Hitler, Table Talk (Cameron & Stevens), January 3-4, 1942:
I was present one day at the burial of some National Socialist comrades who’d been murdered. I was struck by the dignified attitude of their families. Some time later, at Nuremberg, they were burying the Austrian soldier, Schumacher, who had likewise been murdered. Everything was cries and lamentations – an appalling spectacle.
Hitler, Table Talk (Cameron & Stevens), February 27, 1942:
I admit that one cannot impose one’s will by force, but I have a horror of people who enjoy inflicting sufferings on others’ bodies and tyranny upon others’ souls.
Hitler, Table Talk (Cameron & Stevens), August 20, 1942:
I have just read that a man has been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for having ill-treated an animal; apparently he kicked a hen which had strayed into his garden. Well, I do not approve. In my opinion shooting hares is a far greater horror of cruelty. Every sportsman who shoots an animal without killing it should, in my opinion, receive at least a life sentence. The nation must not get the idea that one type of sadist is applauded and the other put in prison.
Hitler, July 28, 1922 speech:
It is a tragic fate: we have often grown excited over the death of a criminal: if an anarchist is shot in Spain we raise a mighty howl over ‘the sacrifice of valuable human blood’ . . . and here in the East thirty million human beings are being slowly martyred – done to death, some on the scaffold, some by machine guns . . . millions upon millions through starvation….
A whole people is dying, and now we can perhaps understand how it was possible that formerly all the civilizations of Mesopotamia disappeared without a trace so that one can only with difficulty find in the desert sand the remains of these cities.
Hitler’s Letters and Notes, p.g 284:
The Germanic Revolution
Nature is never cruel
Cruelty is – delight in
Useless during the struggle –
Hitler, Table Talk (Cameron & Stevens), September 25-26, 1941:
I suppose that some people are clutching their heads with both hands to find an answer to this question: “How can the Fuehrer destroy a city like St. Petersburg?” Plainly I belong by nature to quite another species. I would prefer not to see anyone suffer, not to do harm to anyone. But when I realise that the species is in danger, then in my case sentiment gives way to the coldest reason. I become uniquely aware of the sacrifices that the future will demand, to make up for the sacrifices that one hesitates to allow to-day.
3In their book, Le matin des magiciens (The Dawn of Magic in abridged translation), Louis Pauwels and ✡Jacques Bergier describe in some detail how Hitler, Himmler, Hess, Rosenberg, and other Nazi leaders helplessly fell victims to occult fantasts, so called Rosicrucians, etc. (Machen, Hörbiger, Haushofer, Guénon, etc.)
[According to the wiki, Jacques Bergier’s father was Jewish and his mother was a former revolutionary.]
I ask: what exactly is so misleading about Hörbiger’s theory? Hörbiger was a successful engineer and inventor first and foremost, such talents are indispensable for human development, as Nikola Tesla put it. It’s interesting to read how Hörbiger conceived his theory:
By his own account, Hörbiger was observing the Moon when he was struck by the notion that the brightness and roughness of its surface was due to ice. Shortly after, he experienced a dream in which he was floating in space watching the swinging of a pendulum which grew longer and longer until it broke. “I knew that Newton had been wrong and that the sun’s gravitational pull ceases to exist at three times the distance of Neptune,” he concluded.
Here, I am reminded of the “revelations” granted to Kepler (while he was teaching) and Tesla (after reading Goethe’s Faust).
The Serbian inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla was heavily influenced by Goethe’s Faust, his favorite poem, and had actually memorized the entire text. It was while reciting a certain verse that he was struck with the epiphany that would lead to the idea of the rotating magnetic field and ultimately, alternating current.
68. Seifer, Marc J. (1998) “Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius”, Citadel Press, pp. 22, 308
[This article by a Dr. Alexander Berzin addresses aforementioned book.]
The French researchers Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, in Le Matin des Magiciens (The Morning of the Magicians) (1962), wrote that Haushofer convinced Hitler to use the Hakenkreuz as the symbol for the Nazi Party. They postulate that this was due to Haushofer’s interest in Indian and Tibetan culture. This conclusion is highly unlikely, since Haushofer did not meet Hitler until 1923, whereas the Nazi flag first appeared in 1920. It is more likely that Haushofer used the widespread presence of the swastika in India and Tibet as evidence to convince Hitler of this region as the location of the forefathers of the Aryan race.
[Here is another article for consideration, which addresses the sensationalist myths and fictions perpetuated by Pauwels and Bergier.]
