Kaczynski Quotes from Technological Slavery

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1. Finally, one learns that boredom is a disease of civilization. It seems to me that what boredom mostly is is that people have to keep themselves entertained or occupied, because if they aren’t, then certain anxieties, frustrations, discontents, and so forth, start coming to the surface, and it makes them uncomfortable. Boredom is almost nonexistent once you’ve become adapted to life in the woods. If you don’t have any work that needs to be done, you can sit for hours at a time just doing nothing, just listening to the birds or the wind or the silence, watching the shadows move as the sun travels, or simply looking at familiar objects. And you don’t get bored. You’re just at peace.

2. The harm done to nature must also be taken into account. Even today; and even though modern man only occasionally comes into contact with her, Nature, our mother, attracts and entrances him and offers him a picture of the greatest and most fascinating beauty. The destruction of the wild natural world is a sin that worries, disturbs, and even horrifies many people.

3. Among the American middle class, the concept of honor has practically vanished, courage is little valued, friendship almost always lacks depth, honesty is decaying, and freedom seems to be identified, in the opinion of some people, with obedience to the rules.
4. Love and reverence toward nature, or even worship of nature. Nature is the opposite of technological civilization, which threatens death to nature. It is therefore logical to set up nature
as a positive value in opposition to the negative value of technology. Moreover, reverence toward or adoration of nature may fill the spiritual vacuum of modern society.

5. Of all the things of which modern civilization deprives us, freedom and intimacy with nature are the most precious.

6. Thus, paradoxically, the greatest obstacle to a revolution against the technoindustrial system is the very belief that such a revolution cannot happen. If enough people come to believe that a revolution is possible, then it will be possible in reality.

7. Modern society has taught us to be passive and obedient, and to be horrified at physical violence. Moreover, the conditions of modern life are conducive to laziness, softness, and
cowardice. Those who want to be revolutionaries will have to overcome these weaknesses.

8. A great revolution is brewing. What this means is that the necessary preconditions for revolution are being created. Whether the revolution will become a reality will depend on
the courage, determination, persistence, and effectiveness of revolutionaries.

9. In order to maintain an interest in revolutionary ideas, people have to have hope that those ideas will actually be put into effect, and they need to have an opportunity to participate personally in carrying out the ideas.

10. History provides many examples of seemingly lost causes that won out in
the end because of the stubborn persistence of their adherents, their refusal to accept defeat.

11. The effectiveness of a revolutionary movement is not measured only by the number of people who belong to it. Far more important than the numerical strength of a movement are its cohesiveness, its determination, its commitment to a well-defined goal, its courage, and its stubborn persistence.

12. Above all, a revolutionary movement must have courage. A revolution in the modern world will be no dinner party. It will be deadly and brutal.

13. Only the hermit is completely free.

14. Among many primitive peoples, babies with serious deformities are killed at birth. In modern society this practice is absolutely forbidden.

15. Today, screwing people in one way or another is almost an inevitable part of any
large-scale business enterprise. Willful distortion of the truth, serious enough so that it amounts to lying, is in practice treated as acceptable behavior among politicians and journalists, though
most of them undoubtedly regard themselves as moral people.

16. In sum, anyone who takes a detached look at modern society will see that, for all its emphasis on morality, it observes the principles of fairness very poorly indeed. Certainly less well than many primitive societies do.

17. Our conception both of fairness and of morality is heavily influenced by self-interest.

18. Modern society in particular uses morality as a tool in manipulating human
behavior for purposes that often are completely inconsistent with human decency.

19. With the collapse of the system, whether it is spontaneous or a result of revolution, countless innocent people will suffer and die. Our current situation is one of those in which
we have to decide whether to commit injustice and cruelty in order to prevent a greater evil.

20. I have noticed that the people who try hardest to impose a moral code on others (not in self-defense) are often the least careful to abide by that moral code themselves.

21. So, in order to hit the system where it hurts, you need to select issues on which the system will not back off, on which it will fight to the finish. For what you need is not compromise with the
system but a life-and-death struggle.

22. First, I would argue that in order to be successful a revolutionary movement has to be extremist.

23. Hence, only those can be effective revolutionaries who are prepared to dispense with the achievements of civilization.

24. I don’t think that a worldwide return to a hunting-and-gathering economy would actually be a plausible outcome of a collapse of industrial society. No ideology will persuade people to starve when they can feed themselves by planting crops, so presumably agriculture will be practiced wherever the soil and climate are suitable for it.

25. Imitativeness is part of human nature, and one has to work with it rather than preach against it.

26. The mountains of Western Montana offered me nearly everything I needed or wanted. If those mountains could have remained just as they were when I first moved to Montana in 1971, I would have been satisfied.

27. The objective of a revolutionary movement, as opposed to a reform movement, is not to make piecemeal corrections of various evils of the social order. The objectives of a revolutionary movement are (i) to build its own strength, and (ii) to increase
the tension within the social order until those tensions reach the breaking point.

28. As professional propagandists are well aware, reason by itself is of little use for influencing people on a mass basis.

29. And, to put it bluntly, a revolutionary movement needs an enemy. It needs someone or something to hate.

30. A revolutionary movement should consist of two separate and independent, sectors, an illegal, underground sector, and a legal sector.

31. In any case, where people belong to a close-knit reference group, they become largely immune to the system’s propaganda to the extent that that propaganda conflicts with the values and beliefs of the reference group.

32. EVERY MAJOR TECHNICAL ADVANCE IS ALSO A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT.

33. The political left is technological society’s first line of defense against revolution.

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Quotes from Hitler’s War by David Irving

