The Führer to the German People: 22 June 1941
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After long months when I was forced to keep silent, despite heavy concerns, the time has come when I can finally speak openly.
When the German Reich received England’s declaration of war on 3 September 1939, the British attempted once
again to frustrate any attempt to begin a consolidation, and thus a strengthening, of Europe by fighting the then strongest
power on the Continent.
England formerly destroyed Spain through many wars.
For the same reason it waged
its wars against Holland.
With the help of all of Europe it later fought France.
Napoleon had actually made peace with Tsar
Alexander I of Russia. It was British intrigue that later brought Russia back into Britain's war against Napoleon;
with disastrous results for France.
Hitler (continued): And around the turn of the century, it began
to encircle the German Reich and it began the World War in 1914.
later, the British (and French) again lured Tsarist Russia into its war (promising them Constantinople)
Hitler (continued): Germany was defeated in 1918 only because of its inner disunity.
The results were terrible. After first hypocritically declaring to be fighting only against the Kaiser and his regime,
they began the systematic destruction of the German Reich after the German army had laid down its arms. As the prophecy
of a French statesman, who had said that there were twenty million Germans too many, began to be fulfilled through starvation,
disease, or emigration, the National Socialist movement began building the unity of the German people, thereby preparing the
rebirth of the Reich.
This new revival of our people
from poverty, misery, and shameful contempt was a sign of a pure internal rebirth. England was not affected, much less threatened,
by this. Nonetheless, it immediately renewed its hateful policy of encirclement against Germany. Both at home and abroad,
we faced the plot we all know about between Jews and democrats, Bolshevists and reactionaries, all with the same goal: to
prevent the establishment of a new people’s state, to plunge the Reich again into impotence and misery.
The hatred of this international world conspiracy was directed not
only against us, but also against those peoples who also had been neglected by Fortune, who could earn their daily bread only
through the hardest struggle. Italy and Japan above all, alongside Germany, were almost forbidden to enjoy their share of
the wealth of the world. The alliance between these nations was, therefore, only an act of self-defense against a threatening,
egotistical world coalition of wealth and power.
early as 1936, according to the testimony of the American General Wood to a committee of the American House of Representatives,
Churchill had said that Germany was becoming too strong again, and that it therefore had to be destroyed.
In summer 1939, England thought that the time had come to renew
its attempts to destroy Germany by a policy of encirclement. Their method was to begin a campaign of lies. They declared that
Germany threatened other peoples. They then provided an English guarantee of support and assistance, next, as in the World
War, let them march against Germany.
May and August 1939, England succeeded in spreading the claim throughout the world that Germany directly threatened Lithuania,
Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Bessarabia, and even the Ukraine. Some of these nations allowed themselves to be misled, accepting
the promises of support that were offered, and thereby joined the new attempt to encircle Germany.
Under these circumstances, I believed that I was called by my conscience,
and by the history of the German people, to assure not only these nations and their governments that these British accusations
were untrue, but also to reassure the strongest power in the East through formal declarations that our interests did not conflict.
You probably all felt that this was a bitter and difficult step for me. The German people have
never had hostile feelings toward the peoples of Russia. During the last two decades, however, the Jewish-Bolshevist
rulers in Moscow have attempted to set not only Germany, but all of Europe, aflame. Germany has never attempted to spread
its National Socialist world-view to Russia. Rather, the Jewish-Bolshevist rulers in Moscow have constantly attempted to subject
us and the other European peoples to their rule. They have attempted this not only intellectually, but above all
through military means.
The results of their efforts,
in every nation, were only chaos, misery, and starvation.
I, on the other hand, have tried for
two decades to build a new socialist order in Germany, with a minimum of interference and without harming our productive capacity.
This has not only eliminated unemployment, but also the profits of labor have flowed increasingly to working people.
The results of our policies are unique in all the world. Our economic
and social reorganization has led to the systematic elimination of social and class barriers, with the goal of a true people’s
Hitler turning shovels
of dirt for the Autobahn. Germany has achieved full employment while Britain and the US remained mired in the Great Depression.
