SS Viewpoint – Volume Nine: Wife and Family


Translated from the SS newspaper Das Schwarze Korps, select articles from 1941 to 1945. Each volume is focused on a specific theme. If you enjoyed our SS Culture and SS Creed series, you’ll enjoy this series as well.

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Each SC volume has 40-51pp.

“I want to also give you an example that will deeply move you. When I studied in Tr., I was, as you will remember, often with acquaintances. They had a son. He married just before war. He wanted to have children only after the war. He fell in Russia. – His young wife will forget him. His parents are grieved to death. And then? Do you know what his parents said, crying, when they met my wife and my little daughter at my parents’, at Easter?

“‘If our good boy had just left behind a child for us, we would want to live for his child. But now our life no longer has any meaning!’

“Yes, Herta, when it is about the genuine meaning of life, then reason no longer speaks anymore. Only blood still speaks! Try to comfort such parents with reason! We will have to realize that they think too naturally to let reason – in this sense – hold valid. Then our little, logical reason does not speak, rather the natural reason of flowing life! And you see, Herta, based on this reason I want to use the saying “the clever man takes precautions” only positively, that means, only when this man passes along his blood, his life, as long as there is still time for it.

“I know that I have said a lot and in the process – in order to be as clear as possible – spoken many a harsh word. I do not have to fear that I have been misunderstood. But I hope very, very much that I have converted you, converted you from your intention! That I have succeeded in convincing you howurgent it can be to still want a child or at least to have the firm will to do it! Perhaps you now also understand your brother Herbert. He has now found the women who according to his heart is the one with whom he wants to live and with whom he wants to pass along his blood, even if he should die.

“The man who loves his wife also trusts his wife to raise their shared children and to make decent people out of them. I am far from wanting to evade responsibility for child-raising, but I have boundless faith in my wife that she will find and take the right path. And if there should someday be an obstacle that she believes she cannot overcome alone, then she will find advice everywhere. It does not even have to be the right advice. But any bad advice will find a positive echo in her, just like our thoughts are often fertilized not by the good, rather in healthy defense against the bad come to the good.