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A FATHER'S TRIBUTE
TO A LOYAL SON
'To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.'
The recent sad death of Wolf Rudiger Hess, the loyal son of Hitler's Deputy Rudolf Hess, reminds us that ideas do transcend mortality. When his father took it upon himself to personally present a peace proposal to Britain, he took with him a photograph of his then baby son whom he doted upon.
On his subsequently being sentenced to life imprisonment, in solitary confinement without parole (for crimes against peace!) his judges reduced themselves to a level of inhumanity that knows few equals.
Rudolf Hess in his misery refused to see his wife Ilse or his son, preferring that they should not see him so humiliated. Eventually after twenty-five years he relented and again met his son, by then a grown man with architectural qualifications. Both father and son were severely punished for illicitly embracing.
Eventually, the handsome young son's father perished in his cell at the hands of a hired strangler whilst under the American regime; there is little dispute about that.
Rudolf Hess never gave up fighting for his father's freedom, his honour and indeed for justice. His fight was curtailed only by his own illness. As National Socialists we believe in the after-life and the reunification of ideals and loved ones. Undoubtedly father and son, now beyond the reach of warped sadists, stroll once again through the meadows of Elysium. In tribute we publish the gist of Rudolf Hess's Konigsberg speech to the front line fighters of the Great War.
THE SPIRIT OF THE TRENCHES ENDURES
"Today our people have the good fortune to be led by soldiers who have fought in the front line trenches and who have brought over into the leadership of the state those virtues which they learned at the front. They are carrying out the rebuilding of the Reich in the spirit of the trenches: because it was the spirit of the trenches that created National Socialism.
While in the trenches they were everywhere confronted with death; and in the face of this terror all feeling of class distinction or differences of calling broke down. In the common sorrows and joys that they shared while in the trenches there developed a spirit of comradeship between fellow countrymen such as had never been known before. In the trenches the common destiny stood out before all eyes in gigantic form above the destiny of the individual.
And yet another thing arose in those trenches, despite all the bitterness and ruthlessness of the struggle. This was a certain feeling that between the men in the front lines on the opposite frontiers of no-man's-land there was a certain bond of union which arose from the fact that on both sides they had to endure the same suffering, to stand in the same mud and face the same death.
And this feeling of a common bond has remained up to this present day. Is it not so? When soldiers of the front line trenches who fought on the opposite sides now find themselves together they naturally speak of the world war: but the hope that is constantly glittering through their conversation is the hope of Peace. And therefore it is that the men who fought in the front line trenches are now called upon to throw a bridge of understanding across the gulf that separates nation from nation, if the politicians cannot find the means of doing so.
FRONT LINE SOLDIERS ARE FREE OF RESPONSIBILTY
We who fought in the trenches are determined that an incompetent diplomacy shall not be the cause of our stumbling into another catastrophe. The front line soldiers' would have to bear the brunt of the suffering once again.
The soldiers who fought in the trenches, no matter on which side, feel free of all responsibility for the last war. We want to work together to prevent a new catastrophe. We desire in common to build up in peace what in common we destroyed in war.
It is high time that now at last a real understanding should be reached among the nations. This must be an understanding based on mutual respect for one another; because only such an understanding can endure. It must be founded on the same kind of mutual respect as those who fought on opposite sides in the front line trenches have always had for one another - for there must be no doubt about this.
Most of the great powers have accumulated more war material now than ever before.
But war material, which is in danger of deteriorating, is perilous stuff in the midst of a world, which has been in a spirit of unrest ever since the war, and among nations that have the highest mistrust of one another today. An insignificant episode, like the unfortunate shot that was fired in Sarejevo in 1914 - perhaps an explosion from the pistol of a fool - might suffice, even against the best will of the nations concerned, to set millions of people over against one another in armed conflict. Such an episode might be sufficient to plough up whole sections of countryside through tens of thousands of cannons of all calibre and ranges, to blow towns and villages into the air in a sea of flames and to smother all life in clouds of poison gas.
Those who took part in the world war had a presentation of what a modern war would signify today with more fully perfected weapons. I appeal to the front line comrades of the war, on all sides. Be honest. Of course we once stood out there in the proud feeling that we were doughty men - soldiers, warriors, liberated from the every day routine of our former existence. We probably experienced a temporary pleasure in a kind of life that was crude contrast to the languid existence which modern civilisation and hyper-civilisation brings with it. We felt ourselves worthier men than those who were far from the front and had nothing to do with the destiny that was being decided there. We felt that we were defending the life of our nation and that we were the trustees of its future.
But let us be honest. The smell of death was always in our nostrils. We have seen death in more fearful and mangled shapes than any men have before our time. We squatted and crouched in our dugouts, waiting to be crushed to pieces. We listened with still breath as our trained ear heard the hiss of the shell above us, as the mine exploded before our feet. Our hearts throbbed as if they would break to pieces when we sought over in vain against the deadly rattle of the machine gun.
With our gas masks on we felt ourselves suffocating to death in the midst of the gas clouds. We stumbled along in the waterlogged trenches. We lay out in shell craters through the freezing nights. For days and weeks together the horror of battle passed over us. We were frozen and hungry and often on the verge of madness. The cries of the heavily wounded men were on our ears. We met blinded men staggering back and we heard the death rattle in the throats of the dying.
Among the heaped up corpses of our dead comrades we lost all hope of life. We saw the misery of the refugees behind the lines. We saw the widows and the orphans, the cripples and the suffering, the sick children and the hungry women at home.
"WHY ALL THIS?"
Let us be honest. Did not each one of us then and there often ask: Why all this? Can humanity be spared all this in the future?
But we held out, on all sides, as men of duty and discipline and loyalty, as men who despised cowardice.
