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Epic: The Story of the Waffen SS

By Leon Degrelle

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Before the outbreak of the Second World War, Leon Degrelle was already known as the

leader of the anti-Establishment Rexist party in Belgium, and as Europe’s youngest and

most dynamic political figure. During the war he became known across the continent for

his charismatic leadership and courage in combat on the Eastern Front. Of him

Hitler reportedly said: “If I were to have a son, I would want him to be like Degrelle.”

 

His life began in 1906 in Bouillon, a small town in the Belgian Ardennes. As a student

at the University of Louvain, he earned a doctorate in law. His keen interests were

wide-ranging, and included political science, art, archeology and Thomistic philosophy.

In his student days he traveled in Latin America, the United States and Canada.

He visited North Africa, the Middle East and, of course, much of Europe.

 

His natural gifts as a leader were apparent early on. Imbued with a strong Christian ethos,

he sought to win support for his vision of a more just and noble social-political order

dedicated to the best long-term interests of the people. While still in his twenties, he was

reaching out to people in many articles and several books he wrote, through a weekly newspaper

he ran, and in numerous speeches. Mussolini invited him to Rome,Churchill met with him

in London, and Hitler received him in Berlin.

 

Although often provocative and controversial, people read what he wrote and listened

to what he had to say because he expressed himself with clarity, passion and obvious

sincerity, and because he dealt with real concerns and issues. In a few short years he

won a large measure of popular backing. On May 24, 1936, his Rex movement scored

a remarkable electoral breakthrough. In a startling rebuke of the Establishment

parties, it won 11.5 percent of the national vote.

 

As tensions mounted in 1939, Degrelle sought to counter the drift into another cataclysmic

conflict. In September Britain and France declared war on Germany. Events were to quickly

prove that the leaders in London and Paris had badly miscalculated. Within a year the

swastika flag flew from the North Pole to the shores of Greece and the border with Spain.

As war continued between Britain and Germany, the Soviet leaders prepared to seize the

opportunity and strike westwards. But Hitler beat them to it. On June 22, 1941, German

and allied forces struck against the Soviet Union. It was soon clear to everyone

that the titanic struggle could end only in victory for either Hitler or Stalin.

 

With an awareness that this great clash would determine the long-term future of their native

countries and of the West, thousands of young men across Europe pledged their lives for

a better future in a united Europe, and volunteered for combat against the Soviets.

 

They joined the ranks of the Waffen SS – the military and ideological shock troops of the

new Europe. This first-ever truly European armed force would grow to nearly a million men.

About 400,000, a minority of the total, were Germans from the Reich. Most of those who

will fill the scores of Waffen SS divisions -- including Degrelle and the other Légion Wallonie

volunteers from Belgium’s French-speaking region -- were Europeans from outside of Germany.

 

These hundreds of thousands of volunteers, and their leaders, understood that after the

war this pan-European brotherhood in arms would be the social and political foundation

of a new continental order that would transcend the petty national rivalries of the past.

All SS men fought the same struggle. All became comrades in arms. And all shared

the same vision of the future.

 

For understandable reasons, the military and political achievements of

Waffen SS are not well known today, and even less properly appreciated.

 

Leon Degrelle is one of its most famous soldiers. After joining as a private he quickly rose

in rank due to his exceptional courage and proven leadership at the front. He engaged in

dozens of hand-to-hand combat actions. He was wounded on numerous occasions.

His many decorations for outstanding service and valor included the highest honors: the

Knight’s Cross (Ritterkreuz) of the Iron Cross, the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross, and

the Gold German Cross in Gold. He was among the last to fight on the Eastern Front.

At the end of the war he escaped surrender and certain death in Allied captivity with a

daring and perilous flight of some 1500 miles from Norway to Spain. He was critically wounded

when his plane crash-landed on a Spanish beach. But once again, he survived. In the new

life he built in Spanish exile, he dedicated his efforts, above all, to keeping faith with his

wartime comrades, both living and dead, and in passing on to future generations the

story of their epic struggle and vision.

 

-- The Publisher

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I am asked to talk to you about the great unknown of World War Two: the Waffen SS.

It is somewhat amazing that this organization, which was both political and military, and

which united a million fighting volunteers during the war, should still be largely ignored.

 

Why? Why is it that the official record still distorts or virtually ignores this extraordinary

army of volunteers? An army that was at the vortex of the most gigantic struggle, affecting

the entire world. The answer may well be found in the fact that the most striking feature

of the Waffen SS was that it was composed of volunteers from some thirty different countries.

 

What cause brought them together, and why did they volunteer their lives?

 

Was it a German phenomenon? At the beginning, yes. Initially, the Waffen SS amounted

to fewer than two hundred members. It grew steadily until 1940 when it evolved into a

second phase, the Germanic Waffen SS. In addition to men from the German Reich,

northwestern Europeans and ethnic Germans from across Europe enlisted.

 

Then, in 1941 -- during the great clash with the Soviet Union -- arose the European Waffen SS.

Young men from the most distant countries fought together on the Eastern Front. Few knew

anything about the Waffen SS during the years preceding the war. The Germans

themselves took some time to recognize its distinctive character.

 

Hitler rose to power democratically, winning at the ballot box. He ran electoral campaigns

like any other politician. He addressed meetings and advertised on billboards, and his speeches

attracted capacity audiences. More and more people liked what he had to say, and ever

larger numbers elected members of his party to parliament. Hitler did not come to power

by force, but was duly elected by the people and duly installed as Chancellor by the

President of Germany, Field Marshal von Hindenburg. His government was legitimate

and democratic. In fact, only two of his followers were included in his first Cabinet.

 

During these election campaigns Hitler faced formidable enemies. Those who held power

had no qualms about tampering with the electoral process. He had to face the Weimar-regime

Establishment and its well-financed left-wing and liberal parties, as well as the highly organized

bloc of six million Communist Party members. Only through the most fearless and relentless

struggle to convince people to vote for him, was Hitler able to obtain a democratic majority.

 

In those days the Waffen SS was not even a factor. There was, of course, the SA “Stormtroopers,”

with some three million men. They were rank and file members of the National Socialist Party,

but certainly not an army. Their main function was to protect party candidates from Communist

violence. And the violence was murderous indeed. More than five hundred National Socialists

were murdered by the Communists, and thousands were grievously injured. The SA was a

volunteer, non-governmental organization, and as soon as Hitler rose to power he could

no longer avail himself of its help.

 

Hitler had to work within the system through which he had come to office. He came to

power with major disadvantages. He had to contend with an entrenched bureaucracy

appointed by the old regime. In fact, when the war broke out in 1939, 70 percent of the

German bureaucrats in place had been appointed by the old regime, and did not belong

to Hitler’s party. He could not count on the support of the Church hierarchy. Both big

business and the Communist Party were totally hostile to his program. On top of all this,

extreme poverty existed, and six million workers were unemployed.

Never before had so many people in a European country been out of work.

 

The three million SA party members are not in the government. They voted and helped win

elections, but they could not supplant the entrenched bureaucracy in the government.

The SA also was unable to exert influence on the army,

because the top brass, fearful of competition, was hostile to it.

 

This hostility reached such a point that Hitler was faced with a wrenching dilemma.

What to do with the millions of followers who helped him to power? He could not abandon them.

 

The army was a highly organized power structure. Although only numbering 100,000,

as dictated by the Treaty of Versailles, it exerted great influence in the affairs of state.

The President of Germany was Field Marshal von Hindenburg. The army was

a privileged caste. Almost all the officers belonged to the upper classes of society.

 

It was impossible for Hitler to take on the powerful army frontally. Hitler had been elected

democratically, and he could not do what Stalin did: to have firing squads execute the

entire military establishment. Stalin killed thirty thousand high ranking officers. That was

Stalin’s way to make room for his own trusted commissars. Such drastic methods could

not happen in Germany, and unlike Stalin, Hitler was surrounded by international enemies.

 

His election had provoked international rage. He had gone to the voters directly without

the intermediary of the Establishment parties. His party platform included an appeal for

racial integrity in Germany, as well as a return of power to the people. Such

tenets so infuriated world Jewry that in 1933 it officially declared war on Germany.

 

Contrary to what one is told, Hitler had limited power and was quite alone. How this man

ever survived these early years defies comprehension. Only the fact that he was an

exceptional genius explains his survival against all odds. Abroad and at

home Hitler had to bend over backwards just to demonstrate his good will.

 

But despite all his efforts Hitler was gradually being driven into a corner. The feud between

the SA and the army was coming to a head. His old comrade, Ernst Röhm, Chief of the

SA, wanted to follow Stalin’s example and physically eliminate the army brass. The showdown

resulted in the death of Röhm, either by suicide or summary killing, and of many of his

assistants, with the army picking up the pieces and putting the SA back in its place.

 

At this time the only SS men in Germany were in Chancellor Hitler’s personal guard:

one hundred eighty in all. They were young men of exceptional qualities, but without any

political role. Their duties consisted of guarding the Chancellery and presenting arms to

visiting dignitaries.

 

It was from this miniscule group that a few years later would spring an army of a million soldiers.

An army of unprecedented valor extending its call throughout Europe.

 

After Hitler was compelled to acknowledge the superiority of the army, he realized

that the brass would never support his revolutionary social programs. It was an army of aristocrats.

 

Hitler was a man of the people, a man who succeeded in wiping out unemployment,

a feat unsurpassed to this day. Within two years he gave work to six million Germans

and got rid of rampant poverty. In five years the German worker doubled his income

without inflation. Hundreds of thousands of beautiful homes were built for workers at

minimal cost. Each home had a garden to grow flowers and vegetables. All the factories

were provided with sport fields, swimming pools, and decent and attractive work areas.

