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Wilfred Beaver

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Wilfred Beaver (1897-1986) served with the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War.

A successful air aceBeaver, who was born in Bristol, was in fact a U.S. citizen, his family having emigrated to the U.S. prior to the outbreak of war in 1914.

Beaver was nevertheless drawn to participate with the Allies against the Germans and returned to London to enlist with the RFC in 1917, rising to become a flight commander while flying the Bristol F.28 fighter.  His final tally of some 19 air victories during the war made him the third highest-scoring American pilot of the conflict.

Beaver was also the recipient of the British Military Cross on 22 June 1918, earned after he had achieved 11 ‘kills’.

Beaver did not immediately return to the U.S. following the armistice, choosing instead to join the post-war Royal Air Force (RAF).  He was however subsequently to return home where he eventually died at West Point, Mississippi in August 1986 aged 89.

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Anti-whites like to say Diversity is “freedom”

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anti-whites like to say Diversity is “freedom” for non-Whites to enter White living space and “mix in” with whomever they wish.

However, White people are not allowed to refuse this freedom, so it is your diversity we are FORCED to accept.

If Hitler made every male Jew live in a west African nation and every female Jew live in an east African nation and they were allowed to mate with whomever they chose within those nations, would it have been genocide? Duh, yea yuh.

NO to White geNOcide!

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It isn’t a law that people have to mix.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

“It isn’t a law that people have to mix.” There are laws to enforce integration in White nations, by gunpoint if needed. If Hitler made every male Jew live in a west African nation and every female Jew live in an east African nation and they were allowed to mate with whomever they chose within those nations, would it have been genocide?

Genocide is genocide, whether accomplished by bullets ,mustard gas, or mass immigration and social engineering.

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Reproduction, also in part, prohibited.

Sunday, July 8th, 2012


Each war over the long term brings signs of weariness. We all know that, and can accept it after two years of war. That is no sign of weakness, but rather a recognition of clear facts that we do not need to deceive ourselves about. It was never easy — and certainly that is true today — to do everything that has to be done during the day. There are new difficulties every day in shopping, one’s job, housework, yard and farm work, getting to one’s job, traveling. New tasks at work, labor shortages (especially household and agricultural workers) require adjustments. There are countless other tasks that often require extra work: duty at railroad stations, mass dinners, camp work, quartering our troops. Air attacks and bomb damage bring other challenges. And last but not least, most women worry about their loved ones serving in the field.

In this second year of war, an army of women has appeared alongside the army of soldiers to do what has to be done in the homeland and replace the men and workers who are in the field where that is needed. Most of these women have taken on a double burden, taking on a new job alongside their household duties and their children. It is easy to understand why under this daily pile of tasks and duties, personal wishes must sometimes be set aside.

There are burdens and difficulties everywhere. Naturally, they are not everywhere as difficult or great. In war, some areas suffer more than others, for example the western and northern German Gaue that face continual air raid warnings and bomb damage. Only those who have themselves experienced what it means to display the greatest personal bravery and discipline night after night because of air raid warnings, then face the resulting damage and destruction, can understand it.

It is easy to understand why women from these areas, particularly those with children, have a need to “recover” for longer or shorter periods of time in less bombing-threatened areas such as Southern Germany or the Ostmark. The southern German population may complain about the increased workload, but it is only a certain sharing of the burden. There can naturally be problems. For example, young women with children an exploit hospitality during a long stay, declining to do anything at all to help with housework or even care for their children. Their hosts already have their hands full. That shows a lack of good behavior and human understanding on the part of the young woman, just as when one refuses to allow an older woman to sleep in late during her four weeks of vacation , which she has certainly deserved. This is a matter of good behavior, understanding, and consideration that is necessary if we are not to make life difficult for each other.

All members of staff of the NSF-DFW have the duty to ensure that the behavior of German women is worthy of the difficulty and greatness of this war. That cannot be done by playing down the needs and difficulties or by preaching heroic behavior with fine words. It happens only by putting things in the right context so that they do not seem greater than they in fact are. One can also find intelligent ways to balance out difficulties and problems. That requires much personal discipline and unshakable, decent political and human conduct. Leading women requires both care and responsibility, and the best personal example. All of us who are politically active in the organization have to understand that the war is just beginning to become really challenging. Tensions are increasing, nerves fail more easily, people can no longer withstand every challenge. Exhaustion leads to a lack of courage and to sorrow during which one’s whole life seems difficult. Even one’s own courageous behavior is not always enough as burdens grown greater and heavier. The hour of trial has come. Now we will see if we are able to hold up under the strain and do everything that has to be done.

That is no reason to hang one’s head. No one should ignore the difficulties. Every office will work to help out and make things better. We women are at work helping to solve difficult economic problems. It is important that all women, whether they are members of the organization or not, work bravely together. By the way, every member of our staff has the opportunity to turn to her superiors in difficult cases to ask for advice and assistance.

It is often a big help just to talk about the difficulties. The problems in people complain about with regards to the supply of goods are easily understandable when one considers the great distances our transportation system has to deal with at the moment, the general challenges in the economy and the number of people who have to be supplied, clothed, and fed. However, the problems that sometimes occur under the pressure of particular circumstances or needs — sometimes caused by poor behavior — can always be overcome if people have patience and good will.

Recognizing difficulties should not lure us into discouragement and self-pity. That undermines our determination. It is much more important to keep in mind the significance and purpose of this war. That is the standard. Despite its difficulties, the age in which we live is so great and powerful that we sometimes have to hold our breath. We know that only a great and strong Germany can guarantee the security and prosperity of the individual. We all have, therefore, personal responsibility. This is not a game, but rather something that requires unending effort, patience, and strength — even in the necessary details of everyday life.

Our soldiers are always the model. We read, hear, or see about the achievements of our military. We realize the courage and bravery our soldiers have, their absolute, unthinking, confidence in victory despite all the difficulties. They do their duty sacrificially, to the utmost, as a matter of course.

As we strive in these months to beat down Bolshevism, enormous strength is necessary. This battle depends on each one of us, on we women at home just as on the soldiers at the front. We are on the way to the biggest victory we have ever had. Do we want to weaken or lose courage because the difficulties of everyday life sometimes seem to gain the upper hand? Do we not all feel carried along and borne up by a river of common effort that will overcome the shortages of the war and the resulting challenges? We have unshakable faith in a future that we ourselves are shaping. Each of us knows exactly what is at stake in this war. We know that we must be victors, and remain victors. —Dr. E. H.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012

Choosers of the Slain. They are a team of Viking ladies on horseback. Well not exactly ladies. Warrior maidens led by feisty FREYA.

If you are a handsome warrior strutting your stuff on the battlefield, watch out for 40 raving beauties on flying horses descending upon the pitch. We do mean raving. The VALKYRIES shriek, howl and cause total confusion. Why? Because they can grab any warrior they fancy, and take him away. There is only one rule; the bewildered chump or champion must be dead first.

So you must fight for your life, because if you fail you could be scooped up by one of the delighted long-leggedVALKYRIES with flowing blonde hair and borne off toVALHALLA the Hero’s Heaven.

There you will be forced to feast, force down gallons of mead, and fornicate all night. Then fight fun battles all day. If you get sliced up you’ll be miraculously restored in time for the forced fun and frolics. Could you could cope with this? Oh dear — too late. You have just run onto a sword after a push by VALKYRIES shrieking “He’s mine!”

We have tried to get their side of the story, but so far only the following have come forward with their comments:

BAUDIHILLIE : “I work out the rule of battle from our side.”
BRYNHILD : “I don’t want any more troubles thank you.”
GEIRSKOKUL : “No comment.”
GOLL : “I am she of the Awful Wailing.”
GONDUL : “I am really skilled at handling a magic wand. I could easily be a drum majorette.”
GUDRUN : “They get a good run.”
GUNN : “No prattle — just battle.”
HERFJOTURR : “I’m known as Freeze With Horror. I can paralyze guys with the use of my magic links. Do you like being handcuffed? Hey, where are you going?”
HILD : “I just do collections from the battlefield. Keep the place tidy.”
HLADGUNNR : “I set traps. Want to see my equipment?”
HLOCK : “No comment. I don’t want to hlock you.”
HRIST : “I’m a Brandisher of Weapons.”
JEIROLUL : “No comment.”
JOLA : “Ditto.”
JUDUR : “Nothing to say.”
KARA : “Me? I’m just a Swan Maiden.”
MIST : “Just call me Torpor. I do the Big Sleep.”
RADGRID : “No comment.”
[SKEGGIOLD: “Axe me no questions.”
[SKOGUL: “I’m all shook up.”
[THRUD: “Bash! Pow! Thrud!”

The shining spendour of their armour as they ride across the early morning sky is what causes the Aurora Borealis. You’ve got to admire their dedication.

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hitler color (speech)

Monday, May 28th, 2012


hitler color (speech)

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Does Hitler Have Enough Trained People to Fill All the Important Positions?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hitler does not intend to fill all positions with members of his own party. He has often said — and to parties and organizations that want to make their “claims” — that he will use all leading experts, men who really understand their fields,regardless of the party to which they belong. Men who have proved themselves will stay in their positions.

Hitler does not want to subject the German people to further experiments. We have had enough of the experiments of the Hindenburg parties, which brought us inflation, poverty, and economic collapse!