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1.   He had opposed every suggestion for the use of poison gases, as that would violate the Geneva Protocol; at that time Germany alone had manufactured the potentially war winning lethal nerve gases Sarin and Tabun.
2.  …Hitler grasped quite early on that antisemitism would be a powerful vote catching force in Germany; that he had no compunction against riding that evil steed right up to the portals of the chancellery in 1933; but that once inside and in power, he dismounted and paid only lip service to that part of his Party creed.
3.  The scale of Germany’s Jewish problem is revealed by an unpublished manuscript by Hitler’s predecessor as chancellor, Dr. Heinrich Brüning.  Writing in American exile in 1943 he stated that after the inflation there was only one major German bank not controlled by Jews, some of them ‘utterly corrupt.’  In 1931 he had brought the banks under government supervision, and had had to keep the government’s findings of dishonesty in the banks secret ‘for fear of provoking antisemitic riots.’
4.  In the newly discovered Goebbels diaries we find that Hitler lectured the gauleiters in September 1935 that ‘above all’ there were to be no excesses against the Jews and no persecution of ‘non-Aryans.’ Goebbels tried to talk him out of this soft line, but noted: ‘Jewish problem not resolved even now. We debated it for a long time but the Führer still can’t make his mind up.’
5.   My own conclusion went one logical stage further: that in wartime, dictatorships are fundamentally weak – the dictator himself, however alert, is unable to oversee all the functions of his executives acting within the confines of his far flung empire…
6.   It is hard to define in advance the origins of Hitler’s success in strengthening the character of his people. Mussolini never thus succeeded with the Italian people, even in twenty years of Fascist rule. In 1943, the flabby structure of Italian Fascism evaporated after a few air raids and the overthrow of Mussolini. In Germany, however, after ten years of Nazi indoctrination,Hitler’s subjects were able to withstand enemy air attacks – in which fifty or a hundred thousand people were killed overnight – with a stoicism that exasperated their enemies.
7.   Adolf Hitler had built the National Socialist movement in Germany noton capricious electoral votes, but on people, and they gave him – in the vast majority – their unconditional support to the end.
8.   “They must learn to respect each other and be respected again – the intellectual must respect the manual labourer and vice versa. Neither can exist without the other.  From them both will emerge the new man: the man of the coming German Reich!”–Hitler, 1924
9.  After 1933 the workers were no longer social outcasts. All the cancerous symptoms of industrial unrest – strikes, lockouts, absenteeism – became phantoms of the past.
10.  “I reject the standpoint that there is in Germany a Catholic and a Protestant press; or a workers’ press; or a farmers’ press; or a city press or a proletariat press. There exists only a German press.”–Goebbels
11.  “Democracy is the worst of all possible evils. Only one man can and should give the orders.”–Hitler, 1933
12.   “I’m absolutely convinced that any man coming together with the Führer for just ten minutes a week is capable of ten times his normal output.”–Todt, 1933
13.  “Got to realise that mutiny costs them their neck. I agree with this. If do it you must, then ruthlessly. Proofs that Röhm was conspiring with François-Poncet, Schleicher, and Strasser. So, action!”–Goebbels
14.  In an act of rare magnanimity Hitler ordered state pensions provided for the next of kin of the people murdered in the Night of the Long Knives, as June 30, 1934 came to be known. Even so he began to suffer nightmares and could not sleep. His medical records reveal that stomach ailments began to plague him from this episode on; but the long-term benefits seemed worth it – he had purchased the undivided loyalty of the Reichswehr generals – formed a ‘blood brotherhood,’ one might say.
15.  “Events came dramatically to a head. The Reich was on the edge of an abyss. The Führer saved it.”–Goebbels, talking about the Night of the Long Knives
16.  “My dear Chancellor, those who make history must be able to shed blood. . .”–Hindenburg to Hitler after the Night of the Long Knives
17.   Hindenburg died next day, his last words being to convey his best wishes to Herr Hitler. In a plebiscite on August 19, 90 percent of the German people voted in favour of the new law. ‘Thus,’ Hitler said triumphantly to Blomberg, ‘I have conquered Germany.’
18.   The SS uniform was black and elegant, and there was no shortage of candidates for this immaculate elite that Himmler had created.
19.  At their last meeting in August 1934, the dying Field Marshal Hindenburg had whispered, ‘Now, Herr Hitler, don’t trust the Italians!’ Hitler had reported this warning to his Cabinet, and added – according to Schwerin von Krosigk – that if ever he had to choose between Britain and Italy, Hindenburg’s words would form the basis of his choice. His personal adjutant Fritz Wiedemann also quoted him as having said, ‘If I have to choose between Britain and Mussolini, the choice is clear: Italy is obviously closer ideologically, but politically I see a future only in alliance with the British.’
20.  Aboard his yacht Grille at Kiel he [Hitler] told Goebbels in May of his vision of a United States of Europe under German leadership.
21.  “…a victory over Germany by Bolshevism would lead not to a new Versailles treaty but to the final annihilation, indeed the extermination [Ausrottung] of the German nation.”–Hitler
22.  “It is a matter of supreme indifference to me what posterity may think.”–Hitler, 1944
23.  “We have backed the wrong horse in Spain. We would have done better to back the Republicans. They represent the people. We could always have converted these socialists into good National Socialists later. The people around Franco are all reactionary clerics, aristocrats, and moneybags –they’ve nothing in common with us Nazis at all!”–Hitler, 1938
24.   “The collapse of the British Empire would be a great misfortune for Germany.”–Hitler
25.   In September 1936, the wartime prime minister David Lloyd George spent two weeks in Germany as his guest, and admiringly wrote in the Daily Express how Hitler had united Catholic and Protestant, employer and artisan, rich and poor into one people – Ein Volk, in fact. 26.   The British press magnate Cecil King would write in his diary four years later. ‘Lloyd George spoke of Hitler as the greatest figure in Europe since Napoleon and possibly greater than him.’
27.  Lloyd George revealed that in 1918 the British were on the point of throwing in the sponge, since Field Marshal Earl Haig had indicated that the Allied offensive could not continue much longer.  Hitler would not tire of repeating the point to his weary generals when their own war entered its bleaker years.
28.  “The British purchased their entire empire with less blood than we Germans lost in the World War alone. . .World empires are won only by revolutionary movements.”–Hitler, 1937
29.  Hitler was not interested in overseas conquests. Therefore, when Lord Halifax, the British statesman, visited him in Bavaria on November 19 [1937] to discuss colonies for Germany in Africa he failed to excite the Führer’s interest.
30.   By early March, when he was back in Berlin, the first whispers were reaching him that he had been misled – the SS had wilfully deceived him, and even Göring might not have been entirely above blame.   Hitler evidently ignored the rumours. 31.   Here in the late 1920s he [Hitler] had purchased a cottage with the royalties earned by Mein Kampf and articles published under a pseudonym by the Hearst Press and the New York Times in America.
32.   “Fresh air is the finest form of nourishment.”–Hitler
33.   Earlier in his life, Hitler had eaten meat, but he had suddenly pronounced himself a vegetarian after a suicide tragedy in his town apartment in Munich in 1931 – a fad for which he later offered various excuses: that he had noticed body odours when he ate meat; or that the human jaw was designed for vegetarian meals.
34.   ‘I have to admit,’ Schuschnigg told a Viennese intimate two days later, ‘that there’s something of the prophet about Hitler.’
35.   “There is but one moment when the Goddess of Fortune wafts by and if you don’t grab her by the hem, you won’t get a second chance.”–Hitler
36.   The whole city [Vienna, Austria] was wild with frenetic acclaim.  They were seeing the rebirth of German greatness, of a nation defeated despite bloody self-sacrifice, dismembered in armistice, humiliated, crippled by international debt and yet once again arising in the heart of Europe – a nation united by one of their humblest children, a leader promising them an era of greatness and prosperity.  37.   The Führer confirmed that Czechoslovakia would be next: ‘We’ll share that with the Poles and Hungarians,’ recorded Goebbels in his extraordinary diary afterwards: ‘And without further ado.’
38.   How stirring it was, reflected Goebbels in the privacy of his diary, to hear the Führer say that his one desire was to live to see with his own eyes ‘this great German, Teutonic Reich.’
39.  On the seventh he had turned the first spade’s depth of a new autobahn system in Austria. His surgeon Hanskarl von Hasselbach later wrote: ‘The people lined both sides of the roads for mile after mile, wild with indescribable rejoicing. Many of the public wept openly at the sight of Hitler.’
40.  There was however no trial; instead he instructed Ribbentrop that [former Austrian chancellor] Schuschnigg was to be well-treated and housed in a quiet villa somewhere.  In later years – like so many other Hitler directives – this came to be overlooked, and Schuschnigg went into a concentration camp from which he was liberated only in 1945.
41.  “Not that we want any non-Germans in our domain – but if rule any we must, then the Baltic countries.”–Hitler
42.  The big military parade marking Hitler’s forty-ninth birthday had reminded him that his years were drawing on. An adjutant heard him remark for the first time that his acuity of decision was now at its peak. Moreover an assassin’s bullet might always cut him down. On April 23,1938, he signed a secret decree confirming Göring as his successor.
43.  His [Hitler’s] worst fears of Italy’s military worth were confirmed. In German eyes the Duce’s most modern weaponry, proudly paraded in Rome, was already obsolete.Hitler was aghast at Mussolini’s ignorance of military technology – he would be at the mercy of his generals, he said, and they had sworn their allegiance to the king.
44.  The upshot of Hitler’s visit to Rome had been to discredit monarchies in his eyes for all time.
45.   “I’m not here to ensure peace in Europe; I’m here to make Germany great again. If that can be done peacefully, well and good. If not, we’ll have to do it differently.”–Hitler
46.  “When one enters the Reich chancellery one must have the feeling that one is visiting the Master of the World. One will arrive there along wide avenues containing the Triumphal Arch, the Pantheon of the Army, the Square of the People – things to take your breath away! . . . For material we shall use granite.  Granite will ensure that our monuments last for ever. In ten thousand years they’ll still be standing. One day, Berlin will be the capital of the world.”–Hitler
47.  Hitler also handed to Speer a project for a vast stadium at Nuremberg capable of seating over 350,000 spectators: ‘In future,’ he said, ‘all the Olympic Games will be held there.’
48.  From time to time Hitler glanced at the speedometer to check they were not exceeding his personal speed limit of fifty miles per hour.
49.   Rundstedt had deeply offended Hitler recently by advising him coarsely to have nothing to do with that ‘Negroid arsehole’ Mussolini.
50.  “It is my unshakeable resolve to smash Czechoslovakia by means of a military operation.”–Hitler
51.  Hitler’s contempt for lawyers was notorious.
52.  On the fourteenth Hitler is found ‘deliberating whether it might not be possible to manufacture all cigarettes without nicotine content’; a few days later he ‘commands that no more smoking is to be permitted at the Berghof.’ 53.   This was the ‘popular dictator’ – friend of the arts, benefactor of the impoverished, defender of the innocent, persecutor of the delinquent.
54.   Every member of Hitler’s staff wishing to marry had to secure his permission first, from the most august field marshal to the humblest corporal.
55.   Hitler himself declined to marry. He had proclaimed it the duty of every German family to produce four children, but he had cynical reasons for remaining single. He had the female vote to consider. He was wedded to Germany, he liked to say. In the twenties he had picked up women casually for an evening’s amusement – Emil Maurice, his driver, once told Hitler’s secretaries that he used to drive him to Berlin and ‘organised’ girls for him.
56.  ‘The greater the man,’ Hitler had defined in 1934, ‘the more insignificant should be his woman.’  The simple Eva fitted the bill exactly. She was a former convent schoolgirl, but gained in self-assurance and charm as she grew older.  At first Hitler had taken only to inviting her to tea in his Munich apartment, and she had to resort to great feminine cunning to win him. She faked her own May 1935 diary, threatening suicide, and left it lying around for him to find. (She was infuriated by rumours that one of German society’s most notable beauties, Baroness Sigrid Laffert, was a regular houseguest at the Berghof.) Eva swallowed a dose – but not an overdose – of sleeping tablets and was ‘rushed to the hospital.’ Hitler hurried to Munich, aghast at the mere threat of a second suicide scandal around his name. Her ‘diary’ was shown to him. Upon her discharge from the hospital, the artful girl was powdered a sickly hue and displayed to him while her women friends cackled upstairs.  Thus she won her Adolf.
57.  He sketched in pen-and-ink hundreds of monuments, memorials, arches, bridges and temple-like structures, with a remarkably good eye for proportion and perspective, though showing a propensity for over-rich designs like those of Gottfried Semper, who had erected many of Vienna’s nineteenth-century buildings. It was Troost who influenced Hitler more toward neo-classical designs – the soaring shafts of granite and marble, and the squat, oblong buildings that were to characterise the twelve years of Nazi rule.
58.  “Only a few people know the scale of the Führer’s plans for the reshaping of Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich, and Hamburg. These four cities are to get over the next ten years buildings quite capable of swallowing a major part of the building trade’s capacity, whereas our present stone-quarrying capacity already falls far short of these buildings’ requirements.   By imparting basic design ideas and by frequent personal intervention and by innumerable personal improvements the Führer has created a new artistic school that has without doubt the elements of a viable and general architectural line. At present only a few architects are spreading the Führer’s design ideas – architects who know what matters to him through their close contacts with the Führer. . . .”–Speer
59.   “Whatever is born into this world must suffer pain on its arrival.  The first sign of life that a child gives as it leaves its mother’s womb is not a cry of joy but a cry of pain. The mother too feels only pain. And every nation emerging in this world is also accompanied by trials and suffering; that’s the way things are. . . The birth certificate of nations must always be written out in blood.”–Hitler
60.  Hitler was one of the masters of psychological warfare too.
61.  ‘What manner of generals are these – that one has to whip to war instead of holding them back?’ Hitler asked in exasperation.
62.  “In political life, there is but one moment when the Goddess of Fortune wafts by and if you don’t grab her by the hem you won’t get a second chance!”–Hitler
63.   “You will never learn my real intentions. Not even my closest colleagues, who are convinced that they know them, will ever find them out.”–Hitler to General Franz Halder
64.  The daily FA wiretaps showed the Czech envoy mouthing obscene insults about the western statesmen, appealing to Prague for still more cash – urgently – and plotting with Churchill and his Paris colleague the early overthrow of the Chamberlain and Daladier regimes.
65.  ‘The Führer,’ wrote Goebbels, ‘believes in his mission with the sureness of a sleepwalker. Not for one moment does his hand tremble. A great genius in our midst.’
66.  Magda Goebbels, the beautiful platinum-blonde wife of the propaganda minister, had come to pour her heart out to Hitler about her faithless husband.
67.  ‘We used to sound off against Jewish bosses who molested their female employees,’ protested Himmler. ‘Today it is Dr. Goebbels.’
68.   [Polish] Ambassador Joseph Lipski had assured Hitler as recently as October 21 that if he ever succeeded in solving Europe’s Jewish problem, Warsaw would happily erect a statue in honour of his achievement.
69.  The local Gestapo HQ had just phoned, reporting that Goebbels’s district propaganda offices everywhere were whipping up anti-Jewish demonstrations and ordering the police –Himmler’s police – not to intervene. Himmler turned to Hitler for guidance. Hitler replied that the Gestapo were to protect Jewish property and lives. It was clear to Himmler that the whole affair had come out of the blue to the Führer. 70.  ‘This is one dead man who is costing the Jews dear,’ Goebbels gloated in his private diary.  ‘Our darling Jews will think twice in future before simply gunning down German diplomats.’
71.   On January 5, talking with Colonel Jósef Beck, the Polish foreign minister, Hitler rather speciously regretted that the western powers had not entertained Germany’s colonial demands: ‘If they had,’ he said, ‘I might have helped solve the Jewish problem by making a territory available in Africa for resettlement of not only the German but the Polish Jews as well.’
72.  He already – correctly – suspected Schacht [Reichsbank president] of maintaining clandestine contacts with foreign governments.  He summoned Schacht to the chancellery on January 19 and handed him a document announcing his dismissal. The economics minister, Walther Funk, a flabby homosexual, was appointed Schacht’s successor.
73.   Nobody who attended Hitler’s speech to newly commissioned officers in Berlin in February 1942, at the climax of the German army’s desperate travails on the frozen Russian front, and witnessed the affection that he commanded – a grim-faced Hitler, checked in mid-exit by a sudden storm of cheering from the ten thousand army officers, which itself gave way to the spontaneous singing of the national anthem – nobody could doubt that Germany’s leader cast a spell like few others in the past and certainly none since.
74.  “It is my unshakeable will that the German Wehrmacht become the most powerful force on earth.”–Hitler
75.  “Above all, my officers, you must be capable and inflexible even in adversity. True soldiers are not recognized by their victories, but after their defeats.”–Hitler
76.  Hitler quietly admired Stalin – how Bolshevism had subjected the Slav sub-humans, as he called them, to ‘the tyranny of a Jewish ruling clique,’ and established precisely the kind of elite leadership with which he was struggling to invest Germany.
77.  The Führer’s SS adjutants dutifully compiled a list of his pithy one-line reviews and sent them to the propaganda ministry. His edicts had the weight of law – and woe betide a film that attracted the Führer’s ultimate reproof ‘broken off in mid-film.’
78.  ‘This is the most wonderful day of my life,’ Hitler explained.  ‘I have now accomplished what others strove in vain for centuries to achieve. Bohemia and Moravia are back in the Reich. I will go down in history as the greatest German of all time.’
79.  On the twenty-fifth Hitler privately reassured General von Brauchitsch that he did not want to resort to force against Poland.
80.   ‘The Polacks,’ recorded an angry Dr. Goebbels, ‘will always be our natural enemies, however keen in the past they have been, out of pure self-interest, to do us the odd favour.’
81.  Hitler told him of his determination to force a settlement over Danzig. Göring was taken aback: ‘What am I supposed to understand by that?’ The Führer replied that if all else failed to regain Danzig, he was going to use force.  Göring warned that world opinion would not stand for it. Hitler calmed him down, saying he had handled other situations skilfully in the past and Poland would be no exception.
82.  The birthday parade itself gave vivid proof of Hitler’s powers of physical endurance. For four hours the troops, personnel carriers, artillery, and tanks stomped, rumbled, and rattled past his saluting base. Secretary Christa Schroeder wrote afterward, ‘Yesterday’s parade was enormous and dragged on endlessly. . . . I keep wondering where on earth he finds the strength for it all, because to be on your feet for four hours on end, saluting, must be damned exhausting. We got dog-tired just from watching – at least I did.’
83.  There is no doubt that in 1939 Hitler had the physical constitution of a horse. 84.  When questioned in 1945, the doctors who had treated Hitler were unanimous that he had been sane until the very end.
85.   It is true that Morell’s personal habits were unbecoming. He rarely washed, and was in that sense not very approachable. Hitler defended him: ‘I don’t retain Morell to sniff at,’ he once said, ‘but to keep me fit.’
86.   Morell noticed a scar on Hitler’s left thigh, caused by wartime shrapnel. During the 1923 Munich putsch, the dying Scheubner-Richter had pulled Hitler down, resulting in a fracture of the left shoulder blade.
87.  In 1938 and 1939, Hitler was unquestionably at the peak of his health.  From Morell’s own records, it is clear that most of his medicines were administered by hypodermic syringe. Morell was usually just giving shots of harmless dextrose, hormones, or vitamins. He also administered liberal quantities of sulphonamide drugs to treat even the common cold. Hitler certainly was impressed. ‘Without Morell,’ he once said, ‘I would not be able to achieve half so much. I would never be able to endure the mental and physical burden.’ Morell’s controversial daily injections of glucose and of his own proprietary compound, Vitamultin – it consisted of ascorbic acid, calcium, and nicotinamide, with either caffeine or cocoa as a sweetener – left Hitler with a short-lived euphoria. In this way the body’s normal built in powers of resistance were replaced by injected substances – not narcotics, but just as habit-forming.
88.  In April 1939 Hitler was the recipient of an open letter from Roosevelt, appealing to him to give public assurances that he would not attack any of thirty-one specified countries. Wiretaps on the U.S. embassy in Berlin revealed that staff there regarded this appeal as a gaffe. Hitler gave these assurances in a sarcastic Reichstag speech on the twenty-eighth. The Kroll Opera-house rocked with laughter as he added sardonically his own personal promise that the Reich was not planning to invade the U.S.A. either.
89.   On Goebbels’s express orders, the newspaper editors continued to soft-pedal their reports on these ‘incidents’ in Poland. ‘The Poles,’ wrote Goebbels privately on May 1,‘are agitating violently against us. The Führer welcomes it. We are not to hit back for the time being, but to take note.  Warsaw will end up one day the same way as Prague.’
90.  The women held out their children to him – a simple act that was the greatest mark of respect a leader could be shown, as Hitler remarked to his adjutants.
91.  This was the shield that protected Hitler in 1939: he was dictator by consent; an assassin would neither be forgiven nor understood. This monolithic solidarity of Führer and Volk persisted right to the end, despite what subsequent generations have assumed.
92.  A month earlier the USSR had opened talks with Britain and France, but Stalin knew that Hitler had more to offer. On May 25 the FA wiretaps on The Times correspondent in Berlin, Mr. James Holburn, showed that he had learned while in London that Chamberlain did not have his heart in an alliance with Stalin – he still hoped one day to resume his direct contacts with Hitler.
93.  Hitler stated once again that Danzig was not his ultimate objective – that would be to secure Lebensraum in the east to feed Germany’s eighty million inhabitants. 94.  “I would have to be a complete idiot to slither into a world war – like the nincompoops of 1914 – over the wretched Polish Corridor.”–Hitler
95.   The U.S. envoy in Belgrade reported:
Princess Olga quoted Herr Hitler as saying he could not understand why he was so misunderstood in England and that he wished that relations between Great Britain and Germany might be restored. . . .When the conversation turns to children, she said, tears come to his eyes. She described his eyes as being remarkable, clear blue and honest-looking.  He told her that he had a dual personality, that his real personality is that of an artist and architect, but that fate had decreed that he should also be a politician, a military man, and the builder of a new Germany.
96.    Adolf Hitler’s attitude toward the Church was ambivalent.  Although now absolute dictator he still hesitated to launch a terminal crusade against it. He had expressly forbidden newspapers to print any reference to schisms between the various religions, and transgressors were heavily punished…For twenty years, he had tried to keep the Party aloof from all matters of interdenominational conflict.  ‘We must learn to strive for that which unites us, and discard every argument that divides,’ he had said as athirty-one-year-old speaker in 1920.
97.   ‘But let me make one thing quite plain. The churches may decide what happens to Germans in the Hereafter – but it is the German nation and its Führer who decide about them now. Our nation,’ he thundered, ‘has not been created by God to be torn asunder by the priesthood.’
98.   Hitler’s profound loathing for the clergy can probably be traced back to the religious teacher at his school, about whom he had a fund of distasteful anecdotes. His alert mind thrived on the anomalies of religion.  His religious teachers had been unable to explain why at ten a.m. the story of the Creation should be taught from the Old Testament, and at eleven a.m. a wholly different version should be tendered by their science teacher. Admittedly, since the teachings of Charles Darwin the nuances were different, and religious teachers were now permitted to tender explanations for which – Hitler would remark with a chuckle – they would four hundred years earlier have been roasted ‘to the chant of pious hymns.’
99.  In 1939, Hitler regarded the Church as a vast and impersonal corporation surviving by unscrupulous methods and drawing colossal state subsidies.  He privately pilloried its cunning amalgam of hypocrisy and big business.
100.  “How absurd it is to make Heaven seem a temptation, if the Church itself tells us that only those who haven’t done so well in life are going to get in – for instance, the mentally retarded and the like. It’s not going to be very nice if when we get there we find all those people who – despite the Beatitude: ‘Blessed are they that are poor of spirit’ – have already been a blessed nuisance when they were alive! And what kind of temptation is it supposed to be, if all we’re going to find up there are the plain and mentally insipid women!”–Hitler
101.  As for the Bible, ‘that Jewish artefact,’ Hitler regretted that it had ever been translated into German.  ‘Any sane German can only clutch his head in dismay at how this Jewish outpouring, this priestly babble, has persuaded his fellow Germans to cavort in a manner that we used to ridicule in the whirling dervishes of Turkey and the Negro races.’
102.   But with maturity came a recognition that he might equally let the churches ‘rot away like a gangrenous arm,’ until there were only simpletons standing in the pulpits and old maidens sitting in the pews before them: ‘The healthier youth will be with us,’ Hitler confidently predicted.
103.   “One ought not to combat religion but to let it die of its own accord.”–Hitler
104.  “If we had all been Mohammedans, today the world would have been ours.”– Anneliese Schmundt, relating a conversation she had with Hitler (she’s saying he said it basically)
105.  Excerpts from unpublished records like these show that Hitler was inspired by purely Darwinian beliefs – the survival of the fittest, with no use for the moral comfort that sound religious teaching can purvey. ‘Liberty, equality, and fraternity are the grandest nonsense,’ he had said that evening.  ‘Liberty automatically precludes Equality – because liberty leads automatically to the advancement of the healthier, the better, and the more proficient, and thus there is less equality.’
106.  Over the years however the convents and monasteries were dissolved and expropriated. 107.   There was Michael, Cardinal von Faulhaber, Archbishop of Munich, whom he received privately at the Berghof to hear his manly appeal against the series of trials of clergy on homosexual charges.
108.   It was the Lutheran and reformed Churches in Germany that gave Hitler his biggest headaches. His early years of power were marked by futile attempts to reconcile the thirty warring Protestant factions and bring them under one overriding authority. 109.  “This Polish conflict will never, never, never result in a European war.”–Hitler
110.  Sir Horace Wilson invited Ambassador Herbert von Dirksen to call at his private flat in Chelsea – specifying that he should come on foot so as not to attract attention – and outlined an offer for a ‘full-bodied political world partnership’ between Britain and Germany. If Hitler would accept the terms, Wilson indicated, then Britain would put pressure on Poland to agree to Germany’s demands…Hitler was not inclined to bend, however. Secret directives went to the Nazi press on the twelfth and thirteenth, forbidding them even to mention Britain’s apparent change of heart. ‘Britain incited the Poles, now she must pay the price,’ was the official line to be taken. Editors were commanded to observe ‘absolute discipline’ on this posture.
111.  “Everything I’m doing is directed against Russia. If the West is too obtuse to grasp this, then I’ll be forced to come to terms with the Russians and turn against the West first, after which I’ll direct my entire strength against the USSR.”–Hitler
112.  “Every memorandum I wrote to the Duce reached Britain immediately after: so I only wrote him what I wanted the British to know without fail.”–Hitler
113.  “ As a private person I would never break my word but if it is necessary for Germany – then a thousand times!”–Hitler
114.  “I shall provide a propaganda motive for launching this war, whether plausible or not: the victor is not challenged afterward as to whether he has told the truth.”–Hitler talking about Poland
115.  For over an hour, speaking with apparent sincerity, Hitler put to the ambassador the folly of Britain’s throwing away her Empire for Poland’s sake. He followed with his now-familiar offer: after he had settled the Polish problem, he was willing to conclude agreements with Britain which ‘would . . . if necessary assure the British Empire of German assistance, regardless of where such assistance should be necessary.’ He offered partial disarmament and even hinted that if Britain waged a ‘sham war’ to preserve face he would not begrudge it. Once the war was over he would return to his beloved architecture. ‘I’m not really a politician at all,’ he said.
116.  Even as they were talking, at about six p.m. the Italian ambassador hurried in. He brought a further bombshell – the reply from Rome. Mussolini attached such fearful conditions to any Italian aid – for instance, ‘immediate war material and raw material deliveries from Germany’ – and it was couched in such language (‘I consider it my absolute duty as a loyal friend to tell you the whole truth . . .’) that Hitler could only treat it as a stinging rebuff.
117.  A small task force of Abwehr agents under Lieutenant Herzner, sent into Poland ahead of zero hour to hold open the Jablunka railroad tunnels, could not be recalled. A pathetic message came that they were now being encircled by regular Polish troops.  Hitler ordered the little band of desperadoes to hold out as long as possible. To the Polish authorities, meanwhile, the Germans coolly disowned Herzner’s force as an irresponsible Slovakian gang. 118.   At 11:52 a.m., the Forschungsamt intercepted Count Ciano’s telephone call from Rome to Attolico in Berlin, dictating what he described as Mussolini’s demands from Germany: 150 flak batteries, millions of tons of coal, steel, and oil and impossible quantities of molybdenum (600 tons!), tungsten, zirconium, and titanium.   At about 1:30 p.m. Attolico brought the list. New was Attolico’s demand that all the material must reach Italy ‘before the beginning of hostilities.’
119.  Mussolini confirmed that evening that since Germany could not supply the materials he had requested, Italy herself could not actively participate.  Hitler replied with two lame requests: he asked his friend not to give the world any clue to Italy’s disappointing attitude; and he asked for Italian industrial and agricultural workers for the Reich. Mussolini readily agreed.
120.  France’s faintheartedness was apparent in a letter from the prime minister, Edouard Daladier, which the ambassador brought to Hitler at seven p.m. that evening, August 26: ‘You were like me a soldier in the front lines in the last war. You will know as I do what contempt and condemnation the devastations of war aroused in the consciences of nations, regardless of how the war ended. . .’
121.  Unlike September 1938, this time the voices against war were in the minority. The army General Staff anticipated ‘White’ with barely disguised relish. The only influential voice of warning, that of Göring, was not heeded.
122.  Göring was maintaining contacts with high British officials through intermediaries and a Swedish businessman, Birger Dahlerus. That morning, August 26, Lord Halifax had given Dahlerus a letter for Göring; it confirmed the British desire for a peaceful settlement, but stressed the need for a few days to reach it.
123.   During the day, the Nazi wiretappers heard Holman, the secretary of the absent British ambassador, reassuring an American colleague that Henderson was urging London to avoid a war; but Holman predicted that Polish truculence might still be a big obstacle. 124.   Goebbels brought his State secretary Leopold Gutterer, wearing the black uniform of an SS Brigadeführer, and bearing a one-page propaganda ministry report on German public opinion: the public was unanimously against war [with Poland]. Hitler was furious, but Himmler backed Gutterer, saying that the Gestapo reports were painting the same grim picture.
125.   Hitler told them that things looked grave, but he had resolved to settle the eastern problem so oder so.His minimum demand was for the return of Danzig and a solution of the Corridor problem; his maximum demand was for whatever a war would bring him – and he would fight that war ‘with the most brutal and inhuman methods.’  Like Frederick the Great he was willing to stake everything on one gamble.
126.   War would be hard, perhaps even hopeless: ‘But as long as I live there will be no talk of capitulation.’ He regretted that his pact with Stalin had been so widely misinterpreted. The USSR was no longer a Bolshevik state, he argued, but an authoritarian military dictatorship like their own. He had made a pact with the Devil to drive out Beelzebub. ‘If any one of you believes that my actions have not been inspired by my devotion to Germany, I give him the right to shoot me down.’ 127.  Food rationing was introduced on August 28, 1939, without warning.  The rationing was evident at Hitler’s own breakfast table that morning.
128.  “ The Führer replied that he often dozes from three to four o’clock in the morning and then suddenly wakes up to find the problems arrayed in pristine clarity before his eyes. Then he jumps up and jots down a few key words in pencil. He himself doesn’t know how it happens – all he does know is that in the wee hours of the morning everything that might confuse or distract disappears.”–Himmler talking about Hitler
129.   ‘Göring has told the Führer, “Let’s stop trying to break the bank!” to which the Führer retorted, “It’s the only game I’ve ever played – breaking banks.”’
130.   The FA knew that Henderson had advised the Polish embassy to telephone Warsaw for urgent instructions. At 8:30 a.m. Henderson had urgently telephoned the embassy again, warning that an unquestionably reliable source had informed him that there would be war if Poland did not undertake some move over the next two or three hours. The Polish ambassador Lipski, however, refused even to come to the telephone.