It was, therefore, difficult for me in August 1939
to send my minister to Moscow to attempt to work against Britain’s plans to encircle Germany. I did it only because
of my sense of responsibility to the German people, above all in the hope of reaching a lasting understanding and perhaps
avoiding the sacrifice that would otherwise be demanded of us.
With the exception of
Lithuania, Germany declared that those areas and nations were outside Germany’s political interests. There was a special
provision in the case that England succeeded in inciting Poland into war against Germany. But here, too, German claims were
moderate, and in no relation to the accomplishments of German arms.
The results of the treaty, which I sought in the interests of the German people, were particularly severe for Germans
living in the affected nations.
Over half a million German people’s comrades — all of them small farmers,
craftsmen, and workers — were forced, almost overnight, to leave their former homes to escape a new government that
threatened them with vast misery, and sooner or later, with complete extermination (Ausrottung).
Even so, thousands
of Germans disappeared! It was impossible to learn what had happened to them, or even where they were. More than 160 of them
were men holding German citizenship.
I kept silent about all this, because I had to keep silent! My wish was for
final agreement with this state, and if possible a lasting settlement.
But even during our march into Poland, in
violation of the treaty, the Soviet rulers suddenly claimed Lithuania.
The German Reich never intended
to occupy Lithuania, and never made any such demand on Lithuania. To the contrary, it turned down the request by the Lithuanian
government to send German troops there, since that did not correspond to the goals of German policy.
I accepted this new Russian demand. But that was only the beginning of ever new demands.
The victory on Poland,
gained exclusively by German troops, gave me the occasion to extend a new offer of peace to the Western powers. It was rejected
by the international and Jewish warmongers.
The reason was that England still hoped to mobilize a European coalition
against Germany that would include the Balkans and Soviet Russia.
Those in London decided
to send Ambassador Cripps to Moscow. He has clear orders to improve relations between England and Soviet Russia, and
to develop them along lines England wanted. The English press reported on the progress of his mission, as long as
they were not silent for tactical reasons.
The first results were evident in fall 1939
and spring 1940. Russia justified its attempts to subject not only Finland, but also the Baltic states, by the sudden false
and absurd claim that it was protecting them from a foreign threat, or that it was acting to prevent that threat. Only Germany
could have been meant. No other power could enter the Baltic Sea, or wage war there. I still had to remain silent. The rulers
of the Kremlin continued.
Consistent with the so-called friendship treaty, Germany removed its troops far from
its eastern border in spring 1940. Russian forces were already moving in, and in numbers that could only be seen as a clear
threat to Germany.
According to a statement by Molotov, there were already 22 Russian divisions in the Baltic states
in spring 1940.
Although the Russian government always claimed that the troops were there at the request of the
people who lived there, their purpose could only be seen as a demonstration aimed at Germany.
As our soldiers attacked
French-British forces in the west, the extent of the Russian advance on our eastern front grew ever more threatening.
In August 1940, I concluded that, given the increasing number of powerful Bolshevist divisions, it was no longer in the
interests of the Reich to leave the eastern provinces, so often devastated by war, unprotected.
is exactly what the British and Soviets had hoped. The fact that so much of the German forces, in particular the air
force, was tied down in the east made it impossible for the German leadership to bring a radical end to the war in the West.
This was the goal of both British and Soviet Russian policy. Both England and Soviet Russia wanted to prolong this
war as long as possible in order to weaken all of Europe and plunge it into ever greater impotence.
threatened attack on Rumania was intended not only to take over an important element in the economic life not only of Germany,
but of Europe as whole, or at least to destroy it.
With boundless patience, the German Reich attempted after 1933
to win over the southeastern European states as trading partners. We, therefore, had the greatest possible interest in their
domestic stability and order. Russia’s entrance into Rumania and Greece’s ties to England threatened to rapidly
transform this area into a general battleground.
