The source: Reichsleitung der nsdap, Hauptamt für Erzieher (nslb), Du und dein Volk (Munich: Deutscher Volksverlag, 1940). You and Your People



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Background: German children finished their compulsory schooling at fourteen. They then either continued their education, or took up a trade. This is a translation of a booklet given to children as they finished their required schooling. It provides a summary of Nazi ideology, encouraging readers to marry and have a lot of children, and predicts that they will have great responsibilities as members of the country that will rule Europe (although this is put in the most noble terms). This was published in fall of 1940, before the invasion of Russia. The copy I am working was given to a graduate on 28 March 1941. The booklet includes three illustrations, one of which I include. I have not reproduced a photograph of Adolf Hitler and a drawing commemorating the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch, though the Nazis gave it a more elegant name.

The source: Reichsleitung der NSDAP, Hauptamt für Erzieher (NSLB), Du und dein Volk (Munich: Deutscher Volksverlag, 1940).
You and Your People (Volk)
German Boys and Girls!

We National Socialists carried on our struggle for the sake of the German people and its future. The future of the people is its children — which is you. We thought about you as fought, risking life and health and all we had to help the swastika to victory. You will be spared what the German people had to experience before 1933.

The fatherland's age of distress is past. The machines are running again, the chimneys are smoking. There is work and food. People are happy again and have found new faith. And all are working in the same direction. The people make up a great community, tied together a million-fold by common blood, and faces its future with heads held high.

You are our young team. You will take the storm flags from our hands and carry them into a happier future.

The doors of school are closing behind you. It has prepared you well. Be glad that the present day demands accomplishment and diligence of you. We Germans will not allow ourselves to be surpassed by any other people in the world. Join the ranks of creative Germans, build the new Reich, and be loyal to your last breath.

Heil Hitler!

Erich xxxxxx

Gauleiter of Bavarian Ostmark
Reichswalter des NSLB
[the Nazi organization for teachers]

 

Introduction

 

You have left school. You are gazing into the future, into life. Your teachers are watching as you leave, and their best wishes follow you.



School has attempted to prepare you for the battle of life. Often you thought it put too much pressure on you, and that its methods were sometimes unjust. That is not bad, for life is much harder, much less forgiving.

Only in the battles of life will you learn what you owe your education. Some of the seed that was sown will grow only slowly; some of what you learned will make sense only years later.

People first realize their most important tasks and goals when life demands a decision of them.

This book's goal is to help prepare you for such an hour of decision.

 

Your Youth



The ship's sails fill,
The wind blows!
The anchor is raised,
The helmsman sets course,
The ship flies across the seas.

— Friedrich Hebbel

Father! You bore the flag in war.
Father! Let me bear it on to victory.

— Kurt von Rönne

German poets have always portrayed the path of life as a journey at sea, for the sea means adventure, and a proper youth is unthinkable without adventure.

To master life, one must begin with courage and a desire for adventure. The generation to which you, German lad, and you, German girl, belong has better opportunity than any of the past to experience the excitement of intrepid battles.

Your fathers displayed unparalleled heroism in resisting the attacks of a world of enemies. Your mothers did the work of men behind the plow and at the machines, bearing privation without complaint and overcoming distress.

Overcome by superior forces, weakened by hunger, stabbed in the back by traitors at home and abroad, the old Germany collapsed.

Long years of political, cultural and economic misery followed.

But then a vehement fighting spirit raised high the flag once again. Adolf Hitler gave the new Reich the red flag with the ancient symbol of the swastika as a sign of Germany's inheritance, as a symbol of the German will for victory, as the foundation of Germany's future.

The Führer forged the people into a strong community. Years of peaceful work healed the old wounds and created the Greater German Reich, which offers all of German blood a homeland.

That aroused England's envy. It broke the peace to hinder German's ethnic renaissance. But the German people, man and woman, boy and girl, joined in tough and hard combat, ready for new sacrifices, determined to win the victory.

Germany today must be more manly, harder, more disciplined, than ever before. When you, German youth, join the ranks, you sing of Viking journeys and heroic battles, because you know that once more struggle and brave deeds must be the motto of the German.

As the Führer said: "In our eyes, the German youth of the future must be tall and slim, fast as the greyhound, tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp steel." And he added: "The time will come when the German youth shows a wonderful, healthy, beaming face, healthy, open, upright, brave, and peace-loving."

From new deeds grows the new youth, and a new world.

You must know that each German faces a hard, sacrificial time. And you must cheerfully say "yes" to it.

