No actual rally pics, as I do not want the pigs to use any against me. But here are a few from our after rally supper....
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Heinrich Himmler Speaks to an American Journo
by Lothrop Stoddard (1940)
“THE PARTY.” That is the commonest phrase in Germany today. It denotes that all-powerful organization, NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party) which dominates, energizes, and directs the Third Reich.
Just what is the Party, and what are its relations with the Nation, the State Administration, and those numberless organizations characteristic of German life? That was one of the first questions I put when I got to Germany. Knowing as I did the range of official literature, I supposed I would be promptly handed a neat manual setting forth the whole subject in the meticulous Teutonic Way. What was my amazement when the Propaganda Ministry informed me that no such manual existed, the reason alleged being that the system was more or less fluid and that changes were continually taking place.
Accordingly, I had to piece the current picture together, bit by bit. You never can be sure, at first glance, what is “Party” and what isn’t. For instance, I at first took it for granted that all the Brown-Shirt SA and Black-uniformed SS men I saw were Party members. Presently I learned that this was not true; that many of them were candidates, qualifying themselves for membership by meritorious service. As for the organizations, some were “Party,” others “State,” still others are intermediate, while one or two, like the National Labor Service (Arbeitsdienst), were started by the Party but are now under State control. It was all very confusing. Indeed, I frankly admit that even now I haven’t got a wholly clear idea of the scheme in all its complex details.
The reason for this seeming confusion appears to be that National Socialism, though a revolutionary movement, evolved as a regular political party with a complete organization of its own, until, by the time it came to power, it had become virtually a State within a State. Instead of merging itself with the State, or vice versa, this separate organization has been maintained. Of course, all branches of the State are headed by prominent Party men, and their higher subordinates are usually Party members. Indeed, a man may simultaneously hold a State and a Party office. But, in such cases, both the offices and their functions are kept consciously distinct from each other.
When Nazis try to explain to you the interactions of State and Party, they usually say the Party is like an electric motor running a lot of machinery. This motor is the great energizer. It revolves very rapidly and tries to make the machine go at top speed. The machine, however, tends to run at a regulated tempo, toning down in practice the motor’s dynamic urge. The Party urges ever: “Faster! Faster!” The officials of the State Administration, however, charged as they are with actual responsibilities and faced with practical problems, act as a machine “governor,” keeping progress within realistic bounds.
Dr. Robert Ley, head of the Labor Front, occupies the post of Organization-Leader for the entire Party, and on this exalted phase of his activities his views were enlightening.
“Dr. Ley,” I asked him in an interview, “for a long time I’ve been studying the various organizations you direct. I think I’ve learned considerable about them, yet I know I haven’t got the whole picture. Will you explain to me briefly the basic principles underlying all of them? And will you also explain their relations to both the Party and the State?”
It was late afternoon. We were sitting in a cozy reception-room adjacent to the Doctor’s study, in the restful atmosphere of tea, cakes, and sandwiches. For some moments, Dr. Ley sipped his tea reflectively.
“Let’s see how I’d best put it,” he said finally. “As to our basic ideas, they are very simple. First of all, the principle of natural leadership. By this we mean the proved leader who by sheer merit has fought his way up from below to supreme command. This is best exemplified by Adolf Hitler, our Führer, whom we believe to be an inspired genius.”
By this time Dr. Ley had fairly warmed to his subject. His gray eyes shone with enthusiasm.
“Our second principle,” he went on, “is absolute loyalty and obedience. So long as a plan is under discussion, it is carefully weighed from every angle. Once debate is closed and a decision is made, everyone gets behind it one hundred percent. But behind both those principles is a third which is even more fundamental. This is what we call the Gemeinschaft – the organic unity of a people, founded on identity of blood. Germany is fortunate in being racially united. That is the ultimate secret of our harmonious strength.”
“Thanks for the explanation,” said I. “Now would you mind going on and telling me how, on those foundations, you have built up the various organizations you direct, and how they stand to the Party and to the State?”
“Before I do that,” Dr. Ley answered, “let me make clear what the Party and the State mean to each other. The National Socialist Party, as others have doubtless told you, may be likened to a motor which supplies the energy by which an elaborate machine is run. To change the simile, we may also compare the Party to the advance-guard of a column of marching troops. Its duty is to pioneer, investigate, make everything safe. The State, on the other hand, is the main body which occupies the ground won and puts everything in final order. One of the outstanding features of the Third Reich is that the Party can, and does, make all sorts of experiments which would be impossible for State officials, tied down as they are by legal regulations and red tape.”
“Would you mind making that a bit more specific?” I ventured.
“All right,” he said. “Take me, for example. I’m not a State official. I’m purely a Party leader whose duty it is to prepare such experiments and set them going. Within my field, I have almost boundless freedom of action. For instance when the Führer ordered me to put through the People’s Automobile (Volkswagen) Plan, I got the large sums needed. Of course I am held rigidly responsible for results. If I botched a job, I’d immediately be called to account. But so long as things go right, I don’t have to waste my time explaining to all sorts of people just what I’m doing. With us, it’s efficiency that counts.”
“Do your experiments always succeed?” I asked.