Despite our principles and customs, and despite the fact that
the Rumanian government had brought on these troubles itself, I urgently advised them, for the sake of peace, to bow to Soviet
extortion and cede Bessarabia.
The Rumanian government, however, believed that it could justify this step to its
own people only if Germany and Italy in return guaranteed the security of its remaining territory. I did this with a heavy
heart. When the German government gives a guarantee, it will stand by it. We are neither English nor Jewish.
thus believed that I had saved peace at the last moment, even if at the cost of a heavy obligation. To reach a final resolution
of these problems and to clarify Russian intentions toward the Reich, as well as under the pressure of steadily increasing
mobilization along our eastern border, I invited Mr. Molotov to come to Berlin.
The Soviet foreign minister demanded
further clarification from Germany on the following four questions:
Molotov’s first question:
Germany’s guarantee for Rumania in the event of an attack mean war with Russia in the event of an attack Soviet Russia?
The German guarantee is broad and obligates us absolutely. Russia has never told us that it
has any interest in Rumania outside Bessarabia. The occupation of northern Bukowina was already a violation of this assurance.
I therefore do not believe that Russia could have any further claims on Rumania.
Molotov’s second question:
Russia feels itself threatened by Finland again. Russia is unwilling to tolerate this. Is Germany ready to provide
no support for Finland, and above all to withdraw the German troops in Kirkenes?
As in the
past, Germany has no political interests in Finland. However, the German government cannot accept a new Russian war against
the tiny Finnish people, particularly since we could never believe that Finland threatens Russia. However, we do not want
war in the Baltic Sea.
1- With no help from the West, the brave Finns valiantly
fought back Stalin's invasions.Only Germany supported tiny Finland
2- Hitler with General Mannerheim of Finland
Is Germany willing for Soviet Russia to provide a guarantee to Bulgaria, and to send Soviet-Russian troops
to Bulgaria for this purpose — although he (Molotov) wished to say that they did not have the intention of removing
Bulgaria is a sovereign state, and I did not know that, just as Rumania had asked
for a German guarantee, Bulgaria has asked for one from Soviet Russia. I would also have to discuss the matter with my allies.
Molotov’s fourth question:
Soviet Russia absolutely requires free passage through the Dardanelle,
and also demands, for its protection, several important positions on the Dardanelle or along the Bosporus. Is Germany willing
to agree to this or not?
Germany is ready at any time to agree to changes in the Statute
of Montreux that benefit the Black Sea states. Germany is not willing to approve Russian bases on the straights.
I behaved as the responsible leader of the German Reich, but also as a responsible representative
of European culture and civilization.
The result was an increase in Soviet Russian activity against the Reich,
above all the immediate beginning of efforts to subvert the new Rumanian state and an attempt to use propaganda to eliminate
the Bulgarian government.
With the help of confused and immature people, the Rumanian Legion succeeded in organizing
a coup that removed General Antonescu and plunged the nation into chaos. By removing legal authority, they also removed the
grounds for Germany to act on its guarantee.
Still, I believed it best to remain silent.
after this enterprise collapsed, there was a new increase in Russian troops along the German eastern border. Increasing numbers
of tank and parachute divisions threatened the German border. The German army, and the German homeland, know that until a
few weeks ago, there was not a single German tank or motorized division on our eastern border.
If anyone needed
final proof of the carefully hidden coalition between England and Soviet Russia, the conflict in Yugoslavia provided it. While
I was making a last attempt to keep peace in the Balkans, and in agreement with the Duce invited Yugoslavia to join the Three
Power Pact, England and Soviet Russia organized a coup that toppled the government that was ready for such an agreement.
The German people can now be told that the Serbian coup against Germany was under both the English and Soviet Russian
flags. Since we were silent, the Soviet Russian government went a step further. Not only did they organize a Putsch, but signed
a treaty of friendship with their new lackeys a few days later that was intended to strengthen Serbia’s resistance to
peace in the Balkans, and turn it against Germany. It was no platonic effort, either.
