Note: This article is sourced from Richard Tedor’s book, “Hitler’s Revolution”. Noble has edited & condensed Tedor’s chapter on the Waffen SS – European Reich. Tedor’s book has 270 pages of text, supplemented by over 1000 footnotes and a bibliography of over 200 authors, mostly German. This book is still available on Amazon. Secure a copy now before Jewry has it “canceled”. https://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-revolution-Richard-Tedor/dp/0988368226
He (Himmler)… singled out those nations which he regarded as belonging to the German family of nations… they were the Germans, the Dutch, the Flemish, the Anglo-Saxons, the Scandinavians, and the Baltic people. [Himmler said] ‘To combine all of these nations into one big family is the most important task at the present time. This unification has to take place on the principle of equality and at the same time has to secure the identity of each nation, and its economic independence, of course, adjusting the latter to the interests of the whole German living space. After the unification of all the German nations into one family, this family… has to take over the mission to include, in the family, all Roman nations whose living space is favored by nature with milder climate… I am convinced that after the unification, the Roman nations will be able to persevere as the Germans… This enlarged family of the White race will then have the mission to include the Slavic nations into the family also, because they too are of the White race… It is only with such a unification of the White race that the Western culture could be saved from the Yellow race… At the present time, the Waffen SS comprises not only German, Roman, and Slavic, but even Islamic units, and at the same time has proven that every unit has maintained its national identity while fighting in close togetherness.’” -Arturs Silgailis, Latvian Waffen SS
Nations often maintain elite troops to supplement regular military forces. In Germany, in addition to the prestigious army divisions Brandenburg, Feldherrnhalle and Grossdeutschland, Germany fielded an entire service branch of elite ground forces, the Waffen SS. It evolved from four pre-war internal security regiments into a dauntless & respected front-line troop. It challenged official German policy & dogma, and helped introduce significant amendments.
Considering the obedience to state authority customarily drilled into military establishments, this was an unusual wellspring for political & social reform. The maturation of the Waffen SS demonstrates how National Socialism’s emphasis on personal initiative created the opportunity for flexibility and development on an unprecedented scale.
The SS traces its origin to the early years of the NSDAP. Fewer than 100 men formed the “Adolf Hitler Shock Troop” in Munich in 1923. This was a personal bodyguard recruited from SA men displaying personal loyalty to the Fuhrer.
Its members generally possessed better comprehension of the movement’s political objectives than the rank-and-file SA men.
National security issues led to the formation of an SS military branch. When Hitler became chancellor, Communists were still numerous in Germany. They hijacked 150 tons of explosives, of which just 15 tons had been recovered by the police by mid-March 1933. The police were neither equipped, nor trained, to suppress a possible Marxist uprising. The German army was not psychologically suited to wage urban warfare against radical elements of the indigenous population inside Germany.
The Divine manifests itself in the order of Nature, not in supernatural miracles.” -SS motto
A primary element determining the survival of a species is its ability to adapt to shifting environs, the surrounding area. This natural law applies to nations as well. War forces abrupt changes that demand endurance & flexibility of disposition in order to rapidly accept new conditions.
Know the laws of life and live in accordingly.” -SS motto
In Hitler’s time, nationalism was a compelling influence. It roused people to give for their country, but simultaneously maintained barriers between nations. On the threshold of World War 2, Europe stood in the shadow of peripheral superpowers prepared to contest her leadership in world affairs. To assert her economic & political independence, and preserve her cultural identity, her populations needed to evolve toward mutual cooperation & fellowship.
Europe settled into an uneasy peace in the summer of 1940, following a series of rapid campaigns Germany had conducted against neighboring states. German army garrisons held Western Poland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium and Northern France. Allied with Italy and favored by Spain, the Reich also enjoyed economic influence over the Balkans.
Cooperation with Germany was necessary for a strong, unified continent. In European countries, democracy had not only failed to alleviate unemployment & depression for the past 20 years, but bungled national defense. Germany’s spirited, martial society aroused awe, and to some extent, admiration among her continental neighbors. The parliamentary debates, scandals, lack of progress and uninspired leadership associated with democracy seemed vapid by comparison. Marxism had an equally unimpressive track record.
