The Meaning of the Racial Laws of the
"The Racial Question has an important role in the laws of other nations,
though other peoples and races are affected than in the German Reich. It is in no way new or unusual that the German Reich is active in this area.
Contrary to opinions that surface here and there, our laws are in no way
directed against the Jewish religion, its practice, or the freedom of the
The German Reich has done nothing but introduce constitutional
legislation to provide the kind of civil service necessary to guarantee the secure administration of the Reich. The laws do not render it impossible for a citizen of a foreign state to become a civil servant. Indeed, if he is appointed to such a position, he receives full citizenship in the Reich.
German civil servants should however be of Aryan descent. The so‐
called Aryan Law requires that each civil servant be of German blood. Since the vast majority of non‐Aryan civil servants were Jews, the first guidelines to the law paid particular attention to those who were members of the Jewish race. But we did not simply throw out the non‐Aryan civil servants, but retired them with honor and a pension. The people's state could hardly proceed in a more legal and mild manner.
Germany did not want to attack Jewry wildly, rather only deal with its
results, is clear from the fact that the Law of 7 April 1933 left untouched
all non‐Aryan civil servants who had been appointed before 1 August
1914, and by the fact that the private sphere not affected. Some
complain that the law extends to half and quarter Aryans. The answer is that the foreign influence in the civil service had grown to such a
dangerous extent that it was almost impossible for young Germans to
enter these professions." (Reich Minister of the Interior Dr. Frick
"Propaganda is a set of methods employed by an
organized group that wants to bring about the active or
passive participation in its actions of a mass of
individuals, psychologically unified through psychological
manipulation and incorporated in an organization.” - Ellui
On 25 February 1934, about a million Nazi party officials
gathered at points around Germany to swear an oath to Adolf Hitler.
This is an excerpt from the speech Rudolf Hess gave on the occasion,
which was broadcast to the nation.
"Der Eid auf Adolf Hitler," Rudolf Hess,
Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1938), pp. 10‐14.
The Oath to Adolf Hitler
Speech by Rudolf Hess on 25 February 1934:
German men, German women, German boys, German girls, over a
million of you are gathered in many places in all of Germany!
On this the anniversary of the
proclamation of the party's program,
you will together swear an oath of
loyalty and obedience to Adolf Hitler.
You will display to the world what has
long been obvious to you, and what you
have expressed in past years, often
You are swearing your oath on a holiday
that Germany celebrates for the first
time: Heroes' Memorial Day. We lower
our flags in remembrance of those who lived as heroes, and who died as
heroes. We lower the flags before the giants of our past, before those
who fought for Germany, before the millions who fought in the World
War, before those who died preparing the way for the new Reich. I name
Horst Wessel because he has become a symbol for us, and remember
through him all those "shot by the Red Front and Reaction."
Woe to the people that fails to honor its heroes! It will cease producing
them, cease knowing them. Heroes spring from the essence of their
people. A people without heroes is a people without leaders, for only a
heroic leader is a true leader able to withstand the challenge of difficult
times. The rise or fall of a people can be determined by the presence or
absence of a leader.
We do not want to forget the mothers, women, and children who gave
their dearest, often their provider, and bear their fate with quiet
The battle‐ready manly heroes and the quiet sacrifices of mothers and
women are holy examples of loyalty for us Germans. The flags that we
now raise once more are the symbols of this loyalty, which for Nordic
mankind is closely bound to heroism!
Loyalty not only in deed, but in character is demanded of you. Loyalty of
character often demands no less heroic virtue than does loyalty in deed.
Loyalty in character is unbreakable loyalty, a loyalty that knows no ifs
or buts, that knows no weakening, Loyalty in character means absolute
obedience that does not question the results of the order nor its
reasons, rather obeys for the sake of obedience itself. Such obedience is
an expression of heroic character when following the order leads to
personal disadvantage or seems even to contradict one's personal
convictions. Adolf Hitler's strength as a leader is that he almost always
works through the power of his persuasion; rarely does he command.
He must know, however, that when he commands, or allows a command
to be given, that it will be obeyed absolutely, down to the last block
The power and effectiveness of a good organization is even greater
when discipline prevails. The greater its obedience even in small things,
the more clearly it marches to the right or the left depending on the
command of the leader, the more exactly the command to march in
short or long steps is followed, the more surely the Führer can take the
steps necessary to realize the National Socialist program.
All we National Socialists work for the realization of this program, just
as we once worked to gain control of the state. We fought for the souls
of the farmers, for the souls of the workers, for the souls of the middle
class, for the souls of men, for the souls of women, for the souls of the
old, for the souls of the young — we the members of the main
organization of the NSDAP as well as the men of the Labor Service, the
leaders of the affiliated organizations of the party such as the National
Socialist women. With the same will young men and women strive
toward the same goal, to become those who will replace us as the
masters of Germany's fate.
