Background: The Nazi Party depended heavily on speakers to get its message across. Those speakers needed to be informed. This newsletter for speakers from June 1942 has a number of interesting instructions. How to deal with the fact that Soviet prisoners and civilians were proving to be good workers in Germany? How should they be treated? What are the Jews up to? These instructions were translated into thousands of speeches given throughout the country.
The source: Redner-Schnellinformation, Lieferung 35, 15 June 1942. The original is held by the Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dortmund.
Advice to Speakers
I. How to treat Soviet workers in the Reich
A variety of observations give occasion to discuss the use of captured and civilian Soviets in the German war economy. Two principles should be emphasized:
Unfortunately, typical German hyper-objectivism often influences judgments of Soviet workers. Our people’s comrades regularly make the mistake of judging foreigners by their own standards of feeling, experience, and thinking. They believe that foreigners see with the same eyes and receive the same impressions as we do. They believe that the hearts and souls of people from other races have the same perceptions that they are used to. They call that objective judgment. In reality it is stupidity, spiritually short-circuited thinking.
They think that since they feel unhappy abroad, they must have particular pity and concern for each foreigner here.
They believe that since the Soviets have been enslaved and oppressed by Bolshevism for decades, they have a “missionary task.” Growing closeness and then affection and similar harmful nonsense flow from such feelings.
It is, therefore, necessary to stress that any close contact is a severe crime against our German people because it endangers our security, opens our front to betrayal, and poses a serious threat to our victory through enemy sabotage and espionage.
1. Rewards for good work.
2. Is praise for Soviet skilled workers justified?
3. Do the Soviets have better equipment?
II. Human raw material?
In this regard, all speakers are instructed to avoid the expression “human raw material,” which has been often heard recently. Phrases like “the most important raw material today is a person” are to be strictly avoided. For the National Socialist, a person is not raw material, since he may not be valued according to the democratic concept of a “resource.” We can leave that to the plutocrats who send their precious little sons and daughters to boarding schools like Eton, Harwich, etc., but see all other productive people as plebeians. Or to the Jews, who cynically and crudely incite the peoples to bloody war, then earn richly from the human misery they have caused, sucking their very blood. That is also reserved for Stalin’s Jewish paradise. There, a terroristic Jewish clique cares nothing about people, but rather reduces the lives of millions to decay, ruin, and misery.
For us National Socialists, the person is holy because of his inherent racial worth and nature. Our brave soldiers, our devoted workers, our caring mothers, and our loving wives are never part of a mass, but rather always the reason for our battle, our labor, and our entire lives.
III. Senseless rumors about future cuts in rations.
Certain circles reveal their “political insight” by stupid talk that contributes to discord among our people. Those subversive forces seem to want to make a profession of influencing the great courage and calmness of our popular morale through continual grousing and making things look bad. These people know very well that they are harming German domestic morale through such chatter and apparently think that that is extraordinarily valuable work. It is doubtless valuable in the eyes of the enemy. We, however, want to see to it that such creatures increasingly disappear from our community, or at least stop talking.
Their current favorite theme is “coming reductions in rations.” They talk about unavoidable shortages in supplies, of meatless summer months, and other such nonsense.
All of these rumors are obviously inspired by our enemy. The German supply situation gives no cause for such prophecies. As far as we can currently see, at least up to the coming fall and a new harvest, no further cuts will be needed. As a result, no responsible office has spoken about such things, so that evil intentions are the only source of these rumors.
All propagandists and speakers are instructed to combat energetically such statements and chatter and point out how contemptible such nonsense is.
IV. The Jews worry about their fate.
A Reuters dispatch of 8 June from New York shows how much this war serves Jewish interests:
“The exiled leaders of Jewish communities from areas currently under the influence of the Axis powers have founded an association for the affairs of European Jews.
This association is to work out plans to assure Jewish rights for reconstruction after the war. The association has 75 members. Each represents Jews who have emigrated from Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, France, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia.
A conference of leading Jews concluded that each coming armistice and each future postwar treaty must contain provisions abolishing all anti-Semitic measures. Furthermore, all Jewish refugees must have the right to return home and must get their property back, or be compensated for it. And there must be legal guarantees against any form of discrimination against the Jews.”
This announcement needs no additional commentary. The speaker should strongly criticise this Jewish conspiracy against a reasonable peace in Europe.
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