The United States also sought to indirectly influence European affairs. On February 9, 1940, the U.S. State Department announced an economic plan for post-war Europe. According to Secretary of State Hull, America would support the principle European currencies through loans backed by gold. This would supposedly regenerate commerce once peace returned. It was apparent that Washington was intent on eradicating Germany’s burgeoning international barter system, and restoring trade based on gold as the medium of exchange.
The State Department relied on the counsel of American bankers, in league with International Jewry, when preparing the plan, not consulting representatives of the continent it was intended for. Other resolutions & proposals for post-war reconstruction followed, such as the Atlantic Charter, the Keynes Plan, the Morgenthau Plan, also economic conferences in Hot Springs in 1943, and in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944.
German propaganda capitalized on the subjective character of these programs. Germanisches Leitheft, a periodical targeting a broad-based European readership, asked in its January 1941 issue, “Will foreign powers & racially alien forces determine Europe’s fate for all time to come, or will Europe form her own future, through her own vitality and on her own responsibility?” Another German publication stated, “One of the main deficiencies in the mentality of the American is that he has no clear comprehension of other peoples. For this reason, he shrugs off their rights & natural requirements for life with a wave of the hand. He claims the prerogative to dictate his boundless wishes to the rest of the world, thanks to an unrivaled sense of superiority.”
German leaders realized that to win European support, they would have to offer a viable alternative to the Anglo-American agenda. The most immediate requirement was to regulate the continental economy to become as self-sufficient and cooperative as possible.
Far-sighted Germans advocated the need for the transition from the German Reich into a European Reich.
The British endeavored to starve or make destitute the populations of states under German occupation, in order to lend impetus to resistance cells. Werner Daitz, economic advisor in the NSDAP Foreign Policy Branch, submitted a memorandum in May 1940 urging establishment of a trade commission to explore Germany’s options.
Daitz wrote, “The present blockade has unavoidably made necessary the formation of a continental European economy under German leadership, as an economic self-help measure… If we expect to direct Europe’s commerce, which is absolutely essential to economically strengthen the continent that is the mainstay of the White race, then we must naturally not publicly declare this to be a German economic sphere. We must always speak only of Europe.”
As the ranking industrial power, only Germany could organize a prosperous & independent continental economy. The September 1940 edition of “National Socialist Monthly” stated, “Without the Reich, a European community of nations can never be established… The Reich is the great political mission of the German people. It represents the concept of a European order. It eliminates foreign influences, and guards against powers hostile to Europe. It strives for European cooperation on the principle of ethnic kinship, and of productive labor as the substance and foundation of all life.”
Major Walther in “The Mission of the Reich” stated, that in order for Germany to succeed, she would have to devote herself to the welfare of the continent and not vice versa. “With a sacred sense of responsibility for the future of Europe, Germany will incorporate the natural rights of the other peoples into her own political ambitions, and hold a protective, not ruling hand over them. And her military protection is a better guarantee for perpetuating their sovereign culture than are anti-German alliances with nations beyond our continent.”
Franz Six, director of ideological research in the SS, wrote that “Common racial ancestry, despite political & ideological differences, is the binding element of the European nations.”
With Hitler’s approval, the SS established recruiting offices in Oslo, The Hague and Copenhagen in April & May 1940. Several hundred Norwegian, Danish and Dutch volunteers signed on for a pre-military training course. Lasting months, the course included weapons firing, sports, German language instruction and ideological lectures. Conducted in Kärnten, Germany, it also acquainted participants with the indigenous population. Upon conclusion of the course, officers invited the young Europeans to enlist in the SS as Germanic volunteers.
The NSDAP’s foreign policy chief, Alfred Rosenberg, argued in a speech that Europeans should acquiesce to German leadership in continental affairs. “A smaller nation does not relinquish its honor by subordinating itself to a more numerous people and a larger realm. We must acknowledge the laws of life to survive. The facts of life show that there are numerically, geographically and politically powerful nations and there are smaller ones. To accept the influence of a realm like that of the Germans, demonstrating its former strength after years of hard trials, is not a sign of weak character or of questionable honor, but a recognition of the laws of life.”
