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_Louis P. Lochner What About Germany. 1942_

Content of speech to the Supreme Commanders and Commanding Generals, Obersalzberg, August, 1939.:
"In the last analysis, there are only three great statesmen in the world, 
Stalin, I, and Mussolini. Mussolini is the weakest, for he has been unable 
to break the power of either the crown or the church. Stalin and I are 
the only ones who envisage the future and nothing but the future. 
Accordingly,  I shall in a few weeks stretch out my hand to Stalin at 
the German-Russian frontier and undertake the redistribution of the 
world with him.

   "Our strength consists in our speed and in our brutality. Genghis Khan led 
millions of women and children to slaughter with premeditation and a 
happy heart. History sees in him solely the founder of a state. It's a 
matter of indifference to me what a weak western European civilization 
will say about me.

   "I have issued the command-and I'll have anyone who utters but one word of 
criticism executed by a firing squad-that our war aim does not consist in 
reaching certain lines, but in the physical destruction of the enemy. 
Accordingly I have placed my death-head formations (meaning the special 
SS military formations) in readiness for the present only in the East
-- with orders to them to send to death mercilessly and without 
compassion, men, women, and children of Polish derivation and language. 
Only thus shall we gain the living space (Lebensraum) which we need. Who, 
after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?
L.P. Lochner: What about Germany. pp.1.2.
"The opportunity is favorable as never before. My only apprehension is that 
Chamberlain or some or some other such dirty cuss (Saukerl) may come at the 
last moment with proposals and appeasements. I'll throw such a fellow 
down the stairs, even if I have to kick him in the belly before 
all photographers.

   "No, it's too late for that. (Evidently meaning compromise) The attack 
upon and the annihilation of Poland begins early on Saturday. I'll let 
a couple of companies, dressed in Polish uniforms, make an assault in 
Upper Silesia or in the Protectorate. It's a matter of utter indifference 
to me whether or not the world believes me. The world believes in 
success alone.

   "For you, gentlemen, glory and honor are in the offing, such as have 
not beckoned for centuries. He tough! Be without compassion! Act more 
quickly and !more brutally than the others! The citizens of western 
Europe must shudder in horror. That's the most humane method of 
conducting war, for that scares them off.

L.P. Lochner: What about Germany. p.3.


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