Background: This is a pamphlet outlining Nazi racial theories.
It seems to have been intended primarily for members of the SS, though
the copy I am working from carries the stamp of a school library. The
book also suggests a plan for covering the content of the booklet in eleven
class periods, indicating it was intended for use in the schools.
The source: Der Reichsführer SS/SS-Hauptamt, Rassenpolitik
(Berlin, 1943 [?]).
Chapter 1: Racial Thinking
“I speak prophetically. Just as the discovery that the
earth moved around the sun led to a complete transformation of
the way people looked at the world, so too the blood and racial
teachings of National Socialism will change our understanding
of mankindís past and its future.”
(The Führer before the Reichstag on 30 January
The development of German culture has not followed a steadily
rising course. Decades of no growth are followed by periods of
slow but steady progress, then new ideas suddenly appear that
transform our culture in fundamental ways. A new view of the
world opens up, giving us entirely new ideas of our nature and
our environment that can only gradually be investigated. They
give our people the opportunity for new growth, new flowering,
The 15th and 16th centuries during the Middle Ages were a period when
the Nordic spirit found characteristic expression in the Copernicusís
teaching that the earth revolved around the sun. The earth, which formerly
was thought to be the center of the universe, became a small planet that
was just as subject to the harmony of eternal laws as the course of the
stars. The former world of appearances collapsed, and the Nordic spirit
opened the door to a new scientific worldview. As a result of his revolutionary
discovery, the worldview the Medieval Church had so successfully built
to control peopleís minds gradually fell apart over the following centuries.
Todayís scientifically-based worldview freed us from the spiritual domination
of the priesthood. We owe to it our great advances in technology, the
sciences, and economics.
Today we are in the middle of another revolutionary epoch.
Revolutionary scientific understandings of genetics and race
have found political expression in the National Socialist world
view. Once again a world of appearances collapsed, which had
concealed from our eyes the true nature of humanity and the connections
between body, soul, and spirit. The foundation of the Christian
worldview is the doctrine of the separation of body and soul;
the soul and spirit belong to a world independent of the physical,
free of natural laws, and they are even to a certain degree able
to free the human body from its natural setting. It is a major
shift when racial theory recognizes the unity of body, soul and
spirit and sees them as a whole that follows the eternal laws
of nature. A new epoch is coming, one perhaps even more revolutionary
than that resulting from Copernicusís work. Ideas about humanity
and peoples that have endured for millennia are collapsing. The
Nordic spirit is struggling to free itself from the chains that
the Church and the Jews have imposed on Germandom. And it is
not only a spiritual battle, for it finds expression in National
Socialismís struggle for power, as well as in the todayís battlefields
to the east and west. The coming victory will bring a fundamental
change in our view of the world, and opens the way for Nordic
mankind to a new and greater future.
The Enemies of the National Socialist Worldview and their Doctrine of
the Equality of Humanity
The Christian Church taught the quality of humanity from the
beginning, and realized it in the areas it dominated. The Jew
Paul was above all responsible for the idea, despite his pride
in his pure Jewish ancestry. He won the inhabitants of the Roman
Empire for the new faith. The Roman Empire experienced considerable
racial mixing, which encouraged the rapid spread of the doctrine
of racial equality. Anyone could become a Christian, whether
Roman, Greek, Jew, Negro, etc. As Christians they were all the
same, for the important thing was that they belonged to the Church
and accepted its teachings. The only differences that counted
were those between believers and unbelievers, and between priests
and the laity within the Church. Since all men were created in
Godís image, all needed to be won for the Church. The goal is
a unified humanity united in an all-encompassing Church led by
the priests. The clearest expression of this comes in Pope Pius
IXís statement on 29 July 1938: “One forgets today that
the human race is a single, large and catholic race.”
This religious doctrine did not come from the native religion
of a race or of a racially pure people. It developed in the Orient
during a period of racial chaos from the most varied cultures
and found its final form under Byzantine influence.
Caption: Does the same
soul dwell in these differing bodies?
Being absorbed into the Christian community and receiving Christian education
did nothing to change or improve the nature or life styles of the various
peoples, however. They were only rendered uncertain of their true nature,
meaning that foreign influences interfered in areas where only blood should
speak, for example the relations between men and women, spousal selection,
the relationship between family and people, indeed in relations to foreign
customs and life styles. In over a thousand years, Christianity has not
succeeded in raising the cultural level of Negroes or South American Indians.
