he was also an unabashed racist.
My Political Testament (Berlin, 29 April 1945)
1914, when as a volunteer, I made my modest contribution in the World War which was forced upon the Reich, over
thirty years have passed.
In these three decades, only love for my people and loyalty to my people
have guided me in all my thoughts, actions, and life. They gave me the strength to make the most difficult decisions,
such as no mortal has yet had to face. I have exhausted my time, my working energy, and my health in these three
It is untrue that I or anybody else in Germany wanted war in 1939. It was desired and instigated exclusively
by those international statesmen who were either of Jewish origin or working for Jewish interests. I have made
so many offers for the reduction and elimination of armaments, which posterity cannot explain away for all eternity,
that the responsibility for the outbreak of this war cannot rest on me. Furthermore, I never desired that after
the first terrible World War a second war should arise against England or even against America. Centuries may
pass, but out of the ruins of our cities and monuments of art there will arise anew the hatred for the people who
alone are ultimately responsible: International Jewry and its helpers!
As late as three days before the outbreak
of the German-Polish War, I proposed to the British Ambassador in Berlin a solution for the German-Polish problem
-- similar to the problem of the Saar area, under international control. This offer cannot be explained away, either.
It was only rejected because the responsible circles in English politics wanted the war, partly in the expectation
of business advantages, partly driven by propaganda promoted by international Jewry.
But I left no doubt about the fact that
if the peoples of Europe were again only regarded as so many packages of stock shares by these international money
and finance conspirators, then that race, too, which is the truly guilty party in this murderous struggle would
also have to be held to account: the Jews! I further left no doubt that this time we would not permit millions
of European children of Aryan descent to die of hunger, nor millions of grown-up men to suffer death, nor hundreds
of thousands of women and children to be burned and bombed to death in their cities, without the truly guilty
party having to atone for its guilt, even if through more humane means.
After six years
of struggle, which in spite of all reverses will go down in history as the most glorious and most courageous manifestation
of a people's will to live. I cannot separate myself from the city which is the capital of this Reich. Because
our forces are too few to permit any further resistance against the enemy's assaults, and because individual resistance
is rendered valueless by blinded and characterless scoundrels, I desire to share the fate that millions of others
have taken upon themselves, in that I shall remain in this city. Furthermore, I do not want to fall into the hands of
enemies who for the delectation of the hate-riddled masses require a new spectacle promoted by the Jews.
I have therefore
resolved to remain in Berlin and there to choose death of my own will at the very moment when, as I believe, the
seat of the Fuehrer and Chancellor can no longer be defended. I die with a joyful heart in the awareness the immeasurable
deeds and achievements of our soldiers at the front, of our women at home, the achievements of our peasants and
workers, and the contribution, unique in history, of our youth, which bears my name.
It goes without saying
that I thank them all from the bottom of my heart and that it is also my desire that in spite of everything they
should not give up the struggle, but continue fighting wherever they may be, faithful to the great Clausewitz,
against the enemies of the Fatherland. From the sacrifices of our soldiers and from my own comradeship with them,
there will come in one way or another into German history the seed of a brilliant renaissance of the National Socialist
movement and thus the realization of a true national community.
Many very brave men and women have resolved to link
their lives to mine to the very end. I have requested them, and finally ordered them, not to do so, but instead
to take part in the continuing struggle of the nation. I ask the commanders of the army, navy, and air force to
strengthen by all possible means the spirit of resistance of our soldiers in the spirit of National Socialism,
emphasizing especially that I too, as founder and creator of this movement, have preferred death to cowardly flight
or even capitulation.
it be one day a part of the code of honor; as it is already in the navy, that the surrender of an area or of a
town is impossible, and above all in this respect the leaders should give a shining example of faithful devotion
to duty unto death.
Several brave men have joined me by their own free will and do not wish to leave the capital of the Reich
under any circumstances, but on the contrary are willing to perish with me here. Yet I must ask them to obey my
request, and in this instance place the interests of the nation above their own feelings.
Through their work and loyalty
they will remain just as close to me as companions after my death, just as I hope that my spirit will remain amongst
them and will always accompany them. Let them be hard, but never unjust; above all, let them never allow fear to
counsel their actions, but may they place the honor of the nation above everything on this earth. Finally, may
they be conscious of the fact that our task of building a National Socialist state represents the labor of the
coming centuries, and this places every single person under an obligation always to serve the common interest
and to subordinate his own interests. I demand of all Germans, all National Socialists, men and women and all
soldiers of the Armed Forces, that they remain faithful and obedient to the new government and to their President
Above all, I charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the
racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international Jewry.
Berlin, 29 April 1945, 4 AM.
Dr. JOSEPH GOEBBELS