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VOICE OF DESTRUCTION by Hermann Rauschning

"We shall not capitulate--no, never," Hitler exclaimed. 
"We may be destroyed, but if we are, we shell drag a 
world with us--a world in flames."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 5)

'They can imagine the future only in terms of their 
own petty experience. They are blind to the new, the 
surprising things. Even the generals are sterile. They 
are imprisoned in the coils of their technical knowledge. 
The creative genius stands always outside the circle of 
the experts.

 "I," he went on, "have the gift of reducing all problems 
to their simplest foundations. War has been erected into 
a secret science and surrounded with momentous solemnity. 
But war is the most natural, the most every-day matter. 
War is eternal, war is universal."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 6)

That August of 1932 was not the first time I met 
Hitler. I had looked into his famous eyes before 
this. But now for the first time I saw him in his 
private home, which combined good middle-class 
taste with highland scenery and refined peasant 
style, as was customary in our pre-war middle class. 
Dimity curtains, and what is known as rustic 
furniture, everything small end dainty. Not really 
the right background for the future liberator of Germany.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 12) .

Hitler is not physically attractive. Everyone knows 
that today. But at that time stories were circulated 
in the party and among sympathizers about his deep 
blue eyes. They are neither deep nor blue. His look 
is staring or dead, and lacks the brilliance and 
sparkle of genuine animation.
(Destruction-Rauschning-p.13)

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Hitler's physical appearance certainly does not 
heighten the impression made by his personality. 
A receding forehead, with the lank hair falling over 
it; a short, unimposing stature, with limbs somehow 
ill-fitting and awkward; an expressionless mouth 
beneath the little brush of a mustache--such are 
the traits of the outer man. His only charm lies 
perhaps in his hands, which are strikingly well-
shaped and expressive. What a difference to the 
strikingly youthful, intelligent countenance shown 
in Napoleon's death-mask!

( Destruction-Rauschning-p.13-14)

Hitler denounced the monotony of travel by air as 
compared with the ever-changing and delightful 
glimpses of the landscape, and of country and city 
life, obtained from a motor car. He advised us to 
return home by car. He himself, after his first 
amazement at the view from above, had long since 
ceased to enjoy air travel.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 15-16)

Everyone who knew Hitler during the early years 
of struggle knows that he has by nature an easily 
moved and unmistakably sentimental temperament, 
with a tendency towards emotionalism and romanticism. 
His convulsions of weeping in all emotional crises are 
by no means merely a matter of nerves. The maudlin 
sobbing tone in which, for example, he appealed to the 
Berlin S.A. when the Stinnes conflict-threatened to 
split the party was genuine. For this very reason, there 
lies behind Hitler's emphasis on brutality and ruthlessness 
the desolation of a forced and artificial inhumanity, not 
the amorality of the genuine brute, which has after all 
something of the power of a natural force. Nevertheless, 
in the harshness and unexampled cynicism of Hitler there 
is something more then the repressed effect of a 
hypersensitiveness which has handicapped its bearer. 
It is the urge to reprisal and vengeance, a truly 
Russian-nihilistic feeling.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 17)

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"Besides," Hitler continued, "I do not worry about 
the theories of Feder and Lawsczek. I have a gift 
for tracing back all theories to their roots in reality. 
I have nothing to do with pipe-dreams ..... "

(Destruction-Rauschning-p.20)

"...These people cannot think simply. Everything has 
got to be complicated. I have the gift of simplification, 
and then everything works itself out. Difficulties exist 
only in the imagination!"

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 20)

There is no doubt that he did possess this gift of 
simplification, even in a creative sense, up to a 
point. He has the gift, like many self-taught men, 
of breaking through the wall of prejudices and 
conventional theories of the experts, and in so 
doing, he has frequently discovered amazing truths.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 20-21)

It was late at night. Hitler had been to the cinema--
some patriotic rubbish glorifying Frederick the Great. 
We had preceded Hitler to the Chancellery and had 
waited for him there. ....
A few minutes later Hitler came up in the lift.
"How did you like the picture?" Forster asked.
      
 "A horror--absolute rubbish. The police will 
have to stop it. We've had enough of this patriotic 
balderdash!"