Today I take up new the question we then asked and I send it out to ring as a summons through the world. As one who fought in the front line trenches to other front line soldiers throughout the world, as a leader of the German nation to the leaders of other nations, I ask: Must it be? With goodwill and co-operation cannot we save humanity from this?
Today I can speak, because a man of my own people has re-established the honour of that people before the world.
Today I can speak because the Leader of my people has himself offered the hand of peace to the world. Today I can speak because the courageous stand of one man, Adolf Hitler, is a guarantee against my being misunderstood or accused of making common cause with the pacifist poltroons.
Today I raise my voice, because I wish also to warn the world against mistaking the Germany of today, the Germany of peace, for the Germany of the pacifists.
For this must be proclaimed and made known: Although the men of the old front line have the thousand fold horrors of the war still before their minds, and although the post-war generation wants war as little as the older generation does, yet:
The road is not open for an 'excursion' into our country.
WARMONGERS DON'T FIGHT WARS
Just as in the Great War the French people defended every rood of their soil with all their might and would defend it again any day against a renewed attack, so would the German people do in like manner today. The French front line soldier will specially understand us when we tell those who are constantly playing with the idea of another war - which of course, would have to be waged on the front by other than the professional hate mongers - the French front line soldier will understand us when we tell these people:-
If you dare to attack us, if you dare to march into the new Germany, then shall the world learn what the spirit of the new Germany is. It would fight for the inviolability of its freedom as scarcely any other people in history ever fought.
The French people know how one defends one's native soil. Every scrap of wood, every hill, every farmstead would have to be conquered with the outpouring of blood. Old and young would dig themselves into their native soil. They would defend themselves with a fanaticism unparalleled in the world's history.
And even though the superiority of armament should turn out victorious, the way through the Reich would be a road of gruesome sacrifice also for the invader; because there never was a nation so filled with the sense of its right, as our nation is, and the sense of its duty to defend itself to the last against every attack.
The soldiers of France recognise how tenaciously the German soldiers fought for four-and-a-half years against superior forces.
The soldiers of the old front line want peace
The people want peace
The German Government wants peace.
History will certainly bestow more laurels on the men who in these difficult times, will have worked to bring an understanding among the nations, and thus to save civilisation, than on those who think that by aggressive and military measures they can win victories that will really be victories. The people themselves will be grateful to those leaders, who will have assured peace to them, because unemployment, with all its social misery, is ultimately attributable to a meagre interchange of goods between various nations. And this interchange is kept at a low level by the absence of mutual trust.
THE BENEFITS OF PEACE
OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS OF WAR
It is an indubitable fact that an understanding between Germany and France would not only help those nations, looked upon as a whole, but also each single individual among the populations of both. To put the matter concretely, every Frenchman and every German would thereby be assured of a higher income permanently or a higher permanent wage.
The war, and the continuation of it by other means under the name of Peace, brought no good to civilisation or the wellbeing of nations. As little as the war profited us all, so much more will a real peace benefit us all.
Real peace and honest mutual trust between the nations will make possible the reduction off armaments, which today are a heavy drain on a large section of the income of the nations, therewith detracting from the wealth of the individual citizens.
Again and again Adolf Hitler has asserted that Germany demands equality of rights in all spheres, including that of armament. One such understanding as I have been speaking of shall have been arrived at between Germany and her neighbours. Germany can easily be content with the minimum amount of armament, which is necessary for her own internal security, and the guaranteeing of peace.
The front line soldiers who are now in the German Government honourably demand peace and understanding. I appeal to the ex-servicemen of all nations, and even to their governments, to give us their combined support in striving towards this goal.
From the sacred soil of East Prussia I send out this appeal to the soldiers of the world who fought in the war. Here on this German borderland began the great world struggle which brought with it such terrible sacrifices, sacrifices from which the nations that took part in the struggle have not yet recovered. I hope that the spirits, which hover over this historic battlefield from which I send out this cry of peace, will help to make it effective.
IN THE MEMORY OF THE DEAD
In the memory of its dead, many of whom fell here in East Prussia, Germany's will to peace will continue to grow stronger sand stronger.
Would that the nations which stand on the other frontiers of Germany might guarantee a greater degree of security for their own people and ours through friendly pacts of mutual understanding rather than by the heaping up of war material. That is our hope." - Rudolf Hess. Konigsberg.
THE FUHRER ARGUES FOR PEACE
"If the Germany of today takes her stand on the side of peace she does so not because of weakness or cowardice. She takes her stand on the side of peace because of the National Socialist conception of People and State. In each and every war for the subjugation of an alien people, National Socialism recognises a process that sooner or later will alter the inner nature of the victor - will weaken him and therewith render him vanquished in turn. Setting aside a mere transitory weakening of the enemy, the European states have nothing whatsoever to gain from war of any kind, except a trifling alteration of frontiers which could be entirely out of proportion to the sacrifices entailed.
The blood that was shed on European battlefields during the past 300 years bears no proportion to the national result of the events. In the end France has remained France, Germany Germany, Poland Poland and Italy Italy."
Adolf Hitler, 'The Thirteen Points', Reichstag Speech
FOOTNOTE:On 3rd September 1939, England and France declared war on the German nation. The pledge of Rudolf Hess that they, the German people, would defend themselves with a fanaticism unparalleled in the world's history, was brought to tragic fruition. Likewise his prediction that in the end there would be no winners. Ironically it was the British for whom fate in the fullness of time bestowed economic defeat, the loss of territory and influence, and its honour among nations.
Today many of its ex-servicemen, their dependants and their children, go cap in hand to benefit from the prosperity and the generosity of the German nation. Few with the benefit of hindsight can dispute that the sentiments expressed by these German tragedians were proven to be correct.
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