“Not always,” Dr. Ley admitted. “And when, after a full and fair trial, they are found to be impracticable, we frankly give them up. Sometimes, again, we find an idea to be theoretically sound but, for one reason or another, premature. In that case we lay the idea aside, to be tried again under more favorable circumstances. But when an experiment has proved sound and workable, the Party presently hands it over to the State; which then, as it were, anchors it firmly into the national life by giving it permanent legal status, That’s what has actually happened with the institution we call Arbeitsdienst – the universal labor service required of young men and women. It started as a social experiment run by the Party. Now, having proved itself out, it is a regular state matter.”
“Which means,” I suggested, “that the party is thereby free to take up still other social experiments?”
“Exactly,” he nodded. “And we have so may measures, not merely for bettering life materially but for enriching it as well. We believe the more work we give men to do, the more enjoyment we must give them too. This applies to all grades of persons, with recreation furnished them according to their abilities and tastes. It is not a leveling process – rather is it a grading process, putting people in their right places.”
“To each man according to his abilities?” I remarked.
“Absolutely,” said Dr. Ley. “We are always on the lookout for ability; especially capacity for leadership (Leitungsfaehigkeit). That precious quality confers upon an individual the right to an agreeable life, a fine mansion, and many other good things. But the instant he shows himself unworthy of his position he loses them all and is cast aside. National Socialism plays no favorites. While princes and rich men have not been deprived of their titles and wealth, none of them have any prescriptive right to prominence in the Third Reich. If a prince in the Party (and we have them) shows capacity for leadership, he goes ahead. Otherwise, he stays in the background.”
So much for this exposition of Party principles, from its organizational director – to be taken with the usual grain of salt between theory and practice. Now a few words as to the growth and character of Party membership, as gathered from various official spokesmen.
Down to January 30, 1933, the lists were open to all persons who cared to join. Up to that time the Party was fighting for its very life and every recruit was welcome. On that epochal date, the triumph of National Socialism became virtually assured. At the moment, its membership totaled approximately 1,600,000. These veterans, who joined while success was still doubtful and helped put it across, still enjoy a certain prestige faintly reminiscent of the “Old Bolsheviks” in Soviet Russia. The Nazi “Old Guard” hold most of the leading posts and are generally regarded as most trustworthy. This explains why one sees relatively few aristocratic types in the upper ranks of the Party today, because not many joined up before 1933.
Although a rush to get on the band-wagon began at once, the Party welcomed new members until the following May, when its ranks had swelled to 3,200,000 – just 100 percent. The list were then closed to individual joiners, but were still held open to members of certain nationalistic organizations like the Stahlhelm [veterans association] until 1936, when the Party had 4,400,000 adherents. Thenceforth, accessions were rigidly scrutinized. In fact, applications were discouraged; the Party sought the man, rather than the man the Party. The rule now is that membership is earned only after two or three years’ faithful service in some form or other. It takes an outstanding act of merit in Party eyes for a man or woman to be admitted in lesser time. Much of the unpaid work of the country, such as volunteer service in the NSV [the national public welfare organization], Winter-Help drives, or food-card distribution, is done with this in mind. Exceptionally distinguished activity is required for such persons to rise high in the Party organization. Able technicians may soon land good jobs, but that is different from getting into the directing upper crust. I was told that less stringent rules had been in force for candidates from Sudetenland and Poland after the acquisition of those regions, and that the total membership now approximates 6,000,000. After all, that is not a very large figure in comparison with the 80,000,000 Germans who inhabit the Greater Reich. The Party is thus still fairly exclusive, though if we add the families of members, the Nazi bloc probably numbers close to 20,000,000.
Theoretically, any young man or woman of unmixed “Aryan” blood is eligible when they come of age, and it is from the ranks of youth that the Party strives to recruit its membership. However, even here candidates must have an unblemished record, from a party standpoint, in the Hitler Youth, and must be vouched for by their local Party Group. Formal admission takes the form of a solemn oath taken in front of the swastika flag, with the right arm upraised in the Nazi salute. The oath consists of a pledge of unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler and the party, after which the neophyte subscribes to a long list of commandments, the first one being: The Führer is always right.
From the rising generation, the party thus selects for membership those young men and women best conditioned for its purposes, And from this already selected group is recruited the Schutz Staffeln (Defense Detachments), commonly known as the SS. This is the Party’s private army. Originally it was a relatively small elite section of the Brown-Shirt Storm Troopers. But after the Party assumed power the SA men were assigned mainly to routine patriotic duties such as collecting for the Winter-Help. The SS, on the contrary, became the party’s mainstay in upholding its all-pervading influence and authority. I was unable to learn its precise numbers, but I understand its present strength to be at least 200,000, organized into regiments, brigades, and divisions, just like the regular army itself.
Furthermore, the SS serves as a training school for both the ordinary police force (Schutz Polizei) and the Political Secret Police – the dread Gestapo. All three allied organizations are headed by Heinrich Himmler, who built them up to their present efficiency and thus wields a power in the Reich presumably second only to that of the Führer himself.
The typical SS man is tall and blond, young or in the prime of life, with fine physique enhanced by careful athletic training. As Nora Waln aptly puts it, he has “the daily-dozen-followed-by-a- cold-shower look.” As he strides along in his well-tailored black uniform with its symbolic death’s-head insignia, he is clearly cock-o’-the-walk – and he knows it. It is interesting to observe how civilians instinctively give him the right-of-way on the sidewalks or in subway trains.
