Background: The Nazi Party’s Central Propaganda Office, the Reichspropagandaleitung,
published a monthly bulletin for speakers. It was designed to be kept
in notebooks, divided by subject area. This is from the “Enemies
of the State” section, and deals with the United States. The material
was not confidential, though neither was it readily available to those
who were not propagandists. I have a large collection of this material, which can be rather hard to find, so I have posted an index to my collection.
The source: Aufklärungs- und Redner-Informationsmaterial
der Reichspropagandaleitung der NSDAP., 4 (April, 1939), pp. 1/18-
Democratic Apostles of Peace
The Testament of George Washington
On 22 February of each year, the birthday of George Washington,
the political testament of this American national hero is read
to the Congress and the Senate of the United States. As one can
imagine, the purpose of reading of the testament is to remind
the leadership and people of the United States of the thinking
and guidelines of this great statesman and hero of freedom. All
Americans, regardless of their political standpoint, admire George
Washington. There have been times when any attempt by a government
or a president to ignore or violate the directives of the testament
would have lead to an immediate fall.
What are the guidelines?
The first president of the States warned his people against “inveterate
antipathies” against particular nations and “passionate attachments”
for others. He maintained above all that America and Europe have very
different interests and political goals. Washington said: “Europe
has a set of primary interests which to us have no or a very remote relation.
Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which
are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be
unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary
vicissitudes of her politics or the ordinary combination and collisions
of her friendships or enmities. Why forego the advantages of so peculiar
a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving
our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity
in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion
of the foreign world.”
His words are crisp and clear, and their validity has proven
itself as they have been followed over the decades. Following
them was the foundation of the strong and healthy development
of the United States.
In this year 1939 as well, the political testament of the first American
president was read. The current President Roosevelt, however, declined to
play up the day, though in our opinion he has every reason to recall these
One previous president of the U.S.A. violated the principles of the testament
in the greatest and most blatant manner: the war president Wilson. After
a policy of so-called neutralism, which was nothing more than a way to
conceal the most active intervention on the part of the United States
in European events, and which was accompanied by an enormous campaign
of hatred against the Central Powers that was supported by the government
and financial powers, the hour came when America openly intervened in
European affairs by a declaration of war. It sent troops to the battlefields
of France. That president presented himself increasingly as a Messiah
who would bring peace to the old world, a peace as he said of equal rights
and equal obligations. The American people had to accept the results of
their president’s behavior and pay the enormous price. It is still paying
today. Given its location, its natural riches, and vast spaces, etc.,
it should be the richest land one could imagine, yet 13 million of its
citizens are starving and face a future with as little promise as the
present. The nation suffers under a permanent crisis, with the lives of
tens of thousands ruined. Farmers and sharecroppers live in bitter poverty
because they find no market for their crops.
This was the price the American people paid for President
Wilson’s intervention, and that of his warmongering upper class.
Roosevelt’s Tirade of Hated Against Germany and Italy
Today a man stands at the head of the nation who deserves
to be called Wilson II. The first Wilson believed during the
years 1916-1919 that he was Europe’s adviser, and thought it
necessary to incite his people to war in the cause of civilization
and human rights. His successor today, Roosevelt, believes he
has to whip his people up for a war against the authoritarian
states. Only the terms have changed, but the goals are the same.
Wilson “fought” for “civilization” and “human
rights” and against “militarism.” Roosevelt is
“fighting” for “democracy” and “freedom”
and against “authoritarian” states.
Then as now, no means was too bad to incite the people.
We National Socialists have grown accustomed since our takeover
in 1933 to the particular attention of the leading politicians
of the U.S.A., and of the international Jews who stand behind
them. Our defensive measures against international Jewry have
aroused increasing tirades against Germany in America. Sometimes
it seemed as if it would be impossible to increase the flood
of hatred and lies. The past months have shown us otherwise.
Roosevelt’s New Year Address
After leading politicians such as the American Secretary of the Interior
Harold Ickes and Senator Pittman attacked the German government in the
foulest manner, President Roosevelt did even more in his New Year address.
He tried to persuade the American people that world peace was not assured,
and that it was the duty of the American people to defend three vital
principles: those of religion, democracy, and international good will.
Roosevelt did not believe these principles were threatened by Soviet Russia
or Soviet Spain, but rather by authoritarian Germany and Italy.
