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Hitler Then vs Hitler Now

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 02:27 PM

Originally posted by Ulala
Unemployment was reduced by a series of massive, labour intensive public works (the autobahn etc). That was paid for by reinflating the economy using mefo bills as a unit of exchange, mefo bills being exchangeable on demand for marks but having no value in themselves, arguably like some of the complex financial instruments which so plague us today. Mefo bills paid for those works & were a vital medium through which rearmament was financed.

The rest of the financial trickery was little better than a siege economy, with autarky (economic self sufficiency) being the major platform. Foreign debt was effectively frozen by the use of a new currency, the Reichsmark, which paid for the few vital foreign imports required. They basically drew up the drawbridges and brought in a "think German, buy German" policy.

do you have some sources?
i'd like to see them, if so
about the mefo bills, particularly

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 02:38 PM
reply to post by queenannie38

Hitler had already reclaimed several of Germany's former territories, that had been taken in the Treaty of Versailles.

I would like to see when Sudetenland or any other part of Czechoslovakia (or Austria for that matter) were part of German empire.
Hitler had no problem claiming them though.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 02:55 PM
reply to post by queenannie38

Mefo bills I learned of at high school, briefly in a very boring economics class.

Here is an excerpt from the indictment against Nazi Finance Minister Schacht, who created the mefo bill system. I hope that helps you somewhat.

Schacht was an active supporter of the Nazi Party before its accession to power on 30th January, 1933, and supported the appointment of Hitler to the post of Chancellor. After that date he played an important role in the vigorous rearmament programme which was adopted, using the facilities of the Reichsbank to the fullest extent in the German rearmament effort. The Reichsbank, in its traditional capacity as financial agent for the German Government, floated long-term Government loans, the proceeds of which were fused for rearmament. He devised a system under which five-year notes, known as M.E.F.O. bills, guaranteed by the Reichsbank and backed, in effect, by nothing more than its position as a bank of issue, were used to obtain large sums for rearmament from the short-term money market.

I found that link two minutes ago and have managed to close all my other tabs accidentally, please forgive me, I'll find the link again shortly

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 03:21 PM
Oh I can't find that damned link, I'm sorry.

Here, try this one instead.

Schacht financed German armaments through the MEFO system of promissory notes, which was a swindling venture on a national scale that has no precedent, and the success of which was dependent upon the realisation of the aggressive plans of the Hitlerites. It was because of this that Schacht set 1942 as the date when the MEFO notes were to mature and he pointed out in his speech of 29th November, 1938, the relation between " the daring credit policy " of the Reichsbank and the aims of the Hitlerite foreign policy. / Nurnberg trials / Schacht

(a) Mefo bills. The financing of the conspirators' huge rearmament program presented a twofold problem to Schacht First, was the need of obtaining funds over and above the amount which could be obtained through taxation and public loans. Sec- [Page 743] ond, was the conspirators' desire, in the early stages of rearmament, to conceal the extent of their feverish armament activities. Schacht's answer to the problem was the "mefo" bills, a scheme which he devised for the exclusive use of armament financing (EC-436). Transactions in "mefo" bills worked as follows: "mefo" bills were drawn by armament contractors and accepted by a limited liability company called the Metallurgische Forschungsgesellschaft, m.b.H. (MEFO). This company was merely a dummy organization; it had a nominal capital of only one million Reichsmarks. "Mefo" bills ran for six months, but provision was made for extensions running consecutively for three months each. The drawer could present his "mefo" bills to any German bank for discount at any time, and these banks, in turn, could rediscount the bills at the Reichsbank at any time within the last three months of their earliest maturity. The amount of "mefo" bills outstanding was a guarded state secret (EC-436). The "mefo" bill system continued to be used until 1 April 1938, when 12 billion Reichsmarks of "mefo" bills were outstanding (EC-436). This method of financing enabled the Reich to obtain credit from the Reichsbank which, under existing statutes, it could not directly have obtained. Direct lending to the Government by the Reichsbank had been limited by statute to 100 million Reichsmarks (Reichsgesetzblatt, 1924, II, p. 241). Schacht has conceded that his "mefo" bill device "enabled the Reichsbank to lend by a subterfuge to the Government what it normally or legally could not do" (3728-PS). In a speech delivered on 29 November 1938, Schacht glowingly described the credit policy of the Reichsbank of which he was the author as "It is possible that no bank of issue in peacetime carried on such a daring credit policy at the Reichsbank since the seizure of power by National Socialism. With the aid of this credit policy, however, Germany created an armament second to none, and this armament in turn made possible the results of our policy." (EC-611). The "daring credit policy," which made possible the creation of "an armament second to none," obviously embraced the "mefo" bill financing which he had contrived.

