Background: This is a chapter from a 1927 Nazi book on the Nuremberg
party rally of that year.
The source: Alfred Rosenberg and Wilhelm Weiß, Reichsparteitag
der NSDAP Nürnberg 19./21. August 1927 (Munich: Verlag Frz. Eher,
1927), pp. 5-8.
The National Socialist
Opening and Overall Impression
It was a good idea to hold the third National Socialist party rally in
the old imperial city of Nuremberg. It is a city that was at the center
of German history during the great period of the Middle Ages, but also
one that threatened to become a fortress of Marxist mass insanity during
the 20th century. From 19 to 21 August, it was therefore a symbol that
the freedom fighters of the coming German national state will not allow
sites of Germany’s glorious past to become playgrounds of the Jewish-Marxist
denial of all the values of the German people. The reception the marching
National Socialist columns received was refreshing. It was as impressive
as only a mass meeting can be at which the great ideals of the German
freedom movement are welcomed by the hearts of the enthusiastic German
The meetings of the party rally, joined by mass participation from the
German-minded population of Nuremberg, displayed a unique and powerful
The party rally began on Friday, 19 August, with the arrival of the delegates
and the first participants, greeted by the tested NSDAP leader of Franconia,
Comrade Streicher, and other Nuremberg party members as they entered Nuremberg’s
walls. They came from all parts of Greater Germany, from the stolen territories,
Czechoslovakia, the occupied Rhine, the Saar, German-Austria, Berlin,
the Ruhr, from the north and the south. On foot or bicycle, on motorcycles
or in trucks, they had rushed here to participate in the great gathering
of the German freedom movement. The Nuremberg population enthusiastically
greeted the Brown Shirts and National Socialists. The entire city was
talking of what was to come. Swastika flags hung from many private dwellings.
The participants were greeted with the colors black-white-gold, white-blue
and red white (Nuremberg’s city colors). Everywhere there were shouts
of “Heil” and meetings of old acquaintances from past German
As one left the entrance tunnel and entered the main railway
station hall, there was a large banner with the words: “Reich
Party Rally of the National Socialist German Workers Party from
19 to 21 August.”
Party orderlies with arm bands met the mass of party comrades
that grew with each arriving train.
The housing office had its hands full. The mass arrival was
handled smoothly, thanks to the exemplary preparation and organization
of the party rally, carried out primarily by S. A. Leader Captain
von Pfeffer, charged with the task by the party leadership, and
the Nuremberg local group and its experienced staff.
The party leadership was headquartered at the Hotel “Deutsche
Hof.” Here and at the Cultural Union Building, things were
in full gear during the entire rally.
The real work of the party rally took place at numerous special
meetings in the various rooms of the Culture Union Building as
well as other places in the city. These began at 4 p.m. Even
these special meetings on various aspects of National Socialist
activity were filled to overflowing. They were characterized
by lively and energetic discussion by nearly all the party’s
leaders and early fighters. These various special meetings created
the foundations for National Socialism’s spiritual mass march.
Everywhere one saw the same picture: the discussions took
place under Adolf Hitler’s spiritual leadership, whose name,
whether spoken or unspoken, guaranteed the fundamental unity
of every debate.
Adolf Hitler was greeted enthusiastically wherever he went.
Other party members in attendance included the National Socialist
parliamentary representatives Gregor Straßer, Dr. Frick,
Count Reventlow, Gottfried Feder, Dr. Artur Dinter, Dietrich
(Franconia), von Mücke, Stöhr, Haake, Dr. Buttmann,
Adolf Wagner, Holzwarth, etc. Other party comrades who were active
include A. Rosenberg, Dr. Goebbels, Schwarz, Dr. Ley, Captain
Loeper, Hildebrandt, Mutschmann, Kaufmann, Munder, etc.