The German cause, groping for acceptance among European populations, gained favor when war broke out with the Soviet Union in June 1941. Hitler authorized a Waffen SS proposal to establish national legions of volunteers from neighboring states to fight in the East.
Be noble! That means, bethink (reflect) that you are not a murderer, and that you do not serve senseless annihilation. Be aware that your deed is the honor of the nation. But all the more harder and unrelenting is your struggle. Gallantry (courageous battle) honors the enemy but has no weakly pity for him. The noble also does not expect pity from his enemy; he expects the same honor that he gives him.” -Kurt Effers, Waffen-SS
The threat of Soviet expansion was a genuine concern to Europeans, who were more familiar with the consequences of earlier Communist revolutions in Russia, Germany, Hungary and Spain than were the people of Britain and the U.S.
An article published in the German “Volkischer Beobachter”, in August 1941, expressed more or less popular views about the Soviet menace.
“Today all Europe knows that the war against Bolshevism is Europe’s own decisive struggle, the consolidated war of European civilized nations against the powers of destruction & formless chaos. A new, revitalized Europe has learned to grasp what an enormous danger the specter of Bolshevism represents. It is of symbolic significance that the unity of Europe has begun to take place and prove itself in this struggle.”
“We know only too well what this war is about. But only when one sees the reality of the Bolshevik regime face to face, the influence of this system on the individual person and on his life, only then can one comprehend the cruelty, the overall horror of this system. It is a system that combines every element of devastation & absolute ruin of human values, and ruin of humanity itself.”
“Bolshevism is not even a political system one can intellectually debate with, but the organized murder of all life, the degradation of the earth and its people, destruction for the sake of destroying.”
There is only one morale; the morale of the warrior. That means, the warrior is the one sanctified for the last deed. In fulfillment of the law of the demand of duty, he has dedicated his own life to the community alone. Farthermost, he has parted with the sorrow for his own good. He neither knows reservations nor illusions. His ethos is the deed! According to the valuation of the community, he is good & strong at the same time.” -Kurt Effers, Waffen-SS
Regardless of their personal attitude toward Germany, the war against the Soviet Union was in part a unifying factor out of necessity for Europeans.
The Germanic volunteers (Waffen SS) often experienced isolation from their countrymen, thanks to lingering ambivalence among the populations of the occupied lands toward Germany. Traditional international rivalries, a saturation of anti-German publicity in the pre-war democratic press and suspicion of Hitler’s motives all retarded appeals for European unity.
Another obstacle to cooperation & good will, ironically, sprung from the Reich itself. Powerful & numerous, it was unavoidable that the Germans would exercise great influence over European affairs. Prominent nationalists in the country believed that this entitled them to subordinate the interests of neighboring states to those of Germany.
To prevent division within his country, Hitler had previously sought to avoid the ranking of Germanic peoples according to their European racial value & ethnic heritage when combating the party’s (Nordic) race theorists. Thus, the notion by some party members of ranking European peoples according to their value, racial or ethnic heritage, similarly threatened to create divisions within continental Europe. Hitler was against such practices; he needed a unified Europe, based on good will and equal status for all countries.
Die proud! That means: Bethink that your death is the fulfillment of the law and that death is the coronation of duty. Bethink that your proud death helps the young to negotiate the horror. Who dies proud, depredates death of its horror.” -Kurt Effers, Waffen-SS
Hitler, however, did harbor reservations about restructuring Europe with all nations on equal footing. He mistrusted his allies. German intelligence reported that after German defeats in 1943, Rumania, Hungary, Finland and Bulgaria discreetly contacted London & Washington about concluding a separate peace. The Allies informed them that the USSR must be involved in the negotiations, leading Germany’s satellites to drop the initiative. The Fuhrer was no less wary of Philippe Petain, president of unoccupied “Vichy” France, who proved unsympathetic to the German cause.