Millions are dead in Soviet Russia and Spanish priests estimate that
a half million people have been murdered there only because of their faith,
but that is not important and proves nothing. The dead do not trouble
the American president’s conscience, indeed they did not stop him from
being the single world statesman to congratulate the Soviet Russian government
on the anniversary of the Bolshevist Revolution. No other statesman did
this, which explains why no other statesman received such praise from
the Soviet press. The Soviet press praised the “noble efforts of
the great American statesman.”
Roosevelt also ignored the murder of millions of people when
it was called to his attention by a letter from the former Spanish
ambassador in Great Britain, the Marquis de Merry del Wal. The
ambassador told Mr. Roosevelt the following:
Your country’s press tells the world of Your Excellency’s
protests against the “persecution of the Jews” in Germany.
According to the press, you are deeply distressed by these events.
How is it then that the murder and massacre of 400,000 defenseless
men, women and children in Spain has not resulted in the slightest
distress on your part? These unfortunate people did not die on
the battlefields of a civil war. They were torn from their homes
and murdered in public not only because of their political, but
also their religious, beliefs. Their murderers openly declared
their goal of destroying the very civilization that Your Excellency
defends. They have intentionally destroyed thousands of churches
and monuments along with uncounted works of art and private homes.
They have torn the clothes from nuns and revealed them to everyone’s
eyes. They raped women and looted to a degree unknown in the
annals of the Christian era.
Your own ambassador, Your Excellency, against all the laws, norms and
customs of international law, has been forced to live away from the
government to which he is accredited, since as he said his personal
security would otherwise be in danger. I further know, Your Excellency,
that you have received certain proof of my assertions, for I have made
efforts to ensure that you have received reports that support what I
have said. Despite that, Your Excellency, you complain about events
in Germany, events that cannot be compared with what is happening in
Spain and you have not given even the slightest sign of disapproval
at the death of hundreds of thousands of people who have 18 million
fellow believers who are among the best citizens of your country, far
more than the two million Jews.
These people have been murdered solely because of their beliefs. Mr.
Roosevelt, however, has never spoken of a threat to faith or religion.
But they were only believers in a Christian church, after all. Mr. Roosevelt
is conducting a crusade against the authoritarian states under the banner
of religion only because the religious compatriots of his closest friends
have been put in their place in the authoritarian states.
If President Roosevelt believes that he has to take the field
to defend democracy, we may ask where and when we have ever threatened
or attacked democracy. In the past years Germany has done nothing
more than to partially undo the injustices inflicted on it by
the predecessor of the current president of the U.S.A. Germany
has not arbitrarily altered the map of Europe as he did, creating
states against the will of their peoples only for purposes of
power politics. It has only reclaimed its citizens who suffered
a decade long under governments foreign or hostile to Germany.
Germany has also not attempted to extend its borders to areas
to which it had no reasonable claim, something that other statesman,
including Mr. Roosevelt, have done. America’s president has told
us that America’s borders extend to the Rhine, though Germany
has not claimed to border on America. Germany has not attacked
the United States, and has avoided everything that might unsettle
America. One need only recall Germany’s refusal in 1898 to accept
the offer of the President of San Domingo to establish a German
naval base in his country. Germany said then that it had no wish
to come in conflict with the United States. But from the beginning
of the World War, America did all it could to interfere in European
affairs and to support Germany’s enemies by supplying weapons,
credit, foodstuffs, etc., until it finally joined the war on
the side of our enemies and sent its troops against us. Germany
did nothing whatsoever to provoke America’s attack. America’s
involvement is an arbitrary act unique in world history. America
wanted to avoid the defeat of the Allies and their eventual bankruptcy.
It joined the war as the military situation of the Allies became
critical and the end was in sight. Such a defeat would have meant
that the millions America had lent those nations would have been
lost. That is the real story of America’s fight for civilization
and humanity. And one should not forget the 14 Points on which
Germany trusted as it laid down its weapons, but which proved
the worst trap ever a people fell prey to. The brutal consequences
of the Treaty of Versailles demonstrated the nature of America’s
“battle for freedom.”
Finally, Mr. Roosevelt is fighting for “international good will.”
We Germans somehow failed to see any signs of international good will
working for Germany’s benefit. Where was it when Germany in good faith
in the 14 Points laid down its weapons and waited for “peace negotiations,”
or when the enemy states proposed that universal disarmament was dependent
on German disarmament, or when German conditions worsened from year to
year as it waited for foreign assistance? The Führer, too, appealed
to international good will for the equality of Germany with other nations,
and is waiting in vain to this day for international good will to restore
to us our stolen colonies.
The president of the United States spoke of the “sanctity of treaties.”