These SS may in many ways be compared to the Janissary Corps of the Old Ottoman Empire. To begin with they are picked men – picked for fanatical loyalty to the Party, for health and strength, and for unmixed “Aryan” blood. Before attaining full membership in the corps they undergo rigorous training, Spartan in character, which is best characterized by Nietzsche’s famous dictum: Be hard! Well-poised hardness both to self and to others is their outstanding attitude. When discussing with foreign residents some harsh or ruthless aspect of the Nazi regime, they would often say: “That’s the SS mentality coming out.”
As might be expected, the SS have a strong esprit de corps. Their pride in themselves and their organization is unmistakable. Ever aspect of their private lives must conform to strict standards and is carefully supervised. For instance, when they marry (as they are supposed to do in conformity with the Nazi eugenic program), the bride must be equally “Aryan,” must pass exacting physical tests, and is expected to attend special courses in domestic and ideological training. The pair are thus deemed well-fitted to play the role required of them and to produce plenty of children for that biological aristocracy which is destined to be the natural rulers of the Third Reich. In return, SS families are well taken care of. Two of the best housing developments I was shown in the Berlin suburbs were for SS households.
I understand that the Gestapo, or Secret Police, are equally well disciplined and looked after, but of course they are invisible to ordinary view. I recall an amusing instance on this point. Some time after my arrival in Berlin I was chatting with a high Nazi acquaintance, who asked me casually; “By the way, how many Gestapos have you seen since you got here?”
“None – that I could recognize,” was my reply.
He laughed heartily. “A good answer,” he said. “And you never will – unless they want you to.”
Well, there was one Gestapo that I did want to see – the Big Chief of them all – Heinrich Himmler himself. But I was told that seeing him was almost as difficult as getting an audience with the Führer, because he systematically shuns publicity and is therefore journalistically one of Germany’s most inaccessible personalities. Naturally, that made me all the more eager to interview him. I finally did, the very day before I left Berlin. It was one of those by-products from my enhanced popularity which I encountered when I returned from Budapest, and which was undoubtedly due to my having strictly kept my word regarding the Hitler audience. Journalistically, this was a clear “scoop,” for I was told by the Propaganda Ministry that mine was the first interview Himmler had ever given a foreign correspondent.
Like so many of my experiences in Nazi Germany, the whole affair was quite different from what I had imagined. Off-hand, you would say that the redoubtable Himmler’s headquarters would have a mysterious or even a sinister atmosphere. But it didn’t. It is a stately old building, made over into offices. You need a special pass to enter, but I went with an official, so there was no delay. Ascending to the second story by a broad stone stairway, we were quickly shown the Chief’s quarters, and passed through a suite of offices, light, airy, and tastefully businesslike. There, young men and women were busy with typewriters and filing-cabinets. If the men had not been in uniform, I might have imagined myself about to meet a big corporation executive. Certainly, there was no “police” atmosphere about the place, secret or otherwise; no obvious plainclothes-men, gimlet-eyed sleuths, or other “properties” of a similar nature.
When I finally entered the inner sanctum I was met by a brisk-stepping individual of medium height who greeted me pleasantly and offered me a seat on a well-upholstered sofa. Heinrich Himmler is a South German type, with close-cut dark hair, a Bavarian accent, and dark blue eyes which look searchingly at you from behind rimless glasses. He is only forty years of age – extraordinarily young for the man who heads the whole police force of the Reich, commands the entire SS, and has charge of the vast resettlement program whereby hundreds of thousands of Germans from the Baltic states, Russia, and northern Italy are coming back willy-nilly to their racial an cultural Fatherland.
Those are certainly three big jobs for one individual. How he does it all is hard to understand. But you get at least an inkling when you meet and talk with him. The longer you are in his presence, the more you become conscious of dynamic energy – restrained and unspectacular, yet persistent and efficient to the last degree. Also you begin to glimpse what lies behind his matter-of-fact exterior. At first he impresses you as a rather strenuous bureaucrat. But as he discusses his police duties, you notice that his mouth sets in a thin line while his eyes take on a steely glint. Then you realize how formidable he must be professionally.
It was this aspect of this activities that I first broached. “I certainly am glad to meet one of whom I have heard so much,” was my opening remark. “Perhaps you know that, in America, we hear rather terrible things about the Gestapo. Indeed,” I added with a smile, “it is sometimes compared to the Russian Cheka, with you yourself, Excellency, as a second Dzerzhinsky!”
Himmler took this in good part. He laughed easily. “I’m sure our police organization isn’t half as black as it’s painted abroad,” was his reply. “We certainly do our best to combat crime of every sort, and our criminal statistics imply that we are fairly successful. Frankly, we believe that habitual offenders should not be at large to plague society, so we keep them locked up. Why, for instance, should a sex-offender who has been sentenced three of four times be again set free, to bring lasting sorrow to another decent home? We send all such persons to a detention-camp and keep them there. But I assure you that their surroundings aren’t bad. In fact, I know they are better fed, clothed, and lodged than the miners of South Wales. Ever seen one of our concentration-camps?”
“No,” I answered, “I wasn’t able to get permission.”
“Too bad I didn’t know about it,” said Himmler. “There you’d see the sort of social scum we have shut sway from society for its own good.”
That was all very fine, but I felt that Himmler was hedging a bit. So I proceeded: “You refer there to criminals in the general sense of the term. But how about political offenders – say, old-fashioned liberals? Is any political opposition tolerated?”