Hitler was also aware of the threat that eastern populations, in former Soviet territory, such as the Mongols, had historically posed. Hitler preferred to keep them politically impotent. He stated during a military conference in June 1943, “I cannot set any future objective that would establish independent states here, autonomous states.” Hitler privately remarked in April 1942, “To master the peoples east of the Reich whom we have conquered, the guiding principle must be to accommodate the wishes for individual freedom as far as possible, avoid any organized state form, and in this way hold the members of these nationalities to as limited a standard of civilization as possible.”
Hitler’s mistrust of Germany’s treaty partners and of the eastern peoples obstructed a rational European policy.
Throughout most of the war, German propaganda vilified the governments of enemy countries while describing their civilian populations & military personnel as decent but duped by unscrupulous leaders.
The German army suffered a catastrophic defeat at the six-month battle of Stalingrad, which ended in February 1943. This forced many Germans to the conclusion that without active foreign help, the war would be lost, which required a fundamentally new approach to the Reich’s administration in Europe. To implement such a revision, resisted by the highest state leadership, advocates of “foreign help” needed a vehicle, an organized bloc, which they found in the Waffen SS.
Political soldiers (Waffen SS) in the loftiest sense… fighting to achieve a strong, unified and brotherly Europe.” -Francois Lobsiger (Swiss journalist)
Early in the war against Russia, Hitler spoke of the need for Europeans to overcome nationalist proclivities, “The threat from the east alone, with the danger of reducing everyone to the Bolshevik-Asiatic plane, which would mean the destruction of all basis of European civilization, compels us to unify.”
Germanic volunteers in the Reich’s service (Waffen SS) did not consider themselves to be in a subordinate role.
According to Leon Degrelle of the Belgium-Waffen SS, “We fought neither for Germany nor for Hitler, but for a much greater idea; the creation of a united states of Europe. We were all unified by the same will; honorably represent our nation among the 30 that came to fight. Do our duty, since we fought for Europe. Gain an honorable place for our fatherland in the continental community that would evolve from the war, and finally, create combat units whose value guaranteed achieving social justice, when we ultimately returned home after the end of hostilities.”
The Reich is no longer Germany, but Europe.” -Henri Landemer (French historian)
Heinrich Himmler, primarily involved in law enforcement, intelligence gathering and counter-espionage, initially envisioned a post-war Europe with Germany dominant. He harbored a colonial attitude toward the East. Influenced not only by the deteriorating military situation, but by many letters he received from soldiers of the Waffen SS, he gradually abandoned this imperialistic viewpoint.
In a 1943 speech to NSDAP officials in Posen, Himmler described the brotherhood in arms of the Wiking division, in which Germans & non-Germans served together, as the basis for the greater Germanic Reich to come.
The SS planned to establish a European union with close economic cooperation, and a universal currency system, without German domination. German historian, Franz Wilhelm Seidler, observed, “To shape the new order in Europe after the war, the SS had an optimal starting position in competition with organs of the NSDAP. The loyalty of the foreign SS men gave Himmler more weight in opposing official German policy.”
The Waffen SS took control of all foreign legions serving in the German army in 1944, except for Russian Cossacks. This was an important step in supplanting the concept of national armies with that of a multi-national fighting force defending common interests, a force whose veterans could maintain a camaraderie transcending customary European rivalries after the war.
The Waffen SS instructed its members to “sincerely try to gain a fundamental understanding of the contemporary Russian psyche.” Every SS man being “not just a soldier, but a bit of a politician.” The purpose, stated in a directive for soldiers of the “Leibstandarte” (SS-division), was “one of the most important tasks for the German people, namely to win these populations for the European family of nations.”
The community, whose sons become warriors in the majority of cases, is invincible & eternal. Hero worship is the most elegant, nobly and wisest cult of the community. Hero worship unifies heart & reason of the young and the old more than any religion. Only he is able of hero worship, in whose heart the longing for heroic deed is awake & claiming. Therefore, hero worship is the cult of the selected.” -Kurt Effers, Waffen-SS
Though better known for its reputation as an elite fighting troop, the Waffen SS was no less resolute in advancing social & political reforms necessary for Europe to recover supremacy & renown in world affairs. In combating both the lingering 19th Century nationalism dividing the continent, and the unproductive dogma of the Racial Policy Office within Germany, the Waffen SS trod a solitary path; few among the Reich’s hierarchy risked contradicting the NSDAP’s legislated programs.