131.  There is other evidence of Hitler’s beliefs in Colonel von Vormann’s notes that day: ‘The Führer,’ he wrote, ‘is firmly convinced that France and Britain will just put on an act of waging war.’
132.   In many places Hitler’s undercover operations had run into stiff resistance. Polish railway officials on Danzig’s neutral soil had managed to hold up the ‘goods train,’ bound from East Prussia for the Dirschau bridge, at nearby Simonsdorf station.
133.  In his speech he [Hitler] formally gave notice that they were at war with Poland.  He publicly thanked his comrade Mussolini for his understanding attitude and ‘offer of support’ – but, he added, the Italians must understand that he needed no outside aid to fight this war…With a gesture to his uniform, he proclaimed: ‘I shall never wear another, until victory is ours; not as long as I live!’
134.  Hitler listened unobtrusively to all that went on about him in the command coach. His being there did not distract his staff, as one member wrote, except that they were forbidden to smoke in his presence – a prohibition that fell heavily on his cigar-smoking naval adjutant.
135.   On the sixth Hitler toured the battlefield of Tucheler Heide, where a powerful Polish corps had been encircled (Apparently convinced that the German tanks were only tinplate dummies, the Polish cavalry had attacked with lances couched.)
136.    The situation in the west had a comic-opera quality. There were secret exchanges of food and drink between the French and German lines. Hitler went out of his way to avoid provoking British public opinion: when Göring begged for permission to bomb the British fleet, Hitler rejected the request.
137.  In the western Polish town of Bydgoszcz (Bromberg) the local Polish commander had ordered the massacre of several thousand German residents on the charge that some of them had taken part in the hostilities. Göring’s paratroopers were being shot on the spot when captured by the Poles.
138.  Hitler’s tours of these Polish battlefields were his first real contact with ‘the east.’ They reinforced his unhealthy fantasies about the ‘sub-humans’ and the Jews. Was this still Europe? Indiscriminately scattered about the untended acres were wretched wooden hutlike dwellings with thatched roofs. At the roadsides, knots of submissive Polish civilians stood in the swirling dust of Hitler’s motorcade. Among them he glimpsed Jews in high crowned hats and caftans, their hair in ritual ringlets; they looked for all the world like figures out of mediæval antisemitic drawings. Time had stood still here for centuries. The Jews were the enemy.
139.  Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the president of the Jewish Agency, had written to Neville Chamberlain promising explicitly that all Jews everywhere would fight on the side of the democracies against Nazi Germany. The Times published Weizmann’s letter on September 6, and Hitler no doubt considered it a Jewish declaration of war.
140.  When Heydrich informed Colonel Wagner that the planned ‘mopping up’ of Poland would embrace ‘the Jewry, intelligentsia, clergy, and nobility,’ the army officer asked only that the murderous orders flow directly from Heydrich to his task forces in the field.  But Heydrich had not in fact secured Hitler’s approval for liquidating the Jews… Hitler, however, favoured only a deportation of the Jews, as became clear to both Brauchitsch and Himmler when they conferred separately with Hitler at Zoppot on September 20. To Brauchitsch he talked only of a ghetto plan for the Jews.
141.   Hitler also authorised Heydrich to unload as many Jews as possible into the Russian zone.
142.  Hitler’s positive enjoyment of the battle scenes was undeniable. He visited the front whenever he could.
143.  As the victorious Führer drove through the streets of Danzig, flowers rained down from the windows. When the convoy of cars stopped outside the ancient Artus Hof,Schmundt was heard to comment, ‘It was like this everywhere – in the Rhineland, in Vienna, in the Sudeten territories, and in Memel. Do you still doubt the mission of the Führer?’
144.   He compared the humanity with which he was fighting this war with the treatment the Poles had meted out to the German minorities after Pilsudski’s death. ‘Tens of thousands were deported, maltreated, killed in the most bestial fashion. These sadistic beasts let their perverse instincts run riot and – this pious democratic world looks on without batting one eyelash.’ In his peroration he spoke of ‘Almighty God, who has now given our arms His blessing.’
145.  According to the later testimony of Dr. Karl Brandt, his personal surgeon, Hitler wanted between forty and sixty percent of the permanently hospitalised insane to be quietly put away.
146.  Hitler instructed Dr. Conti that, to meet the requirements of wartime, a program for the painless killing of the incurably insane should be initiated.  Dr. Conti questioned whether there was any scientific basis for assuming it would produce eugenic advantages.
147.  He [Hitler] had been an enthusiastic advocate of the racial rejuvenation of the German people ever since the Twenties. On the pretext that 20 percent of the German population had hereditary biological defects, the National Socialists had instituted a program of ‘racial hygiene’ immediately after they came to power; Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frick was a fervent advocate. In July 1933 the Cabinet had passed the first related law;it was henceforth obligatory for doctors to report on patients with hereditary diseases so that they could be sterilised.
148.   In 1935 Hitler openly told Dr. Conti’s predecessor that should war come he would ‘tackle the euthanasia problem,’ since a wartime psychology would reduce the risk of opposition from the church.
149.   A ministerial decree was eventually passed in August 1939 requiring all midwives to report the details of such deformed new-born babies; a panel of three assessors judged each case, and if all three agreed, the infant was procured from the parents either by deception or by compulsion and quietly put away.
150.   Reichsleiter Bouhler and Dr. Brandt, M.D., are herewith given full responsibility to enlarge the powers of certain specified doctors so that they can grant those who are by all human standards incurably ill a merciful death, after the most critical assessment possible of their medical condition. (Signed) Adolf Hitler
151.  Now it was no longer a local campaign but a bloody crusade in the course of which the German people were to become ennobled by conflict and purged of the impure elements in their blood and seed.
152.  He [Hitler] proposed to make one more peace offer to Britain, but he did not seriously expect Britain to come to terms until the Wehrmacht was arrayed on the English Channel, he said.
153.   A pall of death still hung over Warsaw as Hitler flew in for his big victory parade there on October 5.The stench of rotting bodies soured the Polish air. According to his closest staff, the Führer was unnerved by the spectacle of the death all about. Outwardly he remained hard and callous. To the foreign journalists swarming around him he said menacingly, ‘Take a good look around Warsaw. That is how I can deal with any European city.’
154.  Roosevelt suspected that Britain’s motives were far more dangerous and that they had nothing to do with Poland; he himself recognised that the real reason for the war lay in the one-sided Diktat of Versailles which made it impossible for the German people to acquire a living standard comparable with that of their neighbours in Europe. Roosevelt’s proposal, according to the unpublished summary, was that Hitler be allowed to keep Danzig and all the formerly German Polish provinces, and that all Germany’s former African colonies be restored to her forthwith. This was not all. If Daladier and Chamberlain refused to comply, then President Roosevelt would support Germany – Davis reported – in her search for a lasting peace: he would supply Germany with goods and war supplies ‘convoyed to Germany under the protection of the American armed forces’ if need be. John L. Lewis had privately promised Davis that if some such agreement could be reached between Germany and the United States his unions would prevent the manufacture of war supplies for Britain and France.
155.   A different aspect of Roosevelt’s policy was revealed by the Polish documents ransacked by the Nazis from the archives in Warsaw. The dispatches of the Polish ambassadors in Washington and Paris laid bare Roosevelt’s efforts to goad France and Britain into war.
156.   On Friday, October 6, Hitler spoke to the Reichstag. He singled out Churchill as a representative of the Jewish capitalist and journalistic circles whose sole interest in life lay in the furtherance of arson on an international scale.
157.  ‘The survival of the British Empire is in Germany’s interests too,’ Hitler noted, ‘because if Britain loses India, we gain nothing thereby.’
158.  Of course he was going to restore a Polish state – he did not want to gorge himself with Poles; as for the rest of Chamberlain’s outbursts, he, Hitler, might as well demand that Britain ‘right the wrongs’ done to India, Egypt,and Palestine.
159.  On October 4 Hitler amnestied all deeds committed by Germans ‘enraged by the atrocities perpetrated by the Poles.’ The Hitler decree appointing Himmler gave him the job of ‘eliminating the injurious influence of such non-German segments of the population there as are a danger to the Reich’; it was signed on the seventh. 160.  ‘In history,’ Hitler had declaimed, ‘the Victor is always right!  Thus, in this war, I shall have only the dictates of my own conscience to follow – that is, of my own God-given people. Ice-cool, I shall resort to actions that will probably violate every valid law of nations. What we need,’ he continued, ‘is space.  And I hope to acquire the space we need in the East.’
161.  When Alfred Rosenberg came to him with nebulous reports of fresh peace moves within the British air ministry the Führer belittled the prospects: while he himself would still favour a German-British rapprochement, he said, London was in the grip of a Jewish-controlled, lunatic minority.
162.  The army put the strength of the French army far too high, in Hitler’s view; what perturbed him was the growing British force in France, for he considered each British division was worth three or four French.
163.   “Victory or defeat! And it is not a matter of the future of National Socialist Germany, but of who will dominate Europe in years to come. For this it is worth making a supreme effort.”–Hitler
164.   A U-boat sank the aircraft carrier Courageous;another U-boat penetrated Scapa flow and torpedoed the battleship Royal Oak.
165.   “You cannot abandon the antisemitic and anti-Bolshevist banners which you have flown for twenty years and for which so many of your comrades died. . . The solution for your Lebensraum is in Russia and nowhere else.”–Mussolini to Hitler in 1939
166.  We have seen how Hitler concerned himself however not only with grand strategy but with the most minute interlocking elements of each operation: the position of the demolition charges on canal bridges, the thickness of the concrete in his fortifications, the calibre of the guns commanding the Norwegian fjords. In this he was aided by a phenomenal memory and technical insight into weapons design. 167.  Despite all his protestations however Hitler still mistrusted the Italians, for he imparted to Mussolini neither the impressive operational plan that he and Manstein had evolved for victory in the west, nor even the barest hint at his intentions in Scandinavia. 168.  “The Norwegian soldier spurned all the cowardly and deceitful methods common to the Poles. He fought with open visor and honourably, and he tended our prisoners and injured properly and to the best of his ability.  The civilian population acted similarly. Nowhere did they join in the fighting, and they did all they could for the welfare of our casualties.  I have therefore decided in appreciation for this to authorise the liberation of the Norwegian soldiers we took prisoner.”–Hitler after the conquest of Norway
169.   General Erwin Rommel – now commanding a panzerdivision in the west – had written in a letter on April 21: ‘Ja, if we didn’t have the Führer! Who knows whether any other German exists with such a genius for military leadership and such a commensurate mastery of political leadership too!’
170.   A member of Jodl’s staff, Captain Ivo-Thilo von Trotha, wrote in 1946: ‘My impression was that the Führer clearly recognised the human weaknesses of his colleagues and stood aloof from them.’
171.  As for the Jews, Himmler’s plan disclosed, ‘I hope to effect the complete disappearance of the Jew [from Europe] by means of a mass emigration of allJews to Africa or some other such colony.’
172.   A month later, Himmler took the opportunity of a train journey with Hitler to show him an eight-page plan for settling these eastern provinces with strong German stock. Himmler proposed that young unmarried German soldiers be induced to settle and work the land in the eastern provinces for up to eight years before marrying and taking over a farmstead or estate.  The foreign labourers were to be kept in serfdom; attempts at sexual relations with their German overlords would be punishable by death. He afterward noted on the document: ‘The Führer said that every point I made was right.’
173.   A telegram in German army files indicates that King Leopold [of Belgium] was furious at the looting and wilful destruction of his country by the withdrawing French and British troops, so Hitler’s political wisdom in ordering his armies to spare the cities of Flanders from unnecessary visitations undoubtedly paid dividends.
174.   On June 10,1940, Italy formally declared war on Britain and France.  Hitler made no attempt to disguise his contempt and forbade staff talks with the Italian forces. A member of Keitel’s staff noted: ‘The Führer’s view is that since Italy left us in the lurch last autumn we are under no obligation to her now.’ In the foreign ministry sardonic comparisons were drawn between Mussolini and the traditional circus clown who rolled up the mats after the acrobats completed their performance and demanded that the audience applaud him;or again, the Italians were dubbed the ‘harvest hands.’
175.   There is an abundance of contemporary evidence that Hitler was still well disposed toward the British Empire. The archives of the High Command and the navy provide ample examples. This was why Keitel rejected a proposal that Britain’s food supplies be sabotaged, and on June 3 Hitler explicitly forbade Canaris to introduce bacterial warfare against Britain.
176.   Together with Göring, Hitler hatched a plan to offer Britain twelve divisions for ‘overseas purposes’ – the defence of her Empire against aggression.
177.   Mussolini’s advisers had promised him it would take little more than a ‘military two-step’ to invade Greece but now the Greek army, counterattacking, was deep inside Albania, outnumbering the Italian divisions by more than two to one. On December 9 [1940] a further disaster began for Italy as the British army in Egypt opened a counteroffensive which was to throw back the Italian forces into Libya and result within a matter of days in the capture of thirty-eight thousand Italian troops and four of Mussolini’s generals. British casualties were a little over a hundred men.
178.   ‘The fact is, for better or for worse, Germany is tied to the Duce,’ explained Hitler on January 4 [1941]. ‘In the long run you can only make history through loyalty,’ he mused virtuously.
179.   In the Balkans, only Romania was unreservedly friendly; Antonescu had made ‘the best impression imaginable’ on Hitler.
180.   The whole of Hitler’s strategy was based on the assumption that Russia would be laid low in a Blitzkrieg of only a few months.
181.   Hitler however was already thinking beyond ‘Barbarossa.’ On the seventeenth, Jodl instructed his staff that the Führer wished them to study the problems of assembling troops in Afghanistan for an assault on India.
182.   Rommel’s first troops had covered the 350 miles to the Italian front west of El Agheila in twenty-six hours. Before he left Tripoli he set in train the rapid manufacture of scores of dummy tanks mounted on Volkswagen chassis to dupe the British into thinking he had a powerful armoured force.
183.   In the Baltic countries Stalin had appointed commissars (usually Jewish) who had supervised the deportation and liquidation of the entire intelligentsia within a matter of weeks; these commissars had then been replaced by Russians who had disposed of their predecessors.
184.   To some extent the Bolshevik leaders by having refused to sign the Geneva Convention of 1929 on the treatment of prisoners of war had paved  the way. They could do what they liked with German prisoners in their hands, but they could expect no quarter from Hitler either.
185.   In a speech to his army and Luftwaffe generals at the end of this month, March 1941, Hitler prepared them too for the different character of the coming fight in Russia. He compared the Communist ideology with legalised criminality.  ‘We must put the arguments of soldierly comradeship right out of our minds,’ he told his generals. ‘The Communist is no comrade and never will be.’ He suggested that ‘commissars and GPU officials are criminals and must be treated as such.’
186.   Keitel lured Horthy into plying Hitler with hunting anecdotes, knowing that Hitler abominated huntsmen.  Those who knew Hitler well were familiar with his loathing of horses. 187.   At Cripps’s suggestion the Yugoslav envoy in Moscow had at the beginning of April warned Stalin about ‘Barbarossa.’ Stalin had cockily replied, ‘Let them come. We will be ready for them!’
188.  Hitler’s blitzkrieg victory in the Balkans had wiped the smile off Stalin’s face. An extraordinary period ensued in which the Soviet government tried to appease Hitler: grain, petroleum, manganese, and other materials began flooding westward, and the Soviet government even laid on a special goods train to rush rubber to Germany along the Trans-Siberian railway.
189.   It was clear that the Soviet air force was a far greater menace than Hitler had bargained for. The aircraft factories were the biggest and most modern in Europe.
190.   On May 19 [1941] Hitler was more relaxed, and even found words of approval for Italy.  ‘It is quite clear that the Duce is one of the greatest men in modern history,’ he told Hewel.  ‘What he has extracted from the Italian people is quite marvellous. If he did not get any further, it was simply because he had reached the extreme limit of their capabilities.  After him there will not be another with his energy and talents for a long time.’
191.   Meanwhile Hitler authorised orders to his Wehrmacht which were so shocking that Keitel later had all copies of them destroyed. All political commissars attached to Red Army units – identifiable as such by the red star embroidered with a golden hammer and sickle on their sleeves – were to be executed on capture.
192.   Something akin to hysteria was overtaking Moscow as the realisation ofHitler’s mobilisation dawned.
193.   Hitler rounded off his speech with a warning against underestimating the Red Army. Afterwards he took Göring by the arm and soberly stated: ‘Göring, it will be our toughest struggle yet – by far the toughest!’ Göring asked why, and Hitler replied, ‘Because for the first time we shall be fighting an ideological enemy, and an ideological enemy of fanatical persistence at that.’
194.   On June 18 [1941], with the newspapers of every country but Germany openly asking when Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union would begin, the Soviet ambassador in Berlin asked for an interview.
195.   As recently as September 1940 the propaganda ministry had learned that Hitler had given the go-ahead for the Madagascar Plan, under which about three and a half million of the four million Jews currently living within his domain would be shipped to that island in the Indian Ocean a year or two after the war ended. Since that summer his experts had been studying the possibility of resettling Europe’s ten million Jews on this large island, a French colony. Madagascar was over twice as big as Britain; its pre-war population was four million.
196.   In private – to Keitel, Bormann, and Speer – Hitler described it as his ultimate ambition to eliminate all Jewish influence throughout the Axis domains.  Their presence still caused countless bureaucratic vexations.
197.   Seven months later, the Madagascar plan died a natural death. A foreign ministry official would write: ‘The war against the Soviet Union has meanwhile made it possible to provide other territories for the final solution.  Accordingly, the Führer has decided that the Jews are not to be deported to Madagascar but to the east.’
198.   The bulk of the Russians’ forward air force had been smashed on the ground on this first day – over twelve hundred Soviet aircraft had been destroyed.
199.   As General Guderian would write on the last day of October 1941:‘You might say that we’re no longer fighting against the Russians but against the weather and the bottomless and uncultivated land; and this is a very tough fight indeed, costly in both men and time.’
200.   When Ribbentrop came on June 27, Hitler exclaimed that he now felt like the horseman who having unwittingly ridden across the frozen Lake Constance died of horror when he learned what he had done: ‘If I had had the slightest inkling of this gigantic Red Army assemblage I would never have taken the decision to attack.’ But the gamble seemed to have come off.  On the very next day Joseph Stalin is now known to have dictated a secret memorandum recommending that they contact the departing German ambassador at once, to sue for peace and offer Hitler a new ‘Brest-Litovsk,’formally recognising Germany’s claim to the Baltic states and the Ukraine.
201.   Hitler shared this view. Looking at the wall map in his dining room, he proclaimed to his secretaries, ‘In a few weeks we’ll be in Moscow. Then I’ll raze it to the ground and build a reservoir there. The name Moscow must be expunged.’
202.   That Churchill had broadcast his offer of aid to Russia on the first day of ‘Barbarossa’ did not surprise Hitler. In private he mocked the strange spectacle of ‘Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt as fighters for freedom!’
203.   Confident of victory, on July 8, 1941 Hitler instructed Brauchitsch not to send any new tanks to the eastern front; the panzer divisions there were to be reduced in number, and idle tank crews were to be sent back to Germany to train fresh tank divisions.
204.   Among ‘other proof that the Russians were just waiting to get at the Germans’ was, according to the Luftwaffe’s General Wolfram von Richthofen, the huge number of artillery and tanks captured at Dobromysl. ‘In part they come from the young Stalin’s tank division. He has admitted that they were standing by for the big offensive.’
205.   Hitler was particularly awed by the new Soviet armoured fighting vehicles. They crawled out of the forests like primæval monsters of whose existence his experts had breathed no word to him: here was one tank of fifty-two tons, its armour plate so thick that only the Luftwaffe’s 88-millimetre anti-aircraft guns made any impression on it; and here, south of Dubno, were others, weighing a hundred tons.
206.   In Russia, he said, he would encourage neither schooling nor religion, a position on which he met the opposition of the devout Catholic Franz von Papen. Papen had sent him a long study urging that now was the right moment to reintroduce Christianity into Russia; Hitler would not hear of it. In a private aside, he noted that he might eventually consider letting in all the Christian sects ‘so they can beat each other’s brains out with their crucifixes.’
207.   In some regions, particularly the Baltic countries, the ‘Jewish problem’had solved itself. The natives had already taken primitive revenge for ‘Jewish excesses’ after the Soviet invasion of Lithuania in 1940. Hitler was informed that the Red Army’s ‘Jewish commissars’ had rounded up the local businessmen one morning and shot them. Actively encouraged by Heydrich’s units, the Latvians and Lithuanians had begun to liquidate every Jew they could lay hands on.
208.   It was reported that the American navy had been ordered to fire without warning or provocation on any German warship; American commanders concerned were instructed to deny responsibility and to suggest that a British unit was involved. Thus Roosevelt hoped to provoke countermeasures. All these facts Hitler learned from intercepted U.S. naval code signals. 209.   Nor was Hitler the mainspring behind the ‘Jewish question.’ There is now no doubt that Dr. Goebbels was. ‘In the eastern campaign,’ a Goebbels  memorandum read, ‘the German soldier has seen the Jew in all his cruelty and repulsiveness. Clearly when the soldier comes home from the wars, he must not find any Jews here waiting for him.’
210.  The Russians had also built several completely unpublicised highways along which they advanced, while the Wehrmacht adhered to the only roads they were aware of. In Red Army barracks were found dummy German soldiers that had been manufactured for target practice long before June 1941.
211.   Mussolini joined Hitler for a confidential talk – pouring his heart out for the first time about the very real difficulties his Fascist revolution was in. In 1943 Hitler would recall him as lamenting: ‘Tell me, what can you do if you have got officers with reservations about the regime and about its ideologies . . . who say – the moment you talk of your ideology or of raison d’état – “We are monarchists: we owe our allegiance to the King!”’  This admission of impotence in face of the Italian monarchy was a shock to Hitler, and he never forgot Mussolini’s words.
212.   The Finns have suggested diverting Lake Ladoga into the Gulf of Finland – which lies several metres lower – to wash away the city of Leningrad.
213.   Hitler signed an OKW order forbidding Bock to accept Moscow’s surrender, if offered; no German troops were to set foot there – the city was to be encircled and wiped out by fire and bombardment. 214.   Roosevelt had long gone beyond strict neutrality. On September 11 he had ordered the navy to ‘shoot on sight’ any warships of the Axis powers encountered in seas ‘the protection of which is necessary for American defence.’
215.   For the time being Himmler kept the Jews alive for the work they could perform; but farther east the gauleiters had no intention of preserving the unemployable Jews: a letter dated October 25 in SS files states that Eichmann had now approved Gauleiter Lohse’s proposal that those arriving at Riga should be killed by mobile gas trucks.
216.   No documentary evidence exists that Hitler was aware of what was befalling the deported Jews.
217.   In most circumstances Hitler was a pragmatist. It would have been unlike him to sanction the use of scarce transport space to move millions of Jews east for no other purpose than liquidating them there; nor would he willingly destroy manpower, for which his industry was crying out. 218.   Thus Hitler’s bold hopes for the rapid overthrow of Stalin’s regime were thwarted by the weather.
219.   ‘This Stalin is obviously also a great man,’ he [Hitler] told his baffled generals.‘To claim anything else would not make sense. Historians of the future will have to set out from the fact that today’s events are governed by the collision or collusion of great, towering personalities whose paths cross like this only once in many centuries.’
220.   The huge Russian tank output had shaken him badly; when Todt now, on November 29,1941, told him of two more Russian types that he had examined at Orel, Hitler exclaimed in exasperation, ‘How can such a primitive people manage such technical achievements in such a short time!’
221.   A major source of discontent in France was that Germany – like France after World War I – was still detaining over a million French prisoners of war. Hitler could not dispense with this labour force, for the German agricultural and armament economy relied heavily on prisoners.
222.   Despite the strategic benefits Hitler was heard to mutter, ‘I never wanted things to turn out like this. Now they’ – meaning the British – ‘will lose Singapore!’ After he had returned to the Wolf’s Lair, with the ‘Barbarossa’campaign on the brink of its first winter crisis, he made to Walther Hewelthis remark: ‘How strange that with Japan’s aid we are destroying the positions of the White race in the Far East – and that Britain is fighting against Europe with those swine the Bolsheviks!’
223.   Guderian dramatically set out to the Führer the condition of the Second Panzer Army: his troops were exhausted and outnumbered; it was impossible to dig in, as the ground was frozen solid. Hitler reported, ‘Then use your heavy artillery or mortars to blast out craters and install trench heaters in them.’
224.  “ Our own treatment of Russian prisoners is having awful consequences.In the retreat from Moscow we had to abandon German field hospitals as well. The Russians dragged out the sick and injured, hanged them upside down, poured gasoline over them, and set them on fire. . . On another occasion German prisoners were beheaded and their heads laid out to form the SS symbol.”–Canaris
225.   When the International Red Cross now proposed that both sides return to the accepted conventions, Hitler refused, telling Keitel and Jodl that he did not want his troops to get the idea that the Russians would treat them decently in captivity.
226.   On December 26 his naval adjutant put to him the admiralty’s request for extra air support for their next exercises. This was the last straw. ‘I was always a champion of big ships before,’ Hitler announced. ‘My heart was in them. But they’ve had their day. The danger of air attack is too great.’
227.   The British aided Russia by intensifying the war in the air in March 1942.On the night of March 3, RAF planes dropped over 450 tons of bombs on a Paris arms factory, killing 800 French civilians. 228.   ‘We all like the Germans,’ said one British major. ‘It’s just that we are certain that Hitler is planning to conquer the world.’ Told that Hitler had no designs on Britain at all, the major is said to have exclaimed, ‘Then why not tell our government and  people that! I would be willing to go to the British government and tell them what your peace terms are, and I give my word of honour to return to captivity here. But for God’s sake do it now, before the hundreds of thousands who will die on both sides in this summer’s fighting are sacrificed!’
229.   Hitler’s intake of information was phenomenal, but this was a necessity if the Führer principle was to be maintained. Ambassador Hewel had logged over eleven hundred different diplomatic papers passing through his hands to Hitler in 1941; by early April 1942 he had already submitted over eight hundred more. Now as Commander in Chief of the army Hitler assumed a workload that would have crushed many men.
230.   Rosenberg bitterly told Hitler on May 8 that with greater tact the Russian workers could have been procured voluntarily; by rounding them up like slaves, Sauckel – as Hitler’s manpower dictator – was merely driving hordes of Russians before him into the forests, thus supplying new recruits for the partisan armies.
231.   The General Staff suggested that Hitler allow the use of poison gas to combat the partisans – thereby countering illegal warfare with illegal weapons. Hitler would not hear of it.
232.   Similarly, he [Hitler] forbade the General Staff to study the problems of biological warfare, except in a purely defensive light. What may have been a hangover from his own gassing experience in the First World War kept him adamant to the end. Although the British (illegally) employed phosphorus in their bombs, Hitler forbade its use in the Luftwaffe’s, as its fumes too were poisonous. Since German scientists had developed nerve-gases (Sarin and Tabun) to a degree of sophistication unknown to the enemy, his otherwise inexplicable inhibitions were not without effect on the war effort.
233.   In response, Hitler merely expatiated on the best post-war homeland for the Jews. Siberia was out – that would just produce an even tougher strain of Jewish bacillus; Palestine was out too – the Arabs did not want them; perhaps central Africa? At any rate, he summed up, western Europe must be liberated of its Jews – there could be no homeland for them there.  As late as July 24, 1942 Hitler was still referring at table to his plan to transport the Jews to Madagascar – by now already in British and Gaullist hands – or some other Jewish national home after the war was over.
234.   On June 4, 1942, Hitler made one of his very rare flights outside the Reich frontiers, to honour Finland’s Marshal Mannerheim on his seventy-fifth birthday.
235.   According to his historical officer Wilhelm Scheidt, Hitler had even been grooming him [Heydrich] to become his successor. 236.   Tantalising and provocative, Stalingrad seemed to Hitler and his field commanders as good as theirs. Hitler told Halder he wanted the virulently Communist city’s entire male population ‘disposed of’ and the women transported away.
237.   ‘When we win a battle, my field marshals take the credit,’ Hitler explained. ‘When there’s a failure, they point at me.’
238.   Hitler then said that for some time now he has gone over to having all important discussions and military conferences recorded for posterity by shorthand writers. And perhaps one day after he is dead and buried an objective Englishman will come and give him the same kind of impartial treatment. The present generation neither can nor will.
239.   The war had taken on many new dimensions since 1939. In the west the Allies had initiated commando warfare. These peripheral successes struck a raw nerve in Hitler, whether the target was a radar site in France or a German oil dump. He showed little inclination to mercy when the commandos were caught: in August, six Britons were captured in North Africa behind the lines; two of them were wearing German uniforms.
240.   For Hitler, Croatia was of great strategic importance: across the country passed the German supply lines to North Africa; and it exported two hundred thousand tons of bauxite to Germany annually. Order was imperative to the Nazis. But the Italians were suppressing the Croat population and actively shielding the Jews – the very subversive elements against whom the Croatian head of state (‘Poglavnik’) Ante Pavelic was struggling to apply repressive laws similar to those enforced in Germany. 241.   The Luftwaffe commander in the Mediterranean wrote in his diary: ‘A crisis of undreamed-of proportions has emerged for the panzer army. The failure of the Italian fighter escort is to blame – it just did not show up. . . Kesselring came, worried out of his mind. Lunch was like in a mortuary. . . Everybody’s hopes were pinned on the second tanker, which sailed on October 28. In the night it was reported sunk.’
242.   The Italians in southern France overstepped the lines agreed on with the French, and Hitler learned that Laval had been overheard on the twelfth shouting into a telephone that if Italy did not withdraw her troops in twenty four hours he would declare war on her!
243.   It was here that ever since mid August Hitler had expected Stalin’s strategic push toward Rostov to develop. Richthofen uncomfortably observed: ‘It seems the Russians are going to attack the Italian sector too – a bad thing, as they will probably run faster than the Romanians.’
244.   A member of Ciano’s entourage inquired of the OKW whether the Italian Eighth Army had suffered heavy casualties; he was told: ‘None at all. They never stopped running.
245.  Still Hitler would not contemplate a political settlement with Stalin.
246.   Hitler had contracted a brain inflammation; normally several weeks of rest would have been imperative. He could not afford the time. Soon he was experiencing splitting headaches on one side, and one arm developed a tremor to which he drew Morell’s attention; the doctor suspected that it was of hysterical origin, and he noticed Hitler was dragging one leg slightly too.
247.   Stalingrad had left deep scars within him. Outwardly he was callous ordering a new Sixth Army created forthwith and obliterating all trace of the old. A momentary problem was raised by the letters the survivors were now writing from Soviet captivity. Hitler ordered them destroyed: Why rouse false hopes among their families?
248. Even deeper were the scars that Stalingrad had left within the Axis itself – symbolised at their ugliest by the hand grenade tossed at a German panzer general as he drove past a surly column of Italian troops marching back from the southern sector of the eastern front. Hitler learned to stifle his anger at these fitful friends. ‘I never want to see another soldier of our allies on the eastern front,’ he growled in private to Goebbels. ‘We can only finish off the Bolsheviks with our own soldiers – and particularly the SS.’  When Mussolini offered another seven hundred thousand men, Hitler disdainfully commented to his staff that there was no point in equipping them with scarce German arms which they would surrender at the first opportunity. ‘They can’t even be assigned “defensive” combat duties.’
