Translated from original SS publications. The articles deal with some, not all, of Germany’s southern provinces as well as other German settlements in southeastern Europe. These include Swabia, Styria, the Danube river valley, the Sudetenland, Bohemia, Moravia and Transylvania. The original illustrations are also included.
One can indeed probably start with Swabia, when one speaks of the Reich. The land between Iller and Black Forest, Tauber, Neckar and Lake Constance, viewed historically, is downright classic Reich soil. The plateaus of the so-called Swabian Alps support almost next to each other three Kaiserberge[mountains]: Rechberg, Stuifen and Hohenstaufen. And long before the history of this present province of the Greater German Reich became the history of a narrowly bordered German homeland landscape, this area was the core land of the medieval German Imperial power of the Hohenstaufen, which takes its start with the Swabian king Friedrich III., who in 1152 as the first Swabian Kaiser became German king and through this episode elevated German Kaiserdom to European importance, which then in 1268 again sank with Konrad in Italy. The National Socialist Greater German Reich is strong and solid enough to do justice not only to the eastern territory policy of Heinrich the Lion, rather also to the Italian policy of the Staufen Kaisers. As deep as the tragedy of these practically conflicting interests was, we today very much understand a Kaiser Friedrich Rotbart, who realized that he could only changethe world, if he assured the back then greatest spiritual power, namely the papacy. With this Kaiser the sober sense for reality and high-flying idealism, two traits that somehow always unite in Swabia, had become a formative force. With the Kaiserdom of the Swabian Hohenstaufen Germany had – in practice and in accordance to its claim – taken responsibility to the whole world back then; that means that already back then the central European region, shaped and led by a high intellect, had already grown into its natural geopolitical leadership role in Europe.
Precisely due to the breadth of vision which our Greater German Reich today necessarily opens tp us, we can more justly respect the unprecedented historical accomplishments of this province. History is the teaching of relationships. It is no wonder that the poet and visionary centuries later emerged from the same classic soil that foresaw the coming of a European order from German space, namely Friedrich Schiller, who uttered the words: “Every folk has its day in history, but the day of the Germans is the harvest of the whole time.”
Every province of the German Reich has made its contribution to this Reich. The Swabian contribution is certainly not the smallest in significance. Seldom is encountered elsewhere in the Reich the union of an idealism that cannot be destroyed by any disappointments with such a downright fanatical sense of reality as precisely in Swabia. Aside from poets and thinkers like Schiller, Hölderlein, Uhland, Mörike and Jauff, aside from the philosophers Schelling and Hegel (who created a philosophy of the Prussian state!), stand important technicians and scientists like Friedrich List (who built railways in America and “in the background always envisioned his plans only for Germany”), Zeppelin, Daimler, Mauser, Voith, Robert Bosch, Dornier, Heinkel, Maybach and Hirth, and the astronomer Johannes Keppler and the physicist Robert Mayer sprouted from the same tribe. One only has to mention these names in order to hint at the whole world range of this typically Germany region. The history of certain Swabian families is a downright stirring proof of our doctrine of eugenics. From a few family trees in Swabia each century has produced a whole series of geniuses, thinkers, philosophers, poets and technicians. Even after the decline of medieval German Imperial power, this region produced politicians and good soldiers. One must not forget that the book-dealer Johann Philipp Palm, who was executed by Napoloen’s henchmen in Braunau, was a Swabian from Schorndorf. Finally, the cradle of the Hohenzollern stood in Schwabia. Ludendorff’s evaluation of the Swabian soldier is known in his war memories, in which he says that “every contingent has good and bad troops, but the Swabians have only had good”. That should not make conceited. But precisely the history of this province shows that the greatest wealth of ideas is wasted and finally a folk perishes, if the greater German space does not give it the energy for realization. Hence the fact that precisely the most important Swabian inventors and thinkers could only find their full manifestation outside the province. Hence also on the other side the tragic fate of so many Swabians who had to find room in foreign lands where they could realize their ideas. It is known that the Swabian province provides the proportionately largest contingent of foreign Germans.
Now the Reich idea, which had never died out in Swabia, has become reality. And as long as a strong, healthy peasant stock and a healthy, homeland-bound base of workers lives and works in this so rich in landscape province, in the wineries, in the fertile river valleys, on the heights of the Black Forest, on the plateaus of the Alb and on shimmering Lake Constance, so long will the blood wellspring also not dry out that will again and again give the Reich new men of deed and of thought.