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 48)

He lived at that time on the second floor of 
the new Reich Chancellery. His home was good 
middle-class, one might almost say _petit bourgeois._ 
The rooms were smallish, the furnishing simple 
and without refinement. There was not a single 
piece that revealed anything of good personal 
taste or artistic value.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 58)

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The food was simple. In this, too, the party 
Fuehrer liked to give an impression of modest 
living on proletarian lines. He frequently expressed 
his intention of changing none of his previous 
habits, either in his clothing or in his style of living.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 58)

At dinner, there was soup, followed by a meat 
course, vegetables, and a sweet. Hitler himself 
ate no meet, but he devoured astonishing portions 
of the sweet, and his personal cook, an old party 
member, prepared special vegetable dishes for him. 
But Hitler placed no vegetarian compulsion on his 
guests, nor did he refuse them alcohol in the shape 
of beer. There was a choice between beer and lemonade, 
and it was amusing to watch newcomers, especially 
enthusiastic party members, choosing lemonade, with 
a side-glance at the temperate Fuehrer, in order to 
make a good impression.
        
There was always a mixed and varied company 
at the table. Invariably some outstanding person 
was present, a film star, an artist or a leading 
member of the party. There were ladies, too, but 
usually in the minority. On one occasion I met two 
strikingly pretty blondes; Hitler asked one of them 
to sit beside him, and kept putting his hand on her 
arm.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 59)

It was interesting to watch Hitler talking himself 
into a fury, and to note how necessary to his 
eloquence were shouting and a feverish _tempo._ 
A quiet conversation with him was impossible. 
Either he was silent or he took complete charge 
of the discussion. Hitler's eloquence is plainly no 
natural gift, but the result of a conquest of certain 
inhibitions which, in intimate conversation, still 
make him awkward. The convulsive artificiality of 
his character is specially noticeable in such intimate 
circles; particularly notable is his lack of any sense 
of humor, Hitler's laugh is hardly more than an 
expression of scorn and contempt, There is no 
relaxation about it. His pleasures have no repose.
( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 60)

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The two were discussing the National Socialist 
humorous papers and the significance of wit as 
a weapon. In humor, too, or what he called humor, 
Hitler saw only a weapon. It was at this time that, 
in connection with the Sturmer and its Jewish 
caricatures, he gave utterance to the remark later 
much quoted in the party, that this was "the form 
of pornography permitted in the Third Reich." 
Evidently Hitler took pleasure in these filthy stories.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 60)

(1933)
Hitler's entire entourage, especially his stepsister, 
Frau Raubel, who at that time lent his home a 
housewifely character, were continually worried 
about his safety. Attempts at assassination were 
already feared, particularly within the Chancellery 
gardens, and Hitler had been warned against walking 
in them. He took little exercise. The terrace was his 
substitute for a garden.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 61)

(1934)

Among intimate friends, Hitler let himself go. I often 
heard him shout and stamp his feet. The slightest 
contradiction threw him into a rage. This was the 
beginning of the technique by which he would throw 
his entourage into confusion by well-timed fits of rage, 
and thus make them more submissive. People began to 
be afraid of his incalculable temper. The terror of the 
30th June and the bloody deeds against patriots and 
citizens were bearing fruit.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 66-67)

About the United States, Hitler had his firm, preconceived 
opinion which no argument could shake. This opinion was 
that North America would never take part in a European 
war again, and that, with her millions of unemployed, the 
United States was on the brink of a revolution from the 
outbreak of which only Hitler could save her.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p- 68)

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He regretted. that the "whole shack" had not 
burnt down. They had been so hurried that they 
could not "make a proper job of it." Goring, who 
had taken the leading part in the conversation, 
closed with the significant words:
          
"I have no conscience. My conscience is Adolf Hitler."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 77-78)

And this is the essential difference between 
Hitler and Goring, that the former, before he 
can "act," must always lash himself out of 
lethargy and doubts into a frenzy. But in Goring 
amorality is second nature.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 78)

I happened to be present when Hitler's attention was
called to the Stettin incident and other similar occurrences.
It was entirely characteristic that Hitler was by no means
indignant, as one might have expected, at the horrible excesses
of his men, but on the contrary roundly abused those who
"made a fuss" about these trivial matters.
       