“What a person thinks is none of our concern,” shot back Himmler quickly. “But when he acts upon his thoughts, perhaps to the point of starting a conspiracy, then we take action. We believe in extinguishing a fire while it is still small. It saves trouble and averts much damage. Besides,” he continued, “there isn’t any need for political opposition with us. If a man sees something he thinks is wrong, let him come straight to us and talk the matter over. Let him even write me personally. Such letters always reach me. We welcome new ideas and are only too glad to correct mistakes. Let me give you an example. Suppose somebody sees traffic on a busy corner badly handled. In other countries he could write a scathing letter to the newspapers saying how stupidly and badly the police run things. A hundred thousand people who may never have even seen that corner might get all excited, and the prestige of both the police and the State itself might suffer in consequence. With us, all that man has to do is to write us, and I assure you the matter will be quickly righted.”
Feeling this traffic simile was a bit ingenuous, I tried to lead him back to the point he knew I had in mind. I nodded sympathetically and said, “That sounds reasonable. But how about a political matter? For instance, take a man like Pastor Niemoeller?”
I felt that ought to bring some reaction, because the Pastor is poison-ivy to most Nazis. Only a few days before, one fairly prominent member of the Party had grown red in the face at the mention of Niemoeller’s name and had hissed: “The dirty traitor! If I had my way, I’d order him put up against a wall and shot!”
Himmler took it more calmly. He merely raised a deprecating hand, replying: “Please understand, it was political controversy which got him into trouble. We never interfere with matters of religious dogma.” Then, after a moment’s pause, he added: “If foreign attacks upon us in this affair would cease, perhaps he could be more leniently dealt with.”
It was clear that Himmler didn’t wish to discuss the subject further. His eyes narrowed slightly and a frown appeared above the bridge of his nose. Seeing there was nothing more to be gained on that line, I took another tack.
“Tell me something about the basis of the SS organization?” was my next question.
“The Schutz-Staffel,” answered Himmler blandly, “represents the best and soundest young manhood of the race. It is founded on the ideals of self-sacrifice, loyalty, discipline, and all-round excellence. Besides being soldiers, the SS has many cultural sides. For instance, we have our own porcelain factory, make our own furniture, and do much scholarly research. When you leave me, I shall have you taken to the barracks of the Leibstandarte here in Berlin, the elite regiment which guards the Führer. There you will see the type of young manhood of which the SS is so justly proud.”
“And now, Excellency,” I went on, “a few words, if you will, about your resettlement policy?”
“That policy,” replied Himmler, “can best be expressed in the words of our Führer: ‘To give lasting peace to our eastern borders.’ For centuries, that region and others in eastern Europe have been chronically disturbed by jarring minorities hopelessly mixed up with one another. What we are now trying to do is to separate these quarreling elements in just, constructive fashion. We have voluntarily withdrawn our German minorities form places like the Baltic states, and we shall do the same in northern Italy. We are even marking out a place for the Jews where they may live quietly unto themselves. Between us and the Poles we seek to fashion a proper racial boundary. Of course, we are going about it slowly – you can’t move multitudes of people with their livestock and personal belongings like pawns on a chessboard. But that is the objective we ultimately hope to attain.”
Himmler talked further about his resettlement policies, carefully avoiding the tragic aspects that they involve. He then returned briefly to the subject of his SS. At that point, a smart young aide entered and saluted.
“The motor [car] is ready, sir,” he announced.
“To see the Life-Guards,” explained Himmler. “I certainly want you to get a glimpse of my men before you leave.”
So saying, the redoubtable head of the Gestapo gave me a muscular handshake and wished me a pleasant homeward journey.
It was a wretched day in late January, cold as Greenland and with swirling spits of snow to thicken the blanket already on the ground. As Himmler’s car reached the suburbs, it swerved and swayed ticklishly in hard-packed snow-ruts. However, the SS man at the wheel was a splendid driver and got us to our destination safely and with celerity.
Hitler’s Life-Guards occupy the former Prussian Military Cadet School. The buildings are old, though well kept up. The one exception is the swimming-hall, a magnificent new building with a pool so large that I judged nearly a thousand men could bathe together without too much crowding. The Commandant – a hard-bitten old soldier, small, wiry, and dark-complexioned, in striking contrast to his young subordinates who were all blonds of gigantic size – proudly told me how it happened to be built.
It seems that the Führer came out one day to see how his Life-Guards were housed. At that time, the swimming-hall was an old structure capable of accommodating only one company at a time. Hitler looked it over and frowned. “This is no fit place for my Leibstandarte to bathe,” he announced. “Bring me pencil and paper!” Then and there he sketched out his idea of what the new swimming-hall should be. And on those lines it was actually built.
Such is the “Party” and such are the men who control its destinies. What are we to think of this amazing organization and of its aggressively dynamic creed which so uncompromisingly challenges our world and its ideas?
One thing seems certain: The National Socialist upheaval that has created the Third Reich goes far deeper than the Fascist regime in Italy, and is perhaps a more defiant breach with the historic past than even the Communism of Soviet Russia. This the Nazis themselves claim with no uncertain voice. Listen to what Otto Dietrich, one of their outstanding spokesmen, has to say on this point:
“The Nationalist Socialist revolution is a totalitarian revolution … It embraces and revolutionizes not only our culture but our whole thought and the concepts underlying it – in other words, our very manner of thinking. Hence it becomes the starting point, the condition, and the impelling force of all our actions … We are crossing the threshold of a new era. National Socialism is more than a renascence. It does not signify the return to an old and antiquated world. On the contrary, it constitutes the bridge to a new world!”