"Become mature and stay pure!" These words by the Poet Walter Flex, who fell on 16 October 1917 fighting for Germany in the island of Oesel, must today be the motto of every German boy and German girl.

A high-minded young person can lose his purity in life. He believes himself mature, ready to ride any horse, able to handle anything in life, including life in a big city. He makes a fateful error, losing his purity without gaining it. Only he is mature who maintains a certain distance to things and people, keeping everything far from his soul that is foreign to its nature, that threatens its purity.

You should keep your body healthy and strong, your soul pure and upright. You should keep your spirit fresh and clear, and your will alert and ready.

But far more than your personality is involved. It concerns your people! Therefore, it is required of you to fight not for your own good, but rather:

That you fight with all of your strength a holy struggle for the health, purity, clarity and readiness of your people!

This is what you are called to, German youth of our day. You are honored to work toward a high goal.

"The greatest task in world history lies before us. We are at the turning point of the ages."

 

Your Ancestors

We come from ages past.
The pain of generations flows through us.
Air breathed by generations past,
The sorrow that filled them, become our strength.

— Gerhard Schumann

A long line of generations is behind every person.

Your father gave you half of your physical, spiritual and intellectual characteristics, your mother the other half. But your father embodied the inheritance of his two parents, your mother that of hers. You see that the number of your ancestors doubles with each generation. Ten generations back, it is already 1024.

Since the average age difference between parents and children is 30 years, you can calculate that that you carry the inheritance of 1024 people who lived 300 years ago. These 512 men and 512 women passed on their inheritance to 512 children, 256 grandchildren, and so on, to your two parents. All of these people through whom the blood of those 1024 people flowed down to your parents to create you, all of these bearers of an ancient inheritance (1022 of them in this stream) are also your ancestors.

Thus, the number of your ancestors from the year 1640 down to today is 2046. But each person living in 1640 had just as many ancestors. If you go back 600 years instead of 300, to the year 1340, you have to multiply 1025 by 2046, which is 2,097,150.

The number is correct, but it is important to realize that all are not distinct people. In each family tree, there are cases in which a man marries a woman to whom he is distantly related, perhaps sharing a great grandfather. This man and woman, as well as their child, share the same ancestors from the great grandfather back. This is termed diminishing ancestors, since it significantly reduces the number of ancestors. This does not mean a loss of genetic material, but rather a doubling of the same or similar genes that can be either favorable or unfavorable.

Despite the diminished number of ancestors, their number is still in the millions. Now you understand what the poet C. S. Meyer meant:

"We dead, we dead are a vaster army
Than those on land, than those at sea!...
And all our loves and hates and strifes
Still flow above us in mortal veins."

You are not in the world by accident, but rather are the creation of millions of people, a creature whose blood flows from thousands of sources.

If you reflect on this, the events of German history will take on an entirely new meaning for you. Was not one of your ancestors a serf during the Thirty Years War, one of those oppressed farmers who fought for their rights in the farmer's wars, one of the pious heroes were persecuted because of their beliefs, one of the knights who crossed the Alps with the Great Emperor? The images and the history expand the longer you think about it. Put another way:

The history of your people is your own history.

You sense the honor you owe your ancestors. Now you understand the holy treasure of your own life, your own body, your own soul.

Build a genealogical table (like the one at the back of this booklet!) and write down everything that you can learn about your parents, grandparents, great grandparents and beyond. You will immediately see its significance for your own life.

If your genealogical table shows evidence of a particular gift or valuable trait, see if you also have it, and help it to develop.

"Make what you have inherited from your fathers your own." Only through effort does a capacity become a virtue, a gift, an ability.

If you have grown up under unfavorable conditions, do not give up. Read the biographies of great men and you will see that valuable inheritances overcome privation and poverty when a firm will allows them to develop.

The poet Friedrich Hebbel was the son of an impoverished mason, a man who, embittered by the poverty of his life, forbade his children to laugh. But young Friedrich had inherited an unstoppable drive to rise. The boy overcame all the barriers of his environment, approached life with iron determination, and later became the creator of great poetry, and remained a fighter to the end.

Your inheritance is stronger than the environment. But what is ultimately decisive is your will.

Your will is your most valuable possession.

Not only good genes have flowed to you from your many ancestors. Look fate in the eye and understand that, too!

Become aware of the bad characteristics, the evil desires, that dwell within you. Look not only for the virtues of your ancestors, but also their weaknesses. When you understand the bad characteristics of your ancestors, you will better understand how to exert your will.