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The Jewish Question as a Weapon at Home and Abroad

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

It has become apparent that the reduction of public discussion about the Jewish Question has misled a great part of the public, who now are starting to see the Jewish Question as a weapon we can do without, since the Jewish Question has, after all, been solved in Germany. This view is dangerous and false. Were it correct — and this line of thinking has been often used — the church could have ended its meetings hundreds of years ago, since everyone was Christian, and the Christian Question was therefore resolved. It is true that we have solved the Jewish Question in Germany, but it has become even more important outside Germany during this war, for this war is a war of the Jews against Germany and its allies. Just as the domestic struggle in Germany ended in an anti-Semitic revolution, so, too, this war must end in an anti-Semitic world revolution.

The best foundations for that have already been laid. There are already important anti-Semitic movements in nearly all the nations of Europe, along with more or less advanced Jewish laws aimed at diminishing the influence of the Jews. Even in enemy nations, anti-Semitic voices are so strong that leading newspapers and leading politicians and churchmen have to face the matter in public.

In Germany, we have made the whole nation anti-Semitic by always pointing the finger at the Jews, as hard as they tried to hide themselves. We always ripped the mask from their faces. The Jews attempted often enough to divert the public from the subject by busying them with other matters, since our propaganda was most unpleasant for them. That was still more reason to stubbornly continue that propaganda.

The Jewish Question must be the central issue in the meeting waves of the immediate future. Each German must know that everything he suffers in this war, all the unpleasantness, shortages, overtime, bloody terror against women and children, and bloody losses on the battlefield, are the fault of the Jews. Each meeting must include the following line of thinking:

The International Jew wanted this war. He possessed key economic positions within every enemy people and in every enemy nation, and used his power to ruthlessly drive the peoples into war.

He today controls public opinion in enemy nations, owning the press, radio, and film, and uses them as the voice of these peoples. Still, knowledge of the nature of Jewry has taken hold in enemy nations, and is increasing.

There is no crime in which the Jew is not involved. Just as was once the case in Germany, well over half of all those engaged in financial crimes, cases of fraud, bankruptcy, corruption, and stock speculation are Jews.

Where Jews do not want to appear as important men themselves, they have bought leading personalities in public life to do the Jews’ work for them.

Jews earn money from war, and therefore have an interest in a long war, though hardly a Jew bears a weapon himself, or earns his living by his own hands. Just as was once the case in Germany, Jews let others fight and work for them.

The Jews incited this war as a final attempt to maintain their power in the world and to defeat all those who saw through them.

This war will end with an anti-Semitic world revolution, and with the destruction of Jewry in the world, which is the prerequisite to a lasting peace. The key thought is this:

Everything is the fault of the Jews!

Recent events, particularly Katyn and the related developments in the Allied camp give much current information on this matter (see Redner-Schnellinformation issue 56).

Reichsleiter Dr. Goebbels published an article in Das Reich on 9 May 1943 titled “The War and the Jews.” This article will be sent to all speakers as a special edition of the Sonderdienst der RPL, issue 20/43). It provides extensive material on the Jewish Question.

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Our Life Style Need Not Become Primitive

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

One occasionally sees an isolated, overeager, 150% people’s comrade taking offense at any better dressed woman he meets, who considers a well cared for appearance out of keeping with the time, and who insults or even abuses such people.

This behavior must be energetically opposed by our speakers by every means of oral propaganda. The measures for total war in no way call for a primitive life style. A German woman, whatever important war work that she does, is not to be condemned if during her free hours she takes care of herself and dresses well. The measures to intensify our war effort are not intended to reduce our whole people to the absolute basics of life. It is therefore right and proper to encourage our women to take care in their appearance, demonstrating that even in these hard times they have not given up an appropriate life style.

“Letting oneself go,” looking unkempt in outward appearance, is ultimately sloppiness that is unworthy of a German woman. Promoting such a level or tolerating it comes close to Bolshevist class struggle that wants to make everyone the same. That we want to oppose by every means.

Our speakers should address the meetings and factory gatherings of our people’s comrades in this spirit. thus helping to combat a false cult of simplicity, preventing a split in the community that could result from envious and critical sentiments. They could destroy the solidarity of the German working people’s comrades and therefore cause production difficulties that would above all harm the front. All productive Germans are working for victory in a cheerful, voluntary, and conscientious way. Outward appearances should separate us. He who spreads such ideas does not want a hard-working community, but rather wants to spread bitter views of class conflict, and thereby bring about a fragmentation and weakening that will stand in the way of Germany’s victory.

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

(1891-1954) Veterinarian and leader of the Oberland Free Corps in 1923. Sentenced and imprisoned with Hitler after the Munich putsch. He later broke with Hitler and served as a military veterinarian during World War II.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(1900-1949) Industrialist and president of U.S. Steel who became chairman of the War Resources board (1939-1940). Lend Lease Administrator 1941- 1943; Secretary of State 1944-1945.

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(1907-1944) Leader of the group of army officers who attempted to assassinate Hitler and take over the German government on 20 July 1944.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012

  (1874-1954) Defrocked Cistercian monk, conman (doctor, baron) and race-fanatic whose writings had a great influence on both Hitler and Eckart. In 1900, Lanz founded an antisemitic lodge known as the “Order of the New Temple” and set himself up as grandmaster. Its symbol, chosen by Lanz himself, was the Swastika. Lanz’s magazine “Ostara” became extremely popular for a time in Vienna and throughout the German speaking world. Lanz and Hitler met in Vienna sometime in 1908-1909 (possibly earlier when Lanz visited Lambach in late 1890’s). Several books by Lanz were found in Hitler’s library when it was seized by the Allies at the end of the war.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012

(1889-1971) Hitler‘s boyhood friend and roomate for a short time in Vienna. Met Hitler again in 1938, and later wrote a book about their time together in Linz and Vienna.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

(1878-19??) Charter member of the DAP and the NSDAP. Hitler‘s personal bodyguard 1920-1923. Member of the Reichsatag, 1936. Honorary S.S. brigadier general. Date of death unknown.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

(1867-1919) Radical journalist and revolutionary who led the Socialist overthrow of the Bavarian monarchy in 1918. Eisner, born in Berlin, became President of the Bavarian revolutionary government and first Prime Minister of the Free State of Bavaria. He was assassinated in 1919 by Count Anton Arco-Vally.

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Cause for Caution

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Any speculation about the function of runes in Anglo-Saxon society is hampered by substantial gaps in the archaeological and historical records. The most convincing studies are cautious ones that take into account the fragmentary nature of the evidence. These studies, detailed in their analysis and restrained in their interpretation, suggest a diversity of interactions between the runic and Roman alphabets in Anglo-Saxon Britain.

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The Professor

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

His propaganda methods too had a personal touch.

Franz Schmitt was his name. The terror of all relaxation-seeking people of the area, summer guests, and strollers.

He carried a bundle of newspapers, the “Völkischer Beobachter” and the “Stürmer,” in his coat pocket. He’d sit on the promenade. He’d grab hold of friends and strangers and accompany them for hours with stubborn determination. He didn’t let his victims escape without admitting that the Jew was our misfortune. Attempts to escape? Fruitless. He’d run ahead and get in the way of those who didn’t know him, or grab them by the collar.

He followed suspected Hitler supporters into the café. Over a cup of Hag [a brand of German decaffeinated coffee] — his heart couldn’t take any more, and his pension was very, very small — he would argue every objection into the ground with an angel’s patience.

He was stubborn in representing this idea, and impatient with all enemies of the movement, faithful and true to the Führer — one in a hundred thousand.

Those who still march will never forget you, Professor!

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

We must make it an imperative duty of our government to protect the gifts which Nature has bestowed on America and to insure the maintenance of a clean, healthy, wholesome environment for our people. We must not only eliminate pollution and conserve our resources, but we must gradually bring about a whole new mode of living in America, a mode with less emphasis on forcing man into a mold determined by a congested, neon-and-asphalt urban rat race and more emphasis on changing that mold to fit the racial propensities of Aryan man. 

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Europe is Winning by Fritz Sauckel

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

A bitter struggle is being waged by the Axis powers for the future of our continent. Just as necessity has brought us together militarily, so too millions of foreign and German workers stand alongside each other in factories, on farm machines, or on newly cultivated lands. They battle the common enemy by using the language of labor. From the practical standpoint, the use of foreign workers has until recently been a difficult problem. The use of workers from the occupied areas had been particularly challenging. But the successes so far have exceed our expectations. Gauleiter Sauckel has succeeded in persuading the enormous number of foreign workers to become willing workers with us. The German war economy has thus had no difficulties, but rather has shown steadily rising production. The incorporation of millions of foreign workers has not led to an imbalance between the Führer’s goals and the biological possibilities, as enemy propaganda maintains. Rather, it demonstrates the enormous dynamics, directed by Germany, that determine the fate of all European nations.

According to Article 10 of the plenipotentiary for labor’s directives, we have above all used the available labor in the occupied regions to meet Germany’s war production needs. We have not neglected, however, to use the labor remaining in the occupied regions efficiently and in an organized way. The same productivity is demanded of them as is of those in Germany, using piece rates and bonuses. The freeing up of workers is a further goal.

Total mobilization has reached all of Europe. Each nation carries its part of the burdens of the war and contributes its labor to ensure that the military units of the Axis and its allies never lack military material. The more we work everywhere, the more powerful will be our war machine. And we will never lose a war because we produced too many weapons.

It is obvious that the plenipotentiary for labor will deal with future problems of the labor force with the same positive results that are already evident across all the fronts where we are fighting. At home and at the front, a granite-hard faith in Germany’s leadership is a certainty for all: Europe is winning!

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Special Rules for Jews in Other Areas

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Jews are prohibited from owning or bearing firearms and ammunition, as well as daggers or swords.