Outside of Germany, most persons seem inclined to think that the “new world” envisioned by the Nazis would not be a very desirable abode. However, that does not alter the fact that we are here confronted by a revolution of the most radical kind, and that its leaders are revolutionists from the ground up. Furthermore, though most of them are still relatively young in years, they are all veterans hardened by prolonged adversity and scarred from many battles. They are the logical outcome of the quarter-century of hectic national life which we have already discussed. In my opinion, therefore, both they and their movement may be deemed normal by-products of an abnormal situation.
To give one instance of the grim school wherein they were fashioned, let me cite an episode from my own experience. In mid-summer of the year 1923, I sat in my room at the Hotel Adlon, discussing with a German the deplorable position to which his country had then been reduced. I had just come to Berlin from a trip through the Rhineland and the Ruhr, where I had watched the passive-resistance campaign against the French invaders, seen the black troops, and studied other aspects of that tragic affair. Now, largely in consequence of that desperate maneuver, the Mark was slipping fast to perdition, national bankruptcy was at hand, and utter ruin loomed in the offing.
As my guest discussed the seemingly hopeless situation, he was visibly in agony. Sweat stood out on his forehead. Suddenly, his mood changed utterly. Flinging back his head, he burst into truly blood-curdling laughter, best described by the German phrase galgenhumor – gallows-humor. Still shaking with his macabre mirth, he leaned forward and tapped me on the knee.
“Millions of us have already died, on the battlefield and from the British hunger blockade,” he chuckled. “Perhaps millions more of us will perish, and we shall surely be ruined. No one can tell what trials await us, and the world will do little to assuage our agony. But, no matter what happens, it will be mainly the weak and soft who will perish. Soon, the good-natured, easy-going, pot-bellied German will be no more. Dr. Stoddard, let me make you a prophecy. If this goes on, in about fifteen years you will see a New Germany, so lean, so hard, so ruthless, that she can take on all comers – and beat them!”
The desperate spirit of the cornered man I talked to on a long-gone summer day typifies merely one phase of the bitter schooling which made Germany’s present rulers what they are. In post-war Britain, a phrase was coined to depict their English counterparts. That phrase was: The Lost Generation. But if that were true of the war-scarred youth of Britain, how infinitely truer was it of German youth! Well, those war-youngsters are now in the saddle. So what we see in Germany is – the lost generation come to power.
From the moment I first looked at those rulers of the Third Reich, I felt there was something about them which, from my American viewpoint, was queer. As I analyzed them, I realized that it was a sort of twisted cynicism combined with a hard ruthlessness. And when I listened to their life-stories, I saw it could scarcely be otherwise. Most of them had entered the war as volunteers when they were mere boys. One, I recall, was only fifteen at the time; others were not much older. These burningly patriotic lads went through the hell of a losing war, culminating in crushing defeat. Then their abased spirits were given a savage tonic by joining the Free Corps formed to combat the attempt at a “Spartakist” [Communist] revolution. Joyously, they killed Communists for a while. After that, some of them tried to go to college or into business; but few of them could adapt themselves to the life of the Weimar republic which they hated and despised. Some of them went abroad, adventuring; the rest sulked and brooded until their ears heard a sudden trumpet-call. It is Nazidom’s brazen clarion: Deutschland, Erwache! “Germany, Awake!” They listened to Adolf Hitler’s oratory which stressed all the longings of their embittered hearts and they fell under his hypnotic spell. Into the ranks of the Storm-Troops they went, with additional years of fighting as they killed more Communists and “mastered the streets.” Then, at last, victory – and undisputed power.
Friday, March 19, 2021
When the National Socialists Were Welcome in the Canary Islands
Between the First and Second World Wars, the Canary Islands became an obligatory port of call for German ships engaged in naval maneuvers.
In fact, 70% of German ships dropped anchor in the islands’ ports while the other 30% sailed through their waters at some point.
A study by the historian José Miguel Rodríguez Illescas, titled The German Navy in the Canary Islands Between the Wars exposes little-known information about these military maneuvers and includes a previously unpublished collection of photos, from banners welcoming Hitler on the streets of Santa Cruz to warm welcomes by crowds of locals, to a gift of Tío Pepe sherry and cookies to departing German sailors, to an excursion to Mount Teide that came complete with a live band and dancing.
The German captains were entrusted with secretly assessing the German enclaves abroad
Having consulted documents from the German Embassy, the Canaries Intermediary Military Archive (AIMC) and the Canaries Historical and Cultural Military Center, Rodríguez Illescas points out that the German navy as a whole was never charged with "genocide" during the Second World War.
The historian explains that, as early as the 19th century, the Canary Islands were fundamental to Germany’s strategy of expansion into Africa. As such, they started to form part of a vital framework for commercial and military policy, with German sea traffic in the archipelago reaching its peak during the Third Reich. However, contrary to popular belief, there was no National Socialist base actually built on the islands, says the historian, as this was prevented by the Allied forces.
Many of these same vessels were obliterated as the war drew to a close. “After 1945, most of them disappeared as a consequence of the different military campaigns in Norway, the Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, as well as the air raids by the Allies on the German ports and bases in Europe,” says the historian.
