German Propaganda Archive Calvin College


Background: The is a continuation of the Wochenspruch der NSDAP page for 1937-1941.

Weekly Quotation Posters of the NSDAP

Page 2: 1942-1944

1942. May the new year increase the strength, determination, and endurance of our people, and above all give it the strength to fight for victory, and for the peace that Germany brings to all who are of good will. Dr. Goebbels.” (#1, 29 December 1941 - 4 January 1942)

Only brave peoples have a secure existence. Arndt.” (#2, 5 - 11 January 1942)

National Socialism is highest soldierly bearing in all ways of life. Hermann Göring.” (#3, 12 - 18 January1942)

The greater soul of the hero must be an example to the highest and the lowest in all situations. Frederick the Great.” (#4, 19 - 25 January 1942)

Without the victory of the swastika, there would be no German army today, much less any German honor or German freedom. Hermann Goering.” (#5, 26 January - 1 February 1942)

“From the oath of the German soldier: ‘Great achievements in war and peace come only from an unshakable fighting community of leader and the troops.’” (#6, 2 - 8 February 1942)

When the fatherland is at stake, nobody has rights, everybody has only duties. Wildenbruch.” (#7, 8 - 14 February 1942)

To be German means to do something for its own sake. Richard Wagner.” (#8, 15 - 21 February 1942)

When this war is over, I will return as an even more fanatic National Socialist than I was before. Adolf Hitler.” (#9, 22 - 28 February 1942)

Hermann Göring. The soldier Adolf Hitler has forged a sharp German sword. The military leader Adolf Hitler uses it to strike victorious blows.” (#10, 1 - 7 March 1942)

If I demