Waffen SS – Defenders of Europe — Renegade Tribune

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Meža Vilks

In Hitler’s time, nationalism was a compelling influence. It roused people to give for their country, but simultaneously maintained barriers between nations.

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Hitler, Austria and the Anschluss — Renegade Tribune


Meža Vilks

Hitler’s decision to militarily occupy Austria was neither premeditated, nor desired by him. He had hoped to maintain a semblance of legality in assimilating Austria.

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Adolf Hitler About the Youth

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Der Stürmer

In their (the youth’s) heart there will no longer be any place for prejudices, the self-conceit and arrogance of the individual folk strata of previous generations. For they live together, march together, jointly sing the songs of the movement and of the fatherland and believe in a Germany, which belongs to all of them.

Speech of September 10, 1934 in Nuremberg

They (the German youth) love the clarity and determination of our leadership!

Speech of September 10, 1934 in Nuremberg

The youth has fallen for and is bound to us with body and soul.

Speech of September 10, 1934 in Nuremberg

And when left and right the stubborn stand there and say: „But you (National Socialists) will never get us”, then I say: „We are indifferent to that; but we get your children. We educate them from the start toward a different ideal and educate them toward each other.”

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The KdF Car (Volkswagen)

The enormous expansion of the German high system, particularly the Reich Autobahn system, which like the growth in automobile manufacturing came from the Führer’s orders, looked far into the future. Both projects go along with each other, and today hardly anyone does not cheerfully support Adolf Hitler’s work in these areas. The Führer’s will that the entire people should benefit from their common labors has repeatedly shown itself in recent years. It was only natural that it was always close to Hitler’s heart that this also include those with limited incomes. At the automobile exhibitions during the first years after the takeover of power, he so clearly expressed his wish for a Volkswagen that the automobile industry had to consider it an order or a commission. As is known, in recent years the German automobile industry was barely able to produce enough of its own models in a reasonably timely fashion, even when fully using all its labor, plants, and machines.

It was thus no surprise that early in 1937 the Führer gave the leader of the German Labor Front the order to use all the means of his organization of millions of workers, along with the NS Community “Kraft durch Freude,” to realize his dream. As early as 1934, he had talked with the most famous German automotive engineer Dr. Porsche about carrying out his thinking, and given him the commission to undertake the construction of the German Volkswagen.

Early in May 1937, Dr. Ley carried out the Führer’s commission to found the “Society for the Preparation of the German Volkswagen.” The manufacturer Dr. Porsche, the automotive expert J. Werlin, and the Reichsamtsleiter “Kraft durch Freude” Dr. Lafferentz were appointed the leaders of this organization.

The three party comrades worked hand in hand to determine the immediate tasks, and then to take up the factories, methods, and distribution of this new car. Dr. Lafferentz was responsible for a large part of the plan to construct a large factory to build the Volkswagen in Fallersleben, near Braunschweig. After long efforts, the whole plan took final form. The whole project had been organized. For years, one had heard little about the project until the Führer’s speech at the Automobile Exhibition in 1938 revealed the happy secret. Among other things, Adolf Hitler said: “Over the past four years, and with continual improvements, we have developed the Volkswagen, which we are convinced not only can be sold at the price we want, but also can be manufactured in ways that use a minimum of workers to produce the maximum amount. The model that has resulted from years of work by Dr. Porsche will undergo testing this year. It will enable millions of new customers with limited incomes to afford a car. We owe the best cars in the world to our directors, engineers, craftsmen, workers, and salesmen. Today, I am convinced that in a short time we will also build the least expensive cars.”

In a small miracle, an attractive car made of steel, powered by a 25 horsepower engine, and with enough room for four, even five, people, underwent hard testing. In 150,000 kilometers of test drives, it proved that it could easily maintain a speed of 100 kilometers per hour on the Autobahn. The test cars performed so well that it even astonished those who built them. Hardly any repairs were needed. In the mountains, the Volkswagen left larger cars behind, and also handled poor roads well. The right model had been developed. Now it was a matter of mass producing the car so that those with limited incomes could buy it, and of developing a means of financing it for them. One condition had already been met: it needed only seven liters of fuel for 100 kilometers. The significance of that figure is clear from this example: An adult pays 4 pfenning per kilometer for normal rail travel, which means a fare of 12 marks for three hundred kilometers, approximately the distance between Berlin and Hannover or Berlin and Hamburg. The new Volkswagen costs only 7 times 40 pfennig times 3, or 8.40 marks. If, for example, four workers share the fuel cost, each pays only 2.10 marks. Each saves 9.90 marks, or 39.60 marks in all.