Hitler Youths, you have given the same absolute loyalty to the Führer
that Germany's young volunteers gave twenty years ago at Langemarck,
which demanded their heroic deaths for our people and the Reich. You
have made the youth of Langemarck your model. You have the good
fortune to live in a Reich that the best warriors of 1914 could only
dream of — a Reich that for all eternity will remain united if you do your
duty. For you, doing your duty means: Obey the Führer's orders without
question! You will be the best living memorial to the dead comrades of
the first years of the war when you maintain discipline in your ranks.
The more a Hitler Youth leader demand discipline from his boys, the
more he must display it himself. He must demand discipline from them
above all when his boys long for glorious freedom or wild behavior. It
should be easier for the youth of today to accept discipline and
subordination — combined with an appreciation of the
accomplishments of the older generation — since the older generation
is the generation of the World War. I know how you were persecuted,
maligned, hated and mocked because of your faith in the Führer. I know
how many of your comrades sacrificed their young lives! I know it well!
But I also know that all the dangers and sorrows that a Hitler Youth
suffered, even in the most Communist neighborhood in the years before
the seizure of power, are not comparable to the dangers and sorrows
that a front soldier experienced in a single day! Never forget that when
your leader, who endured the battleground for us, demands self‐
discipline of you.
I say to the political leaders what I said to your comrades in
Thuringia as they were sworn in last year: Be true to Hitler's spirit! Ask
in all that you do: What would the Führer do. If you act accordingly, you
will not go wrong!
Being true to Hitler's spirit means knowing that a leader has not only
rights, but above all duties. Being true to Hitler's spirit means always
being an model. "To be a leader is to be an example," just as Hitler and
his work are an example for you. Being true to Hitler's spirit means
being modest and unassuming. Being true to Hitler's spirit means
remaining a thorough National Socialist in good times and bad. Being a
thorough National Socialist means to think ever and only on the whole
National Socialist German people. It means that no matter what, always
to be a servant of the total National Socialism of Adolf Hitler, to be a
fully conscious, heartfelt follower of the Führer above all else.
Be ever a servant of the whole, within the movement as well, and never
forget that only the whole movement, not a part of it, can guarantee
victory and the conquest of the future.
Be ever aware that, wherever you are, you owe thanks to the Führer, for
his leadership enabled every victory. Wherever you are, be it high or
low, work for his movement, and therefore for Germany. Remember
what Adolf Hitler says: it makes no difference if one is a street cleaner or
a professor, as long as he works for the whole and does his duty.
The reward for your labors is the feeling of having done one's duty for
the movement, for Adolf Hitler, for Germany.
All of you, whether political leader, SA, SS or Hitler Youth share a
common pride: Being a member of Adolf Hitler's NSDAP!
You are all the scouts and the defenders of the National Socialist army of
the movement. You are each indispensable and equal. Each of you is as
unique in history as National Socialism itself. You are typically National
SA, SS, and political leaders have a common tradition, embodied in the
"Old Guard." It includes all who fought, sacrificed, suffered, risked or
gave their lives for Germany's resurrection under National Socialism. It
has the honor to have bled and sacrificed for our people's future. You
have earned the thanks of all who enjoy the blessings of life in a new
Reich. It is a Reich led by men who share a desire for national freedom,
socialist community and peace in dignity and honor.
Political leaders! Leaders of the Labor Service, the forces of labor!
Women's leaders, HJ leaders! Leaders of the BDM! You will now take an
oath to Adolf Hitler!
Your oath is not a mere formality; you do not swear this oath to
someone unknown to you. You do not swear in hope, but with certainty.
Fate has made it easy for you to take this oath without condition or
reservation. Never in history has a people taken an oath to a leader with
such absolute confidence as the German people have in Adolf Hitler. You
have the enormous joy of taking an oath to a man who is the
embodiment of a leader. You take an oath to the fighter who
demonstrated his leadership over a decade, who always acts correctly
and who always chose the right way, even when at times the larger part
of his movement failed to understand why,
You take an oath to a man whom you know follows the laws of
providence, which he obeys independently of the influence of earthly
powers, who leads the German people rightly, and who will guide
Germany's fate. Through your oath you bind yourselves to a man who —
that is our faith — was sent to us by higher powers. Do not seek Adolf
Hitler with your mind. You will find him through he strength of your
Adolf Hitler is Germany and Germany is Adolf Hitler. He who takes an
oath to Hitler takes an oath to Germany!
Swear to great Germany, to whose sons and daughters throughout the
world I send our best wishes.
[Throughout Germany people take the oath.]
This has been the greatest common taking of an oath in history!
We greet the Führer!
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