Background: This is the conclusion of Philipp
Bouhler’s 1938 textbook on the history of the Nazi Party, intended
for use in the schools.
The source: Philipp Bouhler, Kampf um Deutschland. Ein Lesebuch
für die deutsche Jugend (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP., Frz.
Eher Nachf., 1939), pp. 105-107.
The Battle for Germany
Conclusion: The Victory of
by Philipp Bouhler
Worldviews are responsible for the major changes in human history. Men
who create, carry and proclaim worldviews become immortal. Individuals
with brilliant minds develop a picture of what could be from the confusion
of the world around them, and give it visible form.
One name stands out amidst the darkness and misery leading
to Germany’s rebirth: Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler and National
Socialism are one and the same. The Führer and the movement
he created are the dynamic forces that made the impossible possible.
They rescued Germany from the edge of the abyss and gave it a
new face, its true face.
The greatest thing about this powerful man is this: he believed.
He believed in Germany when everything was falling apart around
him: the proud and powerful Reich of Wilhelm II along with its
army, its economy, its finances, and all concepts of loyalty,
honesty, decency and order.
He believed in the German worker whom he saw trapped in a
web of error and confusion. They were not the cause of the Marxist
nonsense, but the victims of foreign rabble-rousing.
This unknown man believed in his mission, and this faith drove
all his deeds. There was not a single hour when he did not feel
the inner fire that drove him on though days and sleepless nights
over the years, overcoming every obstacle, every deception, every
His faith in his calling was firm and unshakable. He knew
that his genius and ability would bring him to lead the German
people, to build a state that would tower over the coming centuries.
This faith is the power that spread to each of his followers.
It alone explains the enormous idealism that enabled thousands
and thousands of his followers to bring sacrifices and endure
privation for so many years.
That is the only way to understand the miracle: First Adolf
Hitler believed in Germany’s resurrection, then a handful of
men who were ready to stand by him through thick and thin. The
small group grew to a party, to a movement, first slowly, then
faster and faster, until it became an avalanche that grew into
a movement of millions, a people’s movement. After fourteen years
it rolled over all of Germany!
The deed was not the beginning. Nothing great happens in the
world that is not at first a thought. In the beginning is the
thought, and the faith that moves mountains turns it into action.
The lonely, strong thought stands against hard physical reality.
A world of will and imagination attacks a world of reality and
overthrows it. The calculations of the accountants and the narrow-minded
thinking of bureaucrats cannot stand against the idea of a genius
who obeys the truths of eternal laws!
The National Socialist revolution is a revolution in the truest sense
of the word, for it is no mere change of cabinet that simply makes alterations
in an existing system, rather a transformation of all areas of German
life. It all occurred without bloodshed, without violence of any kind.
It followed logical laws, it grew organically and without any apparent
compulsion. Only where the fate of the nation was at risk were individuals
ignored, for the community good is more important than individual good.
The foundation of the National Socialist state is trust. One
can maintain a government for a time that ignores popular feelings
by using bayonets and machine guns. Woe to such a tyranny of
terror, however, when it weakens! When it stands before a difficult
decision and must recognize that its roots are not in the people,
that no one is ready to give his all for it.
No government in the world rests on such a firm foundation
as Adolf Hitler’s Germany, none has such love and loyalty for
its leader and such blind confidence in its government’s decisions
No other people supports its leader with the 99% that the
German people displayed in the election in 1936.
There is also no other country in which the government’s actions
have had the success of Germany’s. The consistent application
of a clear program and the realization of high ideals have led
to health and prosperity for the whole people.
The National Socialist government of Adolf Hitler has accomplished
great things. Much remains to be done, and what the present generation
cannot do will be finished by the youth.
They will do it because they are filled with the spirit of Langemarck
[a World War I battle],
the spirit of the men of the Feldherrnhalle [site
of Hitler’s 1923 Beer Hall Putsch], and the spirit of
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