The new factory is being built on a 1.5 by 2 kilometer piece of land on the Mittelland Canal. It is also near the intersection of two of the Autobahn.The Führer laid the cornerstone on 26 May 1938. Construction had begun several months earlier. The realization of his dream seemed certain, and so everyone understood it when the Führer recognized the achievements of the German free time organization by naming the car in his speech the “KdF Wagen,” a people’s car in the truest sense of the word. A storm of applause erupted as Adolf Hitler took a seat in a test car. The son of the designer took his seat behind the wheel and drove the Führer through the enthusiastic crowd of people.

Next to the factory, a modern city is springing up, which will initially have population of 30,000, rising eventually to 60,000. The core population will be workers and managers at the KdF car factory. This city, which will the Führer will later give its final name, will be a National Socialist model city. The city planning takes account of modern city construction, and also of Reich planning. From its beginning, it is a model of the desires of the German Labor Front and above all the NS Community “Kraft durch Freude.”

It is laid out so that workers have a short trip from their homes to the factory. It will also include every possible opportunity for recreation: swimming pools, showers, new cafeterias, Beauty of Labor, sports facilities, walking paths, educational facilities, theaters — for the first time, everything will be incorporated in both factory and city. And the workers, who will themselves be able to buy a Volkswagen, will explore the beautiful, forested, and hilly region that surrounds their model city.

At present, 4,000 people are building the factory. Given the shortage of labor in Germany, 2,500 of them are Italian. They have quickly adjusted to the new conditions and win praise from all sides for their work. The number of workers will rise to 6,000. The workers are housed in barracks belonging to the Reich Labor Service. Married men receive a bonus of 1 mark per day. The food is excellent, and costs 1.16 mark per day. The men get .16 mark a day back when they leave, so that practically all their pay, or at least most of it, is available to their families. Housing, of course, is free, as is entrance to the community building, which can hold about 5,000 people. In this large room, there are daily movie, theater, and entertainment offerings.

In October 1938, Dr. Ley honored the president of the Italian Federation of Industry, who was visiting his countrymen in Germany, by naming the large community hall the “Ciantetti Hall Kraft durch Freude.”

The KdF Wagen factory is being built in stages. Production began late in the summer of 1938. By the beginning of the last quarter of 1938, 150,000 people had already ordered the car and are waiting eagerly for delivery. They will begin receiving their cars early in 1940. After the first stage of construction is completed, two shifts will build 450,000 cars a year. That will rise to 1,350,000 KdF cars a year when the third stage is completed. Even in its first stage, the factory exceeds anything seen before in Europe. When its third stage is finished, it will significantly surpass Ford as the largest car manufacturing plant in the world.

One thing about the project is entirely new: for the first time, a quality car will sell for under one thousand marks, and that almost everyone will be able to afford it. The entire world listened when it was announced that one could purchase the new car, and insurance, for 5 marks a week. In this world still ruled by liberal mercantile thinking, people did not notice that many will not be in a position to purchase the KdF car immediately will still be given preference through the installment payment system.

At the beginning, it cannot be avoided that “rapid savers,” those people’s comrades who can pay more than 5 marks a week, will receive their cars first to ensure smooth deliveries. However, as soon as those saving 5 marks a week have paid the full price, they will immediately receive their cars, and those “rapid savers” who begin later will have to wait.

Transportation is a measure of a rising standard of living. Long ago, many people could not afford railway tickets. Today, rail travel is something everyone can afford, just as they can afford streetcars and busses. Not long ago, millions with low pay could not afford the high price of a bicycle. Later, even a low-paid worker could afford a good bicycle.

Millions of people in Germany still see a car as something only the rich can afford. Cars are no longer the privilege of a particular class, or of well-paid people, as is proven by the large number of vehicles in Germany today, above all those added since 1933.

Time moves quickly. But never have things happened so quickly as in National Socialist Germany. In Fallersleben, a huge family is being built. In less than six

months, a million cubic meters of soil have been moved, and each day 500 tons of cement must be delivered by a pipe system to the proper place. We are at the start of a new era. In a few years, hundreds of thousands of workers and lower-level employees will own their own car, and in the foreseeable future millions of KdF cars will travel the best roads in the world, evidence of the accomplishments of a new Germany.

Hundreds of thousands of people’s comrades, above all those who live in big cities and in drab industrial areas and who lead a joyless, colorless life, will now be able to reach the beauties of nature on weekends or after work with their families. They will find pleasure and relaxation. They will feel more like free and independent people. To own a car means to live twice as much!

Following the will of the Führer, the German Labor Front and our NS Community “Kraft durch Freude” are accomplishing something only possible in Hitler’s Germany. It could never have happened without the work of all laboring people, organized in “Kraft durch Freude” reaching down to the last factory and to the last city block

The source: Unter dem Sonnenrad: Ein Buch von Kraft durch Freude (Berlin: Verlag der Deutschen Arbeitsfront, 1938), pp. 177-189.

Originally found at https://www.bytwerk.com/gpa/vw.htm

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The Hitler No One Knows

The “whip.” Enemy papers excitedly write that Hitler always carries a riding whip. In reality, it is a dog whip that the Führer carries today as a reminder of the time when he could carry no weapon at all. Then the whip was his only defense…
As the battle began… this is a picture of the Führer from 1919, when Hitler began calling the German people to resistance at ever larger meetings.
The earliest picture of the Führer at the begining of his political activity: Dedicating flags on Mars Field in Munich in 1923.
After a 3 hour meeting, the Führer strides exhausted through the lines of SA and SS comrades, surrounded by the cheers of thousands who now have new faith and new hope.
The Speaker. The National Socialist German Workers Party grew through mass propaganda. Even today Hitler is not only the Führer, but also the best propagandist of his movement. His words fall like hammer blows in the hearts of the tens of thousands who hear him: “One does not beg for his rights, one fights for them.”
The hands of the Führer organize his speech. This picture captures Hitler’s hands as he speaks of the unity of the National Socialist and socialist ideas.
On the train. When winter makes roads impassible for automobiles, the Führer travels by train. Otherwise, Hitler always travels in his own car, a large Mercedes, which brings him safetly to his destination and saves time.
Here, too, Hoffmann gives him no peace.
When evil men wanted to hurt him deeply, they poisoned his favorite dog. That is how evil fights a good person..
In his beloved mountains. From time to time the Führer visits his “villa” in the Bavarian Alps for a few hours or days. He has a small wooden house that his sister purchased. There he finds the inner strength for new tasks.
A photograph accidentally becomes a symbol. Adolf Hitler, the supposed “heretic,” leaves the Marine Church in Wilhelmshaven.
Even the youngest want to take Hitler’s picture….
On the Pier. A short rest during a trip to East Prussia.
Adolf Hitler’s life style is simple. He never drinks alcohol and does not smoke.
Hitler Youth. Even the youngest fight for him….
The Brown House in Munich is the goal of S.A. men from all regions of Germany. How their eyes glow when the Führer is with them!

Originally found at https://www.bytwerk.com/gpa/hitler2.htm

The source: Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler wie ihn keiner kennt (Berlin: “Zeitgeschichte” Verlag, 1932).

Adolf Hitler About the Armed Forces

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Der Stürmer

For us the army is the representational and actual expression of the strength of a nation for the external defense of its interests.

Open Letter to Brüning of October 14, 1931

The victory of our ideas will convey to the whole nation a political and world-view thinking, which puts the army into a real inner, spiritual relation to the whole folk and hence rescues it from the painful fact of being an alien body within the own folk.

Open Letter to Brüning of October 14, 1931

Only the man is a real one who also defends himself like a man, and a folk is only a real one, which is ready – if necessary – to step onto the battlefield as a folk. This is not militarism, rather self-preservation.

Speech of April 27, 1923 in Munich

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The 16-th Martyrs of November 9th, 1923

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Der Stürmer

At half-past twelve in the afternoon of November 9th, 1923, those whose names are given below fell in front of the Feldherrnhalle and in the forecourt of the former War Ministry in Munich for their loyal faith in the resurrection of their people:

Alfarth, Felix, Merchant, born July 5th, 1901
Bauriedl, Andreas, Hatmaker, born May 4th, 1879
Casella, Theodor, Bank Official, born August 8th, 1900
Ehrlich, Wilhelm, Bank Official, born August 19th, 1894
Faust, Martin, Bank Official, born January 27th, 1901
Hechenberger, Anton, Locksmith, born September 28th, 1902
Koerner, Oskar, Merchant, born January 4th, 1875
Kuhn, Karl, Head Waiter, born July 25th, 1897
Laforce, Karl, Student of Engineering, born October 28th, 1904
Neubauer, Kurt, Waiter, born March 27th, 1899
Pape, Claus von, Merchant, born August 16th, 1904
Pfordten, Theodor von der, Councillor to the Superior Provincial Court, born May 14th, 1873
Rickmers, Johann, retired Cavalry Captain, born May 7th…

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