Your respect for your ancestors will not suffer. You are not responsible for what you have inherited.

You are, however, responsible for what you do with those traits.

What is true of bad traits and character weaknesses is equally true for the weaknesses of the body and for physical illnesses. Do not neglect to find out the illnesses of your ancestors, and the causes of their deaths. You may find that particular illnesses are common in your ancestry. You will then be able to guard against them by taking care of your body and by hardening and steeling your body by intelligent exercises.

Never forget that you may not give up — for to repeat — your will is your most valuable possession.


They have gone before us —


But we, blood of their blood
Want to be true to our inheritance
Until our dust rests with theirs

— Georg Flinke



Your Kin

We are all only brothers and sisters,


Today and tomorrow and yesterday,
In you, Germany!

—Curt Reinhard Dietz

As you investigate your genealogy, you will quickly discover that your relatives, your cousins, uncles and aunts, are very interested in the results of your investigations. That is easy to understand, since your uncle and aunt have parents in common with your father or mother, and your cousins share one set of your grandparents.

Now you suddenly see not only an ever broader chain of ancestors behind you, but also a broad set of relatives all around you — your kin.

Parents and children make up a family. One's kin include the brothers and sisters of the parents, their ancestors, and their children.

Even before the laws of inheritance were discovered, many families investigated their kin, because they sensed that one's kinfolk share characteristics and inclinations. Members of one and the same kin often recognize their relationship — however distant it may be — through some characteristic (think of the Hapsburg lower lip!) or a common gift (the Bachs!).

A knowledge of your kin gives you information that may not be evident from your genealogy. Your grandfather may have had a trait that your father did not inherit, but was passed to others of his children, your uncle, perhaps. Your father may still have carried the trait and passed it on to you. It is quite possible that with regards to this gift, or character weakness, you resemble your uncle more than your father.

The community of kin can provide an enormous treasury of principles. You can understand the moral foundation that gives the individual.

For our Germanic and old German ancestors, the significance of the community of one's kin was self evident. That is clear from the heroic sagas, in North German farmers' proverbs, in the economic structures of our farming ancestors, and in their legal documents.

As long as a family owned land which could be passed down, as long as the family had the right of inheritance, it kept records on ancestors, spouses, and children. As long as people were rooted in the soil that their family had owned for generations, they kept watch over the blood that flowed into their family.

A coat of arms served as a symbol of a family. Farmers often had a house mark, which one can still see today carved on the doorposts of houses in Lower Saxony. The middle class also had coats of arms during the Middle Ages.

The nobility held on to the idea of kinship the longest, even when they had lost the deeper meaning of blood and soil. Some leading noble families did preserve this true sense of nobility. A member of one such noble family is familiar to you: Paul von Hindenburg.

The idea of kinship has the strongest support in the new Germany. The Reich Ministry of the Interior has established "The Reich Office for Kinship Studies," which is dedicated to the care of families and kinship research. It is also considering reestablishing coats of arms to restore symbols of kinship and to promote pride in blood.

The relationships between members of a kinship group are shown in a kinship or ancestry table (in the past, a family tree). You begin with the earliest known person who bore the name of the kinship group, and add his children and in-laws, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

That will make it clear to you how rich and varied your kinship group is, and how it interrelates with other kinship groups in your home areas, indeed, in your German fatherland. In his book "Ahnenbüchlein," Ludwig Finckh writes: "I am a Schwabian through my father and mother, with never a drop of foreign blood to be found. It is easy for me, when I meet another Schwabian who knows his ancestry, to see how we are related within three minutes." And if in your research you find that your kinship group is related to other German groups, you will understand the complex network of kinship groups that together make up what we call our "people."

Once you have come to see your people in this way, as an enormously complicated, yet unified, network of millions related by blood, you will never be able to consider yourself an isolated individual again.

You are a member of your people. That means that what happens to your people also happens to you. And what happens to you happens to your people!

"Live not your life as if it were your own,


For you are part of your people and your fatherland!"

 

Your Marriage and Your Children

 

You are the seed corn of a new world.



— Ludwig Uhland

Listen, my child! Deep within your heart


Hear your father's voice:
"We and our lives perish;
But the chain of life goes on!"

— Julius Bansmer

 

The traits you inherited from your ancestors and that slumber within you, and the possibilities your environment offers you are the raw materials from which you build your life. Give your full effort to be sure that you succeed. The unhappiest people are those who waste or misuse their lives through their own failings. Steel your body through physical military exercises, sharpen your mind through useful activity, and promote your spiritual life by moral purity. "Become that to which you are called."