 

For the first time, German workers had paid vacations. The Communists and capitalists

had never offered paid vacations; this was Hitler's creation. He organized the famous

“Strength Through Joy” programs, which meant that workers could, at

affordable prices, board passenger ships and visit scenic foreign lands.

 

All these social improvements did not please the establishment. Big business tycoons

and international bankers were worried. But Hitler stood up to them. Business could

make profits, but only if people were paid decently and allowed to live and work in

dignity. People, not profits, came first.

 

This was only one of Hitler’s reforms. He initiated hundreds of others. He literally rebuilt

Germany. In a few years more than five thousand miles of freeways were built. For the

worker the affordable Volkswagen was created. Any worker could get this car for payment

over time of five marks a week. It was unprecedented. Thanks to the freeways, workers

for the first time could visit any part of Germany whenever they liked.

The same programs applied to the farmers and the middle class.

 

Hitler realized that if his social reforms were to go forward and take

root, he needed a powerful lever, one that commanded respect.

 

Hitler still did not confront the army, but skillfully started to build up the SS. He needed the

SS because above all Hitler was a political man; to him war was the last resort. His aim

was to convince people, to obtain their loyalty, particularly the younger generation.

He knew that the Establishment-minded brass would oppose him at every turn.

 

In order not to alert the army, Hitler enlarged the SS into a force responsible for law and

order. There was of course a German police force, but in that case as well Hitler was unsure

of their loyalty. The 150,000 policemen had been appointed by the Weimar regime. Hitler

needed the SS not only to detect and quash plots, but mostly to protect his reforms. As

his initial Leibstandarte unit of 180 grew, other regiments were organized, such as the

Deutschland and the Germania.

 

The army brass did everything to prevent SS recruitment. Hitler bypassed the obstacles

by having the interior ministry and not the war ministry handle the recruiting. The army

countered by discouraging recruitment. Privates were required to serve four years,

non-commissioned officers twelve, and officers twenty-five years. Such restrictions,

it was thought, would greatly discourage SS recruitment. In spite of the lengthy service

requirements, thousands of young men, in fact, rushed to apply -- more than could be accepted.

 

The young felt the SS was the only armed force that represented their own ideas. The

new SS formations captivated public imagination. Clad in smart black uniforms, the SS

attracted more and more young men. It took two years -- 1933 to 1935 --

and a constant battle of wits with the army to raise a force of 8,000 SS men.

 

At the time they were called just SS. It was not until 1940, after the French campaign,

that it would officially be named “Waffen SS.” And 8,000 SS men did not go far in a

country of 80 million people. Hitler had to devise yet another way to get around the army.

He created the Totenkopf guard corps. They were really SS in disguise, but their official

function was to guard the concentration camps.

 

What were these concentration camps? They were just work centers where intractable

Communists were put to work. They were well treated because it was thought that sooner

or later they would be converted to patriotism. There were two concentration camps

with a total of three thousand inmates. Three thousand out of a total of six million

card-carrying members of the Communist Party. That represents one per

two thousand. Right until the war there were fewer than ten thousand inmates.

 

The young men who joined the SS were trained like no other army in the world. Military

and academic instruction was intensive, but it was the physical training that was the most

rigorous. They practiced sports with excellence. Each of them would have performed with

distinction at the Olympic Games. The extraordinary physical endurance of the SS

on the Russian front, which so amazed the world, was due to this intensive training.

 

There was also rigorous ideological training. They were taught to understand why they

were fighting, and what kind of Germany was being resurrected. They were shown how

Germany was being morally united through class reconciliation, and physically united

through the return of the lost German homelands. They were made aware of their kinship

with all the other Germans living in foreign lands -- in Poland, Russia, and, and other

parts of Europe. They were taught that all Germans represented an ethnic unity.

 

Young SS were educated in two military academies, one in Bad Tölz the other in Braunschweig.

These academies were totally different than the grim barracks of the past. Combining aesthetics

with the latest technology, they were located in the middle of hundreds of acres of beautiful countryside.

 

Hitler was opposed to any war, particularly in western Europe. He did not even conceive

that the SS could participate in such a war. Above all the SS was a political force. Hitler

regarded Western countries as individual cultures that could be federated but certainly

not conquered. He felt that a conflict within the West would be a no-win civil war.

 

Hitler’s conception of Europe was thus far ahead of the views held by those neighboring

countries. The mentality of 1914-1918, when small countries fought other small countries

over bits of real estate, still prevailed in the Europe of 1939. Not so in the case of the Soviet

Union, where internationalism replaced nationalism. The Communists never aimed at

serving the interests of Russia. Communism does not limit itself to

acquire chunks of territories, but aims at total world domination.

 

This was a dramatically new factor. Alone among the world’s leaders,

Hitler saw Soviet Communism as a threat to all nations.

 

Hitler recalled vividly the havoc the Communists unleashed in Germany at the end of World

War One. Particularly in Berlin and Bavaria the Communists, acting on foreign orders,

organized a state within a state and almost took over. For Hitler, everything pointed east.

The threat was Communism. Apart from his lack of interest in subjugating western Europe,

Hitler was well aware he could not successfully wage war on two fronts.

 

Instead of letting Hitler fight Communism, the Allies at this point made the fateful decision

to attack Hitler. The so-called Western Democracies also allied themselves with

the Soviet Union for the purpose of encircling and destroying the new Germany.

 

The Treaty of Versailles had already amputated Germany on all sides. The imposed

Treaty was also designed to keep the country in a state of permanent economic backwardness

and military impotence. Adding to the pressure from all sides, the Allies ratified a string

of treaties with Belgium, the newly created Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland and Rumania.

 

In the summer of 1939 the governments of Britain and France were secretly negotiating

a full military alliance with the Soviet Union. The talks were held in Moscow,

and the discussion minutes were signed by Marshal Zhukov.

 

I have these minutes in my possession. They are stupefying. In one report, the Soviets pledge

to join with Britain and France in war against Germany. Upon ratification, the Soviet Union

was to immediately provide Anglo-French forces with the support of 5500 combat planes,

with a promise of back up support of the entire Soviet air force. Between 9,000 to 10,000

Soviet tanks would also be made available. In return, the Soviet Union demanded the

Baltic States and free access to Poland. The plan called for an early joint attack.

 

At this stage Germany was still only minimally armed. The French negotiators realized that

the 10,000 Soviet tanks would quickly destroy the 2,000 German tanks, but they did not

foresee that the Soviets would be unlikely to stop at the French border. Likewise

the British government was not prepared to halt a Soviet takeover of Europe.

 

Facing total encirclement Hitler decided once more to make his own peace with one

or the other side of the Soviet-British partnership. He turned to the British and French

governments and requested formal peace talks. His quest for peace was answered

by an outpouring of insults and denunciations. The international press went on an

unprecedented orgy of hate against Hitler. It is mind-boggling to re-read these

newspapers today.

 

When Hitler made similar peace overtures to Moscow he was surprised to find the Soviets

eager to sign a treaty with Germany. In fact, Stalin did not sign such a treaty for the purpose

of peace. He signed to let Europe destroy itself in a war of attrition,

while giving him the time he needed to build up his military strength.

 

Stalin’s real intent is revealed in the minutes of the Soviet High Command, also in my

possession. Stalin states his intention to enter the war the moment Hitler and the Western

powers have annihilated each other. Stalin had a great interest in marking time and

letting others fight first. I have read his military plans, and I have seen how they were

achieved. By 1941 Stalin’s ten thousand tanks had increased to 17,999, and the next

year they would have been 32,000, ten times more than Germany’s.

The Soviet air force would likewise have been ten to one in Stalin’s favor.

 

The very week Stalin signed the peace treaty with Hitler, he gave orders to build 96 air

fields on the Western Soviet border, with 180 planned for the following year. His strategy

was consistent: “The more the Western powers fight it out the weaker they will be. The

longer I wait the stronger I get.” It was under these appalling circumstances that

World War Two started – a war which was offered to the Soviets on a silver platter.

 

Aware of Stalin’s preparations, Hitler knew he would have to face Communism sooner

rather than later. And to fight Communism he had to rely on totally loyal men, men who

would fight for an ideology against another ideology. It had always been Hitler’s

policy to oppose the ideology of class war with an ideology of class cooperation.

 

Hitler had observed that Marxist class war had not brought prosperity to the Russian

people. Russian workers were poorly clothed, badly housed, and poorly fed. Goods are

always in short supply, and even in Moscow housing was nightmarish. For Hitler the failure

of class war clearly made class cooperation the only just alternative. To make

it work Hitler saw to it that one class would not be allowed to abuse the other.

 

It is a fact that the newly rich classes emerging from the industrial revolution had enormously

abused their privileges, and it was for this reason that the National Socialists were socialists.

 

National Socialism was a popular movement in the truest sense. The great majority of

National Socialists were blue collar workers. Seventy percent of the Hitler Youth were

children of blue collar workers. Hitler won elections because the great mass of workers

was solidly behind him. Many wondered why the six million Communists who had voted

against Hitler turned their back on Communism after he came to power in 1933. There

is only one reason: they witnessed and experienced the benefits of class cooperation.

Some say they were forced to change; it is not true. Like other loyal Germans they

fought four years on the Russian front with distinction.

 

The workers never abandoned Hitler, but the upper classes did. Hitler spelled out

his formula of class cooperation as the answer to Communism with these words:

“Class cooperation means that capitalists will never again treat the workers as mere

economic components. Money is but one part of our economic life. The workers are not

just machines to whom one throws a pay packet every week. The real wealth of Germany is its workers.”

 

Hitler replaced gold with work as the foundation of the economy. National Socialism was

the exact opposite of Communism. Extraordinary achievements followed Hitler’s election.