Nizkor Project / Schacht

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 03:33 PM
reply to post by Ulala

thank you for the links!
i will read some on them; i was familiar with them but only a little.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by ZeroKnowledge

between 1918 and 1919, it was during negotiations involving Woodrow Wilson and his ambassador Archibald Coolidge, who made recommendations regarding Germans in Czechoslovakia after witnessing violence and cruelty toward the Germans by the Czechs.

it appears to have become a *sore spot* not only for the German government, but also for many of the German people living in those other regions.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 04:20 PM

Originally posted by queenannie38
it never hurts to TRY to see things from the other guy's perspective.
no matter who the *other guy* is.


Well Hitlers perspective was the intent to create a 1000 year Reich by force of arms and the conquest of mainland Europe. His campaign was deliberate and brutal.

So looking at it from that perspective, Hitler was the wolf.

Armed, psychotic and dangerous. He couldn't resist pulling the trigger of a loaded gun, and oddly, his life ended the same way - the cowards way out in the face of the enemy.

Not much of a legacy.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 04:29 PM

Originally posted by neformore

Originally posted by queenannie38
it never hurts to TRY to see things from the other guy's perspective.
no matter who the *other guy* is.


Well Hitlers perspective was the intent to create a 1000 year Reich by force of arms and the conquest of mainland Europe. His campaign was deliberate and brutal.

So looking at it from that perspective, Hitler was the wolf.

Armed, psychotic and dangerous. He couldn't resist pulling the trigger of a loaded gun, and oddly, his life ended the same way - the cowards way out in the face of the enemy.

Not much of a legacy.

Thank you!
That has been my point all along!
One cannot look at Hitler without including his psychotic brutal nature. The idea of an "amoral" discussion of Hitler really means leaving out facts. the FACT is that the NAZI regime was a brutal criminal attempt to enslave as many people as possible, the serve Hitler and the Reich. That was THE ENTIRE POINT of Hitlers reign from the getgo.
Evil is evil, and it is contagious.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:06 PM

Originally posted by queenannie38
this doesn't seem to be "state"-oriented, at all:

"We have not broken down classes in order to set new ones in their place; we have broken down classes to make way for the German people as a whole. Our education also trains men to respect intellectual achievement: we bring one to respect the spade, another to respect the compass or the pen. All now are but German fellow-countrymen, and it is their achievement which determines their value...
What is necessary is to teach each class and profession the importance of the others. All together form one mighty body; labourer, peasant, and professional man."
- Adolf Hitler

How can you interprete the above as anything other than 'state-orientated'? Have you even read the words that you posted above? The state, in this case the Hitler State, here has created a class system, it is training the mind-set through directed education. All for the service of the state because the individual is a mere cog who's independence of thought is a threat to the state-indoctrinated social cohesion. That is why Dachau was set up, in order to silence opposition voices and free-thinkers. That is why the Roehm Purge took place. That is why Dachau was followed by more camps, those to take the unemployed, the prostitutes, the homosexuals, the Gypsies...anyone who didn't quite fit into the model society. That is how Hitler acheived the perfect state. Churchill knew that, but he also recognised that the Nazi state, at that time, appeared to be Britain's greatest defence against the rise of Bolshevism, and that, is why Britain was eager, at first, to keep the peace and pay lip-service to Hitler.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:19 PM

Originally posted by OldDragger

Well Hitlers perspective was the intent to create a 1000 year Reich by force of arms and the conquest of mainland Europe. His campaign was deliberate and brutal.

So looking at it from that perspective, Hitler was the wolf.

no, you're still not looking at from Hitler's perspective.
you're looking at Hitler from an outside point of view.

evidenced by your own words:

So looking at it from that perspective

*that* perspective is perhaps neither yours nor his.
it is definitely not the same as putting one's self in another's shoes.

WHAT IF you had found yourself in Hitler's situation, place, and time?
WHAT IF you were seen as a wolf but did not see yourself as a wolf?

WHAT IF is just a game
but it's a good one

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:25 PM

Originally posted by bsbray11
Actually we brought back Nazi propagandists after the war and learned from them, and that's a known historical fact.

That operation was known as Project Paperclip...Look it up. So, is it that far outside of the realm of logic to wonder why modern America is so closely paralleling Nazi Germany? Plenty of examples of the parallel have already been posted in this thread.

