translated from eight speeches by Rudolf Hess between 1933 and 1936. These leaders include political leaders of the NSDAP and its auxiliaries – S.A., S.S., National Socialist Motor Corps, National Socialist Students’ Organization, Hitler Youth, German Young Folk, Federation of German Girls, National Socialist Women’s Organization – as well as government officials, representatives of the armed forces and the Work Service. Buy the Full Set
German men, German women, German boys, German girls, who have at this hour come together everywhere in all of Germany in a number of far over one million!
You will, on the occasion of the anniversary of the party program proclamation, jointly take the oath of loyalty and obedience to Adolf Hitler and thus formally before the world confirm what was long self-evident to yourselves, and what most of you have for years already expressed through your actions, often unconsciously.
You swear your oath on a day, which simultaneously for the first time is celebrated as Heroes’ Memorial Day in Germany. We lower the flags for the consecration of this day and remember, before all others and more than ever before, those who lived as heroes and died as heroes. The flags are tilted before the greats of our history, before the fighters for Germany, before the millions of the World War, before those who died as path-paving sacrifice for the new Reich. I name Horst Wessel, because his name became a symbol to us, and in him I remember all those “shot dead by red front and reaction”.
Woe to the folk, which no longer knows an honoring of heroes! It will one day no longer produce any heroes – no longer know them. For the hero, too, emerges from the essence of the folk. A folk without heroes, however, is a folk without leaders, for only the heroic leader is a genuine leader and will stand firm in difficult times. Rise or fall of a folk can be determined by the existence or lack of a hero.
We do not want to forget the mothers, wives, children, who sacrificed their most beloved – often their provider – and bear their fate in silent heroism.
Battle-hard, manly heroism and silent sacrifice of mothers and wives are for us Germans sacred concepts of loyalty. The flags, which we raise again, are the symbols of this loyalty, which for Nordic man are closely bound with heroism.
The hero of Germanic stamp is loyal to the point of self-sacrifice. Be conscious of this, when you swear loyalty on the day of the heroes’ remembrance!
Not only loyalty in the deed, also loyalty in way of thinking is demanded from you. Loyalty in way of thinking often demands no less heroic self-discipline than loyalty in the deed. Loyalty in the way of thinking means unbreakable loyalty; loyalty, which knows no ifs, ands or buts, no recantation. Loyalty in the way of thinking means obedience, which does not ask the use of the command, which does not ask the reasons for the command, rather obeys for the sake of obedience. Obedience then becomes an expression of heroic bearing, if the following of the command results in personal disadvantage for the person obeying or if it appears to contradict his own conviction. It is Adolf Hitler’s leadership strength that in the political organization he almost always works through the strength of his convincing and only seldom commands. He must, however, know that if he commands or has a command given, the command will be unconditionally followed all the way down to the block leader.