 

We always hear about Hitler and the camps, Hitler and the Jews, but we never hear

about his immense social work. It was in large measure because of that social work

that the international bankers and their servile press generated so much hatred against

Hitler. It was obvious that a genuinely popular movement like National Socialism would

collide with the selfish interests of high finance. Hitler made clear that the control of

money did not convey the right of rapacious exploitation of an entire country, because

there are also people living in the country, millions of them, and these people have

the right to live with dignity and without want. What Hitler said and practiced won

over the German youth. It was this social revolution that the SS felt compelled

to secure throughout Germany, and, if need be, to defend with their lives.

 

The 1939 war in Western Europe defied all reason. It was a civil war

among those who should have been united. It was a monstrous stupidity.

 

The young SS were trained to lead the new National Socialist revolution. In five or ten

years they were to replace all those who had been put in office by the former regime.

 

But at the beginning of the war it was not possible for these young men to stay home.

Along with other young fellow countrymen, they felt called to defend their country,

and even to defend it better than others.

 

The war turned the SS from a home political force to a national

army fighting abroad, and then to a supra-national army.

 

We are now at the beginning of the 1939 war in Poland, with its far reaching

consequences. Could the war have been avoided? Emphatically yes!

 

The Danzig conflict was inconsequential. The Treaty of Versailles had separated the

German city of Danzig from Germany and gave it to Poland against the wish of its citizens.

This action was so outrageous that it had been condemned all over the world. A large

section of Germany was sliced through the middle. To go from western Prussia to East

Prussia one had to travel in a sealed train through Polish territory. The citizens of

Danzig had voted 99 percent to have their city returned to Germany.

Their right of self-determination had been consistently ignored.

 

However, the war in Poland started for reasons

other than Danzig’s self-determination or even Poland’s.

 

Just a few months earlier, Poland had attacked Czechoslovakia at the same time Hitler

had returned the Sudetenland to Germany. The Poles were ready to work with Hitler.

Poland turned against Germany only because the British government

did everything in its power to poison German-Polish relations.

 

Why? Much has to do with a longstanding inferiority complex British rulers have felt towards

Europe. This complex has manifested itself in the British Establishment’s

obsession in keeping Europe weak through wars and dissension.

 

At the time the British Empire controlled 500 million human beings outside of Europe,

but somehow it was more preoccupied with its traditional hobby: sowing dissension in Europe.

This policy of never allowing the emergence of a strong European country

has been the British Establishment’s modus operandi for centuries.

 

Whether it was Charles the Fifth of Spain, Louis the Fourteenth or Napoleon of France,

or William the Second of Germany, the British Establishment never tolerated any unifying

power in Europe. Germany never wanted to meddle in British affairs. However, the British

Establishment always made it a point to meddle in European affairs, particularly in

Central Europe and the Balkans.

 

Hitler’s entry into Prague brought the British running to the fray. Prague and Bohemia had

been part of Germany for centuries, and had always been within the German

sphere of influence. British meddling in this area was totally unjustified.

 

For Germany the Prague regime represented a grave threat. Czech president Benes,

Stalin’s servile satrap, had been ordered by his Kremlin masters to open his borders to

the Communist armies at a moment's notice. Prague was to be the Soviet springboard to Germany.

 

For Hitler, Prague was a watchtower to central Europe and an advance post to delay a

Soviet invasion. There were also Prague’s historic economic ties with Germany. Germany

has always had economic links with Central Europe. Rumania, the Balkans, Bulgaria,

Hungary and Yugoslavia [Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia] have had long-standing, mutually

complimentary economic relations with Germany, which have continued to this day.

 

Hitler’s European economic policy was based on common sense and realism. And it was his

emerging central European common market, rather than concern for Czech freedom, that the

British Establishment could not tolerate.

 

All the same, English people felt great admiration for Hitler. I remember when [former

British prime minister] Lloyd George addressed the German press outside Hitler’s home,

where he had just been a guest. He stated: “You can thank God you have such a wonderful

man as your leader.” Lloyd George, the enemy of Germany during World War One, said that!

 

King Edward the Eighth of England, who had just abdicated and was now the Duke of Windsor,

also came to visit Hitler at his Berchtesgaden home, accompanied by his wife. When they

returned home, the Duke sent a wire to Hitler. It read: “What a wonderful day we have

spent with your Excellency. Unforgettable!” And reflecting what many English people had

already learned, the Duke remarked on how well off German workers were. The Duke was

telling the truth. The German worker earned twice as much, without inflation,

as he did before Hitler, and consequently his standard of living was high.

 

Even Churchill, the most fanatic German-hater of them all, had in 1938, a year before the war,

wrote in the London Times: “I have always said that if Great Britain were defeated in war

I hoped we should find a Hitler to lead us back to our rightful position among the nations.”

 

Friend or foe, all acknowledged that Hitler was a man of exceptional genius. His

achievements were the envy of the world. In five short years he rebuilt a bankrupt nation

burdened with millions of unemployed into the strongest economic power in Europe.

It was so strong that for six years his geographically small country was able to

withstand a war against world powers.

 

Churchill acknowledged that no one in the world could match such a feat. Just before the

outbreak of war he stated that no doubt a peace formula could be worked out with Hitler.

But Churchill received other instructions. The Establishment, fearful that Hitler’s successes

in Germany could spread to other countries, was determined to destroy him. It created

hatred against Germany across Europe by stirring old grievances.

It also exploited the envy some Europeans felt toward Germany.

 

The Germans’ high birth rate had made Germany the most populous country in western Europe.

In science and technology Germany was ahead of both France and Britain. Hitler had built

Germany into an economic powerhouse. That was Hitler’s crime, and the

British Establishment opted to destroy Hitler and Germany by any means.

 

The British manipulated the Polish government against Germany. The Poles themselves

were more than willing to live in peace with the Germans. Instead, the unfortunate Poles

were railroaded into war by the British. One must not forget that one and a half million

[ethnic] Germans lived in Poland at the time, at great benefit to the Polish economy.

 

In January 1939 Hitler had proposed to Beck, the Polish foreign minister, a compromise to

solve the Danzig issue: The Danzigers’ wish to return to Germany would be honored, and

Poland would continue to have free port access and facilities, guaranteed by treaty.

 

The prevailing notion of the day that every country must have a sea port really does not

make sense. Switzerland, Hungary and other countries with no sea ports manage quite well.

Hitler’s proposals were based on the principles of self-determination and reciprocity.

Even Churchill admitted that such a solution could dispose of the Danzig problem.

This admission, however, did not prevent Britain from sending an ultimatum to Germany:

withdrawal from Poland, or war. (The world has seen what happened when Israel invaded

Lebanon [in 1982]. Heavily populated cities like Tyre and Sidon were destroyed, and so

was West Beirut. Everybody called for Israel’s withdrawal, but no one declared war

on Israel when it refused to budge.)

 

With a little patience a peaceful solution regarding Danzig could certainly have been arranged.

Instead, the international press unleashed a massive campaign of outright lies and distortions

against Hitler. His proposals were willfully misrepresented by a relentless press onslaught.

 

Of all the crimes of World War Two, one never hears about the wholesale massacres that

occurred in Poland just before the war. I have detailed reports in my files documenting the

mass slaughter of defenseless Germans in Poland. Thousands of German men, women

and children were massacred in the most horrendous fashion by media-enraged mobs.

The photographs of these massacres are too sickening to look at. Hitler decided to halt

the slaughter, and he rushed to the rescue.

 

The Polish campaign revealed another startling characteristic of this man: his rare military

genius. All the successful military campaigns of the Third Reich were thought out and

directed by Hitler personally, not the General Staff. He also inspired a number

of generals who became his most able executives in later campaigns.

 

In regard to the Polish campaign the General Staff had planned an offensive along the

Baltic coastline to take Danzig, a plan that would been doomed to failure. Instead, Hitler

invented the Blitzkrieg or “lightning war” technique, and in no time captured Warsaw. SS

soldiers appeared for the first time on the Polish front, and their performance amazed the world.

 

The brief campaign saw three SS regiments in action: The Leibstandarte, the Deutschland

and the Germania. There was also an SS motorbike battalion, a corps of engineers, and

a transmission unit. In all it was a comprehensive but small force of about 25,000 men.

After bolting out of Silesia, Sepp Dietrich and his Leibstandarte alone split Poland in half

within days. With fewer than 3,000 men he defeated a Polish force of 15,000,

and took 10,000 prisoners. Such victories were not achieved without loss.

 

The second campaign in France was also swift. The British-French forces had rushed

to Holland and Belgium to check the German advance, but they were

outwitted and outflanked in Sedan. It was basically all over in a matter of days.

 

The story goes that Hitler had nothing to do with this operation; that it was all the work of

General von Manstein. That is entirely false. Von Manstein had indeed conceived the

idea, but when he submitted it to the General Staff, he was reprimanded, demoted and

retired to Dresden. The general staff had not brought this particular incident to Hitler’s

attention. On his own, Hitler organized a campaign along the same lines, and routed the

British-French forces. It was not until March 1940 that von Manstein came into contact with Hitler.

 

Hitler also planned the Balkan and Russian campaigns. On the rare occasions where

Hitler allowed the General Staff to have their way, such as in Kursk, the battle was lost.

 

In the 1939 Polish campaign Hitler did not rely on military textbook theories devised 50

years earlier, as advocated by the general staff, but on his own plan of swift, pincer-like

encirclement. In eight days the Polish war was won, in spite of the fact that Poland is as large as France.

 

It is hard to imagine, but out of a total of some one million SS men, 352,000 were killed in

action, with 50,000 more missing. It is a grim figure! Four hundred thousand of the

finest young men in Europe! Without hesitation they sacrificed themselves for their

beliefs. They knew they had to set an example. They were the

first on the front line in defending their country and their ideals.