Goethe The Poet, p.g. 233-234
But, in contrast to Kant, Goethe finds that even our sensual perceptions provide true knowledge if only our intellect is capable of correct interpretation. “The senses do not deceive; judgment deceives.” The last stanzas point the way to correct conduct of life: moderate enjoyment of the gifts of life; joy of life tempered by reason; the instant of fulfillment as something undestroyable by the process of time; and, finally, the supreme test:
“What is fruitful, alone is true.”
This dictum is the concisest formulate of Goethe’s pragmatism.
When teaching esoterics, you cannot merely impart the right knowledge, but you must also point out errors and refute them. Since human beings have a seemingly ineradicable tendency to distort everything they are taught, they have of course made distortions of esoterics, too. Also esoteric students, who are not guilty of such distortions, are often so ignorant or immature that they swallow, hook, line, and sinker, all that is called “esoteric”, even when it is a case of patent deception, such as is represented by the self-acclaimed “world teacher” Alexander Markus, active in Sweden.
Hitler, May 26, 1944 Platterhof hotel talk:
I have recognised that one must also anchor this principle in the reconstruction of a strong German State; good and correct knowledge is not enough as the basis of the new education, but also the willingness to intolerantly destroy those who resist or will not accept it.
2The hypothesis of the voice of conscience has been confuted logically and psychologically. The voice of conscience is the voice of convention, an automatized “logical” reaction from the inferiority complexes that were established in childhood and overstimulated in adolescence by unpsychological unceasing inculcation of the notions of sin, guilt, and shame, which are hostile to life and which later in life are turned into depression complexes and often grow into anxiety complexes.
3The hypothesis of the “voice of conscience” is also refuted by the fact that there has not been anything true that has not been denied, nor anything rational that has not been silenced, nor anything absurd that has not been accepted, nor any kind of iniquity that has not been approved of, nor any kind of cruelty that has not been commended; by this voice of conscience.
4Those who speak most of “conscience” are usually the ones to be the least embarrassed by self-criticism. They walk with “waves of their own across the ocean” and hurl their spears unconcernedly, “with the warrior’s lawful intent to injure and kill,” at the defenceless they find in their way.
5An English bishop, South, rightly said: “By all means follow thy conscience, but first take heed that thy conscience is not the conscience of a fool!”
Do not ask anything of your conscience; and if it speaks, do not listen to it; if it insists, stifle it, amuse yourself; if necessary, commit some good big sin, in order to drive it away. Conscience is the voice of Satan, and it is necessary always to do just the contrary of what Satan wishes.
(ref. J. Dollinger, La Reforme et les resultants qu’elle a produits. (Trans. E. Perrot, Paris, Gaume, 1848-49), Vol III, pg. 248).
Paula Hitler, May 1, 1957:
Gentlemen, never forget this; your names will be forgotten even before your bodies have rotted away in the earth, but the name Adolf Hitler will still be a light in the darkness. You cannot murder him by drowning his memory in your sick buckets, and you cannot strangle him with your filthy, ink stained fingers. His name exists forever in hundreds of thousands of souls. You are far too insignificant to even touch him. He loved Germany. He fretted over Germany, and when he fought for honour and respect, he fought for German honour and respect for Germany. And when there was nothing left, he gave his life for Germany. What have you given so far? Which one of you would give his life for Germany? The only things you care about are riches, power, and never ending luxurious living. When you think of Germany, you think of without responsibility or care.
Trust me on this: the Fuhrer’s utter unselfishness in word and deed alone guarantees his immortality.
Bolshevism: From Moses to Lenin
“My God,” he immediately resumed, “one cannot blame [Luther]. A lot has happened in the last four hundred years. But there is one thing to remember: popular instinct was more alert then than nowadays. All along the line mistrust of the Jews was quite firm. Luther was a man of the people, the son of simple folk. His predilection of many years toward the Jews is a bit misleading; one must take into account a certain naivete, a lack of worldliness, the result of his stay in the cloister. The same rule seems to have applied here as elsewhere: too much studying ruined his vision.
Otto Wagener, Memoirs of a Confidant, p.g. 126:
No doubt this point was one of Hitler’s great weaknesses. He did not see through any scheming–not Göring’s and not others’. He had grown up in too small a world, he had spent too long with people like himself, and he had used his time too exclusively for learning and reading in the scientific and specialized literature to even begin to suspect in life its malevolence, its weaknesses, its falseness, and its devilry. He remained naive about people.
