Sunday, 22 May 2016

Die Deutsche Wochenschau – Newsreel No. 565 – 04 July 1941

German Troops Arrive in Finland;
Fortress Kaunas Taken by German Troops;
Swift Advance Toward Minsk;
Two Soviet Armies Encircled near Bialystok;
Soviet Citadel of Brest-Litovsk Captured;
Bedraggled Soviet Prisoners shown.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof on The War That Had Many Fathers

Major-General Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof (ret.) tallks about his groundbreaking revisionist history of the run-up to the Second World War, "The War That Had Many Fathers" (Der Krieg der viele Väter hatte).

This fascinating lecture has racked up more than 200,000 views in various uploads on YouTube, but despite the existence of an excellent Portuguese translation, until now there has been no English version available for the rest of us. Break the spell of more than seven decades of "Allied" propaganda and try seeing the run-up to 1 September 1939 as the Germans did. The results might surprise you. Essential viewing.

Note 1: According to Duff Cooper's own account of the event, as published in his 1953 volume of memoirs "Old Men Forget," his wife did not read the Sixteen Points, but rather heard them on the radio when they were broadcast by the BBC, belatedly, on 31 August 1939:

"On the morning of September 1st I played golf at Goodwood. I never played worse. I couldn't concentrate on the game because I was thinking of what had happened the night before. We had listened to the eleven o'clock news and had heard the German sixteen points to Poland given out without commentary. I was horrified. And was the more horrified because Diana [his wife] hearing them said that they did not seem to her unreasonable. I tried to explain to her how they meant the end of Poland, but I felt that the reactions of millions of people might be the same as hers.

"I rang up Winston, who said he felt exactly as I did, but that he had already spoken to the Daily Mail, who were inclined to take a favorable view of the German proposals. . .. I then got on to Camrose [William Berry, Baron (later Viscount) Camrose, owner of the Daily Telegraph and other papers], who also agreed with me. . .. I urged that the Daily Telegraph should come out with a strong leading article condemning the terms.

"When we had finished our round of golf we went into the club house for a drink. Two men sitting at the bar were discussing future race-meetings. One of the two, the secretary, I knew slightly. As we left he said to me, 'Hitler started on Poland this morning.' . . . That was how I heard that the second World War had begun. As we drove back to Bognor my heart felt lighter than it had for a year."

- Old Men Forget (London: Ruper Hart Davis, 1953), p. 257

Despite his faulty "staging" of the event (perhaps the result of extrapolating from secondary sources), Schultze-Rhonhof thus clearly has the gist of the story correct: Duff Cooper—and Winston Churchill, too—were alarmed at the prospect of the British public finding the program of the Sixteen Points a reasonable alternative to war, and used their influence with the press to ensure that it be presented in as unfavorable a light as possible.

(For the original Sixteen Points, see "Documents on the Events Preceding the Outbreak of the War", pp. 485-8. A recording of the 1939 BBC broadcast which Diana Cooper heard is available on the BBC site:

Note 2: The passage from Churchill's speech @ 33:58 is not in fact a direct quotation, but rather a loose paraphrase of his remarks taken from a secondary German source (Erich Kern, "Verheimlichte Dokumente: Was den Deutschen verschwiegen wird"). Churchill's actual words from the most relevant part of the speech, as recorded in the Hansard transcripts, are as follows:

"The removal of the just grievances of the vanquished ought to precede the disarmament of the victors. I hope I have made that quite clear. To bring about anything like equality of armaments, if it were in our power to do so, which it happily is not, while those grievances remain unredressed, would be almost to appoint the day for another European war—to fix it as if it were a prize fight. It would be far safer to reopen questions like those of the Dantzig Corridor, and Transylvania, with all their delicacy and difficulty, in cold blood and in a calm atmosphere and while the victor nations still have ample superiority, than to wait and drift on, inch by inch and stage by stage, until once again vast combinations, equally matched, confront each other face to face."

Note also that the correct date for the speech is 23 (not 24) November 1932, and that it was given before the House of Commons. (Schultze-Rhonhof incorrectly states that it was an "Oberhausrede," i.e., a speech before the ["Upper"] House of Lords.)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Responsibilities of the National-Socialist Women's Association - German Women’s Work

We want to educate women who, with their natural mode of living, their intelligence, and their real truthfulness raise strong new generations.

The NSF-DF is the National Socialist organization for women and it is responsible for female education in all political Weltanschaulichem, spiritual-cultural, housekeeping and social issues a woman is concerned with. The political mission is carried out by the National Socialist Women’s Association, which is the association of female leaders. The National Socialist Women’s Association is a subdivision of the NSDAP. Due to the party’s division of territories the National Socialist Women’s Association in all its responsibilities and special organizational tasks, works closely together with the Hoheitstrager in the respective territory. Therefore, the female leader of the Women’s Association is on the staff of the Hoheitstrager. The highest administrative department is the Reichs Women’s Leadership.

The departments in all Districts, circles and district groups are structured in accordance with the 12 main divisions of the Reichs Women’s Leadership. In accordance with the political principles of the National Socialist Weltanschauung, the goals of the National Socialist Women’s Association are these: the German woman should be educated in a National Socialist way. As a woman’s responsibilities at home and with the family are vital for our nation, all women should share the knowledge of how to raise a great nation.

Finally, all responsibilities a woman has in her social district as well as in her executive function in the process of organizing Europe, need to be centrally processed, so that the organization can complete its mission.

To make this centralization possible it is necessary to cooperate to a large extent with other organizations and departments. Part of the Reichs Women’s Leadership are the Women’s Office, the Administrative Department of the Working Woman of the German Labor Front, Office III of the chairman of the German Red Cross, which serves as a connection office and the Committee of Sisters in which the leaders of all Nurses Associations are united.

The functions of the Women's Organization are structured as follows: Department of Motherservice, Department of National Economy and Domestic Economy, Department of Assisting Services, Department of Culture, Education and Training, Department of Youth Teams, Department of Children Teams, and Department of Neighboring and Foreign Countries.