 

In victory or defeat the Waffen SS always sought to be the best representatives of their

people. The SS was a democratic expression of power: people joining together of their

own free will. The ballot box is not the only expression of such consent; there is also

consent of the heart and the mind through action. The men of the Waffen SS made a

plebiscite of deeds. And the German people, proud of them, gave them their respect

and their love. Such high motivation made the volunteers of the Waffen SS the best

fighters in the world.

 

The SS proved themselves in action. They were not empty talking politicians, but men

who pledged their lives, and, in an extraordinary expression of comradeship, were the

first to fight. This comradeship was one of the most distinctive

characteristics of the SS: the SS leader was the comrade of the others.

 

It was on the front lines that the results of the SS physical training were really apparent.

SS officers had the same rigorous training as the regular soldiers. Officers and privates

competed in the same sports events, and only the best man won, regardless of rank.

This created a real brotherhood that energized the entire Waffen SS. Only the teamwork

of free men, bonded by a higher ideal, could unite Europe. Look at the Common Market

of today [and its successor, the European Union]. It is a failure. There is no unifying ideal.

Everything is based on haggling over the price of tomatoes, steel, coal or booze. Fruitful

unions are based on something higher than that.

 

A relationship of equality and mutual respect between soldiers and officers was always

in place. Half of all division commanders were killed in action. Half! There is not another

army in the world where that happened. The SS officer always led his troops to battle.

I was engaged in 75 hand-to-hand combat operations, because as an SS officer I had to

be the first to meet the enemy. SS soldiers were not sent to the slaughter by

behind-the-line commanders; they followed their officers with passionate loyalty. Every SS

commander knew and taught all his men, and often received unexpected answers.

 

After breaking out of the Cherkassy siege, I talked with all my soldiers one-by-one; there

were thousands at the time. For two weeks, every day from dawn to dusk, I asked them

questions, and heard their replies. Sometimes it happens that soldiers who brag a little

receive medals, while heroic men who keep quiet miss out. I talked to all of them because

I wanted to know first-hand what had happened, and what they had done. To be just, I

had to know the truth.

 

It was on that occasion that two of my soldiers suddenly pulled out their identity cards

of the Belgian resistance movement. They told me that they had been sent to kill me.

At the front line, it is very simple to shoot someone in the back. But the extraordinary

SS team spirit had won them over. By setting an example, SS officers could expect

the loyalty of their men.

 

The life expectancy of an SS officer at the front was three months. On one Monday while

in Estonia I received ten new young officers from the Bad Tölz

academy; by Thursday only one was still alive, and he was wounded.

 

In conventional armies, officers talked at the men as a superior to an inferior,

and seldom as brothers in combat or as brothers in ideology.

 

By 1939 the SS had earned general admiration and respect. This gave Hitler the opportunity

to call for an increase in their numbers. Instead of regiments, there would be three divisions.

 

Again, the army brass laid down draconian recruiting conditions: young men could join the

SS only for a minimum of four years of combat duty. The brass felt that no one would take

such a risk. Again, they guessed wrong. In the month of February 1940 alone, 49,000 joined

the SS. From 25,000 in September 1939, there would be 150,000 in May 1940. Thus,

from 180 to 8,000 to 25,000 to 150,000, and eventually nearly one million men -- all this

against all odds.

 

Hitler had no interest whatsoever in getting involved in a

conflict with France. It was a war that was forced on him.

 

The 150,000 SS had to serve under the Army, and they were given the most dangerous

and difficult missions, despite the fact that they were supplied with inferior weapons and

equipment. In 1940 the Leibstandarte was only provided with a few scouting tanks.

The SS were given wheels, and that’s all. But with trucks, motorbikes,

and various other means they were able to perform amazing feats.

 

The Leibstandarte and Der Führer regiments were sent to Holland under the leadership

of Sepp Dietrich. They had to cross Dutch waterways. The Luftwaffe had dropped paratroopers

to hold the bridges 120 miles deep in Dutch territory, and it was vital for the SS to reach

these bridges with the greatest speed. The Leibstandarte achieved an unprecedented feat:

advancing 75 kilometers in a single day, and advancing 215 kilometers in just four days.

It was unheard of at the time, and the world was staggered. In one day the SS crossed all

the Dutch canals on flimsy rubber rafts. Here again, SS losses were heavy. But thanks

to their heroism and speed, the German forces reached Rotterdam in three days. The

paratroopers risked being wiped out if the SS had not accomplished their lightning-thrust.

 

In Belgium, the SS regiment Der Führer faced the French army head on, which after

falling in the Sedan trap, had rushed toward Breda, Holland. There, one would see for

the first time a small motivated military force route a large national army. It took one SS

regiment and a number of German troops to throw the whole French Army off

balance and drive it back from Breda to Antwerp, Belgium, and northern France.

 

The Leibstandarte and Der Führer regiments jointly advanced on the large Zeeland islands,

between the Scheldt and Rhine rivers. In a few days they were brought under control.

 

In no time the Leibstandarte then crossed Belgium and northern France. The second

major combat engagement of SS regiments was in concert with the regular army tank division.

These units were under the command of General Rommel and General Guderian. They

spearhead a thrust toward the North Sea.

 

Sepp Dietrich and his troops then crossed the French canals, but were pinned down by

the enemy in a mud field, just managing to avoid extermination. But despite the loss of

many soldiers, officers and one battalion commander, all killed in action, the Germans reached Dunkirk.

 

Hitler was very proud of them.

 

The following week, Hitler deployed them along the Somme river, from where they poured

out across France. Here again, the SS would prove itself to be the best fighting force in the

world. Sepp Dietrich and the Second Division of the SS, Totenkopf, advanced so far so

fast that for three days they lost contact with the rest of the army. They found themselves

in Lyon, a French city they were later obliged to vacate after the signing of the French-German

armistice. Sepp Dietrich and a handful of SS men on trucks had achieved the impossible.

 

The SS regiment Der Führer spearheaded the Maginot Line breakthrough. Everyone had

said that the Line was impenetrable. The war in France was over. Hitler had the three SS

divisions march through Paris. Berlin also honored these heroes. But the regular Army

was so jealous that it would not cite a single SS man for valor or bravery. It was Hitler

himself who, in addressing the German Reichstag, solemnly paid tribute to the heroism

of the SS. It was on this occasion that he officially recognized the Waffen SS name.

 

This was more than a mere change of name. The Waffen SS became “Germanic,” as

volunteers were accepted from all Germanic countries. This was based on an awareness

that the peoples of northwestern Europe were closely related to them, and that the Norwegians,

the Danes, the Dutch, and the Flemish all belonged to the same Germanic family. These

Germanic people were themselves very much impressed by the SS, and so, by the way, were the French.

 

The people of western Europe had marveled at this extraordinary German force with a

style unlike any other: if two SS scouts reached a town on motorbike ahead of everybody

else, they would -- before presenting themselves to the local authorities – first clean

themselves up so they would be of impeccable appearance. People could not help but be impressed.

 

The admiration felt by young Europeans of Germanic stock for the SS was very natural.

Thousands of young men from Norway, Denmark, Flanders, and Holland were awed

with admiration. They felt irresistibly drawn to the SS. It was not Europe, but solidarity

with their own Germanic race that so deeply stirred their souls. They identified with

the victorious Germans. To them, Hitler was the most exceptional man ever seen.

Hitler understood them, and had the remarkable idea to open the doors of the SS

to them. It was quite risky. No one had ever thought of this before. Prior to Hitler,

German imperialism consisted only of peddling goods to other countries, without

any thought of creating a “community” ideology – a common ideal with its neighbors.

 

Suddenly, instead of peddling and haggling, here was a man who offered a glorious ideal:

an enthralling social justice, for which they all had yearned for years. A broad New Order,

instead of the formless cosmopolitanism of the pre-war so-called “democracies.” The

response to Hitler’s appeal was overwhelming. Legions from Norway, Denmark, Holland,

and Flanders were formed. Thousands of young men now wore the SS uniform. For

them Hitler specifically created the famous Viking division, one that

was destined to become one of the most formidable of the Waffen SS.

 

The regular army was still doing everything it could to discourage men in Germany from

joining the SS. It acted as though the SS did not exist. Against this background of obstructionism

at home, it was all the more understandable that the SS would welcome men from outside Germany.

 

The ethnic Germans living abroad provided a rich source of volunteers. There were millions

of these Germans in Hungary, Rumania and across Europe. The victories of the Third Reich

made them proud of belonging to the German family. Hitler welcomed them home. He

saw them as a source of elite SS men as well as important factor in unifying all Germans ideologically.

 

Here again, the enthusiastic response was amazing. From across Europe some 300,000

volunteers of German ancestry would join, including 54,000 from Rumania alone. In the

context of that era, those were remarkable figures. There were numerous problems to

overcome. For instance, most Germanic volunteers did not speak German. Their ancestors

had settled in foreign lands many years earlier, so many of these

men spoke different languages, and had different manners and needs.

 

How to find officers who could speak all these languages? How to coordinate such

a disparate lot? Mastering these problems was a miracle of the Waffen SS assimilation

program. This homecoming of the separated “tribes” was regarded by the Waffen SS

as a foundation for real European unity. The 300,000 Germanic volunteers were welcomed

by the SS as brothers, and they reciprocated by being as dedicated, loyal and heroic as

the Reich German SS men.

 

Within the year, everything had changed for the Waffen SS. The barracks were full, the

academies were full. The strictest admission standards and requirements equally

applied for the Germanic volunteers as well. They had to be the best in every

way, both physically and mentally. They had to be the best of the Germanic race.

 

Third Reich racialism has been deliberately distorted. It was never an anti-“other” racialism.

It was a pro-German racialism. It was concerned with making the German race strong and

healthy in every way. Hitler was not interested in having millions of degenerates. Today

one finds rampant alcohol and drug addiction everywhere. Hitler cared that German

families be healthy, and cared that they raise healthy children for the renewal of a healthy

nation. German racialism meant re-discovering the creative values of their own race,

re-discovering their culture. It was a striving for excellence, a noble idea. National Socialist

racialism was not against other races, it was for its own race. It aimed at defending and

improving its own race, and wished that all other races would do the same for themselves.