[I think it’d be better to say Hitler remained so completely devoted to the German people, that he could not have expected them to act contrary to his wishes. The word ‘naive’, which is defined as a lack of experience/wisdom, doesn’t quite cut it. Hitler was rich in experiences, possessing incredible analytical capacity (as seen in his assessment of peoples in Mein Kampf and in his specialty as an orator). Also, his understanding of the Jewish question is almost unsurpassed.]
Memoirs of a Confidant, p.g. 216-218:
We drove to Weimar and there attended a truly first-rate performance of Rienzi. Afterward, as we were sitting in the Elephanten, where Frick and Sauckel had joined us, Hitler said:
“We must strengthen the party even more, we must secure it internally and immunize it, not only against the international forces of destructive communism, but also against reactionary nationalism from the right. This nationalism, which has nothing in common with National Socialism, brings false leaders, false advisers, and false ideas to the surface. And the distance between these false ideas and reactionary subversion is no greater than from the communist ways of thinking to the Bolshevik Revolution. Reactionary overthrow would mean and would have as a precondition a betrayal of us, of our understanding, of our objectives, and thus also of the German Volk. I really am glad to have heard Rienzi again. Because you talked about it yesterday, I paid special attention.”
Hitler, Memoirs of a Confidant, p.g. 319:
The National Socialist movement is the harbinger of the return to the will and mission of nature and the upholder of the socialist idea, and it rejects all Jewish leadership. The reactionaries and the Jews are the enemies of the movement, and thus of the Volk. They think only of winning back–that is, salvaging–their power, of securing their control over capital, and the suppression of the broad masses, keeping them poor and at forced labor. And both enjoy the complacent protection and support of the Christian churches, who see the ultimate success of their mass murders after Christ’s crucifixion and at the time of the Inquisition and the Thirty Years’ War threatened by the definite victory of socialism, which calls for freedom of conscience! Woe if the forces of reaction should succeed in becoming our masters!
The Bormann Letters:
M.B. to G.B.
My beloved Mummy-Girl,
The fact that the saying ‘When the need is greatest, God’s help is nearest’ has become a proverb shows how frequently such times of need occur in human existence. But I don’t want to lecture like a schoolmaster. Only one thing more in this connection: we–who are called godless and unbelievers by our reactionary adversaries–we believe in the Fuehrer, we believe that we master Destiny by doing our duty, devotedly, loyally and unshaken in our faith. And the others–Witzleben, Gördeler and accomplices [i.e., the conspirators of 20th July.]–are the unbelievers, the Christians are those weak in faith, those who despair!
The Riddle of the Universe
The discoveries of the nineteenth century in the inorganic world are no less important. Physics has made astounding progress in every section of its province—in optics and acoustics, in magnetism and electricity, in mechanics and thermo-dynamics; and, what is still more important, it has proved the unity of the forces of the entire universe. The mechanical theory of heat has shown how intimately they are connected, and how each can, in certain conditions, transform itself directly into another. Spectral analysis has taught us that the same matter which enters into the composition of all bodies on earth, including its living inhabitants, builds up the rest of the planets, the sun, and the most distant stars. Astro-physics has considerably enlarged our cosmic perspective in revealing to us, in the immeasurable depths of space, millions of circling spheres larger than our earth, and, like it, in endless transformation, in an eternal rhythm of life and death.
Freedom in science and teaching
Every great and comprehensive theory which affects the foundations of human science, and which, consequently, influences the systems of philosophy, will, in the first place, not only further our theoretical views of the universe, but will also react on practical philosophy ethics, and the correlated provinces of religion and politics.
The Lightning and the Sun
And Comrade F. F., — Seyss-Inquart’s countryman; and also Franz Holzweber’s, and Otto Planetta’s, and above all, our Führer’s, — had agreed with me, and replied: “You are right. Strange as this may seem, you are the true politician of the future. For in the future ‘politics’ will no longer be separated from faith and life. And the true politician will be . . . the dedicated ascetic in the real sense of the word . . .”
If a man wants to know the origin of states and societies, he should behold them from the point of view of time. Thousands of cities have come into being and have passed away again in infinite ages, every one of them having had endless forms of government; and if we can ascertain the cause of these changes in states, that will probably explain their origin. What do you think of ancient traditions about deluges and destructions of mankind, and the preservation of a remnant? ’Every one believes in them.’ Then let us suppose the world to have been destroyed by a deluge.