Driving motor vehicles of any type, as well as cars and motorcycles, is also prohibited.

The Reich Minister has authorized the police departments of the provinces and their subordinates to establish regulations for Jews with German citizenship, or those with no nationality, that ban them from certain areas or limit them to certain times. For example, they may be banned from certain districts, or not be allowed in public at certain times.

Jews may not serve as attorneys. A limited number of legal advisers are available to represent Jews. Jews may also not practice medicine.

The legal situations of Jews as tenants or landlords is legally regulated. There may be no contact between German people’s comrades and Jews. Bringing Jews together in exclusively Jewish apartment buildings is to be encouraged and sped up.

If a Jew needs assistance, he must depend on his racial comrades.

Jews may only have names that are typically Jewish. If Jews have other names, they must add and use an additional name (Israel for men, Sara for women).

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Legal Measures to Solve the Jewish Problem

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Excluding the Jews from the German Economy

Jews are prohibited from owning shops, mail order firms, or branches, and from owning an independent craft firm. They are further prohibited from offering goods or business services at markets, exhibitions, or trade fairs of any kind. A Jew can no longer be a factory director, a leading official, or a member of a cooperative.

Shops, mail order firms, and branches owned by Jews are to be closed down and eliminated. Only in particular cases can Jewish firms be aryanized. The same is true for Jewish craft firms.

The Jews were excluded from six branches of industry in the summer of 1939 (security, information, real estate, housing and mortgage services, marriage services, foreign travel).

Jewish commercial firms and the associated property, as well as wholesale operations and industry that are Jewish because of the degree to which they are under Jewish ownership, can be de-Jewdified. Important patents and commercial secrets must be transferred to non-Jewish control.

Jews in the German Reich may no longer own or control property. Jewish stocks must be turned in.

Jews with German citizenship, or Jews without a nationality, are prohibited from acquiring, selling or disposing of items of gold, platinum, or silver, as well as precious gems and pearls.

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Fate — I believe! by Robert Ley

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We have accomplished enormous things in the over three years that we have been in power. I do not believe this evening would be long enough to list all the great successes that we have had. Two facts stand out: The German today has become an entirely different person! Whether worker, craftsman, farmer or member of the middle class, we are all entirely new people! There are a few holdovers from past times, there always have to be museum pieces, after all. They will gradually die out. The broad, large and great mass of our people has changed thoroughly. They have been transformed.

Look at the workers! Look with me into Germany’s factories. I might remind some in this room what they thought three years ago, not only about their party or the government, but of their whole view of life, their views of labor, the fatherland, their people, their community, or about socialism — all these things that have always concerned humanity. They will have to agree that they are of entirely different opinions today.

Germany has been born anew. The Führer said at the last party rally, as he always says, that for him the greatest miracle of the age is how people have changed. Once there was hopelessness, today there is joy and affirmation, once there was general desperation, today there is resurrection and reawakening. Once each was the enemy of his neighbor. Envy, mistrust, and hatred were everywhere; today, everyone tries to do something good for the next person, even if sometimes with too much energy and enthusiasm. Each wants to be a good comrade, loyal, friendly.

I have said this in other speeches, too: It is not that we have no more worries, that everyone is happy, and that people have no more troubles or problems. No, we still face enormous problems, and will continue to face them. The sacrifices demanded of some may be even greater than before. The work required of some is certainly greater than it was before.

We are not living in a paradise where no one has any problems or anything to do any longer, where there are no hurdles, weariness or burdens. The opposite is true. Those things are even greater than before, yet people once again take pleasure in life, in their community, and in what a people can accomplish.

Germans today sacrifice gladly, and rejoice in it. We have only now understood the meaning of struggle, and therefore of life. This people has become a different people. That fills us with joy. It gives us an attitude toward life, and a joy in life.

My fellow Germans! The second miracle: This people have received leadership! You may not understand me, you may ask: Did not the people always have leadership? Certainly there have always been states and forms of government, and types of societies and types of economies. However, a true people’s leadership is wholly new. Our people lacked it in the past two thousand years. Our people did establish governments, and had Kaisers, kings, counts, republics, and other forms of government. Our people had every sort of economic system. Occupations, classes and such came and went. But a popular leadership, the feeling of the individual that someone cares for me, is personally concerned about me, that is unique. The feeling of the individual, whether high or low, that other people are responsible for them, that their problems are the problems of the leadership, this is unique.

That is why we love Adolf Hitler so much. The German worker has the feeling that this man, our Führer, works on his problems day and night! This type of popular leadership is unique. We demand such leadership. We will not surrender it, we will not share it with anyone.

The German nation and its soul belong to Adolf Hitler and his party.

When one makes a total claim on the soul of a nation, it is not enough to preach. One must also understand organization. It is important to build an organization that includes everyone. A sure instinct on the part of the leadership is necessary. That is why these millions of men, the block leaders and block wardens, the cell leaders and cell wardens, the local group leaders and all the others in the local groups, come from the broadest range of the population. Instinct is most important. The men must be able to sense what the people want, what moves their souls. They must feel the resonance, they must find the right words to reach the soul of the nation. The relationship is reciprocal, and it is not to be found through reason, only through instinct. Earlier leaders did not understand this at all. Once people laughed at us and said: “What do these Nazis want? They speak of instinct, of racial instinct. These are outdated ideas. The understanding is the important thing. Knowledge is all, one must study at the universities.” No, my friend, one can’t study it! It is a question of race, of blood, of inheritance. Either you feel your people, or you do not. Either fate was kind enough to give you this instinct, or not. All the learning in the world cannot replace instinct. If you do not have it, you are lost to our people. The most important thing for the leadership is not to lose that instinct. Earlier leaderships believed they could replace instinct with brainwashing! No, my friend, if one wants to lead a people and has the honor to do so, one must always be careful to follow one’s instincts. It is necessary to constantly return to the people. There is only one place to sharpen instinct: the people. A leader who loses his connection to his people soon loses the ability to lead them.

When fate has given someone sound instincts, it usually gives the necessary understanding to combine in a way that leads to good sense. The combination of instinct and understanding is good sense. If I have good sense and act reasonably, the people will love me, it will look to you and me. If you add to that strength and manliness and assurance, then you are prepared for any crisis. Let us not deceive ourselves! Fate will not lead us through a rose garden. There will be hard times. Our upward path is steep and hard. The past has made us hard. That is why the people love us.

The people understand our language. It may be new, but they understand it. It came from the heart, from the understanding. It was true. It was no lie, but the truth. It was the language the people themselves speak. Thus we can speak with powerful assurance that makes the people secure.

We are a young people. We have all the weaknesses of a child. A child wants a father to hold it. When there is thunder and lightning, the child is afraid and hurries to its father, for it wants to be safe. That is like the leadership of a people. You, block leaders, block wardens, cell leaders, cell wardens, must be that if there are storms again in Germany, you must be a refuge for the people, if sacrifices are again demanded. You must say: “Citizens, stay calm! The Führer is always right!” They may ask: “How do you know that?” You will answer: “I believe it.” “And who tells you that?” “The Führer is always right. I sense it. I can prove it from the successes of the past, the things this man has done. He rose from a lowly worker and soldier to the Führer of Germany.” If you persuade the people of this, that the Führer is always right, then our people’s sacrifices will never be fatal, but will only make it harder, stronger and greater. If cowardice and unreasonableness have been defeated, if the people are confident, and if true popular leadership is present, the Führer will be able to do whatever he wants with the nation. He will be able to make important political decisions. The people will obey him blindly and follow him blindly. The Führer is always right. Every last citizen must say this.

The order of life will be the same. We have dissolved the unions and employers’ associations. We have fought everything that divides the nation. Unfortunately, we have not been able to eliminate everything. Religious class hatred is still present. But I am convinced that this nation’s desire for unity will succeed in ending this split in the nation as well, though it has existed for centuries. I am convinced of it.

A firm is a unit that we will not touch. This is holy to us. The firm must remain unified. Firm leaders and workers should organize things themselves as much as possible, They should work things out and be comrades together. We have given people’s fate into their own hands. We have said: “We do not want to control your fate. No one can do that for you. We can only teach you how to master it. We can give you the weapons you need for your struggle. But no one else can wage your battle for you.”

No one can stand aside from the struggle, pouting or playing the coward. Whether you are a worker or a manager, merchant or doorman or errand boy, whether you are young or old, man or woman, all who are members of a firm share a common fate. Your fate is dependent on the success of this firm.

When the firm operates well and earns money, everyone earns, and when the firm goes poorly, it does not go poorly for just one person, but for everyone. It is a living community of fate. It is so simple, so straightforward, so clear. But one has to preach the simple things over and over again. If someone tells me I say the same thing in every speech, I answer: “Yes, my friend, but the Church has preached the same thing for two thousand years. Why should not I do the same?”

People forget what is simple and reasonable and chase after phantoms. One has to tear these people away from confusion and lies, and preach to them the simple truths. If someone says to leave him in peace, I reply: “No, my friend, I will not leave you in peace. I won’t even think about it. There is rot under such silence, and decay, and Marxism. As long as I have the honor to stand here and preach, I will not leave you in peace.”

I always say that workers and managers belong together, and we will not leave you along whether you want us to or not, whether you like it or not. If the manager says: “It is ridiculous that I always have to participate in employee meetings, I won’t do it,” we reply “You must do it! Ten thousand workers are marching. The best German blood! It should be an honor for you to march at their head. If you do not want to do that, we will have to put you back in the ranks where the man behind you can tread on your heels until you do it properly. We will teach you, believe me. We will not give up.” Some people say that is Marxism. My God, that has nothing to do with Marxism.