249.   One of the war’s most secret treaties had just been signed in Madrid: in return for a supply of modern German weapons, Franco now committed his country to fighting the British and Americans the moment they set foot in Spain, Portugal, or any Spanish possessions in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Africa.
250.   In Croatia, as elsewhere, Italy was at the root of Hitler’s troubles. 251.  Göring was on an art purchasing expedition in Italy. ‘When does the Reichsmarschall get back?’ Hitler demanded. ‘Things can’t go on like this; we will never wear down the British like this.’
252.  By the spring of 1943 the Axis Alliance was a myth, and Hitler knew it.
253.  Hitler was not so sure.  ‘The Duce and the Fascist party are resolved to stand by Germany through thick and thin,’ he told his staff at noon.  However ‘a section of the officer corps – more at the top, fewer lower down – is inclined to make peace already. Certain influential circles are capable of treachery.’
254.   He had come to believe, he continued, that in his great pre-war purgesStalin had not ruined the Red Army after all; quite the contrary.  The introduction of political commissars had moreover vastly increased the Soviet army’s effectiveness. The Russian solidarity behind Stalin was complete: he had no Church elements to restrain him as Hitler had in Germany.
255.  Six thousand tons of bombs were discharged over the tiny but heavily fortified island of Pantelleria, commanding the shipping routes in the Strait of Sicily. The Italian defenders were so demoralised that they offered to capitulate without firing a shot.That the Italian soldiers had chosen not to withstand the kind of bombardment that German civilians – men, women, and children alike – were enduring night after night certainly did not augur well for the coming Mediterranean campaigns, Hitler noted.
256.  ‘Citadel’ [The battle of Kursk] began early on July 5. The Russians had been forewarned –once again thanks to Britain’s code-breaking. An immense and bloody battle ensued, one of the greatest tank battles in history.
257.  What disturbed all the Party leaders most was this vivid proof that dictatorships could be toppled with such ease. As Jodl bluntly put it, ruminating out loud to Hitler: ‘The fact is, the whole Fascist movement went pop, like a soap bubble!’ Hitler directed Himmler to ensure that nothing went pop in Germany.
258.  ‘M[ussolini] probably won’t be coming back,’ wrote Rommel from his Munich headquarters.  ‘The Fascist party was evidently very corrupt and was swept away in a matter of hours. . . On the other hand it suits us well, as now there is only one great man to lead in Europe.’
259. Admiral Dönitz shared Rommel’s sentiments about Hitler, writing after forty-eight hours at the Wolf’s Lair: ‘The enormous energy the Führer radiates, his unerring conviction, his prophetic analysis of the situation in Italy –all these have very much brought home to us these last few days what poor worms we all are in comparison to the Führer!’
260.  Hitler’s trust in Himmler and the SS was now absolute: Germany would never forget the heroism of the Waffen SS divisions which had recaptured Kharkov in March and dispelled the gloom of Stalingrad. Himmler’s pocket diary shows him attending Hitler’s conferences with increasing regularity; sometimes Hitler phoned him in person; they lunched together two or three times a week, or dined far into the night.
261.   To Ribbentrop’s astonishment, Hitler also remarked to Mussolini that he planned a compromise with Stalin. But the next day he changed his mind again: ‘You know, Ribbentrop,’ he said, ‘if I come to terms with Russia today, I would be at her throat again tomorrow – it’s in my nature.’
262.   Jodl set their value far below that of Montgomery’s seasoned troops. American paratroops were ‘usable,’ he said, but the rest ‘never attack so long as a single gun is left firing from the German lines.’ Hitler wrote off the threat of an American invasion elsewhere for many months to come.  ‘No more invasions for them! They are much too cowardly for that. They only managed the one at Salerno because the Italians gave their blessing.’
263.  Italy’s defection had greatly profited the Reich in terms of material. No longer did Germany have to feed Italy with coal, oil, and foodstuffs. By the end of September the first 268,000 Italian prisoners had already been transported to the Reich. ‘Operation Axis’ had also yielded a big haul of Italian weaponry: 449 tanks, 2,000 guns, and 500,000 rifles. The notes taken by one General Staff officer attending the Führer conferences of September 30 reflect Hitler’s astonishment at the booty made by his troops in Italy.  Göring reported that they had found hundreds of Italian fighter planes.
264.  Speaking to SS generals on October 4, 1943, Himmler praised the toughness of those who had had to carry out the massacre. To the gauleiters he referred to ‘the Jewish problem’ as the most difficult he had handled.  ‘The Jews are to be exterminated,’ was, he told them, easier said than done.  Even where women and children were concerned he, Himmler, had opted for a clear solution. ‘I did not consider myself justified in exterminating the menfolk – that is to kill them or have them killed – while leaving their children to grow up and take vengeance on our sons and grandsons. The hard decision had to be taken to make this race disappear from earth.’
265.   Himmler had inspired his Waffen SS troops, moreover, with a fanatic’s loyalty to Nazi Germany.
266.   When fresh feelers reached Hitler now from Britain, he thrust them aside. On October 15, Himmler’s chief of foreign Intelligence, Walter Schellenberg, learned that the British trade chief in Stockholm, David MacEvan, had offered to come secretly to Germany for a conference, ostensibly on economic affairs.  Himmler asked Ribbentrop to secure a decision from Hitler. Hitler forbade any consideration of such feelers.
267.  “My view is that without optimism you cannot be a military commander.”–Hitler
268.  His admiration for Hitler spurred Rommel on. On November 8, 1943 the Führer delivered his annual address to the Old Guard in Munich’s Löwenbräu beer cellar. ‘What power he radiates!’ wrote Rommel in intoxication. ‘What faith and confidence he inspires in his people!’
269.  One thing was plain: Hitler could not abandon the strategically important Balkan peninsula. Thus he ordered its defence to be tightened along the cordon of islands from the Peloponnese and Crete to Rhodes. Kos was taken in October; and on November 11 a modest German force landed on the island of Leros, held by ten thousand British and Italian troops, and recaptured it in five days’ bloody fighting. Samos was taken on the twenty second, and thus the whole Dodecanese returned to German control, one of the last German victories under Hitler’s dictatorship.
270.  Germany somehow had to raise more than four million new workers. The whole afternoon was devoted to a conference between Keitel, Speer, Milch, and Herbert Backe, agriculture minister, as the ‘employers’ and Sauckel and Himmler as the ‘manpower procurers.’ Hitler was still loath to employ female workers on a scale comparable to Russia, Britain, and the United States, explaining that there was no comparison between ‘our long-legged, slender women’ and the ‘stocky, primitive, and robust Russian women.
271.   For this, National Socialist indoctrination – that same ‘holy conviction’ that distinguished the Reich from the merely administrative structure that had been Fascism in Italy – was indispensable.
272.   Hitler remarked that Germany’s most important asset, the fertility of generations of German women – perhaps three or four million of them – would be wasted unless men could be found for them. Every sound German woman, married or not, must bear as many children as possible to safeguard Germany’s future. Writers, poets, and artists must henceforth extol the unmarried mother. As in animal breeding, the finest specimens of manhood must do their bit, and German womanhood must be educated to abandon their fanatical insistence on marital fidelity – ‘a fetish they often ignore themselves until they are married,’ Hitler slyly observed.
273.  ‘You can’t smash terrorism by philosophising,’ Hitler told his generals on January 27, 1944,‘you have to smash it by using even greater terror.’
274.   Erich Koch had achieved the seemingly impossible: he had converted the forty million Ukrainians who had greeted the German invaders as their liberators into a sullen, seething people, and driven them as partisans into the forests and swamplands of the north Ukraine.
275.   Where? – this was indeed the question. While Rommel and Rundstedt believed that the enemy would land on either side of the Somme estuary, Hitler had long been convinced that the Allies would launch the invasion far to the west – either in Normandy or Brittany – so that they could establish a strategic bridgehead in the Cherbourg peninsula.
276.   in western Europe the Allies had begun a violent air assault on communications – bridges, railway lines, locomotives, passenger trains, and canals were the targets. The French people suffered sorely: American aircraft had killed 400 Frenchmen in Rouen on April 24 alone.
277.  Germany just had to hold out until the great East–West clash occurred.  The bones of contention were already there: the oil of the Middle East, Soviet expansion toward India, the latent rivalry between Britain and the United States. ‘If we just sit tight and hold on without flinching, the big break between Britain and America is bound to come one day,’ Hitler said with a chuckle to Mussolini.
278.  To frequent applause, the Führer expounded his philosophy that in war as in nature the weakest must go to the wall, and that a nation which failed to recognise this would as surely vanish from the face of the earth as had countless prehistoric species.
279.  At the evening conference on June 21 he nonetheless expressed disappointment that Mannerheim had withdrawn his troops so far. Dietl slammed his fist on the table, and dismissed Hitler’s criticisms as typical of a ‘chairbound general’ unencumbered by any expert knowledge of the terrain; he would fly back to Finland, he said, and support Mannerheim to the hilt. After the general left the Great Hall, Hitler turned to his gaping staff and exclaimed, ‘Gentlemen – that’s the kind of general I like!’
280.  There was evidence that Soviet-trained ‘Seydlitz officers’ had infiltrated the battle zone in German uniforms, and issued false orders to sabotage the army group’s defence.
281.  Hours of suspense passed at the Wolf’s Lair. The injuries began to tell on Hitler’s physique. ‘I am beginning to doubt that the German people is worthy of my genius,’ he exclaimed – a sullen outburst that provoked a clamour of loyal protestations.
282.  A letter had come from Eva Braun, in Bavaria. It ended, ‘Right after our very first meetings I promised myself I would follow you everywhere, even unto death. You know I live only for the love I can give to you.’
283.   Hitler’s escape had brought the entire German population together. It was reported that army generals in Berlin had to conceal their uniforms beneath raincoats to escape the people’s indignation.
284.   ‘He is the greatest historic genius of our times,’ Goebbels dictated to his diary on July 23.‘With him we shall see victory, or go down heroically.’
285.   Or as he put it in another context – reading Kaltenbrunner’s reports on the renegades of July 20 – ‘He who rides a tiger will find he can’t dismount.’
286.   As Hitler later in August told General Alfred Gerstenberg, the Luftwaffe commander of the Romanian oil regions: ‘We are staking all we’ve got. If we lose the oil regions, we cannot win the war.’
287.  Though he might scoff at Stauffenberg’s ‘bungling,’ the injuries remained very painful. Morell’s treatment of his right elbow had resulted in dermatitis and pruritis which left it so swollen that he could not sign documents; when unsuspecting front-line generals heartily grasped his right hand he winced at the pain. Morell was also injecting massive doses of Ultraseptyl, a sulphonamide-type drug of high toxicity (manufactured by one of his companies), and an oxygen bottle now stood hissing in one corner of Hitler’s bunker room.
288.  The British were still deciphering all the German orders.
289.  That afternoon Heinrich Himmler, conferring alone with Hitler, offered firm proof that Kluge and Rommel had been in the anti-Hitler conspiracy. 290.  To his war staff Hitler still radiated confidence and dynamism. Johannes Göhler, a young SS captain who now joined the conferences with the Führer as Fegelein’s adjutant, jotted down his first impressions on August 27, 1944:
I am filled with the most ineffable admiration of him; he is unique as a man, as a politician, as a military commander. He radiates such a comforting calmness. But more than once I have heard him speak harshly – and each occasion was when on purpose or sometimes out of ignorance less than the full and brutal truth had been spoken, or even an outright lie. He seems to sense it at once; it is enormously impressive for me. . .What astounds me again and again is the radiance emanating from the  Führer: I have seen the highest ranking officers come to report laden with problems and worries. They always leave his presence full of new confidence and hope.
291.  The day before, August 30 Ribbentrop had submitted a memorandum asking for authority to put out peace feelers. But Hitler was waiting for the moment when the differences between east and west finally brought the Russians into open conflict withtheir allies. He hinted to a French diplomat on September 1 that this was one hidden blessing of the German retreats: when the Bolsheviks filled the vacuum, their true brutal nature was not concealed for long.
292.   As the German withdrawal from southern Greece began, the British took no action to disrupt it – another sign, in Hitler’s view, that Stalin had laid claim to the entire Balkans. ‘It is politically desirable to foment trouble between Communists and nationalists in every region we abandon,’ quoted Jodl in his diary.
293.  By way of Japan, loud and unmistakable hints reached Hitler late in August that Stalin was reluctant to destroy Germany, as Russia would need all Germany’s industrial expertise in the coming conflict with the West. ‘Stalin is evidently willing to conclude a peace treaty even with a National Socialist Germany under Adolf Hitler,’ the telegram from Tokyo read. This was why the Soviet offensive had stopped short of Russia’s 1940’s frontiers, and this was why Stalin had not emulated his western allies’ terror-bombing of German cities.
294.   To ease the sinus pains, Erwin Giesing began a mild course of cocaine treatment: Hitler sensed an immediate relief, though the cocaine reaction often brought him out in a sweat; on one occasion he felt giddy, things went black in front of his eyes, and for a full ninety seconds he had to lean heavily on the table in order not to fall over. Perhaps inevitably, over the next weeks the Führer began begging the army doctor to prolong the cocaine treatments. He teased the doctor, ‘I hope you are not making an addict out of me.’
295.  Because of the fuel crisis, teams of oxen were now having to haul the Me-262 jet aircraft onto the runways of German airfields.
296.   Besides, he disclosed to the generals, he had to keep some pawns in hand as the Russians were currently extending feelers to him. This time Hitler authorised his minister to put out counter-feelers – but the Russian intermediary never showed up at the rendezvous.
297.  Ancient Königsberg was now in ruins, and one saturation attack on Darmstadt’s centre in September had left twelve thousand civilian dead, burned alive in the firestorm, in half an hour.
298.  When Hitler rejoined his car he found several hundred people throng ing outside. They burst out cheering as they recognised him; many were on stretchers, and many were lacking an arm or a leg, but their emotion at this, their first encounter with their Führer, could be seen glistening in their eyes. His hold on their feelings was still unique. A few days before, one of his SS staff had written privately: ‘Up here you get a far broader view, you see things with a different eye. . . With our Führer, nothing can possibly go wrong for Germany or any of us; he is quite simply wunderbar.’
299.  In a special memorandum the physician recorded a few days later Hitler’s own commentary on his ongoing martyrdom: ‘Says that the weeks since July 20 have been the worst of his life. He has fought a heroic battle the likes of which nobody, no German, could ever imagine. He has stayed on his feet despite the worst pains and hours of dizziness and nausea (about which, despite my questions, he never told me). And he has conquered them all with iron determination. Frequently, he says, he was in danger of collapsing but by sheer willpower he always kept himself under control.
300.   Giesing scrutinised the Latin label on the small flat aluminium box: ‘Extr. nux. vomic. 0.04; extr. bellad. 0.04’ – strychnine and atropine. According to his calculations,Hitler had since Stalingrad been cumulatively poisoning himself with thesetwo substances.
301.   In seventy ships the German navy had snatched the last Germans from the Baltic ports and evacuated a hundred thousand Estonian refugees as well. The local population could hardly believe that the Germans were letting the Russians return, and many announced that they would vanish into the forests and wait for the Germans to come back, as come they surely must.
302.  At Hitler’s dictation on the twelfth Keitel wrote Rommel a letter advising him to come to see the Führer if he considered himself innocent, or to take the appropriate steps as an officer and gentleman if he did not; otherwise he would be turned over to the People’s Court.
303.   The Reichsführer [Himmler] had already started talks with Allied intermediaries on an alternative means of disposing of the Jews – by barter, in exchange for goods or foreign currency; on July 20 Ribbentrop had advised Edmund Veesenmayer, his representative in Budapest, that the Allies had rejected the barter proposal.
304.   Even as this ultimatum was being delivered at ten a.m., Skorzeny’s team in Budapest was kidnapping Horthy’s son – luring him to an ambush by telling him that an emissary from Marshal Tito was waiting for him.  By the time that Hitler was awakened by his staff on October 15, at half past noon, the die had therefore been cast; Horthy’s son, rolled inside a carpet, was aboard a plane bound for Vienna.
305.   Then the miracle happened – perhaps just because the German riflemen knew that he was still there. General Hossbach’s Fourth Army halted the Russian onslaught and launched a courageous counterattack; he concentrated on the enemy spearhead west of Gumbinnen. Gumbinnen was recaptured. As Hossbach then swung south to deal with the Goldap spearhead, the carnage left by the Russian Eleventh Guards Army was witnessed for the first time. Air force General Kreipe wrote in his diary: ‘Visited “Hermann Göring” Panzer Corps, in combat at Gumbinnen. . . In and around Nemmendorf women and children crucified on barn doors and shot. I order photographs taken as evidence.’
306.  On October 25, he told Bormann that he would definitely not leave the Wolf’s Lair until the crisis in East Prussia was over. His staff nervously complied. His female secretaries asked if they ought to learn to handle pistols.  ‘No thank you, ladies,’ responded Hitler loftily. ‘I have no desire to die at the hands of one of my secretaries!’
307.   Medical supplies – drugs, serums, bandages, anaesthetics, and analgesics – were scarce or even unobtainable, as the factories had been destroyed. Epidemics were rampant, carried by lice, and by rats burrowing through the corpse-filled crevices of the ruined cities.
308.  It was thanks to Hitler alone that the Me-262 was in service as a jet bomber – though five months later than he had planned. As he had predicted, the Me-262 was wreaking havoc against the large enemy troop assemblies around Nijmegen.
309.   Hairline cracks were now appearing in the enemy alliance. Stalin had given British and American military delegations twenty-four hours to get out of Bulgaria. His invasion of Romania and Bulgaria flagrantly violated the Teheran agreements of 1943 – as the Cicero documents showed. Stalin’s annexation of eastern Poland was causing uproar in London and Washington.
310.   On October 10 moreover Himmler had shown Hitler a strong clue that Stalin was again putting out oblique feelers to him. At about this time Sonnleitner followed Hitler into his bunker bedroom one evening and asked if Ribbentrop might now take up the feelers that the masseur of Madame Kollontay, the Soviet ambassador in Stockholm, was putting out. A German-Soviet rapprochement, even at this late date, was Ribbentrop’s dream.
311.   In Britain, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden admitted in Parliament that relations with Stalin were strained. Neither Stalin nor Hitler could fail to see that the British were still purposefully allowing the Wehrmacht to escape unhindered from the southern Balkans to the battlefields in Hungary.
312.   In Iran, British and American oil interests had already provoked a government crisis over their dispute with the Russian oil interests. In Greece the government appointed by the British military commander had disbanded the Communist guerrilla units.
313.  Hitler had not lost his nerve.  In his secret order for the Ardennes attack signed on November 10 he expressly accepted all the risks ‘even if the enemy offensive on either side of Metz, and the imminent attack on the Ruhr region, should create major inroads into our territory or fortifications.’ It was a calculated risk, but one largely justified by events.
314.   Professor von Eicken operated on him on November 22; the pathologist confirmed that the polyp was benign, of the kind more commonly referred to as a ‘singer’s knot.’ The morphine injection Eicken used to anaesthetise the Führer proved an alarming overdose, however, for he was knocked out by it for nearly eight hours;the professor had failed to take into account Hitler’s total abstinence from alcohol and nicotine in calculating the dose.   Gradually Hitler’s voice returned, although by early December he could still only whisper; soon the entire chancellery was talking in whispers too.
315.   In the same heroic vein Hitler had commenced an order to his commanders on November 25, 1944, as follows: ‘This war will determine the survival or extinction of the German people. It demands the unqualified commitment of every individual. Even seemingly hopeless situations have been mastered by the blind courage and bravery of the troops, the stubborn steadfastness of all ranks, and by calm, unyielding leadership.’
316.   The enemy had made their purposes quite plain: the Americans planned to convert Germany into ‘a country primarily agricultural and pastoral in its character’; the plan to that end drafted by Henry Morgenthau, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, had been initialled by Churchill and Roosevelt at Quebec in mid-September – a gift to Goebbels’s antisemitic propaganda  The Nazi leaders could now proclaim that the enemy leaders were agreed on the extermination of forty million Germans.
317.   On December 15 Churchill announced in Parliament his approval of Stalin’s demands on eastern Poland; the Poles could in return have much of eastern Germany, from which the Germans would be expelled – ‘Because expulsion is the most satisfactory and lasting means.’  ‘Earlier,’ Hitler reminded his generals, ‘that kind of thing would have been dismissed as a propaganda slogan, as a propaganda lie.’
318.  Russian deserters had reported that Stalin had recently ordered that in German territory the Red Army troops might loot and rob and ‘do as they please.’
319.  “And this I must say – our nation is as decent as one could ask for. It would be impossible to find a better people than the Germans.”–Hitler
320.  Hitler’s conviction proved correct, and he would also win his second extraordinary gamble – on concealing his Ardennes intentions for three months from the enemy. The renegades who had betrayed his moves in the past were now dead or awaiting trial; he had obliged every man participating in the war conferences preceding the Ardennes offensive to sign a document swearing him to utter secrecy.
321.   With his predilection for the unorthodox, he had sent for SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny on October 21, told him that the Americans had put three captured German tanks flying German colours to devastating use at Aachen, and directed him to create a phoney ‘American’ task force to seize bridges across the Meuse between Liège and Namur and to spread alarm behind the enemy lines when the Ardennes attack began.
322.   Hitler learned secretly that Stalin was willing to negotiate with him before beginning his new offensive. Hitler however was no more inclined to throw in the towel now [December, 1944] than Stalin had been in 1941.
323.  Crossing this last high plateau of his fortunes, Hitler still radiated determination, the nameless energy of a Messiah, to his visitors: Szálasi noticed it; Bormann cultivated it; Guderian succumbed to it.
324.  As the train gathered speed toward Berlin, one of his personal staff – the SS colonel Otto Günsche – remarked ‘Berlin will be most practical as our headquarters: we’ll soon be able to take the streetcar from the eastern to the western front!’ Hitler laughed wanly at this witticism, whereupon the rest of his staff joined in.
325.  Faced now with this Soviet invasion, Hitler sceptically authorised Ribbentrop’s first cautious feelers to the western powers.
326.   Zhukov’s lengthy Order of the Day fell into German hands. It was headed, ‘Death to the Germans!’ and announced in uncompromising terms that the hour had come for the Red Army to wreak revenge on ‘Hitler’s cannibals.’ ‘We’ll take revenge for all those burned to death in the Devil’s furnaces, poisoned in the gas chambers, shot and martyred. We’ll take cruel revenge for them all. . . Woe betide the land of murderers! . . .This time we shall destroy the German breed once and for all.’
327.   Gehlen’s Intelligence branch confirmed: ‘Refugee columns overtaken by Soviet tanks are often machine-gunned and then crushed beneath them.’
328.   In Breslau, 38 Volkssturm battalions had been raised; with these 15,000 men and 30,000 regular troops, Breslau defied air and artillery bombardment and ground attack in a long siege that was not ended until a week after Hitler himself had perished.
329.   The estimated night’s death toll in Dresden was put to him as a horrifying one-quarter of a million.
330.   A group of Soviet agents parachuted into Templin on the night of April 7–8, 1945, admitted under interrogation that their mission had been to find out what plans the Allies had made for attacking the Russians; if even Stalin expected such a clash, then Hitler intended to keep his Reich in existence – however battered and however diminished – until then.
331.  Since the holocaust of Dresden, British night bomber forces had cascaded incendiaries and explosives into Chemnitz, Duisburg, Worms, Kassel, and ancient Würzburg. By day the tide was beginning to turn, as the Me-262 jets joined the squadrons.
332. The kamikaze operation – overlooked by history – was vivid proof of the bitterness fomented by the bombing war. Koller made available 180 Me-109‘s on April 3; 184 pilots volunteered.
333.  Over one million people had been slain by the Allied bombers.
334.  Count Lutz Schwerin von Krosigk also noted in his diary a talk with Goebbels on April 9, 1945, in which Goebbels described how Germany had put out cautious peace feelers.  The Russians and Americans had reacted positively, but the British had rejected them out of hand.
335.   The speed of events, particularly in the west, stunned Hitler. He had been confident that in the east a great German defensive triumph lay in store. On March 25 [1945] he told Gauleiter Fritz Sauckel that for the first time he feared the war was lost.
336.   Brief German reconquests of ground in East Prussia brought fresh reports on the fate of the Germans who had not escaped in time. ‘It shall not be! These illiterate brutes shall not inundate all Europe!’ Hitler raged. ‘I am the last bulwark against this peril. If there is any justice, then we shall emerge victorious. One day the world will see the moral of this struggle!’
337.  Defeat seemed certain to all but the most blindly loyal. The hours that Hitler spent with them increased. Dr. Robert Ley, leader of the Labour Front, was now favoured with many hours of Hitler’s private conversation.  He left Berlin inflated with new courage and conviction, to organise an ‘Adolf Hitler’ Free Corps in Austria – tank-killer teams trained and equipped to operate behind the Russian lines. ‘The Führer was head and shoulders above us all,’ wrote Ley after the war. ‘And we were too puny for this Titan.’
338.  In January 1945 Speer had not hesitated to order the destruction of Hungarian refineries – a premature act that the OKW was just able to stop in time. By March he was planning less for Germany’s defence than for his own. His character was ambivalent and complex. Later he would claim that he ‘had counted up all the acts of high treason which he had committed from the end of January onward and had arrived at a total of over sixty.’  Hitler never realised this. 339.  Warily – because he knew Hitler’s loathing of astrologers – Dr. Goebbels had sent for the horoscopes of the Republic (November 9,1918) and of the Führer (January 30, 1933), which the Gestapo had kept filed away.
340.  Thus Hitler’s malevolently brilliant brain was still functioning logically and flexibly. His doctors were later unanimous in agreeing that his sanity remained intact until the end, even though his bloodshot eyes had now became so poor that he had to put on spectacles to read even the documents typed on the special big-face typewriters. His hair had turned an ashen grey, and Morell observed in Hitler for the first time fetor ex ore – the clinical description of bad breath.  341.  In February [1945], Stalin had lost 4,600 tanks, against a monthly output of only 2,300; in the first twenty-two days of March no fewer than 5,452 Soviet tanks were claimed destroyed.
342.   On the Czech frontier, the tough General Ferdinand Schörner fought a twenty-day defensive battle for the industrial city of Moravian Ostrau (Ostrava) which ended on April 3 [1945] in a convincing victory. Schörner, said Hitler to Goebbels, was ‘one hell of a fellow – the kind you can blindly rely on.’ He appointed him field marshal.
343.   Vienna itself seemed bent on suicide. From there SS Colonel Skorzeny reported that while tank brigades were running out of gasoline, retreating Luftwaffe units were passing through with truckloads of girls and furniture.
344.   Hitler did not share Göring’s naïve trust in the enemy. Sitting casually on the edge of the map table after one war conference, he instructed Himmler’s representative to ensure that all inmates who could not be evacuated were liquidated.
345.  A vague notion of continuing the war from the easily defended mountain regions of Bohemia, Bavaria, and northern Italy had begun to crystallise in Hitler’s brain.
346.  The German air force threw all it had into the battle.  In a second unsung kamikaze operation, sixty Luftwaffe planes manned by suicide pilots crash bombed the Oder bridges across which the enemy was flooding westward.  By nightfall, although a five-mile-deep breach had been torn into the front near Wriezen, there was no doubt in the chancellery that Hitler’s generals had inflicted a resounding defeat on the enemy.
347.   Over and over during the next two weeks Hitler restated the belief that sustained him: ‘Perhaps the others’ – meaning Britain and the United States – ‘can be convinced, after all, that there is only one man capable of halting the Bolshevik colossus, and that is me.’ This was the point of fighting an otherwise hopeless battle for Berlin.
348.  He sighed and consoled Sonnleitner: ‘Never mind – Salzburg’s cathedral will be rebuilt, and fast.’ Seeing the diplomat’s incredulous expression, Hitler continued: ‘Just think of the colossal capacity that will become available when we go over from wartime to peacetime production!’ They shook hands and parted.
349.   In the narrow confines of his bunker, the Führer suffered an apparent nervous breakdown on April 22.
350.  ‘That’s it,’ he shouted. ‘How am I supposed to direct the war in such circumstances! The war’s lost! But if you gentlemen imagine I’ll leave Berlin now, then you’ve got another think coming. I’d sooner put a bullet in my brains!’ Hitler abruptly stalked out. Walther Hewel telephoned Foreign Minister Ribbentrop in extreme agitation: ‘The Führer’s had a nervous breakdown – he’s going to shoot himself!’
351.  Hitler ordered a telephone call put through to Goebbels and dictated to him an announcement: ‘I have decided to stay to the end of the battle in Berlin.’ He ordered Goebbels to bring his family to the shelter.
352.  Jodl pointed out that if Hitler committed suicide in Berlin, the German army would be leaderless. Unmoved, Hitler called Martin Bormann in, and ordered him, Keitel, and Jodl to fly to Berchtesgaden that night to continue the war with Göring as acting Führer. All three refused.  Somebody objected that there was not one German soldier who would be willing to fight for the Reichsmarschall. Hitler retorted, ‘There’s not  much fighting left to be done. And when it comes to negotiating, the Reichsmarschall will be better at that than I.’
353.  Hitler was not appalled at the prospect of his own imminent death. At an August 1944 war conference he had told his generals that in death he would look for ‘a release from my sorrows and sleepless nights and from this nervous suffering.  It takes only the fraction of a second – then one is cast free from all that and rests in eternal peace.’
354.   He gruffly instructed Eva Braun and the two remaining secretaries to get changed and fly south. Eva took both his hands in hers. ‘But you know I am going to stay here with you!’ Hitler’s eyes glistened, and he kissed her lightly on the lips. Frau Junge chimed in, ‘I’ll stay too!’ and Frau Christian echoed her. ‘I wish my generals were as brave as you,’ Hitler replied.
355.   For the first time Hitler now admitted to Ribbentrop that the war was lost. He dictated to Ribbentrop four secret negotiation points to put to the British if he got the chance. If the Continent was to survive in a world dominated by Bolshevism, then somehow London and Berlin must bury the hatchet. He instructed Ribbentrop to write secretly to Churchill in this sense. ‘You will see,’ Hitler predicted. ‘My spirit will arise from the grave. One day people will see that I was right.’
356.  “First I must set an example to everybody I blamed for retreating, by not retreating myself. It is possible that I will die here, but then at least I shall have died an honourable death.”–Hitler
357.   He disclosed privately to Colonel von Below, ‘Only my wife and I will stay behind.’ He contrasted Eva Braun’s fidelity with the gross disloyalty displayed by Göringand Himmler – whom he intuitively blamed for Steiner’s disobedience.
358.  “In this city I have had the right to command others; now I must heed the commands of Fate. Even if I could save myself here, I will not do so. The captain too goes down with his ship.”–Hitler
359.  “From the sacrifice of our soldiers and my own comradeship with them unto death, we have sown a seed which one day in Germany’s history will blossom forth into a glorious rebirth of the National Socialist movement and thus bring about a truly united nation.”–Hitler
360.   Another notable event lay ahead, and this was at the forefront of Hitler’s private testament, the document which he now dictated. ‘During my years of struggle I believed I ought not to engage in marriage; but now my mortal span is at its end I have resolved to take as my wife the woman who came to this city when it was already virtually under siege, after long years of true friendship, to link her fate with my own. It is her wish to go with me to her death, as my wife. This will make up for all I could not give her because of my work on behalf of my people.’ Hitler bequeathed his effects to the Party; or, if it no longer existed, to the state.
361.  By four a.m. Frau Junge had finished typing the testaments in triplicate(her chief wanted to make certain that one copy reached the outside world).  Hitler himself was still reminiscing softly with Goebbels about the exhilarating struggle for power and empire which was now approaching its end.