But the Church has built walls where none should exist, for example those
between Germans of varying confessions. And it has torn down walls that
nature established by blessing marriages between Aryans and Jews, Negroes
and Mongols. It took millions of valuable people from their god-ordained
roles in the peopleís community and put them in monasteries or the priesthood.
Its doctrines are responsible for the fall of races, peoples and cultures.
The healthy instincts of the German peoples resisted its foreign teaching
from the beginning, or tried to give it its own stamp. Nordic people fought
against it for centuries. Meister Eckhard said over 600 years ago: “The
divine is in me, I am a part of it; I can recognize Godís will without
the help of priests.” Luther told Christians to listen to themselves
and act according to their consciences. But the tragedy of the Reformation
is that began as a German revolution, but ended in a battle over dogmas,
and Luther finally bound the conscience to the Jewish teachings of the
Bible. Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and many other scientists began the
battle between modern science and Church dogma, The Nordic scientific
spirit can only accept as true that is in accord with science and experience.
Today even the once immovable Church is asking questions about the equality
of humanity. The National Socialist worldview, based on the knowledge
of the laws of inheritance and the inequality of the races, will succeed
in overcoming this ancient false teaching and return the German people
to its native worldview.
The French Revolution (1789) introduced Europe to a new guiding idea,
summarized in the phrase “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood.” It
was an uprising of racially inferior elements who took over ideas that
in part had entirely different racial origins, and could only be perverted
by them. The Jews had a decisive influence. Like the Church, liberalism
taught that all people were equal, that there were no value differences
between the races, that external differences (e.g., body type, skin color)
were unimportant. Each person, regardless of race, might be a hero or
a coward, an idealist or a materialist, creative or useless to society,
militarily able, scientifically able, artistically gifted. The environment
and education were the important elements that made men good and valuable.
If one provided the proper environment and freed people from their chains,
the peoples would join to develop their abilities in a unified humanity,
and eternal peace would result. Therefore liberalism demanded equality
for all, the same opportunities for everyone, in particular the Jews,
equality and freedom in the economic sphere, etc.
We Germans have seen where such doctrines lead. Liberalism
tore down the structures that held races and peoples together,
releasing the destructive drives. The result was economic chaos
that led to millions of unemployed on the one side and the senseless
luxury of economic jackals on the other. Liberalism destroyed
the peopleís economic foundations, allowing the triumph of subhumans.
They won the leading role in the political parties, the economy,
the sciences, arts and press, hollowing out the nation from inside.
The equality of all citizens, regardless of race, led to the
mixing of Europeans with Jews, Negro, Mongols, and so on, resulting
in the decay and decline of the Aryan race.
All that Nordic civilization had won from the powers of darkness
in the areas of culture, science, and freedom was threatened at
the instant when the Jews and other inferior elements gained
power. European domination of the
world collapsed as the result of the World War, and the best of the German peoples, the Germans, faced the danger of decline. Adolf Hitler
alone rescued Germany and all of Europe from this fate.
The most dangerous opponent of our worldview at present is
Marxism, and its offspring Bolshevism. It is a product of the
destructive Jewish spirit, and it is primarily Jews who have
transformed this destructive idea into reality. Marxism teaches
that there are only two classes: the owners and the property-less.
Each must be destroyed and all differences between people must
be abolished; a single human soup must result. That which formerly
was holy is held in contempt. Every connection to family, clan
and people was dissolved. Marxism appeals to humanityís basest
drives; it is an appeal to subhumans.
We have seen firsthand where Marxism leads people, in Germany
from 1919 to 1932, in Spain and above all in Russia. The people
corrupted by Liberalism are not able to defend themselves against
this Jewish-Marxist poison. If Adolf Hitler had not won the battle
for the soul of his people and destroyed Marxism, Europe would
have sunk into Bolshevist chaos. The war in the East will lead
to the final elimination of Bolshevism; the victory of the National
Socialist worldview is the victory of Aryan culture over the
spirit of destruction, the victory of life over death.
The Jews were behind the teachings of equality by the Church,
Liberalism and Marxism. They were the first and most fanatic
proponents of the idea. The Jew Paul spread the Christian doctrine
of equality. Freemasonry dominated the intellectual world of
the French Revolution, and Liberalism grew out of Freemasonry.