The mooring of the Robert Ley at Santa Cruz harbor in April 1939. SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE PORT AUTHORITY ARCHIVES
In October 1935, the Karlsruhe cruise liner docked in Tenerife and its captain Von Siemens invited the authorities on the island to a party while a zeppelin flew overhead amid general rejoicing. “There were civil and military authorities present, and also Alicia Navarro Cambronero, the first Spanish woman to be crowned Miss Europe,” says Rodríguez Illescas. The following day, Von Siemens read a telegram from Adolf Hitler to the crew ordering them to take down the German flag and replace it with the swastika.
The Deutschland arrived in 1939 with two submarines – a U-27 and a U-30. The ship was waved off again with two bottles of Tío Pepe, half a kilogram of assorted cookies and three boxes of cigarettes, all of which cost 26 pesetas. This contrasted sharply with the welcome given to the Schleisen in November 1937. In this case, the crew was met again by civil and military authorities, music bands and by members of the fascist party Falange who greeted the German sailors by shouting “Heil Hitler!” three times. In return, the German sailors shouted, “Franco! Franco! Franco!” Two years later, World War II had begun.
Belgium: About 30 Suspected “Neo-Nazi” Soldiers are Under Surveillance
The military intelligence service SGRS is keeping a group of around 30 serving soldiers under close surveillance, on suspicion they have "extreme right-wing" or "neo-Nazi" sympathies, the RTBF has revealed.
The question of a presence of "right wing extremists" in the Belgian forces arose after it was revealed by Jewish press that the French army contains a sizeable number of "extremists", who display their affiliations openly and apparently without any sanction.
With the declining influence of ISIS, the intelligence services have turned their attention to Nationalist patriotism, which appears to be on the rise – at least partly as a reaction to Islamic extremism and to successive waves of illegal invaders and hordes of non-white migrants.
The RTBF contacted Tony Bargibant of the union that represents members of the armed forces, to find out if Belgium has the same "problem" as that revealed in France.
"As far as I know, the SGRS carries out checks at this level. So there could be problematic cases but it is a tiny minority, they hardly represent anything. The problem is not the same as in France," he said.
If the intelligence service has any reason to suspect a particular person, he explained, they start a campaign of close surveillance, involving the person’s online life as well as every detail of their private activities.
That report was confirmed to the RTBF by a spokesperson for the defence ministry, run by Ludivine Dedonder (PS), who pointed out that the SGRS is aware of a rise in nationalism.
"We have a platform that works on non-religious extremism, including the far right. The SGRS focuses on the extreme right within the armed forces," the spokesperson said.
"We are currently following around 30 soldiers very closely, for their sympathies or their obvious links with radical right-wing groups. It’s important to follow and we’re doing it well. We dig and we find. Screening is working well. However, we wish to stress that the threat remains minimal within the military."
And while some active cases are under investigation, the military aims to screen out possible cases at the recruitment stage.
"New recruits must pass certain tests and in particular an interview with a psychologist and other doctors," Bargibant explained.
"That is when problematic cases can be detected. A screening is also carried out on each candidate, into whether a candidate has, for example, a criminal record on the subject or an obvious link with an extreme right-wing group. Then they will not be engaged either. The forces have put things in place to avoid hiring a person close to extreme ideologies whatever they may be," he said.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -
Two people from New Castle were charged Friday in connection with the violence at the U.S. Capitol in January.
Philip Vogel, II., and Debra Maimone are facing several charges, including theft of property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Vogel and Maimone are also the owners of Vera General Contracting and Cleaning Services, a McKees Rocks contracting company.
According to the FBI, Maimone posted a video on the social media site Parler. The video, the FBI said, was taken by Vogel and shows Maimone inside the Capitol crypt.
It also shows Maimone’s face as she removed her American flag mask and said, “It’s amazing.” Vogel, who couldn’t be seen on camera, can be heard telling Maimone: “Put your mask on. I don’t want them to see you,” according to court documents.
Surveillance video from inside the Capitol shows the pair together “pushing through law enforcement,” according to court documents.
The pair will have their first court appearance later Friday.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
A Ross Township woman was charged Thursday, accused of taking part in the violence at the U.S. Capitol
ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -
A Ross Township woman was charged Thursday, accused of taking part in the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Jennifer Marie Heinl is facing several federal charges including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
According to court documents, Heinl is affiliated with Kenneth Grayson, the Bridgeville man who is also facing charges.
Grayson was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business; disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings; parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings; and obstructing or impeding any official proceeding.
The FBI executed a federal search warrant for Grayson’s Facebook account, where investigators found messages between Heinl and Grayson on Facebook Messenger from Nov. 12, 2020, to Jan. 11, 2021, according to court documents. The two discussed travel arrangements to Washington, D.C., including rental vehicles and hotels.
When investigators questioned Heinl, she told them that she went to Washington on Jan. 5 and returned the next day. She stated that she went to the rally alone but saw Grayson there. She also told investigators that she did not go inside the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents.
During Thursday’s hearing, Heinl informed the court she would waive her right to an identity hearing and was assigned a preliminary hearing on March 24.
Channel 11′s Rick Earle learned Heinl’s husband is a detective with the Shaler Police Department.
Court records indicate he filed for divorce in February, one month following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Channel 11 has learned Heinl’s husband is a member of the FBI’s violent crime task force unit in Pittsburgh.
