I'm absolutely fascinated by this thread.Of course we have the written orders from Hitler for the T4 euthanasia plan that he was then criticised for. After that he only gave extermination orders verbally. For that we have oral evidence from Goebbels, Himmler, Eichmann and Rosenberg that Hitler wanted the Jews exterminated (see my post on "working towards the Führer") as well as his speechs. Written evidence of course we have from Heydrich.
Hard to believe to some but Hitler was a huge sex symbol. The saying used to go that when girls came they said "Mein Führer" rather than "Mein Gott". The reason he kept his girlfriends out of the public light was his belief that single man would garner more support from the public.Why wasn't his soul patch under his lip?
Heinrich Himmler. October, 1943 - Posen
I also want to refer here very frankly to a very difficult matter. We can now very openly talk about this among ourselves, and yet we will never discuss this publicly. Just as we did not hesitate on June 30, 1934 to perform our duty as ordered and put comrades who had failed up against the wall and execute them, we also never spoke about it, nor will we ever speak about it. Let us thank God that we had within us enough self-evident fortitude never to discuss it among us, and we never talked about it. Every one of us was horrified, and yet every one clearly understood that we would do it next time, when the order is given and when it becomes necessary.
I am now referring to the evacuation of the Jews, to the extermination of the Jewish people
Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler 30 January 1939:
Adolf Hitler 30 January 1942:
Adolf Hitler 29 April 1945:
Heinrich Himmler 18 September, 1942
"in principle the Fuehrer's time is no longer to be burdened with these matters...The delivery of anti-social elements from the execution of their sentences to the Reich Fuehrer of SS to be worked to death. Persons under protective arrest, Jews, Gypsies, Russians and Ukranians, Poles with more than 3-year sentences, Czechs and Germans with more than 8-year sentences according to the judgement of the Minister of Justice [Thierack]. First of all, the worst anti-social elements amongst those just mentioned are to be handed over; I shall inform the Fuhrer of this through Reichsleiter Bormann"
SS Scharfuehrer Erich Fuchs:
One day in the winter of 1941, Wirth put together a transport to Poland. I was selected along with. eight to ten others and transferred to Belzec in three motorcars... Upon our arrival in Belzec we met Friedel Schwarz and two other SS-men whose names I do not remember. They served as guards during the building of a hut which we were to fit out as a gas chamber. Wirth told us that in Belzec "all Jews were to be bumped off." For this purpose the huts were fitted out as gas chambers. I installed shower nozzles in the gas chambers. The nozzles were not connected to a water pipe because they were only meant to serve as camouflage for the gas chambers. The Jews who were to be gassed were untruthfully informed that they were to be bathed and disinfected.
Heinrich Himmler October 25, 1941
As the affairs now stand, there are no objections against doing away with those Jews who are not able to work
Ok, so was there a direct order by someone to systematically genocide 6 million people or was it just the vibe?Adolf Eichmann
I never saw a written order, Herr Hauptmann. All I know is that Heydrich said to me: "The Führer has ordered the physical extermination of the Jews." He said that as clearly and surely as I'm repeating it now
intreresting stuffThe nazi bring in the infamous nuremberg laws in 1935. Their goal is to destroy judaism in Germany. Here's a translation I found online:
Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour
Moved by the understanding that purity of German blood is the essential condition for the continued existence of the German people, and inspired by the inflexible determination to ensure the existence of the German nation for all time, the Reichstag has unanimously adopted the following law, which is promulgated herewith:
- Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or related blood are forbidden. Marriages nevertheless concluded are invalid, even if concluded abroad to circumvent this law.
- Annulment proceedings can be initiated only by the state prosecutor.
Extramarital relations between Jews and citizens of German or related blood are forbidden.
Jews may not employ in their households female citizens of German or related blood who are under 45 years old.
- Jews are forbidden to fly the Reich or national flag or display Reich colours.
- They are, on the other hand, permitted to display the Jewish colours. The exercise of this right is protected by the state.
- Any person who violates the prohibition under Article 1 will be punished with hard labour
- A male who violates the prohibition under Article 2 will be punished with prison or prison with hard labour.
- Any person violating the provisions under Articles 3 or 4 will be punished with prison with hard labour for up to one year and a fine, or with one or the other of these penalties.
The Reich Minister of the Interior, in co-ordination with the Deputy of the Führer and the Reich Minister of Justice, will issue the legal and administrative regulations required to implement and complete this law.
The law takes effect on the day following promulgation, except for Article 3, which goes into force on 1 January 1936
I do recall hearing that after Jessie Owens won Hitler told his officials that it was to be expected...it was like losing a race to a panther...and that blacks should be excluded in the interest of fairness.I have a question.
How badly did it make Hitler's vagina ache when he saw Max Schmeling get knocked out by Joe Louis in their second fight?
Himmler was the one obsessed with blood and ancient germanic religions etc. The "working towards Hitler" policy brought a lot of idiots out who tried to outcrazy the opposition.I do recall hearing that after Jessie Owens won Hitler told his officials that it was to be expected...it was like losing a race to a panther...and that blacks should be excluded in the interest of fairness.
So in a sense he seemed to not actually believe his official party line that aryans in were physically superior.
Along the same lines....Nazi propaganda seemed to suggest that Jews were intellectually inferior.... one some level Hitler subscribed to this as he would say they "stole" everything (culturally appropriated everything if you will).
However other private quotes seem to show a considerable fear of the Jewish intellect.
He was a huge fan of Wagners obsession with germanic mythology and anti-semitism. He went to the Bayreuth festival nearly every year and was good friends with Wagner family. Still today in Austria if you hear of somebody with a name from a Wagner opera it often means they are a bit nazi-ish. I had a student with the name KriemhildWhat is the truth in regards to Hitler adopting his oratory style and hand gestures from the composer Wagner?
I believe Adolf was quite the fan during his art-school phase and was captivated by his anti-semitic lyrics