The occation  [sic] was my first experience of 
Hitler's paroxysms of rage and abuse. He behaved 
like a combination of a spoilt child and an 
hysterical woman. He scolded in high, shrill
tones, stamped his feet, and banged his fist on tables and
walls. He foamed at the mouth, panting and stammering in
uncontrolled fury: "I won't have it! Get rid of all 
of them! Traitors!" He was an alarming sight, 
his hair disheveled, his eyes fixed, and his face 
distorted and purple.  I feared that
he would collapse, or have an apoplectic fit.
        
Suddenly it was all over. He walked up and down 
the room, clearing his throat, and brushing his hair 
back. He looked round apprehensively and 
suspiciously, with searching glances at us. 
I had the impression that he wanted to see if 
anyone was laughing. And I must admit that a 
desire to laugh, perhaps largely as a nervous 
reaction to the tension, rose within me.
( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 82)

_Brutality is respected._ Brutality and physical 
strength. The plain man in the street respects 
nothing but brutal strength and ruthlessness--
women, too, for that matter, woman and
( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 82-83)


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(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 82-83 cont. )

children. The people need wholesale fear. They want 
to fear something. They want someone to frighten 
them and make them shudderingly submissive.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 82-83)

"I shall spread terror by the surprise employment 
of all my measures. The important thing is the 
sudden shock of an overwhelming fear of death.
Why should I use different measures against my 
internal political opponents? These so-called atrocities 
spare me a hundred thousand individual actions against 
disobedience and discontent."

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 83)

Is Hitler unfeeling towards the pain suffered by others. 
Is he cruel and revengeful? Today there can hardly be a 
doubt as to the answer, but a few years ago, everyone 
who had the opportunity of hearing Hitler's remarkable 
statements in intimate circles, could not but ask himself 
this question. Every conversation, however unimportant, 
seemed to show that this man was filled with an 
immeasurable hatred. Hatred of what? It was not easy 
to say. Almost anything might suddenly inflame his wrath 
and his hatred. He seemed always to feel the need of 
something to hate. But equally, the transition from anger 
to sentimentality or enthusiasm might be quite sudden.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 85 ) 

"I shall put the screw on this man Dollfuss!" Hitler 
shouted. "He dares to contradict me! But wait, 
gentlemen! You will see them before long crawling 
on their knees to me. But," with icy coldness, "I shall 
have them put to death as traitors."
      
Hatred--personal hatred--rang out in his words, 
revenge for early years of poverty, for disappointed 
hopes, for a life of deprivation and humiliation. For 
some time there was an embarrassed silence. . . . .

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 88)


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The Jews, he said, laughing, were Germany's best 
protection. They were the pledge that guaranteed 
that foreign powers would allow Germany to go her 
way in peace. If the democracies did not withdraw 
their boycott, he would take from the Jews as 
much of their property as would cover the 
damage done to Germany by the boycott.
        
"We'll show them how fast they'll have to stop their 
anti-German propaganda! The Jews will yet make 
Germany's fortune!"

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 88-89)

"Streicher," Hitler continued, laughing himself, "has 
suggested that in the next war they should be driven 
ahead of our attacking defense lines. They would be the 
best protection for our soldiers. I shall consider the 
suggestion."        

The party shouted with laughter at this "witticism," 
and Hitler, stimulated by his success went into 
detail on the measures he would take to expropriate 
the Jews slowly, but relentlessly, and to drive 
them out of Germany.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 89)

"What do I care about personal happiness or personal 
affairs?" Hitler had, on one occasion, cried impatiently. 
"Do as you like, do as you please!"
        
Envy, primitive rage and the craving for power: this 
was the wisdom that Hitler gave his followers along 
their political path.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 90)

Hitler knew very well that the ordinary person cannot 
live on hate and revenge alone. This man, who was quite 
consciously making use of the worst human instincts, 
knew the weaknesses and desires of his people very thoroughly.
....
I give my men every freedom," Hitler said, in the course 
of a dinner-table conversation. 'Do anything you like, but 
don't be caught at it!"
         
It was Hitler himself that egged on his men quite 
intentionally to make the most of their opportunities. 
They needed no second bidding. It was then that I heard 
the curious
( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 91-92)

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( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 91-92 cont. )

expression: "planned corruption," Certainly this corruption 
_was_ planned, and not merely condoned.