Also present were Representatives Jung and Krebs from the
National Socialist Party of Czechoslovakia, as well as a representative
By early Saturday morning, the streets were filled. Special
trains filled with Brown Shirts from every corner of Germany
began arriving at 7 a.m. The arriving National Socialist columns
from Berlin, Vienna, and the Ruhr received the particular greetings
of the throngs gathered in the square outside the station. Besides
these three special trains, others came from Halle, Zwickau,
Dresden, Munich, Augsburg, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Regensburg, and
many other cities. At least a third more arrived than had applied
in advance, and by afternoon the large mass quarters were filled
to the last bed. More than 8,000 S.A. Men were in the Luitpold
Hall alone, 2,000 in the Büsing Garage, 2,500 in the Volksfest
Hall. Numerous smaller facilities capable of housing up to a
thousand men had to be added. Arriving units marched immediately
to their quarters, each accompanied by its own band. They were
greeted enthusiastically by the Nuremberg populace. All day long
the streets were filled with the marching brown battalions of
awakened German lovers of freedom.
The Culture Union Building was decorated with large swastika banners,
visible from afar. Saturday afternoon, the delegate’s meeting under Adolf
Hitler’s leadership began. This large hall, holding 3,000 was beautifully
decorated. Large swastika banners hung from the galleries and the large
stage was decorated with green and gold wreaths and swastika flags, with
our huge symbol in the background!
The powerful mass meeting that was the center of the National
Socialist Freedom Movement was held here.
By 11 a.m., hundreds and hundreds of delegates from all parts
of the Reich filled the hall. The mood was expectant and solemn.
This was no ordinary party rally of the type all too familiar
in the German Republic. Party rallies are held all over Germany
today wherever the representatives of an old era think it necessary
to keep their distrustful followers in line by flooding them
with rhetoric about “a generation grown old in security.”
Here in Nuremberg things were different: It was the mass meeting
of a generation that has nothing more to do with Germany as it
is today. It has burned the bridges to a social order that deserves,
today or tomorrow, to be destroyed. This spirit is alive in the
speeches of all the leaders of the National Socialist Party,
a spirit filled with faith in the future and in the victory of
the National Socialist idea of freedom.
That is what distinguished this National Socialist delegate’s
conference from all similar gatherings. There was no room for
the usual party conflicts. From first to last one sensed a solemn
spirit of responsibility for the appearance and honor of our
The delegates rose to remember the dead of the movement and
its martyrs as the festive music of the “Netherlands Hymn
of Thanks” filled the hall. No one failed to be moved by
the deep solemnity of this powerful moment.
The united picture of the event was enhanced by the presence
of all the leadership on the podium. The delegate’s congress
was a united, powerful and unified mass meeting that did not
fail to have its impact on the numerous guests of honor.
As impressive as the opening itself was the impressive conclusion to
the Congress late on Sunday afternoon. As the columns of the National
Socialist Freedom Movement marched to music through the streets of the
city, filling Nuremberg with a festive atmosphere, the Congress meeting
in the Culture Union Building, filled to the end to the last seat, reached
its high point. The list of speakers itself was impressive. Representatives
Dr. Frick, Dr. Buttmann, and City Councilman Fiehler reported on the
parliamentary activity. Party comrades Count Reventlow, Feder, Dr. Dinter,
and Dr. Goebbels discussed German foreign policy, the general corruption
in political and economic life, the racial question, and issues of National
Socialist propaganda. Finally, party comrade Rosenberg spoke on the
international situation, laying the spiritual foundation on which
Adolf Hitler would build his concluding remarks. The congress joined
in a powerful manifesto of German freedom and in a mass meeting for
the leader of German freedom. When Hitler concluded the entire hall
rose to its feet in a storm of enthusiasm. For all present it was a
moving experience to see the leader and his followers, the will and
the idea, the movement and the masses, joined together in unbreakable
unity. The swastika is the living symbol of that unity.
The Nuremberg party rally of the National Socialist movement was a new
and powerful victory of German thinking on freedom. It showed that this
idea has taken deep root in the German people, and that no power in the
world can destroy it. National Socialism is marching. It marched in Nuremberg
in spirit and in deed, with the strength of its idea and the columns of
young Germany. The songs and the tread of the swastika’s battalions will
find an echo throughout Germany!
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