 

That was demonstrated when the Waffen SS enlarged its ranks to include 60,000 Muslims.

The Waffen SS respected their way of life, their customs, and their religious beliefs. Each

Muslim SS battalion had an imam, and each company had a mullah. It was our common

wish that their qualities found their highest expression. That was our racialism. I was

present when each of my Muslim comrades received a New Year’s gift from Hitler.

It was a pendant with a small Koran. Hitler was honoring them with this small symbolic

gift, one that honored an important aspect of their lives and traditions. National

Socialist racialism was loyal to the German race and totally respected all other races.

 

At this point, one hears: “What about the anti-Jewish racism?”

One can answer: “What about Jewish anti-Gentilism?”

 

It has been the misfortune of the Jewish race that it could never get along with any other

race. It is an unusual historical fact and phenomenon. I say this without passion: When

one studies the history of the Jewish people and their behavior across the centuries, one

observes that always -- at all times, and at all places -- they have been hated. They were

hated in ancient Egypt. They were hated in ancient Greece. They were hated in Roman

times to such a degree that 3,000 of them were deported to Sardinia. (That was the first

forced deportation of Jews.) They were hated in Spain, in France, in England (where they

were banned for centuries), and in Germany. The conscientious Jewish author Bernard

Lazare wrote a very interesting book on Anti-Semitism, in which he wrote: “We Jews should

ask ourselves a question: Why are we always hated everywhere? It is not because of our

persecutors, all of different times and places. It is because there is something within us that

is very unlikeable.” What is unlikeable is that the Jews have always wanted to live as

a privileged class, divinely-chosen and beyond scrutiny. This attitude has made them

unlikeable everywhere.

 

The Jewish race is therefore a unique case. Hitler had no intention of destroying it. He

wanted the Jews to find their own identity in their own environment, but not to the

detriment of others. The fight -- if we can call it that – of National Socialism against the

Jews was purely limited to one objective: that the Jews leave Germany in peace. It

was planned to give them a country of their own, outside Germany. Madagascar was

contemplated, but the plans were dropped when the United States entered the war. In

the meanwhile, Hitler thought of letting the Jews live in their own traditional ghettos.

They would have their own administration, they would run their own affairs, and would

live as they wanted. They had their own police, their own tramways, their own flag, and

their own businesses. With regard to other races, they were all

welcome in Germany as guests, but not as privileged occupants.

 

In one year the Waffen SS had gathered a large number of Germanic men from northern

Europe, and hundreds of thousands of ethnic Germans or Volksdeutsche from outside Germany,

to make the Germanic SS. It was then that the conflict between Communism and National

Socialism burst into the open. The conflict had always existed. In Mein Kampf, Hitler

had clearly laid out his objective: “to eliminate the world threat of

Communism,” and, incidentally, to claim some land in Eastern Europe.

 

This eastward expansionism created much outrage: How could the Germans claim

land in Russia? To this one can answer: How could the Americans claim native Indian

lands from the Atlantic to the Pacific? How could France claim southern Flanders, and

Roussillon from Spain? And what of Britain? And what of so many other countries that

have claimed, conquered and settled in other territories? Somehow it was all right for

all those countries to settle foreign lands, but not for Germany. Personally, I have

always vigorously defended the Russians, and I finally did succeed in convincing

Hitler that Germans had to live with Russians as partners, and not as conquerors.

Before achieving this partnership, there was first the matter of wiping out Communism.

During the [21 months of the] Soviet-German non-aggression treaty, Hitler was trying

to gain time, but the Soviets were intensifying their acts of aggression from Estonia to Bukovina.

 

In this regard, extracts from Soviet documents are most revealing. Marshal Voroshilov

himself said: “We now have the time to prepare ourselves to be the executioner of the

capitalist world while it is agonizing. We must, however, be cautious. The Germans must

not have any inkling that we are preparing to stab them in the back while they are busy

fighting the French. Otherwise, they could change their general plan, and attack us.”

 

In the same record, Marshal Shaposhnikov [?] wrote: “The coexistence between Hitler's

Germany and the Soviet Union is only temporary. We will not make it last very long.”

Marshal Timoshenko, for his part, did not want to be so hasty: “Let us not forget that

our war material from our Siberian factories will not be delivered until the fall.” This

was written at the beginning of 1941, and the material was only to be delivered in the

fall. A Soviet war industry Commissariat report stated: We will not be in full production

until 1942. Marshal Zhukov made this extraordinary admission:

“Hitler is in a hurry to invade us; he has good reasons for it.”

 

Indeed, Hitler had good reason to quickly attack Russia -- he realized that he would be

wiped out if he did not. Zhukov added: “We need a few more months to rectify many of

our defects before the end of 1941. We need 18 months to complete the modernization of our forces.”

 

The orders are quite precise. At the fourth session of the Supreme Soviet in 1939, it

was decreed that Army officers would serve three years, regular soldiers would serve

four years, and Navy personnel, five years. All these decisions were made less

than a month after the Soviets signed the non-aggression treaty with Germany.

 

Thus the Soviets, pledged to peace, were frantically preparing for war. More than 2,500

new concrete fortifications were built between 1939 and 1940; 160 divisions were made

combat-ready; 60 tank divisions were on full alert. The Germans only had ten panzer tank

divisions. In 1941, the Soviets had 17,000 tanks, and by 1942 they had 32,000. They had

92,578 artillery pieces. And their 17,545 combat planes in 1940 greatly outnumbered the

German air force.

 

With such war preparations underway, it is easy to understand that Hitler was

left with only one option: invade the Soviet Union immediately, or face annihilation.

 

Hitler’s Russian campaign was the “last chance” campaign. Hitler did not go into Russia

with any great optimism. He later told me: “When I entered Russia, I was like a man facing

a shut door. I knew I had to crash through it, but without knowing what was behind it.”

Hitler was right. He knew the Soviets were strong, but above all he knew they were going

to be a lot stronger. The only time Hitler had a respite was in 1941. The British had not yet

succeeded in expanding the war. Hitler, who never wanted war with Britain, still tried

for peace. He invited me to spend a week at his home. He wanted to discuss the whole

situation and hear what I had to say about it. He spoke very simply and clearly. The atmosphere

was informal and relaxed. He made you feel at home, because he really enjoyed being

hospitable. He buttered pieces of toast in a leisurely fashion, and passed them around,

and although he did not drink, after each meal he went to get a bottle of champagne because

he knew that I enjoyed finishing with a glass of it. All without fuss and with genuine friendliness.

It was part of his genius that he was also a man of simple ways, without the slightest affection,

and a man of great humility. We talked about England. I asked him bluntly: “Why on earth

didn’t you finish off the British at Dunkirk? Everyone knew you could have wiped them out.”

He answered: “Yes, I withheld my troops and let the British escape back to England.

The humiliation of such a defeat would have made it difficult to try for peace with them afterwards.”

 

At the same time, Hitler told me he did not want to dispel the Soviet belief that he was

going to invade England. He mentioned that he even had small Anglo-German dictionaries

distributed to his troops in Poland. The Soviet spies there duly reported to the Kremlin

that Germany’s presence in Poland was a bluff, and that the soldiers were about

to be sent for action against Britain.

 

On June 22, 1941, it was Russia and not England that Germany invaded. The initial

victories were swift but costly. I lived the epic struggle of the Russian front. It was a tragic

epic; it was also martyrdom. The endless thousands of miles of the Russian steppes

were overwhelming. We had to reach the Caucasus by foot, always under extreme

conditions. In the summer we often walked knee-deep in mud, and in winter there were

freezing below-zero temperatures. But for a matter of a few days, Hitler would have won

the war in Russia in 1941. Before the Battle of Moscow, he had largely succeeded

in defeating the Soviet Army, and had taken enormous numbers of prisoners.

 

General Guderian’s panzer group, which had encircled nearly a million Soviet troops near

Kiev, had reached Moscow right up to the city’s tramway lines. It was then that suddenly

an unbelievable freeze struck: 40, 42, 50 degrees Celsius below zero! This meant not

only that men were freezing, but also that equipment froze on the spot. No tanks could

move. Yesterday’s mud had frozen to a solid block of ice, half a meter high, icing up the tank treads.

 

In 24 hours all of our tactical options had been reversed. It was then that masses of

Siberian troops brought back from the Russian Far East were thrown against the Germans.

Those few fateful days of ice, which made the difference between victory and defeat,

were due to the delay caused by the Italian campaign in Greece in the fall of 1940.

 

Mussolini was envious of Hitler’s successes. It was a deep and silent jealousy. I was a friend

of Mussolini. I knew him well. He was a remarkable man, but Europe was not of great concern

to him. He did not like to be a spectator, watching Hitler winning everywhere. He felt

compelled to do something himself, and quickly. Impulsively, he launched a senseless

offensive against Greece.

 

His troops were immediately halted. But it gave the British an excuse to invade Greece,

which until then had not been involved in the war. From Greece the British could bomb

the Rumanian oil wells, which were vital to Germany’s war effort. Greece could also be

used to cut off German troops on their way to Russia. Hitler was forced to quash the

threat preemptively. He had to waste five weeks in the Balkans. His victories there were

an incredible logistical achievement, but they delayed the start of the Russian campaign

by five critical weeks.

 

If Hitler had been able to start the campaign on time, as planned, he would have entered

Moscow five weeks earlier, in the fall when the ground was still dry. The war would have

been over, and the Soviet Union would have been a thing of the past. The combination

of the sudden freeze and the arrival of fresh Siberian troops spread panic among some

of the old army generals. They wanted to retreat 200 miles back from Moscow. It is hard

to imagine such an insane plan! The freeze affected Russia equally, from West to East,

and to retreat 200 miles in the open steppe would only have made things worse. At the

time I was commanding my troops in the Ukraine, where it was 42 degrees Celsius below zero.

