Everything on this earth can be changed for the better.
Every defeat may be made the foundation of a future victory.
Every lost war may be the cause of a later resurgence.
Every form of distress can give, a new impetus to human energy, and from oppression those forces can develop which bring about a re-birth of the national soul—provided always that the racial blood is kept pure.
He seemed preoccupied chiefly with three topics. First, he spoke in detail about the reconstruction of Germany after the war; about how he had commissioned many photographers and specialists to do shots of all artworks, churches, museums, historic buildings, so that they could be precisely reconstructed. ‘Germany,’ he said grandiloquently, ‘will rise from the ruins more beautiful than ever.’
On the subject of Mussolini and Italy, he accused himself on making the unforgivable mistake of esteeming Italy as highly as he did the Duce. ‘As an Italian, Mussolini is an exception. His qualities are far above average, while the Italians as a rule wage only wars that they lose. Except for their Alpine troops none of them can fight; they are just like the other Balkan nations, apart from the courageous Greeks. Italy’s entry into the war has been nothing but a disaster for us. If the Italians hadn’t attacked Greece and needed our help, the war would have taken a different course. We could have anticipated the Russian cold by weeks and conquered Leningrad and Moscow. There would then have been no Stalingrad. The front in southern Russia collapsed only because the Italians and the Balkan soldiers couldn’t fight, so we had to bear the entire brunt of the war alone. Mussolini is waging a struggle as leader of a nation which has disgracefully betrayed him.’
Goebbels (Diaries), May 8, 1943:
The conference of the Reichsleiters and Gauleiters followed. The Fuehrer honored his Party sub-leaders by giving them a detailed survey of the situation. He began with the fact that in this war bourgeois and revolutionary states are facing each other. It has been an easy thing for us to knock out the bourgeois states, for they were quite inferior to us in their upbringing and attitude.
Countries with an ideology have an edge on bourgeois states, in that they rest upon a firm spiritual foundation. The superiority resulting from this fact was of extraordinary advantage to us until we began the campaign in the East. There we met an opponent who also sponsors an ideology, even though a wrong one. The Fuehrer recalled the case of Tuchachevsky and expressed the opinion that we were entirely wrong then in believing that Stalin would ruin the Red Army by the way he handled it. The opposite was true: Stalin got rid of all opposition in the Red Army and thereby brought an end to defeatism. The introduction of political commissars, too, has greatly enhanced the striking power of the Red Army. When one takes into account that the primitive human material of the East can be taught discipline only by strictness, one can imagine what purpose Stalin had in mind when he introduced political commissars and what he has actually accomplished thereby. . . .
Stalin enjoys the further advantage over us of being opposed by no “high society.” He rid himself of this opposition by Liquidations during the past twenty-five years. Although the opposition of our “high society” constitutes no danger, it can create all sorts of petty annoyances. It gripes and complains without having any knowledge of the facts and thereby greatly reduces our driving power. Bolshevism rid itself of this danger in time and can therefore devote all energy to fighting the enemy. There is virtually no opposition left within the country.
Opposition by the churches, which is giving us such an awful lot of trouble, no longer exists under Bolshevism. If there is talk today of a Metropolitan of Moscow, that is naturally just a Jewish swindle. The Fuehrer rightly points out that a few months ago this Metropolitan was possibly still a furniture mover. In that respect Stalin has a much easier time of it than we. His people have all been placed in one groove.
They are subjected either to Bolshevik education or the Bolshevik whip; in any case no other opinion prevails in the Soviet Union save that of the bosses of the Kremlin. . . . It is evident [the Fuehrer said] that lasting resistance to the Soviet Union can be offered in Europe only by the Germans. Even our allies are not equal to the fight against Bolshevism. The Fuehrer drew the lesson from the past winter of having war waged in the East hereafter exclusively and solely with German troops.
The Rumanians made the best showing; second best were the Italians, and poorest, the Hungarians. The Fuehrer regarded this as owing mainly to the fact that there has been no social adjustment in Hungary, not even an indication of it. As a result the troops just do not realize the necessity of the fight. Whenever officers here and there gave a good account of themselves they were left in the lurch by their men.
In the opinion of the Fuehrer—and I believe he is right in this—the SS formations did so magnificently because of their unified National Socialist indoctrination. Had we brought up the entire German Wehrmacht exactly as we did the SS formations, the struggle in the East would undoubtedly have taken a different course.
[Goebbels hearkens back to what Hitler laid down in Mein Kampf about Weltanschauung. What could be better proof that his diaries are authentic?]
Hitler, Table Talk, January 27, 1942 (Cameron & Stevens):
If one systematically encourages the selection of the fittest, the time will come when talents will again be, in a sort of way, the privilege of an élite. I got this impression especially strongly on the occasion of the launching of the Tirpitz. The workers gathered for that ceremony gave an extraordinary impression of nobility.
Hitler, Table Talk, January 22, 1942 (Cameron & Stevens):
Thanks to its method of recruiting, the SS will be a nursery of rulers. In a hundred years’ time from now, we’ll control this whole empire without having to rack our brains to know where to find the proper men. The essential thing is to leave behind the pettinesses of the parochial spirit.
Hitler, Memoirs of a Confidant, p.g. 21:
Where the Germanic breed predominates, the people are Protestants; where Romanism has left its mark, the people are Catholic… The SA attracts the militant natures among the Germanic breed, the men who think democratically, unified only by a common allegiance. Those who throng to the SS are men inclined to the authoritarian state, who wish to serve and to obey, who respond less to an idea than to a man.
[The most absurd thing I’ve ever listened to.]
But now answer me this. Is it better to be free continuously and during two thousand whole years to rule over the greater part of the earth and the sea, or to be enslaved and to live in obedience to the will of others? No man is so lacking in self-respect as to choose the latter by preference. Again, will anyone think that victory in war is less desirable than defeat? Who is so stupid?
[See Goebbels’ 30 Articles of War, on freedom]