The Portuguese Jew Ricardo, the “father of classical national
economics,” is the prophet of the liberal economic theory
of free trade and economic piracy. The foundation of Marxism
and Bolshevism is “Das Kapital,” by the Jew Mardochai
How did the Jew gain this destructive power over the European
peoples? The Jews are a mixed race. The essential characteristic
that separates them from all other races and peoples is the instinct
for parasitism. The Jews themselves are most clear about this.
Karl Marx, the author of “Das Kapital,” says: “What
is the essential trait of Jewry? Practicality, self interest.
What is the culture of the Jew? Haggling. What is his god? Money.”
The Jewish philosopher Spinoza said: “What we require is
simple: that we control everything necessary for our own good.”
The parasitic nature of the Jews is clear in its ability to
adjust to the host peoples. A characteristic example is the relationship
of the Jew to language: Even before our era the Jewish people
had changed its language several times. Wherever they went, they
took on the host language, though they were generally unable
to conceal their racial additions.
Yet the Jews are one of the most racially conscious peoples. The laws
of the Old Testament and the Talmud strongly prohibit marriage with Gentiles.
Leading Jews have always stressed the importance of race and racial purity.
Even the Soviet Union, otherwise opposed to race, had passed measures
to protect Jewish blood. The most familiar statement comes from the Jew
Benjamin Disraeli (originally d’Israeli, later Lord Beaconsfeld), the
longtime British prime minister: “No one may be indifferent to the
racial principle, the racial question. It is the key to world history.
History is often confusing because it is written by people who did not
understand the racial question and the aspects relevant to it... Race
is everything, and every race that does not keep its blood from being
mixed will perish. . . Language and religion do not determine a race
blood determines it.”
His parasitic nature led the Jew to hold his own race pure,
and to strike other races at the core of their being, their racial
nature. Only when a peopleís racial purity has been destroyed
is the Jew able to develop freely and without restraint. Disraeliís
political policies prove that many Jews consciously work to destroy
racial purity. He made Queen Elizabeth Empress of India, creating
an opening in England for oriental life styles. He misled the
English people with the notion of an Oriental Empire, thereby
dulling and falsifying English racial instincts. The Jew also
betrayed the peoples of Russia with images of heaven on earth,
leading to race mixing to a vast degree, greatly speeding up
a process of decay already in progress. The Jew could realize
his plans for world domination only when Russia had become weak,
without instincts, without culture. That is how we understand
Mommsenís description of the Jewish people as the “ferment
of decomposition.” As a result, there can never be peace,
but only combat, between the Jew and racially aware peoples.
Europe will have defeated this threat only when the last Jew
has left our part of the planet. The Führerís words at the
beginning of the war will be fulfilled: The German people will
not be destroyed in this war, but rather the Jew.
The Racial Question as the Decisive Question for our People
Whenever the existence of a people is threatened, the foundation of their
development and rise becomes important. The history of every great nation
shows a clear idea of its uniqueness and a rejection of foreign races.
This attitude is as innate in people as it is in animals. This becomes
problematic only when peoples disobey god-ordained laws, when the destructive
ideas of equality destroy their instincts, when racial mixing develops.
It is then usually too late to turn around, and the decline of the peoples
can no longer be stopped. Warning voices were raised in the 18th and 19th
centuries when Liberalism began to destroy the peoples of Europe. Gobineau
recognized with sure perceptiveness the danger of race mixing. H. St.
Chamberlain followed him, as did many others, above all F. K. Günter,
who wrote The Racial Nature of the German People.
We owe these Nordic scientists this revolutionary knowledge:
Humanity is not equal. Just as plants and animals are of different
types, so, too, are people. Each of these types inherits certain
characteristics, which distinguish it from all other types, from
all other races. Racial differences are physical, spiritual, and
intellectual. The most important differences are in the spiritual
and intellectual areas, in life styles. Racial science is further
supported by advances in genetics. Nordic scientists probed ever
deeper into the secrets of life and nature. Gregor Mendel was
the first to discover the laws of genetics, opening the way to
understanding one of Godís greatest secrets, the nature and continuation
Genetics tells us that characteristics are passed unaltered
from generation to generation, and that spiritual and other characteristics
are inherited along with physical ones. The environment can only
influence what is already present in the genes. Unlike animals,
a person does not have a single environment, but also lives in
the cultural world of his race and people. This too determines
the development of his inherited traits. His culture comes from
his inheritance. Therefore, the race to which we belong determines
the life we are born into, and the life we pass on.