The department’s chief tells Channel 11 Heinl was on-duty at the time of the insurrection and does not support what took place at the U.S. Capitol.
We are told Heinl is a valued member of the department and task force.
Jennifer Heinl has been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
DR. LLOYD'S NOTE: I and the WPF shall double our flyering and stickering of CMU + Pitt. I pray that Lone Wolves strike these 2 centres of communist indoctrination with terror. Any Lone Wolf who is considering a strike on either should know that their layout is large enough to allow anyone to do significant damage without being detected. CMU is next to Shenley Park, which allows for any LW to easily enter and exit the campus. And Pitt is pretty much all of central Oakland. Spray Painting their buildings is easy. I personally know of several LW's who've gotten away. WINK WINK 😝😝😝
Pitt And CMU Launching New Center To Fight Extremist Hate
March 18, 2021 at 8:30 am
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pitt and CMU are joining forces on a new center to study extremist hate.
Scholars from both universities will team up through the Collaboratory Against Hate Research and Action Center to create tools that will stop the creation and growth of hate.
“We have people who have been studying extremist hate for a long time looking at what are the underlying causes,” said Lorrie Cranor, the director of CyLab security at CMU. “What causes people to get involved in these hate groups? What kind of messages appeal to people and make them want to join?”
Cranor is one of the leads in the initiative. The goal is to lessen and prevent extremist hate of any level and minimize its impact.
“We may be able to develop some educational materials that we can distribute to schools or parents that help intervene with children to prevent them from joining these groups,” said Cranor.
Collaborators will use computer science, data science, social sciences, psychology, psychiatry and the law to try to understand and combat hatred based on prejudices.
Cranor hopes the center can speak for those who don’t know how to help.
“People are getting hurt,” said Cranor. “People are dying and it’s something I think a lot of people would like to do something about. But it’s a hard problem.”
A report from the Anti-Defamation League shows in 2020, cases of racist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ and other hateful messages were doubled than what it was in 2019.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers understands what hate is. He witnessed it during the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. He believes extremist hate is a learned behavior, but it can also be unlearned.
“It starts at the kitchen table. You’re not born with it in your genes, You’re taught it,” said Rabbi Myers. “If you can be taught hate speech and everything that leads to it, why can’t you be taught to love?”
Rabbi Myers said there are still more good people in the world than there are bad. He believes this new center can do good work.
“I still have hope that we can make the world a better place. I haven’t given up,” said Myers.
Cranor says this new collaboration will develop tools for companies that would detect and shut down any hate-speech within chatrooms.
DR. LLOYD'S NOTE: I pray for the day when Russia nukes los estados unidos into the fucking stone age!!
Putin replies to Biden's insinuation that's he a ‘killer’: says US President is talking about himself but ‘I wish him good health’
Published: 18 Mar 2021 | 11:47 GMT
Putin replies to Biden's insinuation that's he a ‘killer’: says US President is talking about himself but ‘I wish him good health’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished Joe Biden well after the US leader called him a “killer” and promised that Moscow would “pay the price” for interfering in the 2020 US elections in favor of his opponent, Donald Trump.
Speaking on Thursday, Putin suggested that Biden may be projecting, noting that evaluating other countries “is like looking in a mirror.”
“When I was a kid, when we were arguing with each other in the playground, we used to say, ‘Whatever you say [about others] is what you are yourself,’” Putin added.
On Wednesday, Biden was asked by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos whether he thought Putin was “a killer,” and replied in the affirmative. He also noted that he had warned the Russian president that Washington would react strongly if it discovered evidence of interference in the 2020 presidential election.
Later that day, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to clarify whether Biden’s statement was a metaphor.
In response, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described Biden’s statement as “very bad,” accusing the White House of not being serious about “establishing a relationship” with Moscow.
Biden ‘clearly doesn’t want good relations’ with Russia, Kremlin declares, after US President backs ‘Putin is a killer’ comments
Earlier this week, a joint report by Washington’s spy agencies alleged that Moscow had run a campaign to “denigrate” Biden’s reputation during the US presidential election. This accusation has been denied by the Kremlin.
Biden’s latest statements represent a major escalation in the already deteriorating relationship between Russia and the US. On Wednesday evening, Moscow recalled its ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, to discuss the Kremlin’s next steps.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Spanish Nationalist History in the Spotlight
Spanish racial nationalism — past and present — has received viral attention online in recent weeks following a speech by young Falangist activist Isabel Medina Peralta.
This speech, widely shared online and reported by the mainstream media, was part of a rally of 300 Spanish nationalists in central Madrid on February 13th, commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Krasny Bor, near Leningrad in February 1943.
During this battle the Division Azul (Blue Division), comprising Spanish volunteers dedicated to the struggle against Bolshevism fought a heroic action against Stalin’s Red Army hordes. Though they incurred heavy casualties — more than 70% of their troops killed, wounded or captured — the Blue Division and their comrades from the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division turned back the Soviet advance.
Adolf Hitler personally designed the Blue Division Medal following the noble sacrifice of the Spanish volunteers at Krasny Bor.
About 20% of the first Blue Division volunteers were students, mainly supporters of Falangism, the radical wing of Spanish nationalism associated with José Antonio Primo de Rivera until his capture and execution by communist republicans in November 1936 during the early stages of the Civil War.