The Crazy Men of Destiny

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By Eric Volmar

 

In the developing historical phase, unnoticed ranks of men of exceptional and, sometimes, unbalanced ability, the highly capable and gifted–madmen, recluses, and wildmen– are beginning to combine and prepare for the blood-battle. Quietly, efficiently, and unobtrusively, history’s ‘crazy’ and ‘abnormal’ Aryan men are making ready in diverse ways as the orient sun commences its penetration of our long night of racial decline and summons our phalanxes to duty.

The ‘Out-Elite’, ‘abnormal’ man discussed here is a person of extra-normal strengths (intellectual or imaginative) and weaknesses whose power and output are consumed by desperate ‘normal’ men for their survival. Having an extraordinary mentality, prescience, perspicuity, vision, or intuition, the abnormal man is often unbalanced by an equal debility in character or in his fate. Such men are gifted with exceptional, almost praeter-human inventiveness, artistic power, and feeling, but are rendered lopsided by equally intense or dominant weaknesses (inherited or suffered) that often defeat or sidetrack them. Usually non-social (not anti-social) and non-gregarious, the ‘crazy’ man of history deceptively appears impotent and insignificant, for his oddities, his pronounced faculties and defects, together separate him from regular society. His underlying talents unappreciated and unused, his nature misunderstood and misapprehended by a hopelessly ‘conventional’ world, these unconventional Out-Elites remain submerged or are shoved aside from the mainstream; underemployed or unemployable, these men are, however, the chief force impelling revolution at critical biological and historical junctures.

In normal times, or during the smooth ‘civilization’ phase, the abnormal man sinks to an existence of underachievement and penury lived out in oblivion. The ‘cultural’ or living phase employs and inspires such men to the fullest, but the ‘commercial-civilization’ stage has nothing to offer them, and vice-versa. In these latter phases, the unconventional man usually is a material failure, as he isn’t geared to the orthodox, routine modalities of codification and consolidation, and either is consciously bypassed or voluntarily retreats to the byways and backwaters. The casualty rate is high in these circumstances, as great numbers plunge into irretrievable despair or irremediable deterioration, and this toll increases as society scuds toward its climactic era: anything exceptional or elevated– genius or heroism– is more and more disparaged
and disbelieved, thus men of true understanding and responsiveness are discarded or stifled.

The ‘crazy’ men seem so because of their genuinely original and stupendous powers, because of their ‘superior logic’, winged beyond the average ken, their ability to ideate or fantasize far past prosaic realms, and their power to conceive aesthetic forms and effects hitherto unthought and undreamed. In our degenerate era, most of such natures grow up and mature unrecognized and unencouraged. Original and consequently rebellious, such men have a tumultuous childhood and usually are suppressed by high school age. But when the sodden, commercialized society declines and starts to crack apart, greater numbers hold themselves together and come into their own: “…the difficult boys develop only when they have the elbow room they need. My former pupil Hitler seems to belong to this latter species.” (August Kubizek, The Young Hitler I Knew, page 54., quoting Prof. Heumser.) Hitler is an exemplar of the ‘abnormal’ man who rises rapidly and unpredictably in the ‘elbow room’ of national and racial decomposition.

Generally the unconventional, crazy men are quite alert to the real verities and the determining causal forces, unfooled as they are by shimmerings and distractions. The abnormal man of today knows that race is the telling factor, and since racialism is intellectually unfashionable and racists are ostracized, the mores hold that this approach is deviant, bizarre, crazy: the racist is the contemporary ‘crazy man’. Used to handling taboos, the abnormal men are taking their growing racialism in stride and carrying the fight as never before. They have the advantage of being the first to champion unpopular notions whose time has come, and, ingrained by temperament and learned by experience, have mastered the rules of the game. Also, the crazy men are resilient, for they never take either the world or themselves too seriously. Incomprehensible to the ‘Semite’, this attitude alienates them farther and farther from the material-commercial crowd, and enables them to see through stupid and lethal orthodoxies and duplicities gripping and stagnating civilization, while permitting them to absorb social and economic blows invited by their racism.

