Translated from three speeches by Rudolf Hess between 1935 and 1936. Buy the Full Set
The first speech was directed at the German workers shortly after the proclamation of the re-introduction of compulsory military service. The second speech was delivered at the Reich Peasant Day in 1935. The third speech “to bread-winners and consumers” covers, among other issues, the problem of shortages.
Here is an Excerpt:
Nobody can today dispute any more that the manual labourers feels absolutely equal in worth in the National Socialist state and in the eyes of all of his folk comrades. [Applause] I know that this idealistic side of the National Socialist success is more important to the German worker than the material improvement, as much as he must wish for that as well. And nothing honors the German worker more than the fact that he most of all wants to be recognized as equal in worth. [Thunderous applause]
It was the great guilt of the earlier Marxist worker leaders that they degraded the worker before the other folk comrades through the constant emphasis on the, for us overcome, concept “proletarian”. The guilt of the leaders of the bourgeoisie and other strata was that they artificially promoted their class consciousness and class arrogance and – with reference to the emphasized proletariat of the others – for their part widened the chasm in the folk.
We have bridged over the chasm, we have erased class concepts, and we will be sure that they never again awaken to new life! [Thunderous, protracted applause]
Just as the NSDAP has always consciously designated itself as worker party, whereby its concept of worker encompasses everybody who performs work, so has it since the rise to power done everything to promote among the folk respect for work in every form. On May 1, the “Day of National Work”, this respect is demonstrated to everybody and each year everybody is reminded that work is an honor and everybody’s work is honored. The day of opposing, embittered class hatred of once has become the day of the joyous bond of all productive people of our folk.
The understanding for the German worker and the respect for him were born in the shared struggle and shared suffering at the fronts of the World War. It is no coincidence that the first National Socialists were front-fighters and that, above all, the Führer himself stood at the front in the long years of the war as a common man among folk comrades from all strata. Although he had himself as a common labourer at a construction site once become acquainted with the difficult work and the often so hard lot of manual labourers, during the good and bad hours he shared with many a German worker in the trenches, in the bunkers, in quarters, in combat and on rest, he gained full consciousness that he is just as good a German as any other folk comrade. He became conscious that the German worker, if it was necessary, took action for the whole with total self-sacrifice, although there are many among them who owned nothing in the material sense, which was worth defending – and nonetheless, they took action with incredible self-sacrifice. [Applause] It must be emphasized again and again: The German worker did his full duty in the great war. [Thunderous applause]