What I am preaching here is genuine German military virtue. If that is Marxism, then our army was Marxist for centuries. But it was not. No, it was the most German thing we had. I want firms to be like the army. A camaraderie forged together. That is life. It is no dead construction that is pleasant to look at, but that on closer examination is dead. No, one always takes pleasure in what is alive.

I was pleased to hear manager Bolhm speak of this joy, a joy he shares. I know that the larger part of our managers think the same way. It is a pleasure today to be a manager and to go through the factory. We are proud of it! We are proud of the German worker, but also proud of the German owner. We are proud of every German person who cheerfully joins our community.

I must also dispel the myth that it is unpleasant for a National Socialist to be an owner. People speak of materialism, of owners as materialists! Well, my friend, without material I can’t live, and neither can you. We do not hold material things in contempt. There were once prophets who preached a separation between body, soul and spirit.

One cannot separate these three things. If you remove the body, nothing is left of the soul and spirit. If you remove the soul, you have a lifeless, cold being, and if you remove the spirit, you are left with a tragic idiot. These three things belong together. We do not despise materialism, but want to struggle each day with ourselves so that materialism does not dominate us. God gave us understanding and creative souls to form and use material, to invent, to make new things and discover new things. That is wonderful. To realize these new things, however, we need material resources. To found a firm and create wealth is not contemptible. I must make that clear. What good would all our socialist desires do if there were not people to figure things out, to organize, to build a firm?

One sometimes finds those in business who tell us that business and idealism are in conflict. That is not right. The opposite. I say that a true idealist who does something truly good for humanity must have both feet on the ground, else he is a dreamer and a romantic. All his idealism has no meaning and no value. I do no one any good with it, it is false. I say that in the long run, a sound businessman can found a firm and lead it to success only when he is a true idealist. Everything else is illusion.

No, businessmen and idealists are not enemies, but in the end one and the same. No true idealist lacks good business sense, and no sound company can survive without idealism.

My friends, it is all a matter of education, of education toward community. Socialism is not given to us. Socialism is not a matter of dead points in a program, but rather socialism is justice. One may demand it because it is right, and it is right because it is good for the nation. That is right. What is good for Germany is right, and everything that harms Germany is wrong. In the last analysis socialism is not a consolation or refuge for the individual, but rather socialism asks this question: “What is good for Germany? What benefits this nation?”

As we began our fight with the Führer, we all shared one firm belief. A remarkable faith filled us all. Our hearers sensed it too. The people sensed it. We believed what we said. My German friends, the same must be true today.

Understanding sometimes is not enough to explain something. Only faith is sufficient. The Führer in Nuremberg said: “Woe to him who does not believe!” He who does not believe has no soul. He is empty. He has no ideals. He has nothing to live for. He has no sunshine, no light, no joy in life. He is a poor, poor man. What is wealth? What are possessions? What does it all mean? Problems come despite them, only faith is left. Woe to him who does not believe!

I urge you, my German people, to share this faith. The Führer has given us a new task for the next four years, a big task that will demand enormous sacrifices. We know that the Four Year Plan before us now will not be the last such plan. Things will not get easier, no, there will always be new tasks, new sacrifices to make. I believe that the size of these new sacrifices and new tasks will increase as the strength of the nation increases. We may not hope that the struggle will cease. It will continue. All the new factories will increase our strength. Each new construction project advances our nation’s development. That is true socialism. Build new wealth to improve your life. That is German socialism, that is our struggle!

My friend, we walk hand and hand toward the future of our nation, toward eternity. We look back into the dim past. Generation has followed generation. We can look back on one thousand years, two, three, five, ten thousand years of our people’s culture. We have Germanic structures that must be at least ten thousand years old. We suspect they might be twenty thousand years old! Generation after generation has come and gone, passing its inheritance to the next generation. The next generation in turn has fought and struggled to pass it on again. The chain of generations was nearly broken in our day. The people nearly perished. Catastrophe was only narrowly averted. It was all due to the faith of one man! Yes, you who called us godless, we found our faith in Adolf Hitler, and through him found God once again. That is the greatness of our day, that is our good fortune!

Now our people’s chain of fate continues. We are becoming a link stronger than those before us. We are forging a link that includes many generations. We are laying a foundation that the next generation and the one after that will not be able to eliminate, even if they wanted to. So strong is that that we are building! Isn’t that splendid? Isn’t that wonderful? You, block leader and block warden, you cell leader and cell warden, you may say: “I, too, was there! I too helped.” You, citizen from the firm, you can say: “I, too, lived during that time, I, too, believed in Adolf Hitler.” And you, and you, and every one of you! Isn’t that wonderful? That is the eternity of our nation, that is our faith, that is our socialism!

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Irish Slaves in the Caribbean

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Though little has been discussed about them, thousands of Irish men, women, and children, were captured or arrested and shipped to the Caribbean as slaves. Because they did not factor into Oliver Cromwell’s new plan of government, these people were gathered and shipped off, with no dignity, to work as slaves in the island plantations of the Caribbean. Their influence is left in those places, in the street names, the towns names, and in any local phone book. But, their stories have not been told.

Mention of these white slaves are often left completely out of history books, or sometimes sugar-coated as “voluntary indentured servants“, however thousands were kidnapped from the streets and from their beds. That is not voluntary. And the term indentured servants is mean to describe a temporary situation, which for most this was not.


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Naval Recruiting

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Recruiting poster for the most humane navy in the history of the world.. The German Kriegsmarine during the Hitler-regime conducted the most massive evacuation in history, saving about 2 million lives from the raping, murdering Russian hordes, egged on by inhuman Jew-scum commissars.

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What does modern Huntsville, Alabama owe Wernher von Braun? Some say everything

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Von Braun

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — When Charles Bradshaw came to Huntsville in 1951 to work with Wernher von Braun, he remembers there being “two restaurants in town.” He remembers a courthouse square where cotton brokers met farmers in front of Cotton Row brokerages teetering on the edge of the Big Spring cliff.

There was clearly more to Huntsville than those first impressions. When Bradshaw arrived, the “nice little cotton town” was nearly 150 years old and rich in Alabama and American history. And there’s certainly more to Huntsville today. The city is the center of the second-largest metropolitan area in Alabama; the economic, medical and cultural focus of north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee; and a worldwide brand name for missiles and rockets. It boasts America’s second-largest research park and a population where almost 40 percent has a college degree.

There is no question that von Braun helped change Huntsville. It grew from about 13,000 people during World War II to 180,000 today. But how much of today’s city is due to this German-born scientist who led the early rocket work of both the Army and NASA in Huntsville?

All of it, say many who were there. All of it springs from one man who could inspire a dream of space in a congressional committee or a coal miner and knew how to get from that dream to the launching pad.

Before considering von Braun’s impact on Huntsville, it must be said that by landing Americans on the moon, von Braun’s Huntsville team of Germans and Americans did something much bigger than grow a city. They did something no other nation had done or has done since. When historians look back 500 years from now, some believe what they did will be, along with computers and sub-atomic physics, what the 20th century is known for. And however that history is told, it will say that they did it in Huntsville, Alabama.

Here’s how von Braun changed Huntsville, according Ed Buckbee. He was von Braun’s young public relations officer at NASA in the 1960s and the first director of the Alabama Space & Rocket Center von Braun helped to start. It’s called the U.S. Space & Rocket Center today.

“He convinced (NASA) Headquarters that big contracts should be awarded out of Huntsville,” Buckbee said in a recent interview. “That was a big change.”

Buckbee was talking about the early days of the Apollo program when America was racing the Soviet Union to the moon. The rocket to get there, the Saturn V, was designed and tested in Huntsville, and no expense was spared.

“He told the companies, ‘I want you to have a presence here,'” Buckbee said. “It will be much more efficient if you are here. That was the beginning of the research park, and it’s something he should be credited with.”

The research park is Cummings Research Park, a nearly 4,000-acre research and technology campus across Interstate 565 from the Marshall Space Flight Center. Today, 285 companies do all manner of high-tech business there, and 25,000 workers report there for work each day.

Buckbee came to Huntsville in 1959 with the Army, and von Braun and his German team worked for the Army until NASA opened its doors in Huntsville in 1961.

“There were very few contractors here then,” Buckbee remembered. “There would be an office with a sign on the door, but they were manufacturers’ representatives, basically.”

Von Braun had “the best job in NASA running Marshall,” according to former aide Frank Williams. He came to Huntsville in 1958 from the Air Force and was von Braun’s assistant for three years before taking other assignments in NASA. Williams and von Braun remained close until von Braun’s death from pancreatic cancer in 1977.

“He learned to love (Huntsville), and he helped it grow,” Williams said recently. “He had his own city that surrounded him and loved him. Anything he wanted to do, he saw it done.”

What von Braun wanted to do was explore space. “Don’t tell me that man doesn’t belong out there,” he told Time magazine in 1958. “Man belongs wherever he wants to go – and he’ll do plenty well when he gets there.”

It was an expensive dream, and to make it reality, von Braun traded his talent and know-how to the German army before and during World War II and the American army and later NASA after the war. Both countries were slow to realize the potential of rockets, but they eventually did.

During World War II, von Braun built German V-2 rockets to launch at London with slave labor from concentration camps. That would haunt him the rest of his career, although his exact involvement in the conditions in those camps and the rocket factory remains murky.