( Destruction-Rauschning-p. 91-92)

This was something very close to controlled, planned 
corruption. But Hitler had more in his mind than this. 
He knew that there is nothing so binding as crimes 
committed in company. I found out later how the party, 
to make certain of unreliable members, forced them to 
commit punishable acts in its interests in order to keep 
them under complete control. The same principle underlay 
the sharing out of the long-desired spoils. The "inner 
conspiracy" of the party _elite_ was thus a circle of those 
who were all in the secret. Everyone was in the power of 
everyone else and no one was any longer his own master. 
This was the desired result of the slogan: "Enrich yourselves."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 94-95)

I began to suspect something quite different, namely, 
that Hitler quite consciously and intentionally planned 
to destroy the economic power of certain classes of 
society. The harshness with which he refused any 
attempt at an open devaluation was in marked contrast 
to the ease with which he not only tolerated, but 
actually encouraged, concealed inflation.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 100)

Hitler distrusts everyone who tries to explain political 
economics to him. He believes that the intention is to 
dupe him, and he makes no secret of his contempt for 
this branch of science. He does not understand it, but he 
feels that an essentially simple matter has been made 
needlessly complex. He is convinced that labor, money and 
capital are related in a manner to be ascertained by 
practice alone; . . . .

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 100 )


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"That would be the end. But even if we could not 
conquer then, we should drag half the world into 
destruction with us, and leave no one to triumph over 
Germany. There will not be another 1918. We shall 
not surrender.

"But that stage will never be reached," Hitler continued, 
restraining his mounting excitement. "It would only 
happen if I failed in all my undertakings. In that case 
I should feel I had wrongly usurped this place. Certainly 
I shall never blame accident for any mistakes I may make. 
But fortune follows where there is a firm will."
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 121)

Was this really Hitler's Russian program?
        
At that time, I had still no inkling that in fact Hitler 
might have no definite political aims at all, but 
simply rode on the crest of every favorable opportunity, 
prepared to surrender everything he had ever fought 
for, solely in order to strengthen his power. Perhaps 
he had improvised everything he said about Russia, 
simply to have something to say, to enhance his 
importance. He has always been a_poseur._ He 
remembers things he has head and has a faculty 
of reporting them in such a way that the listener 
is led to believe that they are his own. Perhaps 
he told a visitor who followed me the exact 
opposite of what he presented to me as the 
result of profound political study.

Hitler's politics consists in an unscrupulous 
opportunism which discards with perfect ease 
everything that a moment before has passed as 
a fixed principle. His past continues to haunt
him--his past as a paid political agent prepared 
to accept every advantage offered him, flirting 
with Marxism today, and accepting money from 
the promoters of a Bavarian restoration tomorrow. 
Such a political attitude is characterized by 
two things: first, an unbelievable capacity to 
tell falsehoods, and second, a quite disarming 
_naivete,_ a total innocence of promises 
assertions made only a moment before. Most 
of these National Socialists, with Hitler at 
their head, literally forget, like hysterical 
women, anything they have no desire to remember. 
Everyone who has had dealings with Hitler has 
had the same experience that I had over and over 
again: when reminded of some former statement 
he would either stare in blank amazement, or 
would curtly declare that he had never said
anything of the kind.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 135-136)


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But whither was it leading? Evidently to an indescribable 
destruction of everything that had hitherto been accepted 
as the basis of all national and social order.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 150)

He therefore felt an uncontrollable craving to 
assure himself of the greatness of his historical 
significance by continually returning in discussion 
to his world-embracing plans.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 155)

The same thing in 1934 as in 1932. The indolence and 
softness Hitler displayed betrayed the questionalbe [sic] 
greatness of the "leader." Was this really the heaven-sent 
liberator of Germany? A man who complained of the 
ingratitude of the German people in the sobbing tones 
of a down-at-heel music-hall performer! A weakling 
who accused and sulked, appealed and implored, and retired 
in wounded vanity ("--if the German people don't want me!") 
instead of acting.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 163)

_After purge._

With his peculiar intuitive gifts, Hitler at once 
sensed the vacillation of his bourgeois antagonists. 
But at first he too had little of the demeanor of 
a victor. With swollen, distorted features, he 
sat opposite me as I made my report. His eyes 
were lifeless. He did not look at me, but sat 
playing with his fingers. I had the impression 
that he us not listening. At length, however, 
after asking me one or two questions, he made 
his decision along the lines I suggested. All the 
time, I felt that disgust, weariness and contempt 
filled his mind, and that his thoughts were far 
away.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 169)