How many treaties was Germany forced to sign between 1918 and 1933, however,
whose sanctity was found only on the German side? Germany had to fulfill
the letter of the law. For the other side, treaties were sacred only insofar
as they were agreeable (consider the promises of disarmament in the Treaty
of Versailles, etc.).
In the face of such bitter experience, how can the American president,
of all people, be a supporter of “international good will?”
Incidentally, we believe that President Roosevelt, if he wants
to speak of such matters, has more than enough opportunity to
look to his own country, and see no reason why he should poke
his nose into other people’s affairs before order and decency
prevail at home.
The Attitude of the American People
The response on the part of the American people to this New
Year address shows us that they reject the plans of their president.
He was told that he had no business interfering in the affairs
of other countries, and Congress was told to think carefully
before permitting the president to engage in foreign adventures.
A national article asked if America was threatened by Hitler
and if Roosevelt should force the Germans to democracy, something
that has been attempted since 1917. The article concluded with
these words: “Roosevelt is playing with fire.”
Congressman Hamilton Fish gave an even clearer answer. He gave a radio
speech that strongly attacked Roosevelt’s policies and declared that attacks
by the president and his cabinet on the so-called dictators could lead
only to war. All the totalitarian states that the president was attacking
were occupied with their own problems, and would be for years to come.
They had no thought of waging war against the United States or Latin America
(Central and South America). Representative Fish said he could not be
silent when the life, freedom and happiness of his nation were at risk.
The time had come to put a stop to the warmongers of the New Deal, behind
whom stand the war profiteers, communists and hysterical internationalists
who want America to shed its blood and waste its money as the world policeman.
Roosevelt’s policies, Fish said, would lead to American involvement in
every crisis in the entire world.
His speech was supported by the entire American press. It
is also an indication of what the American people really think.
The speech must be emphasized because it puts in words what the
greater part of the American people think.
Roosevelt’s Answer to the Führer’s Speech: New War
Four weeks after the American president threw the entire world into
uncertainty, the Führer spoke to the German Reichstag and the world.
Press reactions to his speech show how much the world appreciated the
words. While war cries continued on the other side of the ocean, the
said that he believed in a lasting peace. The effects of his words on
the rest of the world did not please the American warmongers.
They decided to do something about it. President Roosevelt himself took
action. In a closed session, he told the Defense Committee of the Senate
that the United States must be ready to support England and France in
the event of a European war. The president reportedly even suggested that
definite agreements already existed to this effect. He further proposed
the unrestricted sale of war materials to Western Europe. The only restriction
was that they had to be able to pay for it. When a member of the American
Senate asked how this policy could be squared with the law demanding strict
neutrality over against Europe, Roosevelt replied: “We’ll cross that
bridge when we come to it.”
These revelations naturally were a sensation throughout the
world. The impact was greater than the master of the White House
in Washington wanted. He therefore denied the reports. The force
of his denial was somewhat weakened by excited reports in the
American press in which various members of Congress refused to
be called liars, and furthermore suggested that Roosevelt had
said even more during the session than has been reported. The
force of the denial was also weakened by a cynical article in
a French newspaper that noted that “the strength of the
claim has not been weakened, for it is not a matter of the letter
of the law, but of the spirit.”
Roosevelt was apparently not satisfied by the reaction of the American
people to his comments to the Military Affairs Committee. His visit
in the middle of February to American naval maneuvers in Central America
was a good opportunity to continue his warmongering. Before leaving,
he announced that he “might have to return to Washington earlier
than planned because of threatening developments abroad.” Such
words from the American president naturally led to further tensions
across the world, as did the maneuvers themselves. Roosevelt was embarrassed
by his own State Department, however, which announced that it knew
of no reason why the situation in Europe was particularly threatening.
America is to be Diverted from its Internal Problems
Why is Roosevelt doing all this?
The reason is clear. The American opposition party asked “Why
this warmongering?,” and gave the answer. It claimed that
Roosevelt was using such methods to:
1) to conceal the embarrassing sale of the most modern American
warplanes to France,
2) to divert the attention of the public from unsolved domestic
3) to provide a reason for his premature return (from the
naval maneuvers), which might have some impact on Congress.
We would add a fourth point: Roosevelt is acting as the mouthpiece
and puppet of international Jewry when he attacks the authoritarian
states. They want to use every means to destroy the newly awakened
There will be a presidential election in the United States next year.