Induction into the Waffen SS of non-German volunteers forced the Reich’s Government to recognize the contribution of foreign peoples to the war effort. Germanic recruits demanded a post-war European federation in place of German hegemony. They found political expression through the SS, steadily leading the German government toward a balanced perspective. This augmented the influence of the under-represented strata of people that did the fighting, much in the sense that the wars of liberation in 1813 began shifting power from the imperial dynasty to the Prussian peasant militia.
Hitler, for pragmatic & strategic reason know to him in his position of the Fuhrer, disapproved of the revisions tenaciously & persistently promoted by the Waffen SS, yet ironically, he had created the system that enabled them to progress.
In a 1937 speech at Vogelsang Hitler had once stated, “From our ranks the most capable can reach the loftiest positions without respect to origin & birth… What they’ve been, what their parents do, who their mother was, mean nothing. If they’re capable, the way stands clear. They just have to accept responsibility; that is, have it in them to lead.” Hitler’s policy resembled the spirit of 18th Century liberalism in France, in which talented individuals realized their potential and rose to positions of leadership.
Like the German army, the Waffen SS encouraged battlefield initiative at junior command levels. However, it also relaxed social barriers between officers & subordinates, based authority on winning the men’s respect rather than on rank, and instilled a liberal attitude that enabled Germans and other Europeans to stand together as brethren. In a few short years, the Waffen SS contributed to political & military evolutions that might otherwise have taken decades, and without the patronage of the men’s respective governments or populations.
In its final form, the Waffen SS bore little resemblance to the party’s showpiece guard troop, personifying the flower of German manhood, that Hitler originally intended for domestic missions at his discretion. Himmler ultimately acknowledged that “the Waffen SS is beginning to lead a life of its own.”
Not constrained by established military convention, the men of the Waffen SS approached their craft with a spirit of independence & innovation. Through their voluntary commitment, and wartime sacrifices, they lobbied for political reform; customarily forbidden waters for the armed forces. And yet its members hailed largely from a stratum historically lacking public influence.
Despite the dynamics, boldness and self-confidence of the Waffen SS, it never would have gained leverage without a state system in place that fostered discovery of latent ability. The Fuhrer approved expansion of the Waffen SS despite its defiance. Hitler was a man who sought not to control his people but to guide them, to help them explore, discover, and harness their potential, even when the changes they introduced contradicted his personal beliefs.
European peoples represent just one family of this world; often somewhat quarrelsome, but, despite everything, related to one another and not separable spiritually, culturally, or economically.” -Hitler
We work and we fight, we wander, we leave our homes, we suffer and endure, and we do all this with a silent dignity which, in the end, will arouse the admiration of the entire world. Europe may well be happy that it still possesses such a people. Today, this people is the salvation of Europe. Tomorrow, therefore, it will be Europe’s pride.” -Goebbels
Note: By the end of the WW2, Hitler had come to realize that his historical role had expanded far beyond that of simply being the chancellor of the German Reich. In his Political Testament, written immediately before his death, he spoke of himself in the role of the defender of the “European children of the Aryan (White) nations.”
Note: It is naive & misleading to characterize Hitler as “anti-Slavic” because of statements he made at the beginning of his political career, or based on the incomplete, and sometimes unreliable, notes made of his informal conversations (Table Talks). The policies towards the Slavic peoples which he enacted after 1933, and especially during WW2, show that he was willing to work with those Slavs who were friendly towards Germany, and to treat them with the same respect he accorded other Aryans (Whites).
Note: The Waffen SS volunteers were not opportunistic; more men volunteered in the later stages of Germany’s war with the Soviet Untion, when the army was losing, than in the earlier stages when Germany was having early victories against the Red Army.
Note: There is a phenomenon in war that civilians never seem to grasp, in which the precise degree of ruthlessness a unit fights with is primarily determined not by its officers’ character, but by the ruthlessness adopted by their enemy. Jewish-Marxist partisans, hiding & disguised amongst civilians in WW2, some dressed up as SS and attacking their own people to blame on the Germans, were renowned for indulging in the worst atrocities; thus, anti-partisan warfare unfortunately did not lag far behind. War is hell!