Another advantage is the abnormal man’s peripheral habitat. Too disgusted with specious material rewards and too revulsed by the personal contact required to win a normal living, the ‘zany’ refined men of the cosmos are flops by accustomed standards; in many cases they never establish a career, a home, or a family, at least in the accepted sense.  Lonely, solitary, hermitic, these “men of deep insight and feeling who feel estranged in the masses of robot-like intellectuals and vapid women…” move to the fringes where they enjoy leisurely and silent observation. Thus detached, they become ‘other-worldly’, relatively immune to social and cultural vicissitudes and epiphenomena: such individuals become a warrior class, a corps of lethal portents, are willing to sally into the deadly fray, and are safe from the disappointments and let-downs of normal men. Although penurious and isolated, the abnormal warriors have not lost the spirit and edge by the wear of routine of Humdrum Man.

Furthermore, the crazy men living in the ‘commercial’ phase escape notice and control, and are able to strengthen and combine themselves unobserved. This permits their sudden eruption when deterioration becomes manifest and critical.

The originating Aryan man has elemental, radical insights and ideas, and is mistaken and misunderstood as a ‘wildman’ for his vaulting panoramas and programs. His noumena are superior to and beyond those of mundane men. Since any idea is on a separate plane from and independent of inferior conceptions, the thoughts of abnormal man are dissociated from the ‘given’ doctrines and are labeled as crazy by the masses and because a necrotic age loses comprehension of genius, talent, or heroic exceptions, their possessors and appreciators are dismissed and forgotten. Considered wastrels, idlers, or piddlers because they are not participating in the crass hurly-burly, abnormal Aryan men are left to pursue native racial profundities undisturbed and unpaid. In our Jewish-commercialist downspin these men are spurned because they are out of place in an era of cleverness, calculation, and intricacy: because they will not or cannot compete in the commercial
world, they are rated as impractical or as men afraid to test themselves, a seriously erroneous judgment. So when historical decomposition sets in and when his own culture sickens, the abnormal, the healthy man, is cast out and ignored– by his own race and by his enemies.

In popular media and in intellectual criticism, the unbalanced seers and deviant stargazers are misevaluated because it is no longer understood that they are not to be measured by conventional standards: in egalitarian times, ‘exceptional men’, the singular geniuses, are no longer acknowledged or perceived. Their qualities, and their worth and importance are missed entirely by conventional investigations and analyses, the latter based on conventional norms and concepts inadequate for the subject.

The uncommon man is not born for the illusively peaceful, successful, civilization phase, but surges to the fore in times of grave social stress and mortal disruption; unfitted for routine life, the abnormal man breaks in to action at critical historical points since he thrives on tempest and turbulence. When ‘normal’ men are stupefied, unnerved, and paralyzed by a novel threat (like the Jews), the crazy men move expeditiously out of the recesses of society into battle, becoming- in our times– racial warriors when all others are routed and broken. The normal man is attuned to normal/natural challenges and situations, and rises during the ‘business’ phase, but when cyclical breakdown sets in, only the abnormal can cope with the new, alien perils. Quickly and unexpectedly emerging from their ‘lost’, ‘wasted’, ‘unproductive’ lives, these metamorphosized Vikings know what must be done and how to do it.

Confounded, confused, and baffled by the insidious onslaught of the Jew, average men are totally debilitated, but not so the Aryan racist wildmen who alone have the conatus– the will– and knowledge to fight happily on. Not immobilized by circumscribed thinking like the confused conservatives, abnormal men deftly grasp the essential problem, and speedily, smoothly, and sweepingly scheme out the solution. Racist Aryans know what the real forces, factors, and possibilities are and cognize what strategies and measures will bring victory: the crazy men alone formulate winning counter ideas and can venture to do what has not been done before. What defeats and destroys normal men, excites and actuates the abnormal; whereas others despair and shrink away, the deviant racist awakens and bristles; what withers average Aryans, tingles the crazy; what is inscrutable and overwhelming to the mundane conservatives is a clear, crisp challenge to the crazy.

Currently, one part of the crystallizing Aryan force, the abnormal men of destiny– the naturalist and occultist Nazis– and the vanquished conservatives, are passing by each other going to and from battle: cheerful, perfervid, and determined racist warriors now are filing in elongated columns towards the test, while dizzy, beaten, weary, ‘respectable’ conservatives dazedly stumble back from the scene of their end as historical men.

Mingled with abnormal men at the outset, however, are the genuine misfits, losers, and inferiors, the freakish, the defective, and the malformed gravitate to the depths and edges to accompany the exceptional men– though for different causes. Clinging to the strong men of destiny and intruding themselves into periodic revolutions in the futile hope of alleviating their miseries, the constitutionally subnormal are wiped out quickly (as on the frontier) by the extraordinary pressures and circumstances: revolution, especially our Aryan upthrust against the Jew, makes tremendous personal demands far exceeding those of regular life and metes out the severest penalties. Only the hard, the healthy, and the humorous will survive the fight and go forward.

Thus an invisible army conscripts itself; only the crazy racist Aryan is able to hate the Jew enough and to love his race and its cultural personality enough to organize and make an attack. The crazy men see the Jew for what he is, and, being spiritual men– being of otherworldly mind and having nothing of property to lose– can transcend themselves to attain the order of bravery and racial love required to win the impending conflict.

My Favorite Quotes from Siege, by James Mason

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1. “The true guerrilla is never beaten. He will never negotiate away his freedom. He will never compromise his ideals. He will never surrender.”–Anon
2. We do not wish to rock the boat, we intend to SINK IT!
3. If a good cause were enough, we’d have won a long time ago. But it isn’t enough. One of life’s more harsh realities is that in this dirty struggle the ultimate prize will go to
he who is the dirtiest. We seem to have fallen for our own propaganda aimed at man’s nobler instincts. We’re supposed to fight “clean.”
4. What we do, we do because it is the right, proper and manly course of action
to take. We are in defense of nothing. We are everywhere on the attack.
5. Wherever you may be at this moment, let the revolution be there also. Spread a little revolution wherever you go! Never gripe about the System; project the Revolution!
6. From experience, I know that with fifty National Socialists, one can do anything, anywhere, anytime. Better still, as Tommasi said, FORGET such activities as might be used in a campaign to gain political power.
7. We have GOT to trashcan 1933 strategy and tactics. They won’t work.
8. Why in the world struggle to get ourselves all bottled up when the enemy is ALREADY bottled up for us?? The Jews, the Blacks, the bureaucracy–every source of filth and decadence emanates from the major cities of the U.S. How would a total breakdown, a general strike, a civil war, a total revolution, effect these man-made hell holes? They would in short order die the death they so richly deserve.
9. For our part, we will welcome and honor as COMRADES any White, bar none, who wishes to join with us in the struggle. ANY action taken against the Enemy, no holds
barred, is a heroic deed. For our part, we will tolerate no divisive moralism to hamstring our efforts.
10. Commander Rockwell said that the purpose of life was to struggle as hard as you can for what you believe in and to enjoy the fight.
11. Living within the Beast System as a revolutionary, day-today, is the REAL emergency and it calls for emergency measures to be taken on a ROUTINE BASIS. To be able to exist thus is the victory!
12. You must – if you ever run seriously afoul of the System to where they can lay a legalistic finger on you – either disappear totally or confront them totally. No use playing.
13. It is true that the removal of one or a dozen goyish front men will not alter or remedy the situation. Only a TOTAL REVOLUTION can change it.
14. The Movement has GOT TO STOP PEDDLING GARBAGE and START INSTRUCTING IN REVOLUTION!
15. In the old revolutionary axiom, “Educate, Agitate, and Organize,” the term “education” is basic.
16. And it is to be directed, in every case, against the System itself, the ultimate culprit, never toward simply Blacks or Jews or liberals or anything else which skirts or evades the issue and which sounds like (and IS) reactionary and for which not even a fool nowadays will respond favorably or positively.
17. You do not “agitate” by placing yourself in the center of brawls. Lesser still by aiding the System in making people despise you. You do it anonymously, by making people know and hate the System.
18. To promote the “club,” the “leader,” the “name, “the “symbol” or the “approach” soon becomes everything. In-fighting takes over. Petty competitions take care of the
rest. Nothing is served. So it has always gone. To truly organize effectively means having someplace to hide on the other side of the country, anytime, for any reason. It
means secrets being kept. It means material help when it is needed. It means a unified line and a unified response in the face of crises. It means respect and cooperation. It
means loyalty. It means to multiply ourselves in a coordinated way to give the effect of a giant, a unit.
19. The term conspiracy in not now, and never has been, part of my vocabulary. It is DANGEROUS! I should say UNNECESSARILY DANGEROUS! For conspiracy means TALK and talk is counter-revolutionary. Talk is what the System and its pimps LOVE most of all. In case you didn’t know it already, you can do big. Federal time for merely “conspiring” to do something. You need not take any action, only TALK about it to a circle of three or more (including yourself), and THAT constitutes conspiracy!
20. But these are all of a nature that they can and MUST be carried out by INDIVIDUALS and that removes all requirement for talk, the possibility of “conspiracy,” and the danger of a leak!
21. The lone wolf cannot be detected, cannot be prevented, and seldom can be traced.
22. But it is necessary that NSLF begin again its program of systematic infiltration of the Reds, the unions, local Democrat and Republican cells, etc. (even the local NAACP… you need not be colored to join).
23. For his training the lone wolf needs only the U.S. military or any one of a hundred good manuals readily available through radical booksellers.
24. If you can’t do it, leave it alone. Forget it! Don’t try and talk someone else into doing it and ESPECIALLY don’t hear of anyone else trying to talk YOU into anything. Don’t talk, period! However it can’t hurt to begin now to learn, to train, and to have materials ready.
25. …for the United States there will be no need for concentration camps of
any kind, for not a single transgressor will survive long enough to make it to that kind of haven.
26. Far from going out of our way to effect an “invasion from Mars” with Prussian tactics and appearance, as seemed to be the goal in years past
(blowing minds, etc.), we must effect a thorough INFILTRATION or at least be able to infiltrate at will whenever and wherever the situation calls for it.
27. We must rigidly discipline ourselves to never, ever, breathe a word about anything illegal to anyone, anytime – past, present, or future.
28. Stupid people are more dangerous than any time bomb.
29. Regardless whether they are with you or against you, stupid people are equally disastrous to have around.
30. Further, when under investigation or attack by any Pig agency of the System, it is of the utmost importance that everyone KEEP THEIR STORIES STRAIGHT!
31. Never forget the number one priority of any revolutionary: to maintain; to survive at all costs.
32. With even the most minor experience within Movement circles and activities, you yourself will probably be – in any given outside situation of a tense nature – the coolest
head present.
33. If there’s no clear-cut advantage to any potential conflict, then stay out of it, head it off, avoid it absolutely. Suicide pacts are of no use.
34. It is a mistake of the most childish sort to abandon the greater, higher goal, in favor of pursuing some momentary thing involving some practically meaningless
sidetrack.
35. Paranoia is an insidious thing and must rank as one of the top two or three causes for the complete failure of racialist organization.
36. Commander Rockwell often said that both an idiot or an agent can get you just as dead or just as locked up.
37. Agents do exist and if you stay at this long enough, active enough,
you will run into your share of them.
38. As Commander Rockwell advised in his masterful Legal, Psychological &
Political Warfare, you must assume that you are being watched and listened to at all times and proceed to act accordingly because, in effect, you ARE!
39. You can’t exist it the middle of an embryonic revolutionary movement and expect to live trouble-free indefinitely.
40. The point being that you can do a hell of a lot more in anonymity by way of things which COUNT, than you could ever hope to do under any kind of official, or semi-official, scrutiny.
41. Perhaps, at bottom, the sad fact is that it’s dangerous and counter-productive, as well as futile, for us to attempt to COMMUNICATE in any way with the people of this
country.
42. First, remove yourself from what I call the “Death Zones” which are simply the metropolitan areas of the country. In these places not only is Big Brother’s grip the tightest, but the lowest-common-denominator genetic miasma has you badly outnumbered.
43. Let the cities go to HELL, right where they came from!
44. …you must have all set-up and ready-to go independent sources of water, food, and heat. At the same time you must have weapons and sufficient stores of ammunition with which to defend yourself.
45. One of the areas is that of the overtly illegal, violent attacks against the System. “Hit and run,” so to speak. Wouldn’t it make better sense to turn that concept around
to “run and hit”? It only means that you should first drop out of sight, go underground, and stay that way for however long is required for you to learn to exist comfortably
at it. At that point you can go ahead and do – and probably get away with – any damned thing you’d choose to pull. Striking in hot passion and then running blindly is no
more than glorified suicide.
46. … if you’re thinking about going on the war path in the literal sense you’d better take the time and planning to quietly drop underground first.
47. Three contingencies we can look for will be the following: (a) once major and widespread revolutionary violence starts – no matter from what quarter – the System
can be expected to detain all known revolutionists as a matter of precaution;
(b) once the economy starts to fall rapidly, the System can be expected to begin mass foreclosures and confiscations while it feels it still can; (c) just like what’s predicted to happen when the sun itself is about to burn out, the System, when it senses its time is
about up, can be expected to begin taking a great many extraordinary steps and, in general to really begin overstepping its bounds as they are vaguely defined today. Or
hadn’t you thought of any of this?
48. All of the White nations of the earth – from antiquity to the recent past – possess the most magnificent histories, customs, and traditions of their own equal to the best that Germany has. All branches of the White Race have great cause to be proud of their own heritage…so long as that great heritage is made known to them.
49. National Socialists on the other hand view life – personal experience – as representing a link in a great chain; a chain existing back into the limitless past and forward into the limitless future.
50. Those National Socialists who don’t need the leverage of “heaven” and “hell,” don’t need to be frightened or induced into any pattern of behavior, but who have it in
themselves to think and act in an honorable way independently, will be those who take command of the future, if there is to be one.
51. This means taking the youth firmly in hand raising them up in the manner that
our ideology commands so as to achieve the ever-more-perfect Race and State in the shortest possible time.
52. The White Man’s greatest strength in the past has been his genius for organization. His greatest weakness has always been his tendency to contrariness and disunity. It has to be overcome and broken.
53. The coming rule will be one of, and with, it’s own people. It will be strictly manned and operated by men of the people with their one goal being the furtherance and
betterment, the increased greatness of their people.
54. There are so many tenets of the National Socialist State incorporated into the State of Israel that it is positively striking. The Jews wish intensely that Hitler had been theirs, in fact, had been one of their own, and this all-consuming fascination will remain irresistible to them.
55. It is a safe generalization to state that the ruling class in America has SOLD OUT and has got to go… all the way.
56. Hell, things were so comparatively healthy in Weimar Germany, as opposed to
what they are here, that Hitler was fully able to work within the framework of that system and WIN! No way in hell we can do that here today!!
57. What came out of this craziness was a thing that was termed the “eighteen month syndrome.” A fresh recruit would come to the Party all set and ready for work, to
contribute significantly of himself, to see action and to sacrifice. Instead he got bullshit. Mainly a lot of silly “do’s” and “don’ts,” restrictions on how to wear his hair, restrictions on his clothing style, demands for paying exorbitant dues and “tithes” which somehow never produced a single result, and generally was relegated to treading water. Ninety-nine percent could stand it for no more than about eighteen months. The number of precious volunteers LOST in this manner could have made up a revolutionary core
had they been handled right.
58. Tommasi’s NSLF underground in 1975 had about 4 men. But those four men had the Reds and Blacks TERRIFIED and crying to the System (which they supposedly hated) for PROTECTION! That’s because those in the NSLF underground were MEN, Tommasi was a LEADER, and his was an ORGANIZATION.
59. Let me just jog your imagination by unequivocally stating that four men properly motivated and determined could set this country on its EAR overnight!
60. Even as Robert Lloyd once commented to me in 1969, not a single one of us is even a reflection of the kind of person we want to see inhabit the planet in centuries to come.
61. “The lost man, who has no belongings, no outside interests, no personal ties of any sort – not even a name. Possessed of but one thought, interest and passion – the revolution. A man who has broken with Society, broken with its laws and conventions. He must despise the opinions of others, and be prepared for death and torture at any
time. Hard towards himself, he must be hard to others, and in his heart there must be no place for love, friendship, gratitude or even honor.”–Bakunin
62. Revolutionary discipline must mean that WE will be the single survivor in a war against the System, a TOTAL WAR against the System. Revolutionary lenience must mean that we will gladly accept the help of all who are willing to work and to fight; we will enlist the help of all.
63. We cannot complain about “what’s going on,” we can only complain about
OURSELVES as yet not having reached a point where we can do something about it. Right now, we’ll do very well to concentrate on ourselves for, until we have done that, we can’t do much about anything else.
64. All politicians – high and low are PIGS in a Pig System.
65. At this point, anything which contributes to friction, chaos and anarchy
can only help us in the long run.
66. We don’t want “Law & Order” but rather we want the people so terrified by crime
that they’ll be ready to accept anything which promises to lead them to safety.
67. We don’t want a “Business as Usual” atmosphere. We want an atmosphere conducive to REVOLUTION spilling over into the streets.
68. If we are worth a damn at all then we must expect to see our movement BANNED by the government, by a frightened System just as it happened in Germany (and for that matter, Russia ) many, many times before victory became final.
69. Since having gone the rounds myself on more than just a few occasions, it keeps coming back to me more and more these days that most of the travails encountered in
day-to-day life can be bound up in two areas and generally dispensed with in two very basic rules: Number One, CUT YOUR LOSSES; Number Two, NEVER MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE.
70. In revolutionary politics your potential worst enemy is always your closest associate.
71. Can you at one stroke “cut them loose” in the way the Manson Family “cut loose”
their families in favor of their greater, REAL Family under Manson himself? If the answer is no then you are prime sucker material and I wouldn’t give you two cents for your chances.
72. Francis Parker Yockey had said that to attack someone who is not a real enemy
is to ultimately attack yourself.
73. To have never been a sucker, to have kept on winning, at whatever cost, will always be worth it to me.
74. The Congress and the Clergy are two arms on the body of Big Brother.
75. Make no mistake, under OUR SOCIETY, our laws, crime would be eradicated overnight, likewise with the illicit use of drugs and unnatural trends such as abortion, every man and woman would be militarily trained, every home in America would be well-stocked with defense weapons. But this would only be in OUR society, never theirs.
76. Those without a past seldom worry about a future.
77. There is no threat greater than that of genetic pollution facing life on this planet. That is the one and only thing that could conceivably erase all civilization, all higher culture, and send this planet, as Hitler said, swirling back into the ether.
78. To participate in this anti-White conspiracy is a crime that shall be punished by death. And no appeals are granted by the Revolutionary Court.
79. People I meet for the first time invariably take me for a) an attorney; b) someone in law enforcement; or c) a clergyman. Seriously. I happen to be a ninth-grade drop-out and subsequent runaway, with a prison record, with no employment history and an avowed revolutionary.
80. Determination plus guts plus smarts equals an effective and successful Revolutionary Movement.
81. If, for example, the trucking industry shuts down–for whatever reason–the cities will begin to starve within two weeks.
82. “The only thing lower than niggers and Jews is the police
that protect them.”–Fred Cowan
83. …the rule must be to always, always act alone or in the smallest numbers possible. Next is to never talk–before, during or after. And “after” means FOREVER AFTER. Next is to leave no witnesses and no evidence to turn up later on.
84. If I were asked by anyone of my opinion on what to look for (or hope for) next I would tell them a wave of killings, or “assassinations,” of System bureaucrats by roving gun men who have their strategy well mapped-out in advance and well-nigh impossible to stop.
85. We will win when we become like our ancient gods of thunder and lightning.
86. Vaughn [AKA Joseph Paul Franklin] would have done better by himself had he chosen to rob banks for money rather than sell his blood. (For, after all, when you are already wanted for two murders, what the hell?)
87. …nowadays taking out a U. S. President will not change a damned thing even slightly because that is not where the power lies.
88. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll know then that Huberty was a HERO of the first magnitude and beyond any reproach whatsoever. Give us more men like this and victory will be assured!
89. By actual rights, Blacks, etc., should be turning up dead at a rate that would render a body count impossible.
90. Ask yourself, who’s the most likely to come after YOU… agents of the System or some handful of coloreds?
91. And when I said in a previous segment of SIEGE that there was but one way a revolution could start in this country, I should have added that it just might be non-Whites who do the starting!
92. But a good solid anti-social streak born right in the BLOOD cannot be changed by anything: physical suffering; brainwashing; disillusionment; discouragement; defeat…absolutely nothing. It’s been rightfully referred to as the common denominator of ALL “True Believers,” that is, of all fanatics.
93. My point here is that each of must first recognize and then decide WHICH type he chooses to be and then really go at it with a vengeance so as to make his mark a
significant one. To “not fit” into this society can be a distinct badge of honor – it doesn’t have to be but it can be. To “not make it” in a money-based society oppressed, exploited and persecuted by money-men and by money considerations and to be scorned and ridiculed by a conventional world, does not mean that one is a “loser” in
the true sense necessarily. Is one to struggle in order to exist at the bottom rung of an alien society in failure and abject misery or should one rebel completely and stand
forth as a different, and possibly superior, kind of being? Not as a left-over from the dead past but rather as a point-man securing a path for the coming of the wave of
the future. Nobody ever said this would be easy, and obscure poverty-stricken endings are very large possibilities.
94. To be outside this society is a marked badge of honor.
95. Separation of Church and State in reality merely means separate accounts in the same Jew-owned bank.
96. So what if Catholic nuns aid the spread of Communism? You’re not supposed to touch. I say BULLSHIT!
97. The ENTIRE ESTABLISHMENT is guilty of wholesale treason – the Church included and as far as I’m concerned, it will be situation of, “Up against the wall,
motherfucker!”
98. Ever notice the similarity between the tenets of Christianity and those of Marxism? They both negate race and private property; they indulge in brainwash, treason subversion and have resorted to torture and war to get where they want to go. Supposedly a movement for the poor, the hierarchy of both is filthy rich.
99. In man’s quest for reason and order in the universe and in his desire to elevate himself from the rest of the animals roaming the planet, he invented God to answer all these needs.
100. But through various quirks of fate, through the machinations of schemers and manipulators, the White Race got stuck with a noxious and repulsive religion cooked up in the twisted brains of a handful of Semites in the Middle East known as the Essenes. Over the centuries and through a dozen or more schisms it is known today as
Christianity. It is alien to our blood, to our natural instincts it is false and deadly and its organized body at work in the world today is dedicated to the destruction of the White Race. It must go.
101. Just as the Aryan Race is the highest order of being yet produced on this planet by nature, so too is National Socialism the highest, most sophisticated and advanced creed yet formulated by the White Man for his own betterment.
102. Eventually everyone dies. What counts is the way they lived.
103. You live, you breathe, you wake, you sleep for the Movement, for Revolution.
104. Anybody can stand in a mob or with an army. Few can stand alone. These are the only kind we want.
105. And, as Hitler pointed out in Mein Kampf the average soldier in the world is more afraid of his own commanding officer than he is of the enemy.
106. Being a martyr–or dying as one–really requires being A-L-O-N-E.
107. Control of mass taste and opinion is absolutely no different than control of so-called “democratic” elections: the manipulators present two of their favorite dummies for you to pick from. Either way, you lose.
108. Just as the hardest tests cull out weak individuals, it also cuts out weakness in the strong individuals and this is what accounts for the phenomenon of the strong getting even stronger under fire.
109. Conflict and adversity should be viewed as no particular problem, no big deal. Just as part of the job. It comes with the territory. Once we see how we can deal with it
and overcome it, and once we recognize what it does FOR US, then it should almost come to be viewed as an old and welcome friend. We must know the ways of adversity and be comfortable with them. Those who fear adversity and who spend their existences trying to keep it as a stranger, may the Devil take and sacrifice!
110. Without the unifying bond, a people becomes estranged from itself, from its past, its present and its future.
111. No, my enemies cannot undo me. Only I can do that. As long as my enemies are around, new ones coming after the old, then they shall be my own best defense against that by keeping me constantly alert and on my toes.
112. Stories dealing with the start and meaning of it all so old and so re-told as to
have long since taken on the air of nothing more than meaningless fairy tales.
113. Years ago I gave up the terrific effort it required to be an agnostic – or pretend to be one – and admitted to myself and others that I was and am an atheist.
114. No one and nothing outside of ourselves can or will step in to save us.
115. Worse than that, the White Man is saddled with an alien religion – counter to his warrior nature – which is controlled by more aliens. And in this mess, he doesn’t stand a chance at all. I personally reject all of it and am convinced that it is dangerous in that it is so self-deceiving. If it weren’t, it’d be damned silly nonsense and fairy tales.
116. I’m a believer in clear thought and strong action. I believe we are our own “god” and control our own fate. And I know that we can’t leave any of this to chance or to an
“if.”
117. Revolutionaries possess the highest goal, the highest calling and, therefore, anything is allowed.
118. Among the things I have been since I first opened my eyes at birth is an atheist.
119. The fight to survive will be a full-time job.
120. Hitler was entirely a man of his people – racially, psychically, culturally. He was gifted with extraordinary personal qualities. He was entirely fearless, selfless, absolutely dedicated to his people. What he accomplished amounts to the greatest miracle in history.
121. Dream of the past, live in the present, and fight for the future. (Paraphrased from “…either dream in the past or live in the present, at the same time while FIGHTING for the future.”)
122. Someone said that we are “operating in a vacuum.” We are not. A better way of putting it is that we are “starring in our own movie.”
123. It was women who voted Hitler into power and it was Commander Rockwell who said, “A man who won’t fuck won’t fight.”
124. We will interior decorate only AFTER we have extinguished the house fire.
125. Last of all, as could easily be deduced from my shotgun blast against any form of “religiosity” earlier in SIEGE, I go for nothing, indeed have no tolerance for anything remotely “spooky.”
126. So, children, be as naughty as you like but don’t be afraid.
127. An outlaw is only a person who exists outside the law.
128. However, are not ALL true revolutionaries outlaws?
129. Our job is to gain the indestructible IDEA in time, get it developed to the point where it has been made safely INVULNERABLE to these barbaric machinations.
130. The System itself must go.
131. Manson’s war at that time was with Hollywood and the Media and only later did
they realize that the courts and judges were controlled by the same bunch who rules Hollywood.
132. Total anarchy is far preferable to the fiendishly diabolical, carefully manipulated destruction and betrayal now taking place.
133. “I know that some man capable of giving our problems a final solution must appear.. And that is why I have set myself to do the preparatory work, for I know that I am myself not the one. And I know also what is missing in me (to be the one). But the other one still remains aloof, and nobody comes forward, and there is no more time to be lost.”–Hitler in 1928
134. When the Money System collapses I think it would be reasonable to estimate that
there will remain only about a thousand or less true White Men on the continent of North America.
135. Manson also coined the phrase “Dead in the Jews’ money.”
136. Didn’t they abolish serfdom over a hundred years ago? This is the true “beauty” of capitalism. And it is at the core of communism as well.
137. While I have always been an atheist, Hitler, to me, is larger than life – an immortal if there ever was one. To HELL with any who think differently! He is my life’s inspiration and shall always remain so.
138. Those of you with backgrounds similar to mine in the American National Socialist Movement will be among the first to sadly admit that it was indeed a damnable shame
that Hitler did not, in fact, kill at least six million Jews during the War.
139. The killings of July and August, 1969 were prime examples of DIRECT ACTION and in cases of revolution, or national liberation, direct action alone merits the highest respect.
140. The key is the total dropping out and away from the System. That in itself constitutes one of the greatest forms of attack.
141. Manson had the right idea about Family. It involved people of the
same Race, the same Spirit, coming together for mutual security.
142. The most adept social and political movers of all times have known that, in order to have a successful movement, you must get ’em while they are YOUNG!
143. In Manson’s Family the ratio of women to men stood at about five-to-one.
144. Women make the most excellent fanatics but they have to be properly motivated and LED.
145. …ANY ACTION AT ALL IS BETTER THAN NONE.
146. All who have read thus far in SIEGE will know that I myself am purely political in outlook and am an atheist.
147. We cannot expect to start off with perfection. We must instead have as our goal the constant struggle for perfection.
148. Take care of yourself first, get your own thinking and lifestyle squared away before trying to tackle anyone else’s (or the world’s).
149. A people in balance and harmony just aren’t susceptible to things like miscegenation or illnesses of liberalism or democracy.
150. One essence of genius is the ability to be concise in all matters.
151. Use your intellect and your instinct to make your own, new rules.
152. To play against impossible odds and to keep accounts in your favor is the victory.
153. And to think you can change the System within the System is BULLSHIT!
154. I was born without any COMPUNCTIONS. If it feels good, DO IT! If it gets you where you want to go, USE IT! And by the same token, if it’s counter-productive, DROP IT!
155. You must drop out of and away from the System. Mentally, spiritually, physically, economically.
156. Their phony garbage: elections, world affairs, economy, education, crime – the lot of it. Pull away from it all and LET IT GO TO HELL!
157. Start now getting ready to survive the demise of the System. You may actually be CONTRIBUTING to that demise! Begin breaking away gradually but on a steady program. CALL NO ATTENTION TO YOURSELF! Say nothing. Just act.
158. Nothing is ever a waste of time unless you, yourself, become so disillusioned that you quit. And even then the waste is confined to just you. Today our greatest sources
of revolutionary guidance and inspiration still are Commander Rockwell and Adolf Hitler.
159. But direct, violent attacks against the System right now are useless. You do not go directly from Right Wing donothingism into equally Right Wing banzai charges. You
get ready. You make the change. You sharpen your mind, your wits and your body. And you do this by defending yourself and your family against System rip-offs and encroachments.
160. Make sure everyone you talk with is made aware of precisely who and what the Enemy is: the government, the System itself.
161. To destroy the System is primary. To destroy the System without destroying ourselves is desirable. But with the System destroyed a new Age of Man can begin. One that can contain true justice and equitable solutions for all people. The Movement has always possessed sheaves of programs and ideas for building the Ideal State. But until the System is destroyed, by whatever means necessary, none of these fine plans will ever amount to anything more than a dream.
162. “The weapon of criticism
will never equal the criticism of weapons.”–Tommasi
163. “ One cannot expect to be a revolutionary and not be jailed. One cannot be a revolutionary and expect to lead a normal existence.”–Perry Warthan
164. “Only the hard, the healthy, and the humorous will survive the fight and go forward.”–Eric Volmar
165. “..the Revolution is a revolution in spirit; it is not primarily
political, but is religious… our Movement is spiritual-mystical. We’re in a battle for the heart, mind, and soul of our Race, not in a struggle merely for the mind as those who
overrate propaganda contend.”–Eric Volmar