People think that Roosevelt may want to run for a third term, or at least
ensure that one of his close party associates succeeds him. He has done
nothing at all to alleviate unemployment, improve the lot of the farmer,
etc. The American people must be distracted from the complete failure
of their president. Roosevelt seems to find no means too foul to accomplish
this end. The only parallel we can see is to the rules of Soviet Russia
or Soviet Spain. They, too, tried and tried to conceal their failures
by unleashing world war. The leaders of the Soviet Union tried to persuade
their people that true communism could only develop after all the other
states of the world were allies of the powers in Moscow, and the Red rulers
in Soviet Spain tried and tried to conceal their governmental incompetence
by unleashing a world conflict. We are not surprised to see the American
president in such company. The real rulers of the Soviet Union and the
Soviet Union are the same as in the United States: international Jewry.
The truth of this claim is confirmed by the behavior of the wife of the
American president. Mrs. Roosevelt, as a sign of her support for the Spanish
Bolshevist rulers, accepted a gift of stolen etchings by Spanish masters.
Mrs. Roosevelt chaired an exhibition of busts of Spanish communist leaders,
made by the Jew Josef Davidson. She also invited the well-known top Bolshevist
Toller to lunch. She surrounds herself with wounded bigwigs of Soviet
Spain, under whose orders 500,000 Spaniards were killed only because they
were faithful to their beliefs and their religion.
We need not wonder that numerous minor satellites circling
Roosevelt attempt to equal, even surpass, their lord and master.
Senator Pittman, for example, believed he could increase his
significance when he told the Senate at the end of December that
the people of the U.S.A. did not like the governments of Japan
and Germany. Since the U.S. public had not been asked its opinion,
and had never had such an opinion, the American people whose
opinion Mr. Pittman claimed to report consisted only of himself.
It was not a very convincing opinion.
This same Pittman was plunged into ecstasy by Roosevelt’s New Year address
and felt it necessary to add something himself. Speaking for himself,
but naturally for the whole country as well, he declared that Congress
was ready to declare moral, economic, and financial sanctions against
the dictatorships, and that the United States would help the democratic
nations in their struggle against the dictators by all means short of
war. The innocent reader might assume that Senator Pittman was against
war. He would not have such an impression if he heard the what Mr. Pittman
considered to be support short of war.
When asked what support “short of war” meant, he
cynically replied: “Why shoot a man when you can starve
him?” Mr. Pittman favors war against innocent women and
children. He wants to condemn a people to starvation in his struggle
for “humanity.” That’s the way American humanitarians are.
The American Interior Secretary Harold Ickes is just like Mr. Pittman.
He has regularly made his opinions about Germany known. He was the one
who, after the Hindenburg catastrophe in Lakehurst refused to supply helium
to Germany, since Germany might attack America with its airships. Mr.
Ickes also made the suggestion that the American post office should boycott
In all these attacks we see the work of the Jews who have particular
strength in the United States. America today is not governed by men
like Roosevelt, Ickes, etc., but rather its fate is determined by the
Jews who stand behind them, Jews like Baruch, Frankfurter, Morgenthau,
etc. They are the real rulers of America, and Roosevelt, Ickes, etc.,
are only their tools. The fact that this is known in America is evident
from a variety of newspaper articles. The New York
Daily News, for example, wrote that “the wave of anti-Semitism in America has
increased significantly in recent weeks and months.” The fact that
the Jew Bernard Baruch, the president’s closest adviser, is called the
unofficial president of the United States is proof of this fact.
But enough of that. We refuse to interfere in the affairs
of other nations. We think that every country gets the Jews that
But we demand the same principle be extended to us. Let Mr. Roosevelt
carry out his reforms and crusades in his own country. He will not live
long enough to do it all. We do not think we have yet seen anything on
the other side of the ocean that is worth imitating. We think it not a
sign of ability, but rather of incompetence, that a nation with such enormous
resources and space, with all modern methods, finds itself in such mass
misery and is unable to do anything to alleviate that misery.
Where would Roosevelt be if he had had to deal with the situation
the Führer faced when he took power in Germany? Mr. Roosevelt
has agricultural resources more than sufficient to feed the country,
yet his people are starving. His country has enormous resources,
yet millions are unemployed. There is only one conclusion to
Let these men say what they want about Germany. We know that
the Führer has taken the proper steps to deal with the future.
He has built us up militarily to the point that anyone will think
twice before attacking us. But he has also shown us the way for
Germany to become increasingly independent of the favor or disfavor
of the rest of the world. That may make others envious. Such
envy and dislike are the real cause for the absurd attacks that
are always being made in America against Germany.
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