Moscow demanded that the
Serbian army mobilize.
Since I still believed that it was better not to speak, the rulers
of the Kremlin took a further step.
The German government now possesses documents that prove that, to bring Serbia
into the battle, Russia promised to provide it with weapons, airplanes, ammunition, and other war material through Salonika.
That happened at almost the same moment that I was giving the Japanese Foreign Minister Dr. Matsuoka the advice to
maintain good relations with Russia, in the hope of maintaining peace.
Only the rapid breakthrough of our incomparable
divisions into Skopje and the capture of Salonika prevented the realization of this Soviet Russian-Anglo-Saxon plot. Serbian
air force officers, however, fled to Russia and were immediately welcomed as allies.
Only the victory of the Axis
powers in the Balkans frustrated the plan of involving Germany in battle in the southeast for months, allowing the Soviet
Russian armies to complete their march and increase their readiness for action. Together with England, and with the
hoped for American supplies, they would have been ready to strangle and defeat the German Reich and Italy.
Thus Moscow not only broke our treaty of friendship, but betrayed it!
They did all this while
the powers in the Kremlin, to the very last minute, hypocritically attempted to favor peace and friendship, just as they had
with Finland or Rumania.
I was forced by circumstances to keep silent in the past. Now the moment has come when
further silence would be not only a sin, but a crime against the German people, against all Europe.
about 160 Russian divisions stand at our border. There have been steady border violations for weeks, and not only
on our border, but in the far north, and also in Rumania. Russian pilots make a habit of ignoring the border, perhaps to show
us that they already feel as if they are in control.
During the night of 17-18 June, Russian patrols again crossed
the German border and could only be repelled after a long battle.
Now the hour has come when it is necessary to
respond to his plot by Jewish-Anglo-Saxon warmongers and the Jewish rulers of Moscow’s Bolshevist headquarters.
At this moment, an attack unprecedented in the history of the world in its extent and size has
begun. With Finnish comrades, the victors of Narvik stand by the Arctic Sea. German divisions, under the command of the conqueror
of Norway, together with the heroes of Finland’s freedom and their marshal, defend Finnish soil. On the Eastern Front,
German formations extend from East Prussia to the Carpathians. From the banks of the Pruth River, from the lower Danube to
the Black Sea, German and Romanian soldiers are united under state leader Antonescu.
The purpose of this
front is no longer the protection of the individual nations, but rather the safety of Europe, and therefore the salvation
I have therefore decided today once again to put the fate of Germany and the future of the
German Reich and our people in the hands of our soldiers.
May God help us in this battle.
The German preemptive strike saved Europe.
The Führer to the German People: 11 December 1941
"Already in 1940 it became increasingly clear from month to month that the
plans of the men in the Kremlin were aimed at the domination, and thus the destruction, of all of Europe. I have already told
the nation of the build-up of Soviet military power in the East during a period when Germany had only a few divisions in the
provinces bordering Soviet Russia. Only a blind person could fail to see that a military build-up of world-historical dimensions
was being carried out. And this was not in order to protect something that was being threatened, but rather to attack that
which seemed incapable of defense ... I may say this today: If the wave of
more than 20,000 tanks, hundreds of divisions, tens of thousands of artillery pieces, along with more than 10,000 airplanes,
had not been kept from being set into motion against the Reich, Europe would have been lost."
Millions of Soviet troops were quickly taken
prisoner because they were packed along the front line, in OFFENSIVE positions. The Germans then advanced easily across undefended
territory. There was so little defense behind the front lines because Stalin was planning an invasion of eastern Europe,
NOT a defense of Russia. After the war, the prisoners shown above would be condemned to death in Stalin's gulags.
Stalin declared: "There are no prisoners of war, just traitors."
great sacrifice of Germany and the 500,000 foreign SS Waffen volunteers prevented Stalin from taking ALL of Europe.
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