Originally posted by bsbray11
but the REAL issue with that is that we have many more military prisons around the world that get no media attention (media that is controlled by a few mega-corporations, remember) while Gitmo gets all of it for that subject.

During the course of WW2, most German civilians were not aware of Hitler's numerous "death camps." They simply didn't know; undoubtedly, many had guessed, but that's way different from knowing.

Whereas, in America, we've been made aware of a very few & have focused all of our attention on Gitmo, due to the (controlled) MSM...Where a government has set up one, there will be more existent. Notice from news sources that Obama is closing Gitmo only after moving the inmates someplace else...Not to also mention that only one of the inmates is being granted a court trial, compared to others who have already been held for years without any Rights.

How much more of our Supreme Law of the Land will be violated by our very own government before Americans actually do something? The corruption had already built up to a point of being capable of altering government operations as long ago as Lincoln's term in Office!

The USA was founded on the principle that independent & autonomous States form a Union for the mutual defense of all States, while each State still retains as much autonomy as possible. Look at the 10th Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Yet, by Lincoln's time, TPTB has been slowly perverting our Union by centralizing Power into the federal level of government...All done against the Supreme Law of the Land. There's nothing in the Constitution that grants the federal government the power to maintain the Union & there's nothing in the Constitution that forbids the States from seceding out of the Union. Yet, Lincoln was pressured by the industrialists & bankers into declaring martial law to force the States back into the Union. Yes, it was martial law, not a Civil "War" as painted in the history books; It could not be called a "war" because, by the time it started, there were not enough States left in the Union for Congress to lawfully (by "quorum") declare a war. The winners rewrite history, INDEED!

The Union was founded on the principle of de-centralized Power. Admittedly, that's not very efficient, but the People would have an easier time of rooting out pockets of corruption while they're still small.

Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Nazism got a broken society back on its feet...the cost was not immediate. Not because it was good...but because it was efficient.

To be honest, I'd rather tend to the problems with keeping an inefficient government on track with the Law, than to deal with an efficient government hell-bent on violating the Law...

Hmmm...I think Thomas Jefferson said something similar...

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.

The Founding Forefathers knew that once Power gets rooted in a centralized location, it would be harder to dig it out.

Originally posted by bsbray11
They say history repeats itself for a reason. And also that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it -- for a reason.

I believe that the reason for this is because the PTB sitting "behind the thrones" of the world keep using the same tactics & strategies that their ancestors used, all down throughout history...Sure, they make minor adjustments to take advantage of new technologies & new scientific knowledge as they come up, but their overall strategy remains the same. As a result, empires rise. Another part of history that repeats itself is that empires also fall because they don't know how to maintain it; TPTB begin plotting against each other because once all power is spread out among the few, they have no one else to wrest more power from. The empire falls from within. No Empire has ever stood the test of time. So, NWO rises...NWO will fall too.

That's the only good thing to come from such repeats in history...The pity is that so much human suffering comes from it. After WW2 & some of Hitler's depredations came to light, the whole world yelled, "No More!" How quickly we seem to have forgotten, as the Fourth Reich takes root in America...

This is what made America different from all other nations in the history of humanity; It established the People above the government; It established the Common Law as the Supreme Law of the Land. And it was working until corrupted by greed & power-lust from the outside, by those very same "empire-builders" that have been with humanity throughout history.
Thomas Jefferson:

Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.

Wendall Phillips:

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.

So it seems here's the reason that America, "The Great Experiment," failed: We the People were put above government, but we relaxed our vigilance over time. Vigilance against corruption is the most important of the Civic Duties that exist. Yet, I see signs that Vigilance is waking up in America. The People are becoming more aware & the States are exercising their not-denied Powers; Between the 9th & 10th Amendments, the States are locking horns with the Feds a lot more now than has ever been done in the past 100 years. Currently, the signs are grim, yes...But the signs of hope are strengthening as well. Perhaps the Great American Experiment wasn't a failure after all...Perhaps we're merely in a setback & the final results of the experiment haven't come in yet.

Originally posted by bsbray11
Whenever there is war, someone is making a killing from it (no pun intended).

Pardon me, but it seems that the pun really was intended...

Originally posted by bsbray11
Unfortunately it IS the other way around today because money truly is the root of all evil and what this country is doing economically today is ass backwards.

Actually, the Bible says that it's the love of money that's the root of all evil...That's more literally true. Nothing wrong with being wealthy, as long as it's used to give help where it's needed; It's when someone loves their wealth more than they love their fellow human beings is when the evil begins.