 

Such a retreat would have meant abandoning all the heavy artillery, as well as assault

guns and tanks, which were stuck in the ice. It would also have meant exposing half a

million men to heavy Soviet sniping. In fact, it would have meant condemning them to

certain death. One need only recall Napoleon’s retreat in October 1812. He reached the

Berezina River in November, and by mid-December all the French troops

had left Russia. It was cold enough, but it was not a winter campaign.

 

Can one imagine in 1941 half a million Germans fighting howling snowstorms, cut off

from supplies, attacked from all sides by tens of thousands of Cossacks? I have faced

charging Cossacks, and I know that only the utmost, superior firepower will stop them.

In order to counter such an insane retreat, Hitler had to fire more than 30 generals

within a few days.

 

It was then that he called on the Waffen SS to fill in the gap and boost morale. Immediately

the SS held fast on the Moscow front. Right through the war the Waffen SS never retreated.

They would rather die than retreat. One cannot forget the figures. During the 1941 winter,

the Waffen SS lost 43,000 men in front of Moscow. The regiment Der Führer fought almost

literally to the last man. Only 35 men survived out of the entire regiment. The Der Führer

men stood fast, and no Soviet troops got through. They tried to bypass the SS in the snow.

(That is how the famous Russian General Vlasov was captured by the Totenkopf SS division.)

Without their heroism, Germany would have been annihilated by December 1941.

 

Hitler would never forget it: he gauged the willpower that the Waffen SS had displayed

in front of Moscow. They had shown character and guts. And that is what Hitler admired

most of all: guts. For him, it was not enough to have intelligent or clever associates.

Such people can often fall to pieces, as happened with General Paulus during the

following winter at the battle of Stalingrad.

 

Hitler knew that only sheer energy and guts, the refusal to surrender,

and the will to hang tough against all odds would win the war.

 

The blizzards of the Russian steppes had shown how the best army in the world, the German

army, with thousands of highly trained officers and millions of highly disciplined men, was

just not enough. Hitler realized that they could be beaten, that something else was needed,

and that only unshakable faith in a high ideal could overcome the situation.

The Waffen SS had this ideal, and from then on Hitler used them at full capacity.

 

From all parts of Europe volunteers rushed to help their German brothers. It was then that

the third great Waffen SS was born. First there was the German, then the Germanic, and

finally the European Waffen SS. To defend Western culture and civilization, hundreds of

thousands of young men would volunteer. They joined with full knowledge that the SS

incurred the highest death tolls. More than 250,000 out of one million would die in action.

For them, the Waffen SS was, despite all the individual deaths, the birth of a new Europe.

 

The young European volunteers observed two things: first, that Hitler was the only leader

who was capable of building Europe, and secondly that Hitler,

and Hitler alone, could defeat the world threat of Communism.

 

For the men of this SS, the Europe of petty jealousies, jingoism, border disputes, and

economic rivalries was of no interest. It was petty and demeaning. That Europe was no

longer valid for them. At the same time, the men of the European SS, as much as they

admired Hitler and the German people, did not want to become Germans. They were

men of their own people, and Europe was the gathering of the various peoples of the

continent. European unity was to be achieved through harmony, not domination of one over the others.

 

I discussed these issues at length with both Hitler and Himmler. Like all men of genius,

Hitler had grown beyond the national stage. Napoleon was first a Corsican, then a Frenchman,

then a European, and then a singularly universal man. Likewise Hitler had been an Austrian,

then a German, then a greater German, then Germanic, and then

he had seen and grasped the magnitude of building Europe.

 

The Waffen SS had a solemn duty, after the defeat of Communism,

to focus all their efforts and strength to build a united Europe.

 

Before being joined to the Waffen SS, our Wallonian unit had known very difficult ordeals.

We had gone to the Eastern front first as adjunct units to the German army, but during the

Battle of Stalingrad we had seen that Europe was critically endangered. Great common

effort was imperative. One night I had an eight-hour-long debate with Hitler and

Himmler on the status of non-German Europeans within the new Europe.

 

We now expected to be treated as equals fighting for a common cause. Hitler understood fully,

and from then on we [of the Légion Wallonie] had our own flag, our own officers,

our own language, and our own religion. We had a totally equal status.

 

I was the first one to have Catholic chaplains in the Waffen SS. Later chaplains of all

denominations were available to all those who wanted them. The Muslim SS division had

its own mullahs, and the French even had a bishop. We were confident that, with Hitler,

Europeans would be federated as equals. We felt that, in this critical hour, the best way to

be deserving of our place as equals was to defend Europe just as well as our German comrades.

 

For Hitler what mattered above all was courage. He created a new chivalry. Those who

earned the order of the Knight’s Cross, the Ritterkreuz, were indeed the new knights.

They earned this nobility of courage. And after the end of the war, each of our units

returning home would be the force that would protect the people’s rights in our respective

countries. All the SS understood that European unity meant the whole of Europe, even Russia.

 

There had been a great lack of knowledge among many Germans regarding the Russians.

Many believed that the Russians were all Communists, while in fact Russian representation

in the Communist hierarchy was unimportant. They also believed that the Russians were

diametrically different than the Europeans. Yet, they have similar familial structures, an

ancient civilization, deep religious faith, and traditions which are not unlike those

of other European countries.

 

The SS saw the new Europe formed of three great components: central Europe as the

power house of Europe, western Europe as the cultural heart of Europe, and eastern Europe

as the potential of Europe. Thus the Europe envisioned by the SS was alive and real. Its

six hundred million inhabitants would live from the North Sea to Vladivostok. It was in this

span of 8,000 miles that Europe could achieve its destiny. It would be a space for young

people to start new lives. This Europe would be the beacon of the world. It would be a remarkable

racial ensemble. An ancient civilization, a spiritual force, and the most advanced

technological and scientific complex. The SS prepared for the high destiny of Europe.

 

Compare these aims, these ideals, with those of the “Allies.” The Roosevelts and the Churchills

sold Europe out at Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. They cravenly capitulated to the Soviets.

They delivered half of the European continent to Communist slavery. They let the rest of

Europe disintegrate morally, without any ideal to sustain it. The SS knew

what they wanted: the Europe of ideals would be the salvation for all.

 

This faith in higher ideals inspired four hundred thousand German SS men, three hundred

thousand Volksdeutsche or Germanic SS, and three hundred thousand

other European SS. Volunteers all, one million builders of Europe.

 

The ranks of the SS grew proportionately with the expansion of the war in Russia.

The nearer Germany was to defeat the more volunteers arrived at the front. This was

phenomenal; eight days before the final defeat I saw hundreds of young men join the SS

on the front. Right to the end they knew they had to do the impossible to stop the enemy.

 

So from the 180-strong Leibstandarte in 1933 to the SS regiments before 1939, to the

three regiments in Poland, to the three divisions in France, to the six divisions at the beginning

of the Russian war, to the 38 divisions in 1944, the Waffen SS reached 50 divisions in 1945.

The more SS men fell, the more others rushed to replace them. They had faith and stood

firm to the extreme limit. The exact opposite happened in January 1943 at Stalingrad.

The defeat there was decided by a man without courage. He was not capable of facing

danger with determination, of saying unequivocally: I will not surrender;

I will stand fast until I win. He was morally and physically gutless, and he lost.

 

A year later the SS Viking and Wallonia divisions were encircled in the same way at

Cherkassy. With the disaster of Stalingrad fresh in the minds of our soldiers, they could

easily have been prone to demoralization. On top of it, I was down with a deep side

wound and a 102 degree F temperature. As commander of the SS Wallonia forces,

I knew that all this was not conducive to high morale. I got up, and for 17 days I led charge

after charge to break the blockade, engaged in numerous hand-to-hand combats, and was

wounded four times – but I never stopped fighting. All my men did just as much, and more.

The siege was broken by sheer SS guts and spirit.

 

After Stalingrad, when many thought that all was lost, and when the Soviet forces poured

across the Ukraine, the Waffen SS stopped them dead in their tracks. They re-took Kharkov

and inflicted a severe defeat on the Soviet army. This was a pattern:

again and again the SS would turn reverses into victories.

 

The same fearless energy was also present in Normandy. General Patton called them

“the proud SS divisions.” The SS was the backbone of resistance in Normandy.

As Eisenhower observed, “the SS fought as usual to the last man.”

 

If the Waffen SS had not existed, Europe would have been overrun entirely by the Soviets

by 1944. They would have reached Paris long before the Americans. The Waffen SS heroism

stopped the Soviet juggernaut at Moscow, Kharkov, Cherkassy, and Tarnopol. The Soviets

lost more than twelve months. Without SS resistance the Soviets would have been in

Normandy before Eisenhower. The people showed deep gratitude to the young men who

sacrificed their lives. Not since the great religious orders of the Middle Ages had there been

such selfless idealism and heroism. In this century of materialism,

the SS stands out as a shining beacon of spirituality.

 

I have no doubt whatsoever that the sacrifices and incredible feats of the Waffen SS will

one day have their own epic poets like Schiller. Greatness in adversity is the distinction of the SS.

 

After the war a curtain of silence fell on the Waffen SS. But now more and more young

people somehow know of its existence and of its achievements. The fame is growing,

and the young demand to know more. In one hundred years almost everything will be

forgotten, but the greatness and the heroism of the Waffen SS will be remembered.

It is the reward of an epic.

 

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 From The Journal of Historical Review, Winter 1982-83 (Vol. 3, No. 4).