Von Braun’s service to Nazi Germany has been called a “Faustian bargain,” and he was forced to defend it repeatedly in the years afterward. But what he could do for America’s space program outweighed what he had done in the war for many of his contemporaries.

Now, 100 years after his birth, excitement over both the lunar landing and the war has dimmed in America. To those who venerate von Braun, the fight today is more to keep him relevant than revered until those future historians look back.

An example of the challenge is a video on NASA’s website touting the coming era of human spaceflight, an era riding on another big rocket being developed in Huntsville. The video mixes quotes from space luminaries such as Frank Borman and Carl Sagan with clips of eager young NASA employees looking to the future. Von Braun, who “invented the (space) sound bite,” in Buckbee’s words, is not present.

“He’s being written out (of space history),” Bradshaw said, because of the war years, “but his value cannot be overestimated.”

Bradshaw was deputy director of the Marshall computation laboratory during Apollo, when it took two weeks to crunch the numbers of one rocket’s trajectory. He believes the Cold War itself might have turned out differently if Russia had beaten America to the moon.

Rockets? “We had no capability, no knowledge,” Bradshaw said of the U.S. after World War II. There was Robert Goddard, and that was American rocketry until von Braun.

Bradshaw’s view of the early space program isn’t covered in roses. “We were second-rate in space until we stepped on the moon,” he says, and the “awe” Americans held for von Braun’s German team was a little overdone, even though Bradshaw agrees some were geniuses.

“They probably weren’t as smart as we thought they were, actually,” Bradshaw said of the team. “But they had studied under men who wrote our textbooks. They sat at the feet of the masters

Buckbee believes America won the space race before the moon landing. Astronauts have told him the key event was the Christmas flight around the moon by Apollo 8 in 1968, he said.

“When we launched a crew out of Earth orbit,” Buckbee said. “That mission allowed us to make the president’s goal.”

The Soviet Union essentially gave up the race after that launch, and other nations still understand the accomplishment of leaving Earth orbit behind. For example, Buckbee will speak on Apollo this spring in China, where interest in going beyond Earth orbit is strong.

Von Braun was a master salesman, and he sold Huntsville and space to the Alabama Legislature, Congress, President John F. Kennedy, CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, dream maker Walt Disney and a hundred other luminaries.

“He had them in the palm of his hand,” Williams said of the legislature, where he heard von Braun speak. “He was a visionary, and they thought, ‘This (Huntsville) crowd’s doing stuff.'”

Von Braun had a plan to build a space station after Apollo and travel to Mars on a Saturn V with a nuclear-powered upper stage. Williams believes more would have happened if President Kennedy had lived, but Bradshaw thinks it was Kennedy’s death that assured the moon landing as America fulfilled the slain president’s vision.

Von Braun landed an American on the moon, and he turned a small cotton town into a space age city. He inspired Americans on his team and those who merely met him or simply saw him on television.

He was complex, a composer of music who “had deep convictions about God,” Williams said. “He was a firm believer that the universe was God’s creation. He believed God opens a window or a door occasionally and lets someone see or get an insight into His creation.”

Von Braun was also the rare manager, his employees say, who knew the technical details as well as how to relate to people. He led the evolution of a management system at NASA that helped America handle other incredibly large, complex projects. He had to. The Saturn V had 3 million parts, the story goes, and every one had to work.

America went to the moon on German brainpower mixed with American ingenuity and pride, Buckbee believes.

“But he was the man who understood it,” Bradshaw said of von Braun. “He understood every step of the way.”

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A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler His Life and Legend Hitler As He Believes Himself To Be

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

At the time of the reoccupation of the RhinelandHitler made use of an extraordinary figure of speech in describing his own conduct. He said,

“I follow my course with the precision and security of a sleepwalker.”

Even at that time it struck the world as an unusual statement for the undisputed leader of 67,000,000 people to make at the time of an international crisis. Hitler meant it to be a form of’ reassurance for his more wary followers who questioned the wisdom of his course. It seems, however, that it was a true confession and had his wary followers only realized its significance and implications they would have had grounds for far greater concern that aroused by his proposal to reoccupy the Rhineland. For the course of this sleep-walker has carried him over many untravelled roads which finally led him unerringly to a pinnacle of success and power never reached before. And still it lured him on until today he stands on the brink of disaster. He will go down in history as the most worshipped and the most despised man the world has ever known.

Many people have stopped and asked themselves: “Is this man sincere in his undertakings or is he a fraud?” Certainly even a fragmentary knowledge of his past life warrants such a question, particularly since our correspondents have presented us with many conflicting views. At times, it seemed almost inconceivable that a man could be sincere and do what Hitler has done in the course of his career. And yet all of his former associates whom we have been able to contact, as well as many of our most capable foreign correspondents, are firmly convinced that Hitler actually does believe in his own greatness. Fuchs reported that Hitler said to Schuschnigg during the Berchtesgaden [sic] interviews:

“Do you realize that you are in the presence of the greatest German of all time?”

It makes little difference for our purpose whether he actually spoke these words or not at this particular time as alleged. In this sentence he has summed up in a very few words an attitude which he has expressed to some of our informants in person. To Rauschning, for example, he once said:

“Aber ich brauche sie nicht, um mir von ihnen meine geschichtiche Groesse bestaltigen zu lassen.” (717)

And to Strasser, who once took the liberty of saying that we was afraid Hitler was mistaken, he said:

“I cannot be mistaken. What I do and say is historical.” (378)

many other such personal statements could be given. Oechaner has summed up his attitude in this respect very well in the following words:

“He feels that no one in German history is equipped as he is to bring the Germans to the position of supremacy which all German statesman have felt they deserved but were unable to achieve.” (669)

This attitude is not confined to himself as a statesman. he also believes himself to be the greatest war lord as, for example, when he says to Raischning:

“Ich spiele nicht Krieg. Ich lasse mich nicht von `Feldherrn’ kommandieren. Den Krieg fushre ich. Den engentlichen Zeitpunkt zum Angriff bestimme ich. Es gibt nur eine guenstigen. Ich warde auf ihm warten. Mit eisernor Entschlossenheit. Unc ich warde ihn nicht verpassen…” (701)

And it seems to be true that he has made a number of contributions to German offensive and defensive tactics and strategy. He believes himself to be an outstanding judge in legal matters and does not blush when he stands before the Reichstag, while speaking to the whole world, and says,

“For the last twenty-four hours I was the supreme court of the German people.” (255)

Then, too, he believes himself to be the greatest of all German architects and spends a great deal of his time in sketching new buildings and planning the remodeling of entire cities. In spite of the fact that he failed to pass the examinations for admission to the Art School he believes himself to be the only competent judge in all matters of art. A few years ago he appointed a committee of three to act as final judges on all matters of art, but when their verdicts did not please him he dismissed them and assumed their duties himself. It makes little difference whether the field be economics, education, foreign affairs, propaganda, movies, music or women’s dress. In each and every field he believes himself to be an unquestioned authority.

He also prides himself on his hardness and brutality.

“I am one of the hardest men Germany has had for decades, perhaps for centuries, equipped with the greatest authority of any German leader… but above all, I believe in my success. I believe in it unconditionally.” (M.N.O. 871)

That belief in his own power actually borders on a feeling of omnipotence which he is not reluctant to display.

“Since the events of last year, his faith in his own genius, in his instinct, or as one might say, in his star, is boundless. Those who surround him are the first to admit that he now thinks himself infallible and invincible. That explains why he can no longer bear either criticism or contradiction. To contradict him is in his eyes a crime of ‘lese majeste’; opposition to his plans, from whatever side it may come, is a definite sacrilege, to which the only reply is an immediate and striking display of his omnipotence.” (French Yellow Book, 945)

Another diplomat reports a similar impression:

“When I first met him, his logic and sense of reality had impressed me, but as time went on he appeared to me to become more and more unreasonable and more and more convinced of his own infallibility and greatness …” (Henderson, 129)

There seems, therefore, to be little room for doubt concerning Hitler’s firm belief in his own greatness. We must now inquire into the sources of this belief. Almost all writers have attributed Hitler’s confidence to the fact that he is a great believer in astrology and that he is constantly in touch with astrologers who advise him concerning his course of action. This is almost certainly untrue. All of our informants who have known Hitler rather intimately discard the idea as absurd. They all agree that nothing is more foreign to Hitler’s personality than to seek help from outside sources of this type. The informant of the Dutch Legation holds a similar view. He says:

“Not only has the Fuehrer never had his horoscope cast, but he is in principle against horoscopes because he feels he might be unconsciously influenced by them.” (655)

It is also indicative that Hitler, some time before the war, forbade the practice of fortune-telling and star-reading in Germany.

It is true that from the outside it looks as though Hitler might be acting under some guidance of this sort which gives him the feeling of conviction in his infalibility. These stories probably originated in the very early days of the Party. According to Strasser, during the early 1920’s Hitler took regular lessons in speaking and in mass psychology from a man named Hamissen who was also a practicing astrologer and fortune-teller. He was an extremely clever individual who taught Hitler a great deal concerning the importance of staging meetings to obtain the greatest dramatic effect. As far as can be learned, he never had any particular interest in the movement or any say on what course it should follow. It is possible that Hanussen had some contact with a group of astrologers, referred-to by one von Wiegand, who were very active in Munich at this time. Through Hanussen Hitler too may have come in contact with this group, for von Wiegand writes:

“When I first knew Adolph Hitler in Munich, in 1921 and 1922, he was in touch with a circle that believed firmly in the portents of the stars. There was much whispering of the coming of another Charlemagne and a new Reich. How far Hitler believed in these astrological forecasts and prophesies in those days I never could get out of Der Fuhrer. He neither denied nor affirmed belief. He was not averse, however, to making use of the forecasts to advance popular faith in himself and his then young and struggling movement.”