Originally posted by mmiichael
In the final analysis he single-handedly destroyed what Germany had been. Before WWII, even after WWI, Germany was on the way to becoming the major power of Europe somewhere on the level of Britain. Tremendous accomplishments culturally, economically, technologically, financially, academically. Conceivably they could have attained the position the US has now as world leader.

Yep, Hitler did indeed destroy a Germany that was on its way up...Just as the last few Presidents have been doing with a Post-WW2 America since then.

Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
reply to post by TheWalkingFox

It feels funny to defend Hitler - but Stalin and his predecessors were just as bad. Nazis wanted to "remove" people based on racial parameters, and Communists did the same on social parameters.For example rich farmers, clergy, officers , (funny how it is similar to Hitler wiping out SA) fellow revolutionists from other then bolshevik parties and numerous others "classes".

...And in America, it's been a "war" against classes in economics. The Middle Class that swelled in society during the Post-WW2 years is nearly extinct...

Back then, a family of 4 had it pretty good, but now it takes a 2-income family steeped in debt to maintain the "Middle Class Lifestyle." A lot more detail on the differences between Middle Class then & Middle Class now can be seen here if you just look around among the numerous articles. Here's some specific articles for examples:
Our Society is Falling Apart
When Americans No Longer Own America
Family Income Report, Part 1 & Part 2
There's more at the website, but probably one of the most telling articles is a "personal viewpoint" from one of the Working Poor.
Besides these links, I also speak from first-hand observation on how far the Middle Class has fallen...I'm in my late 40's & I saw it happen with my own family & neighbor-families as I was growing up.
--------Continued Below------------

[edit on 2-1-2010 by MidnightDStroyer]

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:25 PM
--------------Concluded From Above----------------------

Originally posted by Doc Velocity
The only sure way to reach the masses and align them to your cause is to massage their sensibilities, soften them up, draw them in, tell them it's okay, we understand and we're going to elevate you to heights unimagined, crunching underfoot the bones of those who oppressed you.

That's what people want to hear.

Much like Obama's attitude during appearances in the media & with diplomatic rhetoric with other nations...No? Charisma & a good PR firm can get someone a long way in a once-bankrupted democracy, huh?
The Founding Forefathers knew this as well & made the US a Constitutional Republic instead of a democracy.
Thomas Jefferson:

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Attributed to Benjamin Franklin (although I can't seem to find a source-link) is his reply to a question after the ratification of the Constitution; Franklin was asked by a woman, "What was wrought?" His reply was, "A Republic, if you can keep it."

Originally posted by dragonsmusic
Hitler becomes Time Magazine Man of the Year. 1939

Hmmm...Much like Bernake was recently named Man of the Year? To recall Dr. Ron Paul's response to this "award," I'd also have to agree that Bernake is indeed a great individual...For being the world's greatest counterfeiter.

Originally posted by mmiichael
One has to synthesize all the sources available. Rule of thumb, information closest to the original source often has the best hard data and testimony

As for the idea of conducting good research, I'd have to agree with this as being a step that's most often underrated & under-emphasized...Truth is best found when it's closest to the source.

Another point in parallel with NAZI Germany & the US today: The recently discussed Mefo Bills & the Federal Reserve Notes...In effect (& the truth of Law) FRN's are nothing more than corporate scrip, issued & totally owned by the privately-owned Federal Reserve Bank. For one thing, there's nothing in the Constitution that grants the Federal Government to declare anything as legal tender...The States are forbidden to adopt anything but Silver/Gold as legal tender...But the FRN's are no less than certificates of debt to the Fed Res & forced into a monopoly-use all across the nation. You can find results on lots of previous research on the Fed Res by running the search function here at ATS & pick up lots of research leads elsewhere too.

I've got a good example of "good" research being conducted that sticks to this basic principle. It involves the researched proof that the 13th Amendment (abolishing slavery) was not the originally ratified 13th Amendment! The researchers have found "prima facie" evidence (evidence "on the face" of it) that indicates a concerted effort to suppress the truth of its ratification & are currently digging into original documentation to prove the truth. The only documentation that gives absolute proof may still exist in fact, but it's never been entered into official library records, therefore the search involves manually sorting through literally thousands of other un-cataloged documents. Besides the link I provided, there's also a book available here with more details. One of the minor repercussions of this is that the Amendment that abolishes slavery (& all others Amendments following) would have to be moved down a notch...