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_Purge._

There were rumors that since the bloody occurrence 
he had been able to sleep only in snatches. At night he 
prowled restlessly up and down. Sleeping tablets either 
did not help, or he would not take them, for fear of being 
poisoned. It was alleged that he had started out of his 
short, uneasy sleep in convulsive fits of weeping and had 
been [unreadable] repeatedly. Wrapped in blankets, and 
shaking with ague, he had remained sitting in a chair, 
believing he was poisoned. One moment he wanted 
everything lit up and the room full of people, and the 
next he could not bear to see anyone, fearing even his 
most intimate friends. The only one whose company he 
still tolerated was Hess. Buch, the executioner, was 
said to inspire him with a positive horror, but he dared 
not show it. As a matter of fact, his nerves had, it was 
alleged, completely deserted him at the crucial moment, 
and everything had been done without his knowledge, 
though in his name. For a long time he had not known 
the whole terrible truth, and even then was not informed 
as to the full extent of the executions.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 170)

It was [unreadable] that Hitler kept [unreadable]
 courage up. He dismissed us--a man who had just 
dosed himself with the morphine of his own verbiage.
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 173)

"Brooding over these matters is of no use," Hitler 
returned. "No matter what you attempt, if an idea is 
not yet mature, you will not be able to realize it. I 
know that as an artist, and I know it as a statesman. 
Then there is only one thing to do: have patience, wait, 
try again, wait again. In the subconscious, the work 
goes on. It matures, sometimes it dies. Unless I have 
the inner, incorruptible conviction: _this is the solution,_ 
I do nothing. I will not act; I will wait, no matter what 
happens. But if the voice speaks, then I know the time 
has come to act."
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 181)

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In this connection I might mention that Hitler has never occupied 
himself with the minor details of a problem with two exceptions: 
foreign policy and the army. What is known as the mastery of material 
was quite unimportant to him. He quickly became impatient if the 
details of a problem were brought to him.  He was greatly averse to 
"experts" and had little regard for their opinions. He looked upon 
them as mere hacks, as brush-cleaners and color-grinders, to use the 
terms of his own trade.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 183-184)

Hitler seems a man of tremendous will power, but the appearance is 
deceptive. He is languid and apathetic by nature, and needs the 
stimulant of nervous excitement to rouse him out of chronic lethargy 
to a spasmodic activity. He had chosen the easier path, and had 
abandoned himself to the forces that led him to destruction.
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 216)

"Conscience is a Jewish invention. It is a blemish, 
like circumcision.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 223)

"We must distrust the intelligence and the conscience, and must 
place our trust in our instincts. We have to regain a new simplicity."
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 224)

"Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of 
humanity. I am freeing men from the restraints of an intelligence that 
has taken charge; from the dirty and degrading self-mortifications of 
a chimera called conscience and morality, and from the demands of a 
freedom and personal independence which only a few can bear."
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 225)00010628.GIF  Page 14

Did I know, he continued, that Wagner had attributed much of the decay 
of our civilization to meat-eating? "I don't touch meat," said Hitler, 
"largely because of what Wagner says on the subject, and says, I think, 
absolutely rightly." So much of the decay of our civilization had its 
origin in the abdomen -- chronic constipation, poisoning of the juices, 
and the results of drinking to excess. He did not touch meat or alcohol, 
or indulge in the dirty habit of smoking; but his reason had nothing to 
do with considerations of health, but was a matter of absolute 
conviction. But the world was not ripe for this advance.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 229)

"For myself, I have the most intimate familiarity 
with Wagner's mental processes. At every stage in 
my life, I come back to him. Only a new nobility can 
introduce the new civilization or us. If we strip 
_Parsifal_ of every poetic element, we learn from 
it that selection and removal are possible only amid 
the continuous tension of a lasting struggle. A world-
wide process of segregation is going on before our eyes. 
Those who see in struggle the meaning of life, gradually 
mount the steps of a new mobility. Those who are in search 
of peace and order through dependence, sink, whatever 
their origin, to the inert masses. The masses. however, 
are doomed to decay and self-destruction. In our world-
revolutionary turning-point the masses are the sum total 
of the sinking civilization and of its dying representatives. 
We must allow them to die with their [unreadable]."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 230-231)

Hitler's ant-Semitism is an essential element in his general 
policy, but it is also part of his mental make-up. To him the Jew 
represents the very principle of evil. His feeling about the Jews 
has much in common with that of the pornographer Julius Streicher 
and with that of the ordinary storm-trooper or S.S. man; but there 
are also elements of difference. To the great majority of the Nazi 
clique of leaders, the racial doctrine is "Adolf's bunkum." The 
regard the ousting of the Jews as an exercise in revolutionary 
activity. They are about to do with the Jews as they would have 
been glad to do with the whole middle class, which is not so defenseless.

(Destruction-Rauschning-P- 233-234)

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(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 233-234 cont.)

To Streicher and his following anti-Semitism 
is a splendid stroke of business. and, at the 
same time, a satisfaction of their vile instincts. 
Among the mass of the Germans there is no deep-
rooted anti-Semitism; they have their grudges 
against the Jews, but there are no great [unreadable].

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 233-234)

Hitler, however, believes in the natural wickedness 
of the Jew. For him the Jew is evil incarnate. He has 
made a myth out of the Jew, and has made capital 
out if it; but behind this is a manifestly genuine 
personal feeling of primitive hatred and vengefulness.
 
Explanations of this may be [unreadable] in his 
personal experience, and incidentally, it may be 
that under the Nuremberg racial legislation Hitler 
himself is not entitled to be classed as "Aryan"; 
but the intensity  of his anti-Semitism can only 
be explained by his inflation of the Jew into a 
mythical prototype of humanity. It cannot be said, 
indeed, that he is illogical in this. How own esoteric 
doctrine implies an almost metaphysical antagonism 
to the Jew. Israel, the historic people of the spiritual 
God, cannot but be the irreconcilable enemy of the 
new, the German Chosen People. One god excludes 
the other. At the back of Hitler's anti-Semitism 
there is revealed an actual war of the gods.

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 235)


It was perfectly true, he said, that anti-Semitism 
is a useful revolutionary expedient. He has often 
made effective use of it, and would in the future. 
It was valuable both as an implicit threat to the 
whole middle class in Germany, a class with a 
greatly exaggerated faith in itself, and as a 
warning to the short-sighted democracies.
 
"My Jews are a valuable hostage given to me by 
the democracies. Anti-Semitism propaganda in 
all countries is an almost indispensable medium 
for the extension of our political campaign. You 
will see how little time we shall need in order 
to upset the ideas and the criteria of the whole 
world, simply and purely by attacking Judaism."

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 236)

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Anti-semitism, continued Hitler, was beyond question the 
most important [unreadable] of his propagandist [unreadable], 
and almost everywhere it [unreadable] efficiency. That was 
why he had allowed Streicher, for instance, a free rein. The 
man's stuff, too, was amusing, and very cleverly done. 
Wherever, he wondered, did Streicher get his constant 
supply of new material? He, Hitler, was  always on 
[unreadable] to see each new issue of the _Stuermer_. 
It was the one periodical that he always read with 
pleasure, from the first page to the last.

(Destruction-Rauschning- p. 236-237)

"The new man is among us! He is here!" exclaimed Hitler 
triumphantly. "Now are you satisfied? I will tell you a 
secret. I have seen the vision of the new man--fearless 
and formidable. I shrank from him!"

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 247-248)

Only, when, like old Frederick, king of Prussia, his venerated 
hero and model, he had his wars behind him, could he proceed 
to the actual building up of Germany. Many times he touched 
on these ideas in conversation. And we could see behind his 
outward  resignation the [unreadable] impatience to get at 
last to his real work, the work of the creative statesmen 
and legislator, the pioneer artist and city builder, the prophet 
and founder of a religion.
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 251)

Then there would be something really great, an overwhelming 
revelation. In order to completely fulfill his mission, he 
must die a martyr's death.
 
"Yes," he repeated, "in the hour of supreme peril I must 
sacrifice myself for the people."
 
(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 252)

Hitler is not superstitious in the ordinary sense. 
His interest in the horoscope and the cryptic elements 
in nature is connected with his conviction that man 
exists in some kind of magic

(Destruction-Rauschning-p. 253)

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