It is quite possible that from these beginnings the myth of his associations with astrologers has grown.

Although Hitler has done considerable reading in a variety of fields of study, he does not in any way attribute his infallibility or omniscience to any intellectual endeavor on his part. On the contrary, he frowns on such sources when it comes to guiding the destiny of nations. His opinion of the intellect is, in fact, extremely low, for in various places he makes such statements as the following:

“Of secondary importance is the training of mental abilities.”

“Over-educated people, stuffed with knowledge and intellect, but bare of any sound instincts.”

“These impudent rascals (intellectuals) who always know everything better than anybody else…”

“The intellect has grown autocratic, and has become a disease of life.”

Hitler’s guide is something different entirely. It seems certain that Hitler believes that he has been sent Germany by Providence and that he has a particular mission to perform. He is probably not clear on the scope of this mission beyond the fact that he has been chosen to redeem the German people and reshape Europe. Just how this is to be accomplished is also rather vague in his mind, but this does not concern him greatly because an “inner voice” communicates to him the steps he is to take. This is the guide which leads him on his course with the precision and security of a sleep-walker.

“I carry out the commands that Providence has laid upon me.” (490)

“No power on earth can shake the German Reich now, Divine Providence has willed it that I carry through the fulfillment of the Germanic task.” (413)

“But if the voice speaks, then I know the time has come to act.” (714)

It is this firm conviction that he has a mission and is under the guidance and protection of Providence which is responsible in large part for the contagious effect he has had on the German people.

Many people believe that this feeling of Destiny and mission have come to Hitler through his successes. This is probably false. Later in our study (Part V) we will try to show that Hitler has had this feeling for a great many years although it may not have become a conscious conviction until much later. In any case it was forcing its way into consciousness during the war and has played a dominant role in his actions ever since. Mend (one of his comrades), for example, reports:

“An eine eigenartige Propheseiung errinere ich mich noch in diesem Zusammenhag: Kurs vor Weihnachten (1915) auesserte er sich, dass wir noch vieles von ihm hoeren werden. Wir sollen nur abwarten, bis seine Zeit gekommen ist.” (208)

Then, too, Hitler has reported several incidents during the war which proved to him that he was under Divine protection. The most startling of these is the following:

“I was eating my dinner in a trench with several comrades. Suddenly a voice seemed to be saying to me, ‘Get up and go over there.’ It was so clear and insistent that I obeyed automatically, as if it had been a military order. I rose at once to my feet and walked twenty yards along the trench carrying my dinner in its tin can with me. Then I sat down to go on eating, my mind being once more at rest. Hardly had I done so when a flash and deafening report came from the part of the trench I had just left. A stray shell had burst over the group in which I had been sitting, and every member of it was killed.” (Price, 241)

Then, also, there was the vision he had while in hospital at Pasewalk suffering from blindness allegedly caused by gas:

“Als ich im Bett lag kam mir der Gedanke, dass ich Deutschland befreien wuerde, dass ich es gross machen wuerde, und ich habe sofort gewusst, dass das verwirklicht werden wuerde.” (429)

These experiences must later have fit in beautifully with the views of the Munich astrologers and it is possible that underneath Hitler felt that if there was any truth in their predictions they probably referred to him. But in those days he did not mention any connection between them or dwell on the Divine guidance he believed he possessed. Perhaps he felt that such claims at the beginning of the movement might hinder rather than help it. However, as von Wiegand has pointed out, he was not averse to making use of the forecasts to advance his own ends. At that time he was content with the role of a “drummer” who was heralding the coming of the real savior. Even then, however, the role of drummer was not as innocent or as insignificant in Hitler’s mind as might be supposed. This was brought out in his testimony during the trial following the unsuccessful Beerhall Putsch of 1923. At that time he said:

“Nehmem Sie die Ueberzeugung hin, dass ich die Erringung eines Ministerpostens nicht als erstrebenswert ansehe. Ich halte es eine grossen Mannes nicht fuer wuerdigeseinen Namen der Geschichte nur dadurch ueberliefern zu wollen, dasser Minister wird. Was mir vor Augen stand, das war vom ersten Tage tausendmal mehr: ich wollte der Zerbrecher der Marxismus werden. Ich werde die Ausfgabe loesen, und wenn ich sie loese, dann waere der Titel eines Ministers fuer mich eine Laecherlichkeit. Als ihh zum ersten Mal vor Richard Wagners Grab stand, da quoll mir des Herz ueber vor Stolz, dass hier ein Mann ruht, der es sich verbeten hat, hinaufzuschreiben: Hier ruht Geheimrat Musikdirektor Excellenz Baron Richard von Wagner. Ich war stolz darauf, dass dieser Mann und so viele Maenner der deutschen Geschichte sich damit begnuegten, ihren Namen der Nachwelt zu ueberliefern, nicht ihren Titel. Nicht aus Bescheidenheit wollte ich ‘Trommler’ sein. Das ist des Hoechste, das andere ist eine Kleinigkett.”

After his stay in Landsberg Hitler no longer referred to himself as the “drummer.” Occasionally, he would describe himself in the words of St. Matthew, “as a voice crying in the wilderness”, or as St. John the Baptist whose duty was to hew a path for him who was to come and lead the nation to power and glory. More frequently, however, he referred to himself as “the Fuehrer”, a name chosen by Hess during their imprisonment. (901)

As time went on, it became clearer that he. was thinking of himself as the Messiah and that it was he who was destined to lead Germany to glory. His references to the Bible became more frequent and the movement began to take on a religious atmosphere. Comparisons between Christ and himself became more numerous and found their way into his conversation and speeches. For example, he would say:

“When I came to Berlin a few weeks ago and looked at the traffic in the Kurfuerstendamm, the luxury, the perversion, the iniquity, the wanton display, and the Jewish materialism disgusted me so thoroughly, that I was almost beside myself. I nearly imagined myself to be Jesus Christ when He came to His Father’s temple and found it taken by the money-changers. I can well imagine how He felt when He seized a whip and scourged them out.” (905)

During his speech, according to Hanfstangl, he swung his whip around violently as though to drive out the Jews and the forces of darkness, the enemies of Germany and German honor. Dietrich Eckart, who discovered Hitler as a possible leader and had witnessed this performance, said later, “When a man gets to the point of identifying himself with Jesus Christ, then he is ripe for an insane asylum.” The identification in all this was not with Jesus Christ, the Crucified, but with Jesus Christ, the furious, lashing the crowds.

As a matter of fact, Hitler has very little admiration for Christ, the Crucified. Although he was brought up a Catholic, and received Communion, during the war, he severed his connection with the Church directly afterwards. This kind of Christ he considers soft and weak and unsuitable as a German Messiah.

The latter must be hard and brutal if he is to save Germany and lead it to its destiny.

“My feeling as a Christian points me to my Lord and Saviour as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by only a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned me to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love, as a Christian and as a man, I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord rose at last in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was the fight for the world against the Jewish poison.” (M.N.O. 26)

And to Rauschning he once referred to “the Jewish Christ-creed with its effeminate, pity-ethics”.

It is not clear from the evidence whether the new State religion was part of Hitler’s plan or whether developments were such that it became feasible. It is true that Rosenberg had long advocated such a move, but there is no evidence that Hitler was inclined to take such a drastic step until after he had come to power. It is possible that he felt he needed the power before he could initiate such a change, or it may be that his series of successes were so startling that the people spontaneously adopted a religious attitude towards him which made the move more or less obvious. In any case, he has accepted this God-like role without any hesitation or embarrassment.

White tells us that now when he is addressed with the salutation, “Heil Hitler, our Savior”, he bows slightly at the compliment in the phrase – and believes it. (664) As time goes on, it becomes more and more certain that Hitler believes that he is really the “Chosen One” and that in his thinking he conceives of himself as a second Christ who has been sent to institute in the world a new system of values based on brutality and violence. He has fallen in love with the image of himself in this role and has surrounded himself with his own portraits.

His mission seems to lure him to still greater heights. Not content with the role of transitory savior it pushes him to higher goals – he must set the pattern for generations to come. Von Wiegand says:

“In vital matters Hitler is far from unmindful of the name and record of success and failure he will leave to posterity.” (493)

Nor is he content to allow these patterns to evolve in a natural way. In order to guarantee the future he feels that he alone can bind it to these principles. He believes, therefore, that he must become an immortal to the German people. Everything must be huge and befitting as a monument to the honor of Hitler. His idea of a permanent building is one which will endure at least a thousand years. His highways must be known as “Hitler Highways”, and they must endure for longer periods of time than the Napoleonic roads. He must always be doing the impossible and leaving his mark on the country. This is one of the ways in which he hopes to stay alive in the minds of the German people for generations to come.

It is alleged by many writers, among them Haffner (418), Huss (410) and Wagner (489) that he has already drawn extensive plans for his own mausoleum. Our informants, who left Germany some time ago, are not in a position to verify these reports. They consider them well within the realm of possibility, however. This mausoleum is to be the mecca of Germany after his death. It is to be a tremendous monument about 700 feet high, with all the details worked out so that the greatest psychologicaI effect might be attained. It is also alleged that his first errand in Paris after the conquest in 1940 was a visit to the Dome des Invalides to study the monument to Napoleon. He found this lacking in many respects. For example, they had put him down in a hole which forced people to look down rather than high up.