Another example I've got is involves looking into the research conducted that shows the current 16th Amendment was enforced without ratification! You can look into that too. Just doing some digging will reveal how others are conducting their own researching...Think of them as "examples" to follow when you research in your own topics.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:31 PM

Originally posted by shamhat

How can you interprete the above as anything other than 'state-orientated'? Have you even read the words that you posted above?

of course i have. i don't post things i have not read.
but, for the sake of your post, i re-read it, twice.

The state, in this case the Hitler State, here has created a class system, it is training the mind-set through directed education.

but if we're just referring to this quote, as i was, initially, then what you say is the opposite of what is quoted.

We have not broken down classes in order to set new ones in their place; we have broken down classes to make way for the German people as a whole.

classes broken down for the sake of the nation - not the *state*, because that is an idea that is nearly non-human in meaning, and when Hitler says "the German people as a whole," the idea is very human.

All for the service of the state because the individual is a mere cog who's independence of thought is a threat to the state-indoctrinated social cohesion.

where did you get that, in the quote i posted?

All now are but German fellow-countrymen, and it is their achievement which determines their value...

to say that each person's achievement determines their value is not to say that they are merely cogs in the greater is only to say that everyone's contribution/talent/ability counts on its own merits, because of their efforts.
not based on worth according to role or function in society.

for example, in the US, there is an unspoken, but still tangible, snobbish attitude toward the more menial laborers in the force.
(although, thanks to Mike Rowe and his show, "Dirty Jobs," that's hopefully decreasing...)

i, for one, appreciate the hell out of everyone who has the fit and form to dig the ditches that i am not fit to dig.
and there are countless other things that i could not do, for whatever reason, that i'm glad others can and will do.
i've had people tell me, all my life, that they wished they were more like me, book-smart and such, but all it is an ability in one facet of life
we all fit together perfect if we are all allowed to do and be what we are best suited for.

that's not the way it is, presently, in my country (USA) and much of the world.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:36 PM

Originally posted by queenannie38
WHAT IF is just a game
but it's a good one

Actually, its a self defeating dangerous waste of time.

All it leads to is idolatory fantasies.

In this case, it leads to people thinking that somehow one of - if not the single most - dangerous dictator that ever lived was somehow a nice person, when he most certainly was nothing of the sort.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 05:56 PM

Originally posted by neformore
Actually, its a self defeating dangerous waste of time.

All it leads to is idolatory fantasies.

no, it leads to EMPATHY and UNDERSTANDING

and no matter what, all human beings need the same thing, at the core:
to be understood and accepted for what they are

Jesus said to love our enemies
that does require a certain willingness to accept rather than judge

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 06:32 PM
All viewpoints formed from the mainstream media and schooling is of zero value.

Here's an alternate view.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:00 PM

Originally posted by SteveR
All viewpoints formed from the mainstream media and schooling is of zero value.


only that viewpoint which is formed from one's own investigation, outside of personal opinion both of self and others, is of value

the rest is just borrowed opinions


Eva Braun, a site with a very rare viewpoint of Adolf Hitler.

here is the letter that Hitler wrote to Eva following the unsuccessful assassination attempt in July of 1944:

Mein Liebes Tschapperl,

Don't worry about me. I'm fine though perhaps a little tired. I hope to come home soon and then I can rest in your arms. I have a great longing for rest, but my duty to the German people comes before everything else. Don't forget that the dangers I encounter don't compare with those of our soldiers at the Front. I thank you for the proof of your affection and ask you also to thank your esteemed father and your most gracious mother for their greetings and good wishes. I am very proud of the honor - please tell them that - to possess the love of girl who comes from such a distinguished family. I have sent to you the uniform I was wearing during the unfortunate day. It is proof that Providence has protected me and that we have nothing more to fear from our enemies.

From my whole heart, your A.H.

here is Eva's reply:


I am beside myself. I am dying of anxiety now that I know you are in danger. Come back as soon as possible. I feel as if I am going insane.

The weather is beautiful here and everything seems so peaceful that I am ashamed of myself ... You know I have always told you that I would die if anything happened to you. From our first meeting on, I have promised myself to follow you wherever you go, even to death. You know that I live only for your love.