The survivors would be hill-shepherds, small sparks of the human race, dwelling in isolation, and unacquainted with the arts and vices of civilization. We may further suppose that the cities on the plain and on the coast have been swept away, and that all inventions, and every sort of knowledge, have perished. ’Why, if all things were as they now are, nothing would have ever been invented. All our famous discoveries have been made within the last thousand years, and many of them are but of yesterday.’ Yes, Cleinias, and you must not forget Epimenides, who was really of yesterday; he practised the lesson of moderation and abstinence which Hesiod only preached. ’True.’
After the great destruction we may imagine that the earth was a desert, in which there were a herd or two of oxen and a few goats, hardly enough to support those who tended them; while of politics and governments the survivors would know nothing. And out of this state of things have arisen arts and laws, and a great deal of virtue and a great deal of vice; little by little the world has come to be what it is. At first, the few inhabitants would have had a natural fear of descending into the plains; although they would want to have intercourse with one another, they would have a difficulty in getting about, having lost the arts, and having no means of extracting metals from the earth, or of felling timber; for even if they had saved any tools, these would soon have been worn out, and they could get no more until the art of metallurgy had been again revived. Faction and war would be extinguished among them, for being solitary they would incline to be friendly; and having abundance of pasture and plenty of milk and flesh, they would have nothing to quarrel about. We may assume that they had also dwellings, clothes, pottery, for the weaving and plastic arts do not require the use of metals. In those days they were neither poor nor rich, and there was no insolence or injustice among them; for they were of noble natures, and lived up to their principles, and believed what they were told; knowing nothing of land or naval warfare, or of legal practices or party conflicts, they were simpler and more temperate, and also more just than the men of our day.
I am showing whence the need of lawgivers arises, for in primitive ages they neither had nor wanted them. Men lived according to the customs of their fathers, in a simple manner, under a patriarchal government, such as still exists both among Hellenes and barbarians, and is described in Homer as prevailing among the Cyclopes:–
’They have no laws, and they dwell in rocks or on the tops of mountains,
and every one is the judge of his wife and children, and they do not trouble
themselves about one another.’
’That is a charming poet of yours, though I know little of him, for in Crete
foreign poets are not much read.’
’But he is well known in Sparta, though he describes Ionian rather than Dorian manners, and he seems to take your view of primitive society.’
May we not suppose that government arose out of the union of single families who survived the destruction, and were under the rule of patriarchs, because they had originally descended from a single father and mother?
’That is very probable.’
As time went on, men increased in number, and tilled the ground, living in a common habitation, which they protected by walls against wild beasts; but the several families retained the laws and customs which they separately received from their first parents. They would naturally like their own laws better than any others, and would be already formed by them when they met in a common society: thus legislation imperceptibly began among them. For in the next stage the associated families would appoint plenipotentiaries, who would select and present to the chiefs those of all their laws which they thought best. The chiefs in turn would make a further selection, and would thus become the lawgivers of the state, which they would form into an aristocracy or a monarchy.
In the third stage various other forms of government would arise. This state of society is described by Homer in speaking of the foundation of Dardania, which, he says, ’was built at the foot of many-fountained Ida, for Ilium, the city of the plain, as yet was not.’
Here, as also in the account of the Cyclopes, the poet by some divine inspiration has attained truth. But to proceed with our tale. Ilium was built in a wide plain, on a low hill, which was surrounded by streams descending from Ida. This shows that many ages must have passed; for the men who remembered the deluge would never have placed their city at the mercy of the waters. When mankind began to multiply, many other cities were built in similar situations. These cities carried on a ten years’ war against Troy, by sea as well as land, for men were ceasing to be afraid of the sea, and, in the meantime, while the chiefs of the army were at Troy, their homes fell into confusion. The youth revolted and refused to receive their own fathers; deaths, murders, exiles ensued. Under the new name of Dorians, which they received from their chief Dorieus, the exiles returned: the rest of the story is part of the history of Sparta.
Thus, after digressing from the subject of laws into music and drinking, we return to the settlement of Sparta, which in laws and institutions is the sister of Crete. We have seen the rise of a first, second, and third state, during the lapse of ages; and now we arrive at a fourth state, and out of the comparison of all four we propose to gather the nature of laws and governments, and the changes which may be desirable in them. ’If,’ replies the Spartan, ’our new discussion is likely to be as good as the last, I would think the longest day too short for such an employment.’