When partisans are about & attacking it is scarcely the time to conduct criminal background checks, psych evaluations and code of conduct courses. In cases where civilians are killed by a military unit, we have seen how the Jewish-controlled media never misses the chance to sensationalize the event, and the unit is branded as inhuman butchers. What is never seen in such accounts, however, is any attempt to discover why it happened. In fact, the truth of many of the civilian massacres is perfectly straightforward and exactly what one might guess; the civilians attempted to fight against, or thwart the unit in question. This is exactly what the Jewish-Marxist partisans did in WW2.
Case in point; France 1944! We have all seen history documentaries boasting of the heroic actions of the French Resistance engaging in sabotage, sniping, assassinations, espionage and reconnaissance. The Geneva Convention specifically recognized such fighters as illegal combatants, deserving of nothing like the treatment due uniformed soldiers. When such these Jewish-Marxist partisans were killed, they would “appear to have been civilians”.
Note: The SA & SS are the most demonized order in history. They were responsible for the closures of many of the Jewish establishments in Germany in the early-1930s; the prostitution rings, sex slavery, money launderers, loan sharks, gangs etc. This earned them the demonization & total-hatred of International Jewry. This ensured such lies, like the ones at the Nuremberg Trials, that Hitler was a madman, and Auschwitz murdered billions of Jews. Thus, it is no surprise that you would find SS Commander, Oskar Dirlewanger, to be the “embodiment of evil”.
How can you believe a single “atrocity” committed by the Germans unless it is totally backed up by incontrovertible evidence?
The information given to us after the war was given through thousands of filters of lies by people that were taught to hate the Germans. The fact that Oskar Dirlewanger is targeted for such a specific hatred means he must have done something “very good” for the German people, and all Europeans who were facing the menace of Jewish Bolshevism.
Dirlewanger’s unit was enormously successful in its operations on the Eastern front. At most times it had between 300 and 500 men. The Dirlewanger unit won countless medals, decorations, citations and all manner of bravery awards. They were victorious in nearly every operation; they moved quickly and were very highly motivated & disciplined. High ranking SS leaders and Himmler himself respected & honored them.
The Dirlewanger Brigade was recruited locally, so it was not imbued with much German “Deutsches Heer” tradition or training. The tradition & behavior of any military unit is going reflect that of its members. In this case, they were Slavs fighting other Slavs in a Slavic manner.
Note: The so-called “torch-men order” is the command No. 0428, issued November 17th, 1941, by Stalin. It declares that Russian partisans in German uniforms, particularly those of the Waffen-SS, were to destroy all settlements within a swathe of about 40-60 km depth from the main battle lines, and to ruthlessly kill the civilian population. With these tactics it was important to leave a few survivors, which would report the supposed German terror attacks.
This method of warfare was also confirmed by German soldiers who captured many Russian partisans wearing German uniforms.
Stalin, in a Radio announcement from June 3rd, 1941, had called on all peoples of the Soviet Union to wage a merciless partisan war against Germany. Almost daily, reports were being issued by the media, that the German forces advanced with the declared politics & aim of a “scorched earth” approach, which devastated the vast Russian lands in the most “horrific way”.
Note: The “Western way of fighting”, going back to the time of ancient Greece, was to use maximum force, hit quickly, decisively and with much intensity. The goal was to establish a quick victory and allow the warriors, mostly composed of farmers, to get back to the homestead. Warriors fought heroically out in the open, face-to-face; often against impossible odds of achieving victory.
Note: Russia never signed the Geneva Conventions (treaties) and never cared to abide by them. Germany did and attempted to follow them to the letter.
Note: Alfred Rosenberg’s “Myth of the 20th Century” and Walther Darre’s “The Peasantry as Life Source of the Nordic Race” & “A New Nobility of Blood and Soil” were important reading material for Himmler’s SS.
Note: Initially, on the Eastern Front, the Waffen SS, at a ratio of 7 to 1, could battle the Red Army with ease, however, they were eventually outnumbered 12 to 1, yet still fought valiantly to the very end.