Yours Eva

and she did, too
follow him to death, that is

of interest, also, is several pages from Eva's diary that were recovered after the war.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:17 PM
reply to post by SteveR

Aw, wasn't he a sweet guy! I'm moved to tears.
So you reject every other thing written about him to cherry pick some
Bs favorable piece.
Being "alternative' is useless. Being educated isn't.
What a load.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:19 PM
reply to post by queenannie38

Very interesting. Thanks for posting this. The more letters and writings we have, the better. From these and only these we have an authentic source of information, and can learn the truth about what was going on in Hitler's mind. What I have seen so far suggests all we have known is a gross distortion of the facts.

This discussion would be illegal in Germany. It is not illegal to discuss any other 'evil' character from history, but it is illegal to discuss Hitler in any way that challenges the status quo. They are deeply afraid that people will wake up and learn the truth. That people would once again assert their national sovereignty against the globalists and international bankers who control all of the western nations today.

posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:35 PM
Hitler's Last Will and Testament:

My Private Will and Testament

As I did not consider that I could take responsibility, during the years of struggle, of contracting a marriage, I have now decided, before the closing of my earthly career, to take as my wife that girl who, after many years of faithful friendship, entered, of her own free will, the practically besieged town in order to share her destiny with me. At her own desire she goes as my wife with me into death. It will compensate us for what we both lost through my work in the service of my people.

What I possess belongs — in so far as it has any value — to the Party. Should this no longer exist, to the State, should the State also be destroyed, no further decision of mine is necessary.

My pictures, in the collections which I have bought in the course of years, have never been collected for private purposes, but only for the extension of a gallery in my home town of Linz a.d. Donau.

It is my most sincere wish that this bequest may be duly executed.

I nominate as my Executor my most faithful Party comrade,

Martin Bormann.

He is given full legal authority to make all decisions. He is permitted to take out everything that has a sentimental value or is necessary for the maintenance of a modest simple life, for my brothers and sisters, also above all for the mother of my wife[1] and my faithful coworkers who are well known to him, principally my old Secretaries Frau Winter etc. Who have for many years aided me by their work.

I myself and my wife — in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation — choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years' service to my people.

Given in Berlin, 29th. April 1945, 4:00 o'clock.
(Sd.) A. Hitler

As Witnesses:
(Sd.) Martin Bormann
(Sd.) Dr. Fuhr

As Witness:
(Sd.) Nicolaus von Below.


from wikisource

also, Hitler's Last Political Testament

some excerpts:

It is untrue that I or anyone else in Germany wanted the war in 1939. It was desired and instigated exclusively by those international statesmen who were either of Jewish descent or worked for Jewish interests. I have made too many offers for the control and limitation of armaments, which posterity will not for all time be able to disregard for the responsibility for the outbreak of this war to be laid on me. I have further never wished that after the first fatal world war a second against England, or even against America, should break out. Centuries will pass away, but out of the ruins of our towns and monuments the hatred against those finally responsible whom we have to thank for everything, international Jewry and its helpers, will grow.

although that might, at first, seem like an irrational racist declaration, when one takes into consideration the goings-on, between WWI and WWII, in Europe concerning the plight of the Jewish people not having possession of *their* homeland, specifically the Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the British Mandate of Palestine, it's possible to admit that maybe Hitler had a pretty good understanding of what was *really* going on.

also, because of what he had seen and been through, in WWI, he held fast to the desire that there would not be a repeat of the Great War. he repeatedly petitioned England for peace, even long into the war, but he was never given the chance to discuss it.

once, a reporter asked Winston Churchill if he would offer peace to Hitler. Churchill replied that no, he would not, because Hitler might very well accept! i need to find a source for that - i read it a few years back - but i'll see if i can't find it and post it here.

I have decided therefore to remain in Berlin and there of my own free will to choose death at the moment when I believe the position of the Führer and Chancellor itself can no longer be held.

I die with a happy heart, aware of the immeasurable deeds and achievements of our soldiers at the front, our women at home, the achievements of our farmers and workers and the work, unique in history, of our youth who bear my name.

That from the bottom of my heart I express my thanks to you all, is just as self-evident as my wish that you should, because of that, on no account give up the struggle but rather continue it against the enemies of the Fatherland, no matter where, true to the creed of a great Clausewitz. From the sacrifice of our soldiers and from my own unity with them unto death, will in any case spring up in the history of Germany, the seed of a radiant renaissance of the National-Socialist movement and thus of the realization of a true community of nations.

Hitler isn't just spouting out paranoid accusations when he says "the enemies of the Fatherland." if one looks at the events of the beginning of WWII, it is plain to see that, for whatever reason, real or imagined, many nations felt the need to make themselves enemies of Germany rather than trying to rectify the unfairness of the Treaty of Versailles.

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