Only when you have so built your life are you worthy to found a family and become the "seed corn of a new world."

But do not believe that now you have done enough, and that your children will inherit what you have achieved and earned. People can overcome, purify or increase what they have accomplished or received from their environment; such things, however, are not inheritable.

Your "genotype," that is, everything you can pass on to your children, is in you from the beginning of your life. It is preserved within you in special cells. These are separate from your other body cells, your phenotype; they do not grow stronger with your body, and do not change as your body changes. You cannot improve them; at most you can weaken or sicken them by poison that you take in to your body (alcohol).

The life of genetic material is a kingdom unto itself, almost independent of events in the life of an individual.

The genetic stream is like underground roots. When two such roots meet and unite, a person develops like a plant that breaks through the soil. The sun smiles on it, the rain falls, it is blown by storms, it wilts and atrophies, and finally dies a human death. Yet the genetic stream flows on, deep and broad, long after the sun and rain and storms of the individual life have past.

If you understand that, you must feel reverence for this immutable source of creation that you carry within you. And you must be deeply aware of the responsibility that you bear as the carrier of this source.

For on you depends whether or not the genetic stream flows on, or whether it dies forever with you.

If you leave life without leaving children, the genetic stream ends, the chain breaks; you kill the genetic material within you, which has come to you from thousands of your ancestors who entrusted you with passing it on to future generations. The kin dies: that is real death!

This is the heaviest moral responsibility that a person faces. In his sober poem "To a Youth," Hebbel warns: "Look down to the ground / at the life quietly growing, / study whether it is healthy / able to reach the heights!" One who spoke in such a way must have sensed the power of inheritance, knowing not the laws themselves, but understanding how they work.

Today, science has discovered through tireless research the incontrovertible principles of genetics. We act without conscience if we ignore them.

No scientist pretends to have learned the deepest secrets of life by discovering the laws of genetics. Mystery and respect remain. However, the creator god who established the laws of life demands that we obey them.

Our knowledge of the laws of inheritance also show us that there are genetic streams that re undesirable, because they will bring to life people who are unhappy, and will cause only unhappiness and misery.

To understand that, you must understand several of the fundamental genetic laws. The German Augustinian abbot Gregor Mendel of Brünn discovered the most important of these laws in 1865 by studying plants. His work was rediscovered in 1900, tested and found to be correct. At the same time, others came to the same conclusion in a different way by anatomical research.

It was discovered:

For each inherited characteristic (whether of mind or body), a person has two genes, one from the father and one from the mother. If this person in turn becomes the father (or mother) of a new life, he passes on only one of his genes in his semen or her egg to the child, so that the child too receives one gene each from the father and mother.

The two parental genes may be identical, in which case the child has two of the same genes for the trait.

They can be different, in which case the child has two different genes. In this case, there are two possibilities:


  1. The result may be a mixture of the two genes (in some plants, for example, flowers may be pink if they carry red and white genes).

  2. There is no visible mixture, but rather one gene determines the appearance. It "covers up" the other, without however eliminating the other gene. That is, for example, the case with the color of human eyes. The brown gene always dominates the blue gene, but children could inherit either the brown or blue gene. Thus, two brown-eyed creatures, each of whom carried the blue-eyed gene, could have a blue-eyed child if during fertilization both contributed the blue-eyed gene.

This means: You cannot determine a person's genetic makeup from his appearance. To know the value of his genetic makeup, you must know his parents, his siblings, the siblings of his parents, or in short, his kin.

Recessive genes can be passed down over generations, without coming to expression. Brown-eyed ancestors who carry the blue-eyed gene can unexpectedly have blue-eyed children if the spouse contributes a new blue-eyed gene during fertilization.

The significance of this law becomes instantly clear once you learn that a series of illnesses, among them serious ones like deafness, result from recessive genes. Replace blue-eyed with deaf in the above example, and you will see:

Two healthy parents who can hear and speak properly can have a deaf child if both carry the recessive gene for deafness. Since they were outwardly healthy, no one knew that their genes were ill, which means genetically ill.

That makes it clear why such recessively inherited diseases are such a threat when blood relatives marry. If a kinship group carries such a gene, it is likely that two cousins may both carry it and — if they marry — both pass it on to their children. Then the trait will come to expression in the child: the child is sick.

The number of diseases that can be inherited through dominant genes is also very large. They do not hide in the genes, but come to expression, and can therefore be eliminated by responsible people who do not have children.



***

You must avoid what does not belong to you;


What sickens you, you may not do.