Kai Murros Quotes

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These are my favorite quotes from Kai Murros’ “Revolution–And How to Do It in a Modern Society

 

1. To maintain your morale in the face of the problems of everyday life is the greatest heroism.

 

2. Stay above everything vulgar, spiteful and vile. You are a revolutionary soul, (a) flame in the darkness.

 

3. It is through you that the revolutionary awareness of the people will grow. Your every word shall be like a bullet.

 

4. The victory will belong to a party that will show true concern for ordinary people and for their needs.

 

5. Interest-free money will be the downfall of the false god of capitalism.

 

6. During the phase of revolutionary dictatorships the Party shall crush all its enemies using any necessary means.

 

7. The state will not be toppled by masses of revolutionary workers but by the capitalists themselves, blinded as they are be their greed.

 

8. In the end the Party will triumph, because the Party’s capital is the people.

 

9. Liberalism is a cancer gnawing at the very foundation of the nation. Liberalism is the most dangerous ideological enemy of the Party and its total eradication from the face of the Earth is the most important task for the Party.

 

10. Liberals must be struck every day.

 

11. After the Party has won the confidence of the middle class, it will launch a war of total destruction against the enemies of the people.

 

12. Money has no nationality. [Says working class are true nationalists, rich are more international]

 

13. In the end it is exactly the one class which owns no capital nor harbors any false illusions that is entirely tied to the fortunes of the nation and the nation state–with with I mean the working class.

 

14. For the Capitalist, the nation is merely a means to an end but for the working class it is always an end itself.

 

15. The working class is the true embodiment of the nation!

 

16. The first reason for using force will be very concrete. The enemies of the Party and of the people must be crushed.

 

17. The setting up of the people’s courts will be an open act of defiance towards the decaying liberal-capitalist system. It will be a sign of the system fastly losing its credibility when confronted with a strong counter society.

 

18. Bourgeois liberalism reduces the human being to a rootless, atomized individual, a slave of fashion and consumption.

 

19. Only total political and ideological power in the hands of a revolutionary vanguard can break the power of international capitalism.

 

20. Only the state is a sufficiently strong actor to challenge international capitalism in a successful way–provided that the state is moved by an iron will and is ready to act with a ruthless determination to attain its goals.

 

21. The cadres must serve the people and not the other way around.

 

22. A socialist society, unlike a liberal capitalist one, places responsibility and duty towards one’s fellow citizens before egoism and hedonism.

 

Deputy Dumb

Deputy Dumb

by

Lord Molyneaux

 

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I

A swirling wind whipped through the hot, humid day, scattering the dust about in small tornadoes.  The sun pounded down in fiery fervor, not merely illuminating the desolate expanse, but spreading forth boiling rays of heat.  The area was free of vegetation for as far as the eye could see.  Only dirt (a desert it nearly was) could be observed, except for the evidence of human existence to the west.  Yearning for this companionship, an intrepid tumbleweed began its trek from the wilds.

The tumbleweed was fleet of foot and, with the help of the sailing breeze, quickly arrived in the town.  It traipsed elegantly past the wooden buildings in glee.  Having no need of a dentist, doctor, and merchant, it passed these buildings by without a second glance.  It was looking for something exciting, something it could have fun at.  Smiling at the horse and buggy that passed by in a whirl, the plant floated upwards until it landed before the doors of the jail.  Peeking in, it was amused.

Inside the jail, sat Sheriff Steve and his deputy, Dumb.  Both wore the gray uniforms of the law, gleaming badges, and each were equipped with twin six-shooters.  Although they were dressed similarly, it was their differences that one noticed.  The sheriff was lean and well-built with his sun-bleached blonde hair and tanned skin giving testament to his time in the sun, despite his sensitive blue eyes.  The deputy, on the other hand, was extraordinarily fat and quite pale, which contrasted greatly against his dark hair and eyes.

Cooling himself by vigorously fanning away with a newspaper, Dumb exhaustedly said, “Ugh, boy is it hot.  How can you stand such heat, Steve?  I’m sweating all over.”

The sheriff smiled warmly before speaking: “It isn’t so bad.  Want me to get you a cup of water?”

“Yes, please,” came the tired response.

Going past the empty jail cells, the sheriff walked confidently over to the water jug before filling up two cups.  Quickly he returned to his chair as he presented his deputy with thirst-quenching water.

Sipping at the water, the deputy blanched.  “Yikes, this water is warm.  Not hot like it is outside though.”  Thus said, he gulped the beverage down swiftly, draining it completely.

“The heat makes our job easier though,” Steve said.  “The criminals are affected by the sun and aren’t up to committing crimes.  So we can relax, for the time being.  Won’t be too many doing much of anything today.”

The words thus flung were like a rock being tossed into a lake, causing Dumb’s corpulent flesh to ripple outwards.  Straining beneath his sweaty mass, the deputy lumbered to his feet with a grunt.  Tired, he breathed heavily, looking at the sheriff with near-glazed eyes.

“Thanks for reminding me, Sheriff Steve,” the deputy squeaked out mildly.  “I really must be going now.  It is my big day!”

Calmly, the sheriff responded, “Deputy Dumb, must you go to that?  It is way too hot for you, especially considering your size.  I can manage our town of Superior without you, but I am concerned for your health.”

With a wave of the hand, Dumb said, “Thanks for your concern but we both know everyone is equal.  The heat is stifling, but we can all handle it.”

Chuckling softly, Steve replied, “You are at it again.  You know I don’t believe in that equality nonsense, but good luck…and don’t hurt yourself.”

“You will learn, you will learn,” Dumb said as he waved good-bye.

Waddling away amid labored breathing, the deputy stumbled over a wooden plank in the floor, nearly falling.  The sheriff started to his feet, but Dumb said, “I’m ok,” without looking back.  Going to the wall, he took off his deputy’s hat of gray, and replaced it with an orange ten-gallon hat.  Turning sideways to squeeze out the swinging doors, he exited with an umph.

Upon exiting, the obese man slowly made his way to the horses tied up in front of the jail.  Giving each a gentle pat on the head, he passed them by.  His mount was the last animal.  With an arduous effort, he managed to slither atop the animal.  With a push, he started off atop his jackass.

Perspiration oozed from Dumb’s many pores, but his large hat that essentially served as a parasol mainly blocked the sun.  His mount was stubborn and slow, but he had quickly learned he was unable to ride a regular horse.  He didn’t mind the horses, carriages, and people that passed by him as he rode.  They always smiled at him and laughed.  Today was no different.

The deputy’s journey to the edge of town was stymied by his ass.  It wound slowly through the streets but quickly set off every time it saw a refreshing trough.  Dumb tried to stop it from veering off the path, but to no avail.  He dared not join the animal in its refreshment since the sun was dropping and he didn’t want to be late.  After the animal started again upon its path, an interested, but getting bored, tumbleweed tagged along in search of excitement.

To the deputy, it seemed like countless eons drudged by before he reached his destination.  The ride had nearly depleted his energy, but he felt charged and rearing to go as he took a look around.

Those present for the activities greeted Dumb cheerily, with smiles of mirth and jocular laughter.  A few citizens were so happy to see him that they fell down laughing.  All this pleasantry enraptured the deputy as he returned the looks of gaiety.

The festive area was bedecked with numerous participants who all appeared quite healthy and robust.  All were men.  Some had their shirts off, exposing their muscular physiques.  Spaces had been cleared for the events and the wooden sign with big, black letters announced the affair: “Superior Athletic Contest.”

The competitor that grabbed the deputy’s attention and the one he knew was going to be the most fearsome opponent was Athletic Axel.  This powerful giant stood out among the other competitors like a flaming tower amid a land of ants.  He had blazing red hair and a fiery beard that matched his inner inferno.  His hazel eyes twinkled in the piercing light as he confidently strode over to the deputy.

“Glad you could make it, deputy,” Axel boomed out.  “I hope you didn’t wear yourself out on the ride over here.  I’m not so sure if that oh-so-powerful ass of yours had such an easy time of it.”  He chuckled, before continuing, “It’s great that you are finally going to get into shape, but I’m not so sure you should start out with such an intense competition.  Nonetheless, you made it in time.  Let’s go!”

The fiery giant helped the deputy down; Dumb was thankful for the help and too tired to say much.  He did manage to say:  “Where do we go Axel?”

“This way,” came the reply as the two men set off.  “You already signed up, right?”  The deputy nodded.  The large, vigorous man helped the smaller, fatter man along so that both would make it in time, as both were enthused about the events.  Before long, they came upon the flat track that would serve as the 100-meter dash.

The challengers were already lining up when the two arrived.  Although the giant seemed to soar above the clouds, it was the deputy who attracted the men’s gaze.  Chuckles were sprinkled about, greeting the deputy merrily as the men loosened up their potent muscles by stretching or warming up.  Some, including Axel, eyed the rope designating the finish line as if were a beautiful damsel, pleasingly beckoning them onward.

Glancing at the deputy’s apparel, Axel thundered, “Ah, I see how you plan to win!  Shoot everyone else with those six-shooters and you are assured to win!”  Laughter erupted all around as Dumb looked at his pistols.

“I don’t need to do that,” he retorted.  “Everyone is equal.”  Laughter again pealed out at this statement as the gun belt was removed.  Taking off his large hat, Dumb continued to himself, “Ugh, that sun is hot.  No matter, time to prove I’m right.”  Looking around, he asked, “How does this work, Axel?”

Smiling widely, the athletic giant replied, “You line up at the line and when the gun is fired, you run to the rope over there.  First one to it, wins.”

“On your mark,” a voice yelled.  The corpulent competitor observed the others and joined the lean challengers at the starting line.  When “Get set” was yelled, he got ready.  Boom!  A gun exploded and the race began in a swirling rush of swift wind.

Ah, thought Dumb, as he enjoyed the exhilarating breeze.  This man-made fan quickly left and he ran off after it.  His rivals blazed down the track like hurtling bullets, and the deputy labored to keep up.  His breathing was stunted as he struggled along.  A gleeful tumbleweed whirred past him as he was forced to slow, until he merely walked.

Ahead of him flew the giant with a long stride that easily outdistanced the others.  It appeared as though Axel’s one step was as long as his antagonists’ two.  It was clear to the deputy who would win, and he was right.  The athletic giant blew the field away without breaking a sweat; Dumb panted heavily as he watched the others finish, including the speedy tumbleweed.

All those that had finished (except Axel) were hunched over with their hands upon their knees, resting.  As fatigued as they were, all managed to laugh at the sloth-like progression of the final contestant.  These chirps of laughter urged the deputy on, but then he tripped and fell.  He still had half of the track yet to finish.

Barely able to contain his noisy hilarity, Axel shouted out, “Better hurry up Deputy Dumb!  The next event starts soon.”  Looking around at his vivacious comrades with a smile, he asked, “Do you want me to carry you!?”

Dumb listened to the playful outburst, urging him onward.  He wanted to finish, but he also wanted to participate in the next event.  He began to crawl forth, but exhaustion soon overcame him.
“Yes,” he said, “please carry me, Athletic Axel.”

The men all resounded in a thunderous uproar at this acceptance.  Earnestly, the giant bounded away and lifted the massive deputy onto his shoulder as if he were merely a babe.  Rushing forward, the pair crossed the finish line amid tears of joviality as many men and spectators were relishing the scene.  Applause resounded loudly and Axel took a majestic bow for his mammoth display of strength and speed.

