SS Viewpoint – Volume Six: SS Lead Articles 1942-1943


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.

The life of the man makes it easy for us. Who wants to view it as a mere and hence lapidary coincidence that the creator of Greater Germany was born at the border of both German states, his life beginning with a directing, symbolic start? How should the man who overcame the lethal class struggle have come from other strata than the utterly healthy small peasantry that, timeless and without prejudice, has always been the source of rising clans? Unthinkable that Hitler would have come from upper officialdom, would have enjoyed a one-sided academic education, would have come from the high nobility or the narrow horizons of the metropolitan world of housing projects?

In this life, everything is from one mold. That the need of his youth had to leave a mark, this was just as necessary as he received his first political schooling in Vienna, where the class struggle waged most crassly, where the national passions became most clearly visible, but where in Schönerer’s movement at the same time the new idea to be striven for first announced itself. And who wishes to just see a dispensable coincidence that the Austrian citizen Hitler in 1914 joined the Reich German army, anticipating the fulfillment that many, many years later would first withstand the great test in Narvik?

The corporal Hitler: Was it not an iron necessity that he experienced the war in the grey army of nameless millions? Who other than one of these nameless could politically interpret the experience of comradeship in the following years, discover in it the laws of community that had to one day cover the whole folk?

After the war they were plenty of generals, heroes with great names, experienced politicians, who with far-sight and passionate heart endeavoured to again resurrect folk and Reich. A Ludendorff, a Kapp, a Hindenburg, the many young, unbending Freikorps leaders – they felt hardly less yearning than the unknown corporal Hitler. But, becoming tired, they had to give up the struggle, they stumbled into deep ends, or they subordinated themselves to him in recognition of the limitation of their own possibilities. Why? But none of them came from the world without prejudice, from which one had to come, if one wanted to build anew from the ground up.

In the field hospital of Pasewalk the unknown corporal Hitler made the decision to become a politician and attempt the rescue of the Reich. We know today that it the beginning of a rise unique in world history. But we do not need to forget that back similar decisions had to be made by the hundreds and thousands as well.