„ Goethe


The matter of race mixing is of tremendous importance for individuals, and under some circumstances, of fateful significance for entire peoples. Here we shall discuss only the effects of race mixing in the genetic material of the individual.

What is race? F. K. Günther, the pathfinder of German racial science, defines it as follows:

"A race is a group of human beings who share physical traits and spiritual characteristics that distinguish them from other human groups (in these regards), and always reproduce those like them."

There are races that share characteristics and traits, such that when they interbreed, a relatively uniform type results. This is the case for the races that produce the German people, primarily the Nordic and the Pfälsisch, but also the Eastern, the Dinarish, the Western and the Eastern Baltic races.

The Nordic race has a particular position, since it makes up about 50% of the German people, a fact that we can only welcome given what we know of its growth and cultural achievements.

However, mixing German people with members of a distant race leads to unhealthy results. Mixing, for example, with blacks, with yellows, and with Jews must be avoided.

Every healthy person with natural sensibilities rejects such racial mixing. Unfortunately, there were some even among our people who lost their natural sensibilities. Everything must be done to restore to such people's comrades the natural consciousness of race.

Remember the "Black Disgrace" on the Rhine! [This refers to French colonial African troops, some of whom occupied Germany after World War I.] German women and girls were frequently the victims of the violent lust of these occupying soldiers, and then bore unnatural bastards. Such creatures are to be regretted not only because of their physical deformity. Their souls also suffer under the mixture of spiritual characteristics that do not fit together, but rather contradict each other.

That is also true for German-Jewish cross-breeds. German blood is mixed with foreign blood in them, which cannot join together clearly. An internal split is the sad characteristic of such mixed creatures, and their German blood is lost to the German national body.

The mixing of German and foreign blood is racial defilement!

Once you have read this, you will probably be nervous about the dangers presented here. If you have understood all the details of genetics we have discussed. you can perhaps begin to learn every possible detail about your kinship group. If you have not understood it all — which would not be too bad — you at least have come to understand that you may not view marriage as a way to satisfy your lusts, but rather you must see it as the fountain of the future, the source from which will flow children and children's children.

Here too remember: Do not despair! You need not sink into grave doubts and dark brooding. The state that makes clear to you the dangers of careless marriage also gives you advice. The Law for the Protection of the Genetic Health of the German People (Genetic Health Law) of 18 October 1935, the Law for the Prevention of Genetically Ill Offspring, and the Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor contain clear guidelines for your behavior, and following them will let you know which way you should go in each individual case! In the future, no marriage will be allowed in Germany without a medical certification of the fitness for marriage of both parties.

But you should not ignore your own responsibility. You should realize that the laws the state has made for the size and purity of the German people also serve your own happiness and the happiness of your children and children's children. And should it be necessary for you not to have children, you may remember the wonderful words of the Führer, who expects an improvement in humanity because of these laws: "an age in which one quietly renounces, the other cheerfully sacrifices and gives!"

If, however, you can pass on the blood that flows in you to your children and children's children, you will through your blood contribute to the building of your people, so be proud and happy and recognize your duties.

You now know how to select your spouse, and understand the meaning of the following principles from the Reich Office for People's Health:


    1. Remember that you are a German.

    2. Do not fail to marry if you are genetically healthy.

    3. Keep your body pure.

    4. Keep your mind and soul clean.

    5. As a German, take a spouse only of the same or of Nordic blood.

    6. In choosing a spouse, ask about his or her ancestry.

    7. Health is the prerequisite for outward beauty.

    8. Marry only out of love.

    9. Do not seek a plaything, but rather a companion for marriage.

    10. You should want as many children as possible.

Be warned against one particular error:

People of absolutely pure blood are rare among us. If a person seems to fit perfectly the image you have of a race, that does not mean that he necessarily possesses all the spiritual characteristics that correspond to the physical appearance. Work carefully through Günther's "Brief Racial Guide to the German People." Do not judge a person only because of his physical appearance.

Enough advice and warnings! If you have understood them, you may be confident that your feelings will lead you in the right direction. You should not marry out of calculation, but rather from love!

Your Family

The destruction of the family would mean
the end of any higher level of humanity.

— Adolf Hitler


There are still some people who object to the demands of genetic measures, even if they can see the validity of the genetic laws. They say: "If one emphasizes inheritance so strongly, there is a danger that people will take life too lightly, avoiding their moral duties, not working on strengthening their personality or improving their circumstances. Such a fear is baseless. Remember this: A person who does not strive to be moral cannot be a good head of a family. He who knows no moral striving has deep spiritual defects.