Proofs of a Conspiracy
Men originally led a patriarchal life, in which every father of a family was the sole lord of his house and his property, while he himself possessed general freedom and equality. But they suffered themselves to be oppressed–gave themselves up to civil societies, and formed states. Even by this they fell; and this is the fall of man, by which they were thrust into unspeakable misery. To get out of this state, to be freed and born again, there is no other mean than the use of pure Reason, by which a general morality may be established, which will put man in a condition to govern himself, regain his original worth, and dispense with all political supports, and particularly with rulers. This can be done in no other way but by secret associations, which will by degrees, and in silence, possess themselves of the government of the States, and make use of those means for this purpose which the wicked use for attaining their base ends. Princes and Priests are in particular, and kat’ exochen, the wicked, whose hands must tie up by means of these associations, if we cannot root them out altogether.
2Schiller’s first impression of Goethe appears from his statement: “It is interesting how he apprehends and reproduces everything in his own characteristic, individual way, unlike how others apprehend it. He considers the form too much where I consider the soul. But his greatness is in his all-roundness and endeavour to explore everything and make it a whole.”
The noblest, or at least the least damaging, route to wealth, power, and thus also to unimpeded power, and thus also to unimpeded pleasure would indisputably be the path of honor and merit, if only this path always led safely to that goal and if only the significance of that which earns honor and respect were less arbitrary and erratic; but because all respect and honor depend on the opinions of others, who judge people more by appearances, inevitably all true and responsible desire for honor degenerates into mere appearances and vanity, and people are led astray by the mood of their contemporaries, out of respect for which they are more than inclined to distinguish themselves through frivolities and trifles and perform deeds more glittery than truly good.
Hitler, Table Talk (Cameron & Stevens), October 24, 1941:
The Russians were entitled to attack their priests, but they had no right to assail the idea of a supreme force. It’s a fact that we’re feeble creatures, and that a creative force exists. To seek to deny it is folly. In that case, it’s better to believe something false than not to believe anything at all. Who’s that little Bolshevik professor who claims to triumph over creation? People like that, we’ll break them. Whether we rely on the catechism or on philosophy, we have possibilities in reserve, whilst they, with their purely materialistic conceptions, can only devour one another.
In a world where unbelief was the ruling system, self-interest and selfishness would rule as well. The state in which human beings would find themselves with regard to each other would be the state of open or secret warfare, and the characteristics required to wage this war most successfully would be the ones most appreciated. For this reason, bravery, cleverness, and the art of deception, together with a good outward seemliness in the eyes of all the worldly people, and most educated people, would be the highest ideals of all human perfection. And every other, more real virtue which glittered less would, when compared to the former, be despised as stupid, cowardly, uncouth, or foolish.
Hitlers Kontrahenten in der NSDAP, Hitler bedroht Kronprinz Rupprecht, p.g. 106 –
Die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Monarchisten Joseph Graf Soden-Fraunhofen
der Erfüllung dieses Vertrages sein, sondern zugleich eine ewige Zinsbelastung unseres Volkes aus Anleihen, die als Hypotheken auf unserem Nationalvermögen lasten. Das deutsche Volk wird unter dieser Robotarbeit und an diesen Zehnten zugrunde gehen. Aber nicht nur wirtschaftlich ist dieser Vertrag unerfüllbar, er ist vor
[Placeholder: the fulfillment of this treaty, but at the same time an eternal interest burden on our people from bonds that are charged as mortgages on our national assets. The German people will perish under this [robot work] and by these tithes. But not only economically is this contract unattainable, it is before]
Laurency (kl1_9. 38):
22During his education, the true seeker assimilates the collected experience of mankind such as it finds expression in the best oriented intellectual leaders of his times. He does not stop there, however. He realizes that nobody has reached the limit of the possible exploration of reality. He tries all paths and finally finds his own. Pursuing this path he acquires self-reliance and self-determination, the courage to stand alone, the courage to say and do what needs to be said and done. It is a razor-edged path. Many people have missed it by leaving a word unsaid, an action undone, by trying to escape from difficulties or disharmonious circumstances, by leaving such problems unsolved as must be solved.
23“In order to understand much you must have strayed deep into the thorns… The warning examples do not help you; you must nearly become such an example yourself before you see it clearly.” This expresses the essential difference between theory and practice in matters of life. Anyone who does not know things from his own experience has not much use of the mere theory on how to manage problems of life. That understanding is part of the basic view underlying self-realization.
24The risk of such statements is that the life-ignorant may misunderstand them as recommending them to experiment recklessly with their own and other people’s lives in order to have the necessary experiences of life. Generally, everything esoteric is misunderstood by the immature. Esoterics is not intended for others than those at the cultural and humanist stages, rare and exceptional people in our times.