“I shall never make such a mistake,” Hitler said suddenly. “I know how to keep my hold on people after I have passed on. I shall be the Fuehrer they look up at and go home to talk of and remember. My life shall not end in the mere form of death. It will, on the contrary, begin then.” (410)

It was believed for a time that the Kehlstein had been originally built as an eternal mausoleum by Hitler. It seems, however, that if that was his original intention he has abandoned it in favor of something even more grandiose. Perhaps the Kehlstein was too inaccessible to enable large numbers of people to come and touch his tomb in order to become inspired. In any case, it seems that far more extravagant plans have been developed. His plan, if it is to be successful, needs constant emotional play on hysteric mass minds, and the more he can arrange the ways and means of achieving this, after he dies, the more assured he is of attaining his final goal.

“He is firmly convinced that the furious pace and the epochal age in which he lived and moved (he really is convinced that he is the motivating force and the moulder of that age) will terminate soon after his death, swinging the world by nature and inclination into a long span of digestive process marked by a sort of quiet inactivity. People in his `1000 year Reich’ will build monuments to him and go around to touch and look at the things he has built, he thought. He said as much on that glorified visit of his to Rome in 1938, adding that a thousand years hence the greatness and not the ruins of his own time must intrigue the people of those far-away days. For, believe it or not, that is how the mind of this man Hitler projects itself without a blush over the centuries.” (410)

There was also a time a few years ago when he spoke a good deal about retiring when his work was done. It was assumed that he would then take up his residence in Berchtesgaden and sit as God who guides the destinies of the Reich until he dies. In July, 1933, while visiting the Wagner family, he talked at length about getting old and complained bitterly that ten years of valuable time had been lost between the Beerhall Putsch in 1923 and his accession to power. This was all very regrettable since he predicted that it would take twenty-two years to get things in adequate shape so that he could turn them over to his successor. (936) It is supposed by some writers that during this period of retirement he would also write a book which would stand for eternity as a great bible of National Socialism. (3) This is all rather interesting in view of Roehm’s statement made many years ago:

“Am liebsten taet er Heute schon in den Bergen sitzen und den lieben Gott spielen.” (715)

A survey of all the evidence forces us to conclude that Hitler believes himself destined to become an Immortal Hitler, chosen by God to be the New Deliverer of Germany and the Founder of a new social order for the world. He firmly believes this and is certain that in spite of all the trials and tribulations through which he must pass he will finally attain that goal. The one condition is that he follow the dictates of the inner voice which have guided and protected him in the past. This conviction is not rooted in the truth of the ideas he imparts but is based on the conviction of his own personal greatness. (146) Howard K. Smith makes an interesting observation:

“I was convinced that of all the millions on whom the Hitler Myth had fastened itself, the most carried away was Adolph Hitler, himself.” (290)

We will have occasion in Part V to examine the origins of this conviction and the role it plays in Hitler’ s psychological economy.

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Hitler on Propaganda

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The function of propaganda does not lie in the scientific training of the individual, but in calling the masses‘ attention to certain facts, processes, necessities, etc., whose significance is thus for the first time placed within their field of vision.

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All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be extended in this direction.

The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda campaign, and not success pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.

The art of propaganda lies in understanding the emotional ideas of the great masses and finding, through a psychologically correct form, the way to the attention and thence to the heart of the broad masses. The fact that our bright boys do not understand this merely shows how mentally lazy and conceited they are.

Once understood how necessary it is for propaganda in be adjusted to the broad mass, the following rule results:

It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance.

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan. As soon as you sacrifice this slogan and try to be many-sided, the effect will piddle away, for the crowd can neither digest nor retain the material offered. In this way the result is weakened and in the end entirely cancelled out.

Thus we see that propaganda must follow a simple line and correspondingly the basic tactics must be psychologically sound.

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What, for example, would we say about a poster that was supposed to advertise a new soap and that described other soaps as ‘good’?

We would only shake our heads.

Exactly the same applies to political advertising.

The function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.

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Win WWII in 3D (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Win WWII in 3D ( Blu-ray)

Incredibly, during WWII both the Allies and the Nazi propaganda machine were using 3D technology to produce colour photographs, and even films, in stereoscopic 3D. These historical gems were locked away in secret archives until now, when today’s 3D consumer technology allows us to view these incredible artefacts in our own homes, bringing images from history to life in a way few have ever seen before.


3D content contained in this treasure trove of rare and dramatic material includes: reconnaissance photos shot by the Allies; a collection of revealing images shot by the Nazis that detail the rise and fall of the Third Reich from within; stunning photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France; and an amazing 3D motion picture filmed by the Nazis in 1943. These have not been adapted or artificially upgraded into 3D, they were actually shot using 3D technology.


Whatever footage you may have seen before, nothing will prepare you for seeing history come alive in a totally new dimension!


Incredibly, during WWII both the Allies and the Nazi propaganda machine were using 3D technology to produce colour photographs, and even films, in stereoscopic 3D. These historical gems were locked away in secret archives until now, when today 3D consumer technology allows us to view these incredible artefacts in our own homes, bringing images from history to life in a way few have ever seen before. 3D content contained in this treasure trove of rare and dramatic material includes: reconnaissance photos shot by the Allies; a collection of revealing images shot by the Nazis that detail the rise and fall of the Third Reich from within; stunning photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France; and an amazing 3D motion picture filmed by the Nazis in 1943. These have not been adapted or artificially upgraded into 3D, they were actually shot using 3D technology. Whatever footage you may have seen before, nothing will prepare you for seeing history come alive in a totally new dimension!





To be in the chance of winning a copy of the DVD, just tell us;


Who lead Great Britain to victory in World War II?



A) Winston Churchhill


B) Tony Blair


C) Margaret Thatcher



Enter online at the link below, quoting “WW3D”


Competition closes 13 March 2012.


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Netherlands pleased with move to arrest SS officer

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The Ministry of Security and Justice is pleased that the German Public Prosecution Office has moved to arrest war criminal Klaas Carel Faber. The PPO issued a request for the arrest of the 89-year-old former Nazi SS officer last week to a court in the southern German city of Ingolstadt.

A spokesperson for the Dutch Justice Ministry called the development a breakthrough. “We are watching with interest what the German court decides” a spokesperson said. Urged by the Dutch Justice and Security

Minister Ivo Opstelten, the German PPO is looking into whether Faber should be made to sit out his sentence.

Klaas Carel Faber was sentenced to death in the Netherlands in 1947, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison a year later. He escaped from prison in the southern city of Breda in 1952. He then fled to Germany which offers citizenship to former SS officers and does not extradite its nationals. He has lived there in freedom for decades. In November 2010, the Dutch issued a European arrest warrant.

According to British paper was set up in 1951 to help SS veterans. The group was formed by German neo-nazis and is not banned in Germany.

Faber originally came from Haarlem and served in Kommando Feldmeijer during World War II. He was a member of the Silbertanne group which was responsible for around 50 murders of resistance workers in reprisals. He was also a member of the firing squad in Westerbork concentration camp, together with his brother Pieter. The two brothers were known to be very violent.

In 2010 Heinrich Boere was sentenced to life by an Aachen court for the murder of three people in 1944. Klaas Carel’s brother Pieter, who also belonged to the Silbertanne group, was executed in 1948 for war crimes.

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Last Chance to See Charles Lindbergh’s Nazi Medal

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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Charles A. Lindbergh received dozens of medals and accolades for his 1927 transatlantic flight, and immediately upon landing became one of the first international celebrities. The medal pictured, however, is the Service Cross of the German Eagle, and it was presented to him in 1938 by Hermann Goering on behalf of Adolf Hitler. The medal was ostensibly for Lindbergh’s contributions to aviation, but it was also granted because the all-American boy from Minnesota had become an ardent proponent of Nazi Germany‘s military superiority and a vocal advocate for American isolationism.

As you might imagine, this stance, and his acceptance of Nazi awards, gained the aviator quite a few critics among the American public. This particular medal, along with hundreds of other artifacts and records, is currently displayed in the Missouri History Museum‘s long-term exhibit, Lindbergh, which closes at the end of the month.

Artifacts such as Lindbergh’s Nazi prize and his damaged public image in the late ’30s and early ’40s are part of what makes the exhibition so interesting — there’s no shying away from Lindbergh’s more incendiary political statements, which gives a clearer picture of a complex man who was first hero, then victim, then villain and ultimately no more nor less flawed than any other human being.

As an unwitting pioneer of America’s celebrity culture, Lindbergh was the first to make many of the more popular missteps. He chafed at the public’s fascination with his private life and yet used his public stature to try to influence politics, with disastrous personal results. And just like any number of modern celebrity screw-ups, Lindbergh eventually rehabilitated his image and was restored to his position of honor in the American pantheon. It’s a cycle that’s familiar, and yet seems strangely out of place in the context of the Greatest Generation (TM Tom Brokaw, used without permission), when everyone was supposedly a great patriot and loyal American.

Lindbergh closes on Tuesday, January 31, so that the historical objects can be restored and touched up where necessary. Take this final opportunity to see it and reconsider the legacy of Charles Lindbergh from all sides.

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Historic Preservation Commission seeks State Historic Site status for Wyoming WWII POW camp

Monday, January 16th, 2012

n aerial photograph shows a fading outline of what used to be there, where 180 buildings sat on

687 acres. Head down the road just off the highway in Douglas, though, and chances are you’ll miss it. Only one building still stands intact, painted the same tan color as all the others built around it years later.

In 1942, the land above the banks of the North Platte River near Douglas was far from most anything, open meadow easily accessible by railroad. The U.S. military thought it ideal.