Paying tribute to the Blue Division, Isabel Medina Peralta said: “It is our supreme obligation to fight for Spain, to fight for Europe, now weak and liquidated by the enemy. The enemy is always going to be the same, although with different masks.”
Isabel Medina Peralta is an organiser for the women’s section of La Falange, a party founded in 1999 whose ideological origins are in the Falange Española de las JONS, the party that upheld José Antonio’s political legacy as the voice of radical nationalism during the Franco years.
However there were very different reactionary elements in and around Franco’s government who took an implicitly pro-British stance.
Falangists were undermined by an extraordinary conspiracy masterminded by British intelligence via an international gangster of Majorcan Jewish origin — Juan March.
In Issue 58 of H&D, published in 2014, our assistant editor Peter Rushton wrote a detailed article about this operation — codenamed Goldeneye — in which the “Cavalry of St George” — massive quantities of gold — were deployed to keep Spain out of the Second World War.
The strange story of Juan March was first brought to Peter Rushton’s attention almost thirty years ago by an elderly Anglo-Spanish couple who attanded reunion dinners of the Friends of Oswald Mosley in London. He was later able to document the story in extensive research at the UK National Archives.
In the 1990s Peter Rushton was one of several H&D readers who represented John Tyndall’s British National Party at annual November 20th rallies commemorating José Antonio, both in Central Madrid and at the Valle de los Caidos mausoleum.
As part of these events Mr Rushton visited a private Division Azul museum in central Madrid, as well as the offices of Pedro Varela’s CEDADE and the Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (AUN). Since that time, the great heritage of Spanish nationalism seemed to have been repressed by leftwing Spanish governments, including the disgraceful disinterring of Gen. Franco from his tomb at the Valle de los Caidos. However the latest Madrid demonstrations and the widely publicised speech of Isabel Medina Peralta mark the movement’s revival and the first signs of a new dawn for Spain.
Source: Heritage and Destiny magazine via National Vanguard
DR. LLOYD'S NOTE: I shall be present during this to spread racialism via deception to the lemmings. Stickers to hit the area.
Rally planned for weekend includes group marching from North Shore to Point State Park
March 16, 2021 at 9:43 pm EDT
PITTSBURGH — A rally planned for the coming weekend will include speakers and a march from the North Shore to Point State Park across the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
According to a news release, the Americans for Freedom Rally (Pittsburgh) is set to begin at 9 a.m. on the North Shore. At 9:30 a.m., the group will start marching. There will be a prayer, and the national anthem will be performed. Speakers include conservative media members and elected officials.
The event flyer said the event is organized by the #PAFreedomCampaign and seeks to “Stop the Shutdown, End Mask Mandate, Open Up Our State and Constitutional Rights.”
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Why I Continue To Live Creativity Above All Others….
By Rev. Dr. Lloyd, PM
16 March, 2021
Why do I continue to believe in Creativity over all other WRL creeds? Simple, Klassen finished what Hitler started. Philosophically speaking. The more esoteric aspects of Aryanism, which I do believe in, were added to by the likes of Julius Evola. And that is probably the biggest difference between my own church and the TCM and CA. I give Creativity sermons infused with the esoteric. And I give ZERO apologies for this!!
Klassen never said we reject the esoteric. He simply said that spook craft, especially christ-insanity, was the belief of fools. But spiritual philosophies of the Aryan race are no spook craft. And science has proven that European Man has a soul. These are not the delusions of a monotheist screwball, but the logical facts of a White Racialist mind. And I shall continue to believe in them till the day I die!!
For European Man has a divine spark within him. Coupled with our ruins on Mars, and our 40,000 year old monuments in Egypt, how can any logical mind reject the spiritual side of our race? Not saying the Olympian Gods are real. Evolution could easily account for our divine standing in the animal kingdom. But one look upon the Aryan pyramids on Mars and one has to double think this equation….
But I digress….
Hitler's ultimate aim was to unite first Europa then the world in a Would Union of Fascists. Klassen finishes this with a truly universal creed for ALL EUROPEAN PEOPLES the planet over. And he also did what no one else has ever done. He destroyed the vile myth of nationalism and ethnoism!! With Creativity we have a species-wide ideology that transcends the racial civil war of the last 5000 years. With Creativity we can resurrect the global Aryan Empire we had 40,000 years ago. With Creativity we will be a species united!!
I have always been pro working class. So was Klassen. I have always been anti christ-insanity. So was Klassen. I have always shunned the right/left box as I call it, embracing Third Position. So did Klassen. And I always saw the European race as one race, and not a collection of different nationalities. So did Klassen. For Klassen and I always saw ancient Rome as how the White Man should live. We both saw these things in our hearts. Never being educated to see them, but instead coming to them by instinct. Yes, Klassen and I are of the same mind.
With Creativity we get a belief system that destroys all which harms our People. With Creativity we get that unifying, universal creed that throws out idiotic notions of CONservativism. We burn to the ground the tyranny of liberalism. And we even transcend Third Position for a Four Position. The esoteric made logical. With Creativity do we get all of these wonderful things. For Creativity is the end goal of a species. Creativity is the blueprint of Mother Nature.
And THAT is why I always shall return to tg3e wisdom of Ben Klassen. For Ben Klassen was the Holy Prophet we've waited for for 5000 years. And now we have but to embrace and conquere.