Background: Hermann Esser was one Hitler’s early followers, and
second perhaps only to Julius Streicher in crude Jew-baiting. The opening
chapter of his 1939 book The Jewish World Plague gives a good example
of his style. He finished this edition of the book in January 1939, two months
after the anti-Semitic violence of 9 November 1938. Esser feels no sympathy.
He suggests the Jews only got what they deserved. The rest of the book
continues along similar lines. This is tough material to translate in
a way that conveys the style of the original. The book was first published before 1933.
The source: Hermann Esser, Die jüdische Weltpest (Munich:
Zentralverlag der NSDAP, 1939), pp. 9-12.
The Jewish World Plague
by Hermann Esser
Fundamentals of the Jewish Question
The treacherous murder of the young German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in
the office of the German embassy in Paris on 7 November 1938 by a 17-year-old
Jew named Herschel Grünspan is rightly viewed by the entire German
people as a contemptible sneaky attack on Adolf Hitler’s new Greater Germany.
Eighty million people were touched in the depth of their being; justified
outrage erupted. According to their own figures, the Jews, who had been
living very well among the German people for centuries, were worth a total
of 8 billion marks. When the Reich government required them to pay a penalty
of a billion marks, the Jewish-democratic world press howled as if Jews
in National Socialist Germany were starving and going to the dogs.
Each German reads with fury what foreign journalists, paid
by and working for Jewish money, write about Germany’s domestic
Still, one is surprised that even today one occasionally finds
citizens who feel sorry about the money the Jews had to pay,
and who in their pubs or family conversations speak about the
“poor Jews.” These attitudes prove that, despite constant
National Socialist education about the Jewish world plague, there
remains much to be done, particularly among the “intellectuals.”
The knowledge of the Jew must be brought to every attic and
every corner of Greater Germany, the knowledge that the Jew was
a world plague from the beginning, remained so for millennia,
and will forever remain one.
Each Jew individually, and Jewry as a whole, is without a home. Jewry
undermines every people and every state that it infiltrates. It feeds
as a parasite and a culture-killing worm in the host people. It grows
and grows like weeds in the state, the community, and the family and infests
the blood of humanity everywhere.
In brief, that is the pestilential nature of Jewry, against
which every people, every state, every nation must, should, and
wants to defend itself if it does not want to be the victim of
this bloody plague.
Wherever Jewry has appeared, it has never built anything.
It has always and everywhere destroyed or torn down, sucking
others dry to fill itself. From the days of the Romans to our
day, Jewry in every century, in every people, was and remained
a foreign body, a destroyer of real and ideal values, a denier
of any upward progress, a plague for body and soul. It sneaks
in through deceit and treachery, trickery and slyness, murder
and assault, understanding how to establish itself.
Throughout history the poets and philosophers, the leaders
of industry and science, the leading lights of art and culture,
statesmen and economists whose blood was not infected by the
Jews, have warned against the Jew in every century. They proclaimed
openly and clearly what he is: the plague. From Tacitus to Schopenauer,
from Giordano Bruno to Mommsen and Treitscke, the intellectual
heroes of every age have called the Jew the demon of decay, the
ferment of decomposition, as the misfortune of the peoples or
of humanity. In the New Testament, the Jews were in Christ’s
words the “sons of the Devil.”
Jewry is the embodiment of materialism, the epitome of sensuality,
of greed, of dishonesty, of selfishness, of heartlessness, and
the lust for power.
Over the centuries, Jewry has infiltrated every nation and every people,
committing with crime after crime. Today it is on top, tomorrow at the
bottom, without honor or a sense of honor. It has but one thing: a greedy
lust for possession and power, for fame, for suppressing and enslaving
the surrounding world. The cultured peoples, both today and in the past,
create and build, proving their worth as the creators and advancers of
culture. Jewry was and remains only the corrupter and destroyer of culture.
Everything healthy and great is rooted only in the national. The foundation
of a state and the fundamentals of a culture can only be national. Jewry
can never be great, can never create culture, for it is not a people,
but rather only a corrupt mixture of inferior desert tribes with no national
life or longing, with no proud and famous past. Jewry has always lived
from day to day, not from labor but amassing earthy treasures as its first
goal. Even Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob received this revelation upon leaving
“I shall lead you to the land of your fathers and give
you large and beautiful cities that you did not build, and houses
full of things that you did not gather, and fallen trees that
you did not cut, vineyards and olive groves that you did not
plant, and you will eat and be satisfied (Deuteronomy 6:10ff.)
Just as the Jews conquered their “Promised” Land, so it has
been with the Jews over the years down to this very day. They come as
“foreigners,” as “beggars,” slinking and groveling,
with false humility and dishonest respect. Once they have swindled their
way to something, they become thieves and bloodsuckers, either openly
or in secret. They turn into thieving and murderous Bolshevist hordes
for their host peoples. That happens everywhere.
Jewry has shown itself to be the thief of the material possessions
of the host peoples, as a destroyer of culture and as a parasite
everywhere and in every way from the dim past through the present
day. The double face of Judah grins through the millennia.
The Jew bewitches and exploits the gullible, the ignorant, the trusting.
He reserves for himself all the advantages of Mammon and capitalism, wealth
and treasures, all the joys and pleasures of life. Yet for 3,000 years
the Jew has complained about oppression and persecution, about hatred
and prejudice against him. But the Jewry has gathered and swindled the
world’s money. The Jews are so oppressed and enslaved that around 17 million
of them have gathered about 200 billion marks.
One can hardly speak and write about “poor” Jews.
The history of every age and nation proves, page by page and
chapter by chapter, that Jewry always and everywhere has been
a homeless racial mish-mash, a world plague. It has remained
a world plague to this day and will remain a world plague for
all eternity. That is its “chosenness” from all the
peoples of the earth, a “chosenness” of destructive
pestilence for the world and for mankind.
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