Allied prisoner-of-war camps in Europe and North Africa had grown crowded, and the military needed more room to hold those it captured. It turned toward the U.S., and during World War II 155 POW base camps and

511 branch camps were built in the States.

It took 95 days in early 1943 to construct the Douglas base camp, which held 3,011 prisoners at its peak, 1,000 more people than the town itself.

“Most Americans have no idea they existed,” said Sherri Mullinnix, a longtime advocate of the camp.

When war ended, nearly all Camp Douglas buildings were scrapped. Businesses, subdivisions, mobile home parks and a school were built where the camp had been.

Today, the Officers’ Club remains. Preserved on its celotex walls are 16 murals of the West painted by three Italian POWs, thought to be one of only two such sites in the country. Owned by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Officers’ Club is not open to the public on a daily basis, and few get to see the murals.

The Douglas Historic Preservation Commission hopes to change that this year. Legislation is expected to be introduced to the state Legislature in February to try to get the camp listed as a State Historic Site, a status that could allow for the creation of an interpretive site and museum, opening the camp to the public for the first time in 70 years.

“It has a fabulous story,” Mullinnix said. “This is a story that hasn’t been told.”

‘Where Tom Mix is from’

The first 412 Italian prisoners to arrive in Douglas in August 1943 were captured in Tunisia and traveled from New York to Wyoming by train.

In town, people gathered to watch as the men marched one mile to camp.

One local story claims that a man yelled out to the Italians, asking if they knew where they were.

“Where Tom Mix is from,” an Italian prisoner reportedly replied, refering to the American Western actor.

The isolated Douglas camp fit security regulations set by the military: No camp could be built within 170 miles of the coasts or within 150 miles of the Canadian and Mexican borders. Prisoners couldn’t be kept near shipyards or wartime factories.

The north end of camp contained the officers’ quarters, clubhouse and softball fields. Guard towers and two rows of fence, the inner one electrified, surrounded the rest of camp, including troop barracks, a hospital, three compounds of prisoner barracks, recreation area, football field, motor pool, heating plant, warehouse and corrals. Army personnel at the camp included 250 enlisted men, a vehicle unit of 150 men, 20 officers and nurses, and a German shepherd canine unit used for patrol.

“We were very comfortable with it because in the beginning it created a lot of jobs,” said Douglas resident Robert Wise, 85. “Carpenters from all over came in to build these buildings, and it was a real influence to the businesses in town.”

Wise remembers military personnel coming to town in the evening by bus, often to attend the movies. Large floodlights were set up throughout the city and could be flashed on and off in case of emergency, Wise said.

Many of the Italian POWs were craftsmen, artisans and musicians conscripted into the military. Although they were prisoners, most expressed relief at being in America, where they had a warm bunk to sleep in at night and were fed better than they were on the front lines, Mullinnix said.

They set up Catholic Mass in the camp theater and staged musicals with costumes made of flour bags, she said. They put together a camp orchestra. One Italian chef learned American cooking and prepared meals for the officers and patients at the camp hospital.

Three artists — V. Finotti, E. Tarquinio and F. DeRossi — painted Western scenes on the Officers’ Club walls, some as large as 6 feet high and 15 feet wide. The artists illustrated a bar shootout, wagon train, American Indians with a peace pipe, Independence Rock and Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, a West they had never seen. They likely drew upon imagery found in popular American Westerns and books, Mullinnix said.

Italian POWs shipped back to Italy when the country surrendered in 1944. The camp sat vacant for one month before German POWs arrived, among them tailors, cobblers, barbers and bakers who ranged in age from 14 to 80.

At the time, Wise had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was waiting to get called up. He worked for the man who held the camp’s fuel contract, and each week he drove the 700-gallon fuel truck to the gate of the camp.

He showed the guard a permission slip and drove to the motor pool, where the same German prisoner always met him.

The German was around Wise’s age, and during the half hour it took to unload fuel, they’d talk.

“He could speak English fairly well,” Wise said. “We would discuss different things, you know. He said he wasn’t a Nazi; he said he was just drafted because he was there.”

The man had been captured in North Africa. He had taken an American truck but needed to refuel it before escaping. German trucks had a gas tank with a big, open top, the man told Wise, and fuel could be pumped in almost instantly. Refueling an American gas tank, however, required a can with a long spout. It took forever, and the Americans found him before he got the chance.

“He was just waiting for the war to be over,” Wise said, “glad to be over here.”

The American soldiers implemented an educational program to teach the prisoners democracy. Each barrack represented a county, a compound a state, the entire camp a country. Elections were held, and a president was chosen, but the educational program ended after that. The prisoner mistook his presidency for a dictatorship. He was impeached, Mullinnix said.

A small group of Nazis at the Douglas camp were kept segregated from the rest of the prisoners, and several escape attempts were made.

Two prisoners were found huddled in a haystack not far from camp three days after their escape. They were so cold guards found them wearing six pairs of GI underwear each.

It took one week to find a second group of escapees. They made it 25 miles south.

The open plains of Wyoming must have seemed so different from the land they were used to. When guards found them, the prisoners wanted to know: “What country are we in now?”

Working the sweet beets

With Wyoming men fighting overseas, the agricultural labor force dwindled. Douglas POWs were taken to branch camps across the state to harvest crops and work ranches and farms at Clearmont, Wheatland, Basin, Lovell and Torrington, among other places. Prisoners received four dollars a day from the government, plus 35 cents an hour paid by the rancher.

In Clearmont, a 16-year-old Dick Lenz drove to branch camp daily to pick up eight to 10 German prisoners to work his brother’s beet fields.

“I’m 83 years old and I forget yesterday, but I remember those days,” Lenz said.

Lenz was in a unique position. His parents emigrated from Germany, and Lenz spoke German with his father, who never mastered the English language. Every morning he could hear someone inside the branch camp shout in German: “Get up and eat!”

Lenz took off school during the beet harvest and worked with the POWs. A guard would come along, but security was pretty lax. An oral history taken in Clearmont explains that a guard would sit inside one family’s house all day, reading comics in an easy chair. Lenz remembers one POW was allowed to leave branch camp, walk to the post office and pick up mail.

“That gives you an idea of the freedom they had,” he said.

As for the POWs, “they were the working-est sons of guns you ever seen,” Lenz said. The POWs sat at the table and ate lunch with Lenz and his brother. Sometimes Lenz would give them a beer or two, even though he wasn’t supposed to.

One summer Lenz worked the hay fields with two POWs, no guard. The two men went into the service together and were captured together. They would talk about what life was like before the war, but never the war itself. One of Lenz’s brothers was in the Navy at Iwo Jima, and he had cousins and close relatives in Europe.

“I don’t think I really wanted to get into specifics about the war itself,” Lenz said. “I don’t think I really wanted to know.”

Oral histories recall days when the Germans would take turns on the saddle horse, drive pickups around the farms and play with the kids whose families owned the land. Some of the farmers and ranchers kept in touch with the POWs who worked for them.

In one letter, a German man wrote that he had lost 45 pounds in the three years since he returned to Germany. He asked the farmer to send a photo taken of the prisoners in the fields, to remind him of happier times.

“… I keep smiling like I was when I was staying with you,” the man wrote. “It gives me pleasure to think of the time when I was working with you in the sweet beets. At that time I was feeling like a free man. I was well off even though I was a prisoner of war.”

Preservation efforts

Camp Douglas was no longer needed after the war.

The county bought the camp hospital, the Community Country Club, the Officers’ Club building. Interstate 25 cut through the land, and by the 1980s, little semblance a camp had been there remained.

Since the 1990s the Douglas Historic Preservation Commission has worked with the Odd Fellows to protect and maintain the Officers’ Club. They received a grant in the early 2000s to hire a conservator to restore the murals. The site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and artifacts including portraits, landscape paintings and wooden carvings made by the POWs can be found on display at the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum in Douglas.

James Holloway with GSG Architecture of Casper made a structural analysis of the building in the summer of 2010, finding the building to be in “remarkably good condition,” given that camp buildings were meant to last just five years. The roof, however, needed replacing.

Holloway, an amateur student of World War II history, became fascinated with the murals, the idea that prisoners of war were given the opportunity to be creative.

“It creates a legacy that is bigger than the building itself,” Holloway said. “People left something of themselves.”

Using the signatures still legible on the murals, Holloway tried to locate the three Italian artists, or at least living relatives. He got as far as Italy’s defense department, but the trail has since gone cold. The Italian government kept record of men who died in combat and in camps, but not of those who lived, Holloway said.

The commission hosted an open house in October 2010 to showcase the condition of the building and give residents a rare look at the murals inside. In 30 days it raised enough money to replace the failing roof.

“It’s essentially exactly the way it would have been in 1945,” Mullinnix said.

In the last year and a half, the commission has researched and met with the Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee three times to sponsor a bill that could make the Officers’ Club a State Historic Site. Passage of the bill this year would turn the site over to the state for management, and the Odd Fellows have agreed to donate the building and property, Mullinnix said.

“We’re hoping February will mean good things,” she said. “… But if it doesn’t go through, we’re not going away.”

Mullinnix said opening the Officers’ Club to the public would link Wyoming’s four World War II sites — Cheyenne’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Camp Douglas, the Casper Army Air Base and Heart Mountain Relocation Center — into a cultural tourism corridor.

“We think it could be a real boost to Wyoming tourism,” she said.

She believes it would be a place to preserve artifacts, letters and personal histories of those who knew the prisoners, “such amazing stories of compassion and forgiveness.”

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