You know that spiritual characteristics are inherited, just as physical traits are. But there is a second factor.

Let us assume that a person by moral struggle, through hard work, with the help of his good traits and the minimizing of his bad ones, reaches a stage in life where he is able to begin a family. On the basis of his genetic history and that of his spouse, he can expect healthy and productive children. Thus begins a stage of life with increased responsibility for the husband and wife, for father and mother.

The father does not only provide for the economic security of the family. The mother does not only provide for every family member in the narrower sense — often sacrificing herself completely — in particular, for her children. More than that, the family must be built from the inside. A family that merely displays an outward community, sharing a dwelling and meals, does not deserve the name.

The family should be a cradle, a home, a fortress.

A cradle! "He who is able to have children but does not is of little value" (M. Staemmler). To ensure a healthy continuance of the kinship group, at least four children are necessary. The children must be raised by both father and mother, and in the same way. M. Claudius says: "I see no other way than this. One must himself be what he wants his children to be."

A home! Unity and cheerfulness must prevail in the home so that growing children are happy to be "at home." Love must shine through strict discipline so that trust remains and advice can be asked for and given. Family customs strengthen the sense of community, encouraging creativity and an artistic sense. Humor should be present as well. Read old M. Claudius, who in his "Letter to Andre" writes: "I have secured a cannon that works splendidly, and makes a lot of noise. If you have a birthday, baptism or anything else to celebrate, dear Andre, let me know and I'll treat it as if it were my own affair." Mothers' Day is another such celebration, when it expresses a grateful heart to a mother.

A fortress! That means a place where all family members feel secure. A fortress is not a palace. Wealth and excess make no contribution at all to building a family fortress. Better one more person and one less expensive carpet! A fortress is also protection against outside filth and trivialities. The thought of the family, above all of the noble mother, is the test for genuineness and morality. It should be a fortress in which each member of the family, the children above all, but also the mother and father, should find understanding and support in their distress and real protection against outside enemies.

If you succeed later in life in establishing such a family community for yourself and your family, you will be serving not only yourself and your children, but also your people. For from such families comes a people that is noble, brave, great and strong.

Your People

"You are nothing. Your people is everything!"

— Adolf Hitler

In a war when the freedom and life of the people are in danger, every capable man reaches for his weapon, ready to give his own life for the sake of his people.

New racial and genetic discoveries demonstrate that the life of a people can be threatened by things other than war. Earlier, the thinking was that a people was a given, something constant, but rather like the individual person. It was enough to develop this entity, to teach it, to make it intelligent and industrious and healthy. This entity would develop over the decades and centuries to ever higher levels of civilization and perfection. And the "achievements" of one century, it was thought, could be passed down to the next generation, One spoke of human progress.

More and more, however, intelligent people realized that "human progress" is a doubtful matter. One realized that "cultures" perished because the people that created and sustained them collapsed. One concluded that peoples followed the same laws as individuals. That means that they grow, have a flowering youth, a strong maturity, but then they age and finally must die. One concluded that Western culture was not far from its inevitable death; one spoke of "the decline of the West."

It is true that cultures perish because the peoples that sustain them grow old and die, for cultures that are no longer given new content by creative peoples are empty shells. It is also true that the German people shows signs of age and decline.

However, it is not true that peoples must die; it is not true that our German people must sink into the chaos of decline.

Why not? Because a people does not age and die because other peoples aged and died, because they shared outward similarities.

Each people has its own law of life within it. And this law says: a people ages and dies only when its racial value continually diminishes.

A people ages and dies when its genetically ill and racially inferior elements grow more rapidly than its genetically healthy and racially valuable elements do.

Thus you can understand that not only war threatens the life of a people. Genetic and racial decline is a daily, hidden, creeping danger. It is thus more dangerous for a people than even the bloodiest war.

National Socialism is firmly determined to eliminate the creeping danger of weakening and corrupting the people. Indeed, it sees this task as so supremely important that Rudolf Heß said at the Reich Party Rally in 1933: "National Socialism is nothing other than applied racial science."

You are willing to die happily for your people in war. But now you are called to life for your people. You will not fail this call.

What must you do? Nothing more than doing at the proper time what you have already learned from this booklet. Everything that your people demands of you is also best for you yourself, for your children, and for your kin.

And one more thing is required of you: that you ceaselessly promote this new thinking — for it is new thinking! — to everyone you can. Each individual must go this path if the people is to reach its goal.

 


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