This essay by Leon Degrelle (1906-1994) was first presented at the Fourth IHR Conference

in Chicago (Sept. 1982). In October 2015 the introduction text was revised,

and the main text was edited for clarity and to eliminate typos and errors.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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This 1981 interview is with SS-Obergruppenführer

and General of the Waffen-SS, Karl Wolff.

 

 

I understand you don’t do any interviews, so I wish to thank you for speaking to me.

I only wanted to ask you a few questions regarding the war, and your experiences.

 

Wolff: You are correct, we live in a time now where I don’t speak to anyone but comrades

regarding the time of the war. My words get twisted, hostile historians come as wolves

in sheep’s clothing, so I have learned to be very careful with whom I speak with, lest I

am charged with crimes.

 

You lived through the whole war, what was your experience?

 

Wolff: I was a desk General for the first part of the war. I was tasked with the smooth

running of the general SS and worked for Reichsführer-SS Himmler as a personal

liaison to the Führer. I met and worked with many of the important leaders of the Reich,

working to insure we would see victory.

 

Germany is accused of starting the war, by invading Poland

who was not a threat to Germany. Can you comment?

 

Wolff: You must always ask the question “why”, why did we attack Poland, why were people

killed, why were there camps, and why did we come up against such resistance. We

attacked Poland because Poland put us in a position that we had to protect our people

who were left in Poland after Versailles, they were being persecuted and Poland refused

to take action. They were a weak-minded state that was being pressured by England to

fight us; all we wanted was a land bridge to East Prussia, and freedom for our people

living in Poland. The Führer said he regarded Poland as a friendly state until England

got involved, telling Poland to not work out anything with Germany as we cannot be trusted.

 

Those in our government who had ties to Poland tried everything to get the leaders to

listen to us, and give us concessions, as we were offering Poland concessions. These

requests were met with contempt and bravado. Attacks on our frontier by bands of

criminals were not investigated by Poland, and brushed off. Even to the point of claiming

we were making this up. We could have allowed this to go on, and waited Poland out until

they came to their senses, however the plight of Germans in Poland could not wait, as

horror stories started coming from refugees seeking the protection of the Reich. There

was hardly a crime in attacking Poland; any nation faced with the same scenario would

have acted as we did.

 

Of course, the Allies use this as the excuse for their war, but other forces were driving

them, and Poland was the excuse they needed. I want to add we treated Poland

very well after the surrender, we sent in the RAD and Red Cross to help them rebuild.

Something not acknowledged today, we only wanted vindication, not conquest.

The fact that millions of Poles volunteered to serve in the armed forces, including the SS,

came to Germany to work for good pay, and worked with us in every way shows we

were not out to destroy the Polish people. The uprisings were more a result of allied

agents encouraging the Poles with false promises more than Polish resentment of us.

I should also like to say that England declared war on us, solely under the reasoning

that we invaded a country they were protecting, however when Russia invaded, they

were silent and did nothing. It proves to me that the Führer was right in that England

and France wanted a war with Germany, and only Germany, in spite of the numerous

treaties they claimed to honor. If people would only have been able to listen and judge

for themselves who was the aggressor, without all the propaganda the Allies were

using against us, then there never would have been a war.

 

Was the Lebensborn and Ahnenerbe sinister? I am taught in school Lebensborn

was a stud farm for officers, and Ahnenerbe was the study of dark magic

to bring evil to the earth.

 

Wolff: Ha, the victors and their Jewish film directors have had the last 35 years to turn good,

necessary organizations into something that looks evil and sinister. Where to begin with this.

I gave money to the Lebensborn, as all SS officers were encouraged to do. To understand

a little of why it was created, you must understand our history. In the first war almost a

whole generation was wiped out, many young Germans did not have both parents,

some had none. A million died after the war due largely to the British blockade,

and the sickness that followed. The Weimar era was nothing but anything goes filth,

morals were forgotten and many babies were born out of wedlock and with diseases.

 

In 1933 things changed, a new morality was born, one of biblical proportions in which

our people accepted a complete change. As more and more men were called to the flag,

their wives and girlfriends were left alone. The Lebensborn homes were conceived to

give these women a place were they could stay for free when they were with child.

Married or unmarried, we vowed not to penalize or shame a woman like in times past

for choosing to bear a child. Most of the women were married who just had no support

back home, as their husbands were away. Our women were never turned away. Those

who were unwed were welcomed, and LB staff counseled her, and the SS Rasse u Siedlings

HA the father to insure the child was born into a good supportive family. If this was an

unwanted child, it was placed with a German couple who could not bear any.

This rarely happened, but LB was always looking out for the welfare of all involved.

 

I personally inspected the homes and was quite impressed with what I saw. During the war,

mothers to be from other nations who married SS men were welcomed, as were

mothers from bombed out areas of the Reich. The LB homes provided good medical care,

instruction, healthy food, exercise, and a safe place for mothers to be to give birth.

They could stay as long as they needed to and were also given help with securing a

home and food. The intent was to encourage the SS to be the vanguard of the re-population

of our nation and gene pool due to the losses from the first war, and also the current one.

Healthy, intelligent children are what every nation requires for its existence, and its cultural

advancement. All our national policies were turned to focus on that goal, and the LB

homes were to be the beginning of a strong support system for the German mother.

 

The Ahnenerbe was nothing more than an organization that was like a museum.

Those involved were dedicated to the study of Germanic history, and the history of our

people in relation to our origins. Those scholars in the Ahnenerbe had the whole world

to study, every idea and theory was looked into. Race was a main focus, investigating

our early ancestors and where they have been. There are parts of the world where

great cities and structures were built, but the peoples seem to lack the intelligence for

such endeavors. Every study that was done seemed to suggest the same outcome,

a higher race of people settled in areas of the world but did not last,

and building lasting testaments to their culture that outlived them.

 

I should like to add that one topic that has always fascinated me is the notion that these

people who call themselves Jews today, have no true achievements. They are a people

of the East, who have cunningly learned to manipulate peoples and take their wealth and

morals. Our Christian churches, long ago, started teaching that these people are the

people of our bible, that in effect we owe our faith and culture to Jews. This is nonsense,

and something Marin Luther and others us warned about. The Ahnenerbe was in a

roundabout way showing the area of Palestine, Persia, India, and parts of North Africa

were concentrations of our people. Our ancestors colonized wherever they settled,

building great things, only one race on earth has demonstrated the ability to do these

things. So it would only make sense that if God created a special people to be a light to

the world, it would be a people who had the ability to explore, heal, invent, and build.

No other peoples has shown all of these traits, except for one, and on such a grand stage.

I firmly believe the areas of the world now populated by darker skinned Arabs

were in fact, home to our people before many moved north into today’s Europe.

 

Did Hitler believe this too?

 

Wolff: In a way, Yes. In Europe as a general rule it has always been held that the bible

was our book, and only our book. It did not belong to any other people; the Creator gave

each race a way to honor him. Our peoples became too complacent regarding this and

started sharing our faith and beliefs with others, believing this was what the Bible wanted.

The Führer was Catholic, and took it as a fact God’s people were European, and no other.

The Jew being an imposter who was stealing our identity and making it his own. The Führer

was religious, that is why he did not drink or smoke, and believed he was sent by the

Creator to heal Germany and raise up our people. Was there anyone in the government

that you didn’t care for? Wolff: This is the type of question that is irrelevant, and one

that journalists like to play with to make us look like disorganized fools. I choose not

to answer that, the reason being in every society there are always those who you

will never get along with, NS Germany was no exception. There were those I liked

and those I did not, but it had no bearing on our mission. We agreed to not agree,

put our differences aside and work towards final victory. Of course when the war was

over, this did not hold anymore as everyone was just trying to save their lives from

vindictive enemies and many times stretched the truth regarding those they didn’t agree

with. I hear I am even accused of providing information to the Allies to prosecute war

criminals, I am afraid that is grossly over exaggerated. I did provide a lot of information

to the Americans, as they demanded, but it was regarding who was in charge of what

and who ran what office.

 

Can I ask you what your thoughts on the Holocaust are?

 

Wolff: I would never answer this question if I didn’t know your aunt, it’s a falsehood

unparalleled in history. In the Federal Republic, I would be prosecuted under the laws

the victors established at the end of the war, for stating my experiences. I personally

saw our interaction with the Jews. I witnessed terrorists being executed, the labor camps,

and ghettos. In short, Germany did to the Jew what America did to the Japanese,

we put an alien people who declared war on us, in camps. The only difference is that

America was not being ruthlessly bombed so their inmates escaped the war unharmed.

The Allies, killing hundreds of prisoners, for example, bombed Buchenwald;

we believed the camps would be left alone since these were prison camps.

The goal our government put into practice was to remove most Jews out of our sphere

of influence and move them east where they came from. There were small nuances,

as some were left alone due to service to the Reich, some of mixed marriage were

allowed to stay and even helped us fight. Most Jews though, even if it was in small

ways, worked against us, and even aided the Allies when they could. The SD uncovered

lots of cells in Ghettos were illegal activity was happening. These Jews were moved

to areas where they could be watched, or sent east to camps to be resettled after the war.

 

The problem for us, is that due to the filth that many of these Jews brought with them,

many became sick in the camps. There were several outbreaks that happened where

we had to quickly dispose of the dead, ovens were built for this purpose. The allied

propagandist had a golden ticket with the photos of these ovens. Towards the end of

the war, many camps were left to the enemy, however many prisoners requested to

go with German troops, as they were hearing of the treatment of prisoners under the

Russians. It was decided to allow inmates to move to the Reich so we could keep

using them for labor, they were crammed into camps that were way over capacity.

The Allies had knocked out and destroyed our infrastructure so that no food, medicine,

or necessities could get to anyone. Our own population was suffering greatly in some

areas where basic sanitation no longer existed. The already weakened inmates fell

victim now to typhus and other curable diseases, the Allies unknowingly caused the

deaths of tens of thousands of these people who we had no intention of harming.