“You are very heavy, deputy,” the giant said, “but not too heavy for me.  I know, I know, everyone is equal, right?”  The giant laughed before remounting the pudgy figure onto his shoulder.  “Time to get to the next event.”  With that said, the pair set off.

With the amazing strength and endurance of the giant, the duo easily got ready and arrived on time for the subsequent athletic affair.

Side by side were the two, but the difference of elevation between the two was astounding.  The deputy was astride his ass while the giant was atop a monstrous black stallion that increased Axel’s already immense size.  Other horses were posed and ready to ride.  The track itself wound around a perfectly circular lake of the clearest blue.  The neighings of the animals danced through the air, as the deputy knew exactly how this event progressed.

With a signaling whoosh, the horses thundered down the track.  Dumb spurred his jackass on likewise but this didn’t quite produce the speed of the horses.  Almost, but not quite.  For a moment, the deputy was actually even with the steeds, but this changed as soon as the race began.  As it was, the horses grew farther and farther away with the ass barely crawling along.

“Let’s go, let’s go,” the deputy remonstrated, spurring his mount onward.  It promptly stopped.  The heat blistered down upon the two and, as if by some unspoken command, the jackass waddled over to the lake.  Both drank greedily from the sparkling water, as the rest of the field was over halfway down with the course.

Watching the horse race, the deputy sat down to take a rest.  “You know,” said he to his furry ass, “I don’t think this is the sport for me.  It is nice to watch, though, but this sun is awful.”

The donkey brayed as if to say, “Yes, we are jackasses and have no place in a horse race.”

As the two conversed, the contestants were nearing the finish line and there was no doubt about the winner.  A full three lengths in front of the others was a flaming giant atop a steed the color of midnight.  He easily won the race and then rode over to the lake.

“Are you done for the day, Deputy Dumb?” the giant rumbled with a confident smile.

“No, of course not,” replied Dumb.  “I just realized that this isn’t my sport.  Lead on to the next event.”

“Oh ho!” beamed Axel.  “That’s the spirit!  Come this way.”

The pair rode away, albeit slowly, in stark contrast.  The deputy was drenched in foul-smelling sweat while the giant, even though he wore no shirt, was free of perspiration.  As can be imagined, the two held many more differences.  Nonetheless, both made their way over to a cheering crowd that encircled two combatants engaged in battle.

The two warriors, both shirtless and bulging with muscles, were locked together in a fierce struggle.  Although the struggle didn’t look tiresome, there was no doubt the two were expending much energy merely jostling about.  Suddenly, one of the gladiators grabbed the other’s head, twisted about, and flipped his opponent to the ground.  Before the downed man could recover, arms were around his throat, sucking the very life from him.  He toiled savagely to escape but his wild throes soon ended with a slight squeak, signifying surrender.

Applause exploded about at the display as the giant instructed the deputy, sensing he didn’t know the rules.  “This is a submission wrestling tournament.  It’s pretty simple really.  Two men wrestle until one submits.  Submission holds of any kind are allowed.  Any questions?”  After seeing a shake of the head, he continued, “This ought to be amusing!”

The crowd quieted as they listened to the next combatants in the tournament to be named.  Amid the silence a voice rang out.  “Fighting now is…Athletic Axel!…and…Deputy Dumb!”  Applause and then laughter reverberated throughout the throng.

With a smile, Axel shook the deputy’s hand while saying, “Good luck.”  Dumb gulped as he sized up his very large foe.

The two entered the circle made by the mob, and the contest started amid howling cheers.  The giant stood firmly rooted, like a mammoth redwood that had stood for centuries.  The corpulent girth of Dumb eyed the man warily and realized that Axel was goading him into attacking.  Thinking this better than being stalked by the man bigger than a bear, the deputy lunged forward.  In one graceful motion, the giant elegantly dropped down and wrapped his massive arms around the deputy in a deathly tight bear hug.  Using the momentum, the giant flung his opponent into the air and slammed him earth-bound, crushing a wandering tumbleweed.

Deputy Dumb viewed the crowd with a blurry, hazed vision where some people wavered and then disappeared.  He mumbled incoherently before the swarm of darkness swallowed him.

 

II

 

“So Hume crushed the mind and Berkeley smashed matter.  Thus, we have the quaint little saying of ‘No matter, never mind.’  I’d like to discuss this further, but our time is up.  I want everyone to finish up Hume’s ‘Treatise on Human Nature.’  Have a nice day!”

The professor’s words fell on receptive ears as the students were bedecked with grins as they left the lecture-hall.  The professor was a man of average height and quite thin.  He wore a black suit and top hat while carrying a black cane that was entirely for show.  He was about to exit the hall when he noticed someone that remained seated; he promptly walked over to the student.

“Ah, it is you, Deputy Dumb,” the professor exclaimed.  “You don’t look so well.  Might you be in need of assistance?”

Pulling his head off the desk with a beleaguered effort, the deputy glanced up.  “Oh no, Professor Pierre, I am fine.  Just a little sore from the athletic competition.”

“You participated in the athletic competition?  Why on Earth would you do such a silly thing?  You are quite obese.”

“Well,” the deputy started with effort, “Everyone is equal.”

“Haha, Dumb!  You always amuse me when you prattle on about that equality absurdity,” the professor said playfully.  “I always think that you jest, since who could actually believe such a silly notion?  You being serious always makes it more enjoyable.  Since we are equals (haha), how did you like my lecture?”

“Ugh,” Dumb started, in perplexity, “it hurt my mind just trying to understand what you were saying.  I just don’t get this science of matter and mind.”

Smiling, Pierre said, “Yes, we are equally skilled in metaphysics, which is a category of philosophy.  So why did the sheriff let you hurt yourself at this competition and what brings you to my university?”

With a slow wave of the hand, the deputy answered, “Sheriff Steve has already scolded me.  I’ll do better next time.  I’ve come here because we need your help.  There’s been a robbery.”

“Oh?” the professor exclaimed.  “Let’s investigate immediately!”

The two left the university and made their way several doors down, to the bakery.  The deputy related the details of the case, as he knew them.  One hundred pies had been stolen with little sign of the culprit.  The baker was mortified, as he had slaved away at making so many pies.  Other than this, Dumb wasn’t able to offer any more in the way of clues.

The sign in the window of the bakery indicated it was closed but the pair knocked anyway; the baker soon appeared.  “Oh, my life is over!” he moaned.  “What am I to do?”

“Calm down,” the professor said soothingly.  “When did you last see your pies?”

“Last night, around eight.”

“When did you realize they were missing?”

“This morning, around six.”

“Here is our first clue,” the professor said to the deputy.  “See what this tells us, Dumb?”

Scratching his head, the deputy replied, “Well, it seems someone was hungry.”

Eyeing the deputy with a glance, the professor said, “Yes…that is possible.”  To the baker, he asked, “Did you hear any strange noises?  See anyone?  Anything else you can tell us?”

“Oh! please no more questions,” wailed the baker.  “Just look at my empty storage room and let me know when you solve this heinous crime.”  With a point to the back, he left crying.

The two investigators went to the back, but Pierre motioned the deputy not to enter.  Pulling out a magnifying glass, the professor gingerly stepped about in the empty room.  He examined the ground, the walls, and the two wide doors that served as an egress.  After digesting the information, he looked at the deputy thoughtfully.

Pointing to the ground, the professor spoke, “Do you see those footprints in the dirt?”  The deputy nodded.  “Well there are a quite of few different tracks.  Do you know what that means?”

“Um, the criminal was dancing?”

Pierre asked himself, “Why do I even ask?”  Then to the deputy: “That is possible, I suppose.  However, I was thinking that there was more than one criminal.  If you notice by the deep indentation over there, one track is very deep.  Do you know what that…er never mind.  It indicates that the man is heavy, very heavy.”

As Dumb looked on in stupefaction, the professor became very animated: “They are your tracks!”

“Huh?” retorted the deputy.  “Mine?”  Slowly, the pieces fell into place.  “Oh!  You don’t mean to say…I, well, I didn’t steal the pies.  I mean, I like pies.  In fact, I like them very much: very, very, much.  But I didn’t steal them!  Honest.”

Chuckling, Pierre said gleefully, “Yes, I know.  How could you possible endeavor to carry so much away?  Of course, I’m sure you could eat them all, but that’s another story.  What you did do, however, was ‘investigate’ the scene and stomp over many of the tracks, making it difficult to observe the real criminals.”

With a sigh of relief, Dumb said, “Whoosh.  Yes, I was here to investigate but didn’t know I was messing things up.”

“Yes, I am aware of how little you know, Deputy Dumb.  Anyway, we must think of a motive.  Now it could be, as you said, that someone was simply hungry.  However, I don’t think so.  Do you remember the recent pie attacks upon our good citizens?”

“Oh yes!  It was a horrible crime spree, professor.  It went unsolved too.”  The steam springing forth from the grinding gears of the deputy’s mind was visible before he exclaimed, “I’ve got it!  The stolen pies can only have been taken by the victims of the pie spree; they are looking for revenge!”

Grasping his cane looking as if to beat the deputy, the professor said through gritted teeth, “Sure, that is possible, although not probable.  It is more likely than the same gang behind the pie throwing spree, is also behind this robbery.”

“Hmm, I don’t see it,” the deputy said, bewildered.  “You are the professor though.”

“Yes, that is true.  I am the professor.  We still need more clues though.  Come on, let’s see how these criminals escaped.”

The two walked over to the two wooden doors and flung them open.  The light beamed in and many tracks were visible.  Some were those of man, while some were those of horse.  The professor scrutinized the area hunched over, enlarging objects with his magnifying glass.  The deputy sauntered about, complaining of the roasting heat.

“It seems this was a rather large gang, considering the footprints and hoof-prints.  We could still use a vital clue, though,” the professor said searchingly.

A refreshing breeze swept over the pair with a slight howl.  The professor remained locked in his clue-search, but something flittering in the wind caught the deputy’s attention.  Mesmerized, he realized it was a tumbleweed.  It twirled like a ballerina in the air, leaping up and down, as if performing a delicate routine.  To thank its audience of one, the performer tumbled speedily over to the deputy before being diverted by the wind; it smashed into the door, with no ill effects.  Moving over to the tumbleweed, Dumb threw it off into the wind as he noticed a piece of torn, bloody cloth stuck to a nail in the door.  He grabbed it.

The deputy eyed the item curiously before putting it in his pocket.  The professor espied this action and queried, “What was that?”

“Oh, just a bloody piece of cloth I found in the door,” said the deputy nonchalantly.  “Nothing important, I know.”

“Nothing important to you, because you are a blockhead!  Let me have it,” said the professor irately.

After receiving the item, the professor analyzed it with his magnifying glass before fumbling in his pocket.  “This is the most important clue we’ve found.  I will just get my DNA analyzer out and see what we can learn.  Rather, what I can learn.”

“DNA?” questioned the confounded Dumb.  A flash of illumination sprinkled over his face as he exclaimed, “Do you mean UFO?  Could the criminals really be aliens!?”

Annoyed, Pierre retorted, “Oh hush.  I’m talking about deoxyribonucleic acid.  It contains the genetic makeup of a person, but you wouldn’t know about that so I don’t know why I bother.”

Putting the bloody cloth into a little tube, the professor anxiously gazed at the analyzer.  After a few moments, his eyes opened wide and he exclaimed happily, “Eureka!”

“Good work professor!” shouted, just as happily.  “You are an intelligent man.  Now, where does this Eureka live, so I can arrest him?”

“Why must you even talk?  You are so dumb, Dumb,” came the irritated response.  “‘Eureka’ isn’t a person, it’s a phrase of discovery.  The discovery I’ve made will lead us to the villain.  Combined with the DNA, I’ve uncovered the culprit’s, or at least one of the culprit’s, blood type: A negative.  There is only one person in town with that blood type.”

With exclamatory surprise, the deputy shrieked, “No, can it be?  Are you sure, professor?  Really sure?”

Confidently, Pierre responded, “Yes, I am very sure.  Absolutely positive.”

“Oh no,” wailed Dumb.  “How could Sheriff Steve have been so corrupted!?”

“No, you doit!  It’s not the sheriff.”

“Oh, well, that’s good.  Who then?”

The sun darkened at that very moment and a chilling cloak of blackness cascaded down upon the town.  The professor, in but a mere whisper, murmured softly, “It’s Bad Bill.”

 

III

“Good work relating that tale, Dumb,” the sheriff said, pleased.  “We have to act fast to prevent Bad Bill from wrecking more havoc upon our town.”

“I know where his hideout is!” piped in Deputy Daring.  This deputy was a fairly tall man with brown hair and penetrating eyes of dark blue.  He bristled with enthusiastic energy to destroy evil, regardless of peril.

“Excellent!” beamed the sheriff.  “It is good you got back in town so soon.  I’d love to chat about your vacation, but justice waits for us.  Let’s go!”

The two fit officers of the law scudded swiftly out of the jail, with the whale-like deputy desperately, but not being successful at, trying to keep pace.  Steve and Daring burst through the doors like a whizzing cannonball while Dumb waddled ever so tiredly outside, into the blazing heat.  Horses were quickly mounted, save for the rider of the jackass.

“We need speed, Dumb,” the sheriff said.  “Hurry up and use a horse for a change.”

“But,” the hefty deputy started, but finished not after a stern glance from his superior.  Dumb lumbered over to a free horse and, with grim determination in his eye, leaped.  Such was the pull of gravity that he barely left the ground, but did manage to smack his face against the horse’s rump.  This stunned him and when he landed, he slipped on an errant tumbleweed that caused him to stumble backwards.  It appeared as though he wouldn’t fall, until a wooden object grabbed his ankle.  With a splash, he fell–buttocks first–into the trough.

“This is no time for a swim or a drink!” the sheriff yelled impatiently.  “Get out of there and ride that stupid ass of yours!”

Dumb’s face turned red as he struggled titanically to free himself from his watery prison.  Born of the desperation of admonishment, he actually endeavored, albeit with monstrous effort, to free himself.  Just as impressively, he mounted his gray ass swiftly.  Joining his fellow officers, he felt proud of himself for recovering so nobly.

The going was slow, however, due to Dumb’s stubborn ass that refused to keep pace with the horses.  The quick thinking of Sheriff Steve solved this problem most expeditiously.

“Daring and I will speed off in order to survey Bad Bill’s hideout,” Steve said.  “We will meet you there.”

As they sped off, Daring exclaimed, “The hideout is in Farmer Fred’s old barn.”

The horses darted off in great haste but although even a rapidly striding tumbleweed was able to keep pace, Dumb’s ass could not.  The deputy wanted eagerly to help apprehend the criminals and prove to the entire town that everyone was equal.  To him, it was a simple fact of life that all men were created equal, and stayed equal.  Of course, he also knew this extended to all avenues of life as well.  Therefore, he believed his obstinate jackass was just as good as the horses that had sped off without him.

After what seemed like years toiling through a boiling desert, the deputy finally reached the outskirts that surrounded Bad Bill’s hideout.  Seeing his fellow officers hiding behind a tree, Dumb was illuminated with joy.  They hadn’t yet captured the miscreants and there was thus time for him to help.

Seeing his chubby deputy, the sheriff whispered, “Come on over but be quiet.”

Slipping off his horse, Dumb pulled out his pistol and crept over to his comrades.  Seeing the gun, Steve whispered fiercely, “Put that away!  You know you can’t handle a gun properly.”

The hefty deputy complied but not before firing a bullet into the ground with a bang.  Steve and Daring groaned in annoyance, but Dumb reacted by standing upright, frozen in fear.

Immediately following the blast, a loud voice yelled from the barn.  “Who goes there?”

Without hesitation, the deputy replied, “Dumb, Deputy Dumb.”  Suddenly, before he could react, a hurtling projectile was launched through the air.  It smacked Dumb flush in the face with a splash, pie filling being scattered everywhere.  In agony, he collapsed to the ground, victim of a flying pie.

“I’ve been hit!  I’ve been hit!” he moaned as he lay upon the ground.

“It’s just a pie, you moron,” the sheriff barked out.  To his other deputy he said, “Let’s go get em, Daring.”

As the two rushed towards the barn, a fusillade of pies and bullets whizzed at them, intent on extinguishing their lives.  The brave avengers dodged between these missiles while firing blazing bullets of their own.  Their assault went well until a pie stunned the sheriff and a ripping bullet tore through his leg; he plummeted to the ground.  Steve waved his brother-in-arms off; Daring rushed with renewed vigor into the sweeping storm of death and destruction.

Galloping like the fine stallion he owned, the intrepid deputy burst through the barn doors with a crash.  He did a somersault to avoid enemy fire, and then sprang to his feet, firing both pistols at two foes to his left; they both dropped with a thud.  Two down, two to go, he thought.  Swirling around quickly, he dodged a pie while taking aim.  Pulling both triggers, only one shot rang out, killing its intended target.

The remaining enemy was Bad Bill himself!  He grinned as he realized Daring was out of ammunition and skillfully tossed at pie at him.  The pie exploded upon the deputy’s stomach, but Daring shrugged it off and ran at Bill as he flung his pistols at him.  The pistols knocked the criminal backwards and gave the deputy just enough time to grab a few pies of his own.  So expertly did Deputy Daring hurl his cherry projectiles that the law-breaker fell beneath the powerful onslaught.

With pools of crimson running down Bad Bill’s body, he descended into the pit of blackness.

The area was thus promptly cleansed of criminals as Daring returned to tend to the sheriff.  Finally recovering from the pie-blow, Dumb went to help but was waved off by Steve.  “We’ll take care of things here, Deputy Dumb, you just take the rest of the day off,” ordered the sheriff.

Dejected, the deputy of massive flesh wiped the pie from his face (and ate it, of course) before riding away atop his jackass.  Riding back to the town was a depressing ride for the deputy.  His spirit was dwelling within the depths of the chasm of despair and he let his ass guide him, wherever it might go.  The day was not a good one for the crusader of equality and how could he possibly redeem himself?  The heat was scathing, especially since he had, in haste, left his prized ten-gallon hat back at the jail; this further aggravated his dark mood.

Tickling his nose was the scrumptious smell of cooked meat that wafted through the air.  The deputy’s head perked up as he searched for the source of the delicious nourishment.  As he searched about, he realized that he had entered town.  Upon finding the source of the smell, a look of horror swept over him with cascading dread.  Spurring his donkey on, he quickly (for his ass) arrived at the source of his shock.

Lumbering off his mount, Dumb waddled by a flaming grill that whipped golden-red flames high into the air.  With a yell of “Fire! Fire!” he rumbled past the grill that stood outside the house, and entered the home itself.

Frantically, he screamed, “Is anyone here!?  I’ve come to save you!”  With this yell he searched the house in frenzied haste, knocking chairs over, crushing an exquisite vase, overturning a table, and essentially raging through the home like a wayward tornado.  He huffed and puffed, thinking the smoke was hampering his breath, but not giving up.  Realizing no one was downstairs, he looked up.

The deputy flopped up the stairs, each step voicing its protestation with a loud creak.  He saw a woman that, despite his shouts of warning, sat calmly at a table, as if nothing was astray.  Thinking her deaf or delirious, Dumb plodded over to the woman and grabbed her, intending to carry her away to safety.

“Let go of me,” she shrieked.  “Help!  Police!”

“I am the police,” the deputy retorted hastily.  “I have to save you! Your house is on fire!”

As she struggled and pounded on his chest, she screamed, “The house isn’t on fire!”  With much effort, she tore away from his grasp and lunged backwards.  “Leave me alone and get out of my house!”

With tenacious resolution, the deputy took a step forward, after the woman.  A loud creak thundered out.  With a snap and twist of wooden beams, the floor collapsed under Dumb’s massive weight.  For a moment he remained floating in the air as if gravity had forgotten him.  Then he was tugged with colossal might downwards and plunged into the depths of unconsciousness.

 

********

With heavy lids, Deputy Dumb opened his eyes.  His vision was greeted by many of his acquaintances, including Athletic Axel, Deputy Daring, Professor Pierre, and Sheriff Steve.  They all stood up and came over to the bed he was laying in as he realized he was in the hospital.  His head pounded brutally but he was pleased to be welcomed by such warm, caring faces.

“That was quite a spill you took there,” boomed Axel.  “Is there anything I can do for you?”

The deputy responded to the kind offer with a smile and said, “Thanks, could you open the window?  It is hot in here.”  This was promptly done and a rejuvenating breeze blew into the room.  Along with this gust flew a tumbleweed that seated itself comfortably in one of the now-vacant chairs.

“Out of the whole town,” Pierre lectured, “you are the only one that could have possibly fell through the floor.  Have you learned anything from this ordeal?”

A resplendent gleam covered the deputy’s face as he beamed proudly.  “Yes, I did learn something.  I learned that everyone is not equal.”

A stunned silence ensued.  Finally, the professor inquired, “How did you learn that?”

With a huge smile, Deputy Dumb shouted, “Because I’m the fattest man in town!”