by Kurt Pastenaci. Translated from the Third Reich original. Brief, but well illustrated, portrayal of Nordic Germanic man’s prehistoric spread throughout Europe and beyond. Includes a look at his architecture, artisanship and basic religious views.
The last great ice age that had covered the north of our continent to about the line Hamburg-Thorn with its glacier masses was long since past. The soil of our homeland gradually began to assume the shape and appearance that are more familiar to us, the scattered, dark pine forests are mixed with hazel and birch, yes, even the oak penetrates ever farther toward the north, and along with linden and elm forms the first closed primeval forest. The climate was warmer than today, around 5,000 B.C. it had reached a post ice age high point with a temperature of about 3 degrees above our present average.
Around this time (5-4,000 B.C.) a human group becomes distinct in Northern Germany and Southern Sweden that has the very greatest significance for our folk and the history of all mankind: the Nordic race. Its ancestors lived for tens of thousands of years as hunters in a rough, inhospitable nature in the narrow ice free stretches between the glaciers of the Alps and the ice masses of the north. These millennia did not pass without leaving a mark on it. The life at the edge of the ice zone had a decisive and inextinguishable effect on the shaping of the traits of the Nordic race. Its members owe to the struggle with the “inhospitableness of the environment” “the escalation of their mental energies”, their “sense of planning”, “their talent for technology and mastery of nature”, but, above all, their heroic, fighting view of life.
Together with their closest neighbors, the people of Falish race [fälische Rasse], soon much mixed with them, in the Late Stone Age (3,000 to 1,800 B.C.) they become the bearers of both Nordic cultures. As comparative linguistics, race science and prehistory have proven, they are to be equated with Indo-Germanic man or the Aryans, who finally filled all of Europe, in Greece and Italy shaped the great formations of antiquity, wandered to Asia, founded the mighty empires of the Persians and Indians, and put their stamp on the culture and morality of all of mankind. Research proves today that the foundations of the European culture of the present did not come from the south or even from Asia, rather that they developed among us here in Northern and Central Germany.