 

What about all the shootings and hangings we see

in books, this seems to prove the Allies’ claims?

 

Wolff: They say a picture speaks volumes, but in this case there is more to the

picture than what is told. You are referring no doubt to the terrorists we had to deal with.

I would not be surprised, someday, if our enemies hinge the whole holocaust solely on

our fight with partisans, as there are many cases where we had to fight fire with fire.

On every front, we were met with people who for political or racial reasons attacked our

people. In Italy for example, the communists were quite strong in the northern areas

and fought a vicious war. They gave no mercy to their victims, killing anyone who

crossed them, or refused to help them. Old, women, and even children could be their

victims if it served a purpose. I was furious more than once at having to deal with these

creatures and their savagery. The only thing we could do when fighting them was to

crush them and eradicate them off the earth. Because we also did not want to hurt the

innocents, it made this task very hard, as they would hide among civilians making it

hard to tell friend from foe.

 

The photos you see showing executions don’t show the whole story. For example, in

Italy a communist terror cell was caught because they attacked and killed a mayor

and his family thinking that the Allies were near. They killed the mayor, his wife, and

3 young children. They then attacked a RSI convalescent home killing wounded soldiers.

When they were turned in, they fought our soldiers, killing 2, then surrendered. They

expected us to treat them as soldiers even though they were in civilian clothes and

not part of the military. I gave the order that all terrorists were to be hung, as it is the

European tradition to do to criminals. The investigation showed that their families aided

them in every way so they were also hung. This is a hard thing for a soldier to do

and see, but it was necessary to do in order to try to stop these attacks. This example

played out all across our zones of occupation; those who chose to attack us as civilians

were treated as nothing more than common criminals as their acts were cowardly and

barbarous. It is a shame that the world has been taught to see these people as heroes

today. The real heroes are their victims who fell without having a chance to fight fairly.

 

What do you remember about the kampfzeit [time of struggle-ed.]?

 

Wolff: I was a very early supporter of the NSDAP, although not always in their ranks at

the beginning. Germany was in a state of chaos starting in 1919, the reds and others

were fighting to gain control. The Friekorps were fighting Poles, reds, and anarchists

all at the same time in parts of the Reich. When the Führer started speaking, these

enemies who claimed they stood for freedom of speech and equality, attacked anyone

attending these speeches. Many early supporters were hurt in these battles, which at

the time was quite one sided as the crowds coming to hear the Führer were very small.

 

As more influential people heard him, and joined the cause, things changed. The SA

was formed to protect people at these meetings. The SS was formed to protect the

speakers. The reds proved to be the worst at trying to stop these meetings, they would

throw glass bottles, bags of trash and human waste, even bricks and wood with nails.

In one instance they threw Molotov cocktails severely burning people. As these attacks

grew, the SA grew and started to take the fight to the reds, as they tried to silence the

meetings they in turn were beaten back and shewed away. The German police, even

though the vast majority approved of the NSDAP, were powerless to do anything, as

their leadership was forced to adhere to Weimar decrees, or in the

case of Weiss were Jews who openly advocated violence against us.

 

As the NSDAP grew, more ex-soldiers filled the ranks and the reds were at times

given a bad taste of their own medicine. There were strict orders to not harm or kill

our enemies as the press would have a heyday against us, as an example of our

restraint, I remember one Mayday meeting being disrupted with rats and dachshund’s

that was very entertaining without violence. The reds were very cruel to anyone not

agreeing with them, they attacked and even killed young boys who supported us, we

were powerless to do anything about it. After we achieved victory, those who did

not flee to Moscow or London were finally brought to justice for these hideous crimes.

 

What was your impression of Karl Maria Wiligut?

 

Wolff: He was quite an interesting fellow to say the least. He had a very deep seeded

interest in ancient Germanic religious history, but was in no way sinister as portrayed

today. From a very early age he studied runes and their meanings to our ancestors,

and that they applied to us today. I can tell you he was Catholic, but rejected the corrupt

form the church took in our modern age. To him, there was a creator who made us

in his image, but it was not the Jewish god of the bible. Many Germans belonged to

societies that studied our past, some looked for other reasons for our existence

than what the church taught.

 

He believed that the earth was inhabited long ago by a special race of people who

brought wisdom to the ancients that gave them an edge over other peoples. They were

transported all over the earth, and built great civilizations, but wars killed them off.

It is interesting to me that now some scholars believe this could have happened;

Von Daniken with the help of a former party comrade wrote a book that is a best seller

regarding visits to this earth by powers far greater than what we know. Karl would

have been very interested in this.

 

Karl influenced Reichsführer-SS Himmler to use ancient symbols for the SS, the idea

was to use the SS as a way to turn our people back to their roots, and break the false

teachings of the modern church.

 

Can I ask why you think Germany lost the war?

 

Wolff: Oh, that is a tough one. My thoughts are that we were never ready for war,

and always outnumbered. So we lost due to sheer numbers, it is so very simple. I was

present during a briefing at the FHQ regarding Russia. Our generals and Abwehr gave

the Führer false numbers for Russia that made us commit fewer forces in the

opening than we should have. We were led to believe that Stalin had every intention

of attacking the Reich, and Europe, so we mobilized forces to counter this, and it was

decided we would attack first to beat them to the punch, hopefully knocking them out quickly.

 

We were briefed that Stalin had purged his army, and his forces were weak and disorganized,

the sheer numbers, 65 million vs 170 million, though bothered the Führer. He was assured

that German equipment and tactics would win the day. When the invasion started, we

were astonished at the vast amount of material that was being captured in Poland and

the Baltic regions. It tended to prove our fears that Stalin was planning an attack on us.

The vast Russian armies were able to escape and keep retreating east, and since we

gained air superiority, we could defeat the masses as they indeed were disorganized

when they did choose to stand and fight.

 

This didn’t last long, as by Dec 41 they hit us back and drove our thin forces into

retreat. We had been outnumbered on every front we fought, it was sheer luck and

determination that we defeated France We really didn’t have a chance to win, and lacked

the generals with conviction to try. We did have some very good ones like Rommel and

Dietrich, some generals wanted the good life, but did not want to fight to achieve it, so

they didn’t even try to win. As Stauffenburg showed, some were even hostile to the

Führer and had no interest in being part of the struggle, choosing to believe the propaganda

the Allies spewed our way daily. We had many traitors among us, which I still can’t understand.

 

The NS state was born to give a great life to it’s citizens, the Führer summed it up by

saying “I want it to be said that it’s better to be a street sweeper in this Reich, than a

King in a foreign land.” We somehow managed to create many enemies by defending

ourselves against the Jew and reversing the evils of Versailles. These enemies were

powerful, and forced us into a war they knew we could not win. I knew we would lose

when the US was pulled in to help England, to the point of breaking the very laws they

wanted to hold others too; they gave aid to our enemies. The declaration in

Dec. 41 was nothing but a formality which finally allowed us to shoot back.

 

Our brave men and women put up one hell of a fight, and certainly gave our enemies

a scare a time or two. In the end we lost due to the numbers, we could never hope to

equal the output of even just the US alone. Our brave soldiers were very motivated in

this struggle; they understood what they were fighting for, and why they had to fight.

After the war, the Allies broke these soldiers of any pride or anger, where today when

some speak they speak like broken men, glad that they were “liberated” by the noble

Allies. A spell has been cast on our people, making them believe they lived in a very

secretive, evil, and ungodly nation that oppressed everyone and put fear in every soul.

 

Thank you General. Can I ask one more question regarding

what you think the world will be like in the new millennium?

 

Wolff: Well, you are a young man, and wish it to be well for you, but for mankind I am

not so sure. We National Socialists showed every race on earth a new way of thinking,

and living. The problem is and has always been the Jew. The Jew has a predisposition

to burrow into a people and then weaken them to the point of their destruction. I already

see Jewish names being predominate again with bankers, head of large companies,

lawyers, politicians, and so forth. With this trend they will acquire great wealth and

power over the Western world. Morals and Christianity will be attacked; women will be

the primary targets as they are the vessels of reproduction of their peoples. They will

bring in the darker races in an effort to pollute Europe, all while holding

weak politicians in the hands who will support such endeavors.

 

If Europe can’t arise to recognize this and fight it, then who knows. It will mean admitting

the evil Germans were right all along, and Europe must stand together in a Pan European

bulwark. We had no right to plunder the other races, and they will not let us forget that,

if they are allowed to rise up. They will look upon all European peoples as their enemies;

they will not distinguish between English and German for example. England and France

have the most to lose, as the Jews and their natural greed made them many enemies

abroad. If communism is not checked, it will use its power to also weaken Europe.

Good signs are coming from the East Block, as I see cracks forming

in the curtain and nationalism is starting to reveal itself again.

 

I believe we were a light in the darkness, a cure for the illnesses of the world, a preview

of God’s will and kingdom that will come. Life in NS Germany was so special, and holy,

that we fought as a united people, until we could fight no more. Once broken the enemy

had their way with us, and many cowards stepped into the void to try to show a different

view, but in the end, truth will always find a way to reveal itself. Therefore, I would like to

believe that National Socialism showed the world that living by nature’s natural laws

is the only way to a truly happy and healthy society where everyone looks out for everyone

else, and the state is the vessel of the peoples true will. There was a painting which

hung in the House of German Art, which sums up my views. It depicts a holy mountain

wrapped in glorious light with the hakenkreuz at its peak as a symbol of our creator,

millions of men are streaming towards the mountain, some helping wounded and broken

comrades along, , so that they may be judged and receive their destiny. The mountain

stands victorious over the earth on this holy day and all enemies have been removed so

that the righteous now take dominion over this creation and live forever in

peace and happiness. That is my belief, which will someday come to pass.

 

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