I Know These Dead

Adolf Hitler der Kristos speech, Munich, 8th November, 1927.

“I know these Dead – almost all of them – personally. As they look down from the great beyond, I know that there is only one reward for their deeds and sacrifice, and that is not speeches but work, not memorials but battle. We must continue the mission…to strengthen the movement and take the word to the farthest German hamlet. We have to take our great ideas to every factory come what may…despite persecution and abuse, always keeping…the image of the new Germany, of a new Reich in our hearts – just like our kamerads dreamed of it four years ago…This is the only thanks that we can give to our dead…And the day will come when we…can build earthly memorials to our kamerads who were the first to die. And then we will inscribe the words in stone: “To the true sons of the German Volk, who died when the nation was at its lowest ebb. They died for their belief in a new, sacred German Reich.”

An epitaph for the Volksgemeinschaft…. For those who follow the true Kampfzeit…His speech here is so profoundly religious…But at the same time, so pragmatic…Ultimately it is Mysterious…His vision is of a New Reich, something entirely new, and he feels a great desire to convince others of this vision, whom he considers to be his brethren, all of Germany he considers to be his brethren, his kindred, he is thus selfless, there is no ambition, no personal want, just a selfless drive to create something that does not exist, that is the opposite of all he sees in the world, but he is convinced that this is for the benefit of all, and he sacrifices himself for this aim.  There is nothing in the fake annals of chronological fraud that can compare with this man….As it was prophesied “he ransomed his life for the many.” He says that the new Reich is in his heart, for he is a wandering poet with a dream in his heart…

I wrote in Third Reich Pilgrim that trying to understand Hitler is like wrestling with God… I am wrestling with God…I use these words because I have only these words to use, and these words feel like the charcoal ashes of an old camp-fire, like eating ashes. There were memorials built for those first heroes who died, but now they are all in ruins and abused…What one man can do, the masses of devils can very easily destroy…And betray. To Hitler, the Reich is “sacred”, it is a sacred thing, a dream and a vision, that only a few can see, but in his idealism he believes in the unity of the vision, for he is a unity, and so he cannot comprehend division. He fights against all division for his unity, yet he is in a divided world where unity cannot exist. So therefore those who believed in the unity of the sacred Reich – died. But he urges that the missions must continue nonetheless, until death. Then, even his own speech he humbly downplays as being insufficient – only work and battle are meaningful – the “Deeds of the Dead” whom he knows, personally, as if he is the Dead, he is the voice of the TotenVolk!

Photo of illustration depicting the dead of November 9th, Feldherrnhalle, Munich, from an exhibition at Wewelsburg Castle, 2016.


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