Races differ not only in their natures, but also in their
values. Some races have great creative gifts, others over the
centuries never raise themselves above the most primitive level.
Think of the fruitful plains of the Ukraine, and imagine what
German industry and German ability could have done with them!
Compare them with the sandy soil of Mark Brandenburg. The smallest
village there displays a culture that towers over Bolshevismís
model cities and collective farms.
Caption: A Russian Village
in the fertile Ukraine, a German farm on land wrested from the
The environment does
not form people... People form the environment.
The accomplishments of the Nordic race are the highest of
any race in Europe. This is shown in many splendid cultural monuments,
not only on European soil, but also deep in Asia and Africa.
The investigations are at an early stage, but we already know
that there is hardly a nation in North Africa, the Near East,
Iran, India and as far as Turkestan that does not show wonderful
evidence of Nordic cultures. It must fill us with pride that
in our own homeland, in Germany, culture has bloomed in unbroken
lines for more than 5000 years, created by people of our blood,
our nature, our ancestry.
Race is the Decisive Force in the Life of the Peoples
Race is the decisive and molding force in the life of the
nations. Language, culture, customs, piety, traditions, life
style, but also laws, governmental forms and economies, the whole
variety of life is racially determined.
Only racially higher peoples are creators and bearers of a
high culture. Only they determine the course of events. Inferior
races have no history. They lack the necessary ability, the ability
to master their own fate. Only racially advanced peoples have
this ability. Races that do not have the courage to make history
have no history. The life of a people does not develop mechanically,
nor does it develop steadily. It is a constant struggle with
nature and the environment, and above all with other peoples.
It is an eternal battle, an eternal struggle. There is no unified,
gradual development of all peoples to a common goal. Cultures
rise and fall, and peoples vanish without others being able to
build on their foundation. Each people has unique racial elements
that determine its life style and culture, elements that only
it can develop and fill with new life.
Peoples are creative and significant only as long as they
preserve and keep pure their racial inheritance. The decline
of a peopleís culture is always the result of race mixing and
a decline in racial quality. Any change in the racial makeup
of a people leads to a change in its nature and its culture.
If the race that gave a people its nature is debased by mixing
with foreign and inferior races, the peopleís culture will perish
and can never again be restored to full life.
A philosophy that assumes human equality and teaches that
all of humanity is part of a common, step-by-step process of
development, is an error or else a conscious lie. There is no
common development of all of humanity. The results of all serious
investigations provide evidence against this viewpoint.
Human history is the history of peoples.
The history of peoples is racially determined. It is racial in nature.
It is equally false to think that cultures, like individual
organisms, follow the laws of growth and decline, that every
culture must eventually perish. History provides many examples
of peoples that endure for millennia, reaching ever new levels,
as long as they maintain their racial purity. Only those peoples
perish that ignore their culture, that act against the law of
blood, that do not maintain the purity of the leading and guiding
Since the rise or fall of a peopleís culture depends above
all on the maintenance, care, and purity of its valuable racial
inheritance, every responsible statesman must be concerned with
racial policy, and do everything possible to maintain the purity
of the racial inheritance for the future. Adolf Hitler was the
first statesman in history to recognize this and base his policies
on it. The world-spanning war that the German people are waging
under his leadership is the battle of the Nordic Race against
the forces of chaos and racial decay. It is decisive for the
future of our Germanic culture, for the purity of the racial
elements that make our culture, and for the fate of Europe as
The Triumph of Racial Thinking
The new scientific understanding of the importance of blood
for the existence of the German people and its culture did not
win without a struggle. Our peopleís thinking was misled by the
forces of the Church, Liberalism, Bolshevism, and Jewry. Only
the victory of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist worldview enabled the German people to think racially. The worldview
appeals to the Nordic blood inheritance of each German. We have
it to thank for the enormous progress of our people after 1933,
and for the unprecedented triumphs of its army in building a
new order in Europe and the world. Destroying Jewry will remove
the final cause that led to the decline and fall of Europe and
When National Socialism took power in Germany, most citizens
did not understand the revolutionary significance of racial science
and genetics. The victory of racial thinking in so short a time
is astonishing. Scientific knowledge often requires decades,
even centuries, so enter a peopleís thinking. The worldview
Adolf Hitler developed, based on these incontrovertible scientific
results, enabled the greater part of our people to be persuaded
of the correctness and decisive significance of racial thinking.
