Translated from original SS publications. The articles are written by Dutchmen and/or deal with the Dutch, including Dutch history (especially Holland’s ties to the German Reich) and the Dutch role in the European New Order led by National Socialist Germany. The original illustrations are also included.
When the German troops penetrated this petrified world in May 1940, because it had become a dangerous tool in enemy hands, everything one had held to be well balanced and inviolate became unhinged within a few days. Daily routine, business, theory and practice of the state – finally exclusively fed from the western-democratic world of ideas – already melted after brief radiation. The first reaction was a deep disappointment and slackening. As if in a trance, the old generation looked across the channel in the hope that England might still have the power to restore this past world. But now, after two and a half years, this land slowly begins to regain new energies and new security on a more healthy foundation. Especially for a portion of Dutch youth, the step to the new was easier. The fighting of Dutchmen in the Waffen SS proves how this youth understands the turn to the continent. This youth has recognized the impotence and fragility of the western-British system, both in Europe and in East Asia, through the previous course of the war. It sees that Holland’s previous gliding along in the shadow of the British fleet was long nonsense that only hid dangers.
The loss of the Dutch Indies has significantly clarified this development. It makes precisely the Dutch businessman as well thoroughly consider who actually bears the guilt for the difficult tests that have come over the land. Insofar as he still have some instinct, he had to realize that those who have betrayed and left Holland bet on the wrong card everywhere. Such, unfortunately economic, considerations may have made it easier for many Dutchmen to take the new path that opened up in May 1940.
The question about the land’s future naturally greatly interests all Dutchmen. It includes above all the fundamentally new relationship to the Reich. The natural channels must first be slowly opened up again here, which years of systematic agitation from the west had plugged by force. Nonetheless, the Dutchman possesses too much naturalness and inner simplicity not to free himself from such rigidity of earlier times, to not be able to recognize the unnaturalness of western thinking. Nobody in the Netherlands now denies that from the 800 years of shared history countless points of contact with the Reich have again already resulted and will come to the foreground more and more.
A folk that had for decades only thought about preserving its principles for shaping its life begins here and there to learn to see in a European framework.