translated from the Third Reich original Horst Wessel: Leben und Sterben. It includes a short biography, memories of him written by his comrades, three S.A. fighting songs written by him (We Wear on Our Brown Uniform, Edelweiss Song and the later National Socialist party anthem the Horst Wessel Song also known as Raise the Flag), two poems about him, and two accounts of this death by his nurse and by his doctor as well as 23 photographs. His comrades memories include the beginning of his famous storm-troop five, marches and debates, the S.A.’s first marching band and the S.A.’s first “visit” to the communist-infested Fischerkietz, combating red terror in Berlin and jubilation at the NSDAP Party Day in Nuremberg in 1929. (Note: This book is essentially a new translation of the same material in the old, discontinued item #057.)
“We see very much pain and suffering here, and we didn’t know back then, who Horst Wessel was, did not suspect that this name would one day be known throughout the world. Nonetheless, through his nature he made a strong impression on all of us even back then. Despite his horrible suffering, his image was never complaining, one noticed how we held himself together like iron, rebelled against his fate.
“We who have had to see so much death will never be able to forget not only the hero, rather also the suffering Horst Wessel.”