Even in other parts of the Germanic world where the influence
of Liberalism has been the strongest and most persistent (Sweden!),
people are realizing the historical significance and value of
common Nordic blood and the importance of keeping it pure. They
recognize that even today the North Germanic peoples are endangered.
The other peoples of Europe too, above all our allies, are
recognizing the importance of racial thinking. A racial manifesto
of leading Italian scientists in Fascist Italy on 14 July 1938
affirmed racial thinking clearly. The seventh of ten points is:
“It is time for Italians to openly affirm racial thinking.
Italian racial policy must be Italian in nature, and follow the
Point 8 said:
“It is necessary to make a clear distinction between
the Mediterranean peoples of Europe on the one side and the Oriental
and African peoples on the other.”
Point 9 said:
“The Jews are of non-Italian blood.”
Point 10 added:
“The pure European physical and spiritual traits of the
Italians may not be altered. The pure European character of the
Italians will be changed by mixing with any other non-European
race, which is the carrier of a culture other than the ancient
This racial manifesto clearly recognizes the biological differences
between the human races, and draws the necessary conclusions
from that scientific knowledge. It is not a mere imitation of
National Socialist thinking. Its significance is that a second
great power, building on its own scientific foundations, recognizes
the significance of racial thinking and sees maintaining the
purity of its good blood as its most important task.
Practical measures soon followed the manifesto. An example
was the fall 1938 law that banned marriages between Italian citizens
and the colored (“Colonial subjects”).
Each of Europeís peoples must return to the source of its
existence and affirm its racial uniqueness if it is to be renewed
in the way the German people has been under National Socialism.
In recent years, most European peoples have found the will to
protect their racial purity against mixing. The Jews are increasingly
excluded from economic life, and marriages with Jews are forbidden.
Examples are Slovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Croatia, and Bulgaria.
Halfway solutions always prove useless. When any kind of back
door is left open, the Jew gets around the intentions of the
lawmakers. European nations are increasingly coming to the realization
that the Jewish question can be solved only as a racial question,
and that only racial thinking consistent with natural laws can
guarantee the life and characteristics of the individual peoples.
Adolf Hitler introduced a new era in the history of Europe and
the world. A new world is rising. The barriers of centuries are
falling. Empires are declining and a new order under the leadership
of the young peoples is rising. The spiritual revolution of our
age is just as significant. The spiritual and political boundaries
have probably never been clearer than they are today. The lines
are clear everywhere. The Second World War is a struggle between
two worldviews and two ways of life. Our enemy hates us because
we have recognized that the single raw material that cannot be
replaced is the raw material that the German people have more
of than any other people on earth, our good blood, which is our
Nordic inheritance. They hate us because they know that we hold
the key to victory, to our future, and to the eternal Reich of
Chapter II: Race and People
Several quotations from this chapter:
Chapter III. The Tasks of Racial Policy
“The human soul does not exist independent of the body,
as the Church teaches. Body and soul are an inseparable unity.
The living body is the manifestation of the soul.”
“Each manifestation of the people depends on the individual and
the family. The heath and vitality of a people and the extent and degree
of its culture depends on whether there are sufficient racially valuable
groups. The individual and the government have a common task, which
they can only meet together: keeping these racially valuable groups
and families pure. Adolf Hitler has led the German people to the realization
that the Nordic race is the most creative, valuable race on earth. It
has determined their nature, their culture, and their history. Therefore,
caring for the valuable Nordic blood is their most important task. Each
of us has a role. A consciousness of our proud ancestry must be the
guiding force in our behavior. We do not want to be the last of a millennia
old advanced culture that ends with us, but rather ‘members of an unending
chain extending from our most ancient ancestors to our distant grandchildren’
This chapter deals with factors that
threaten racial purity, including declining birth rates, the
tendency of “inferior elements” to have more children,
and racial mixing.
The rest of the book deals with the specific
role of the SS in maintaining the Aryan race, including an interesting
decree from 1942 by Heinrich Himmler that orders last surviving sons serving
in the military to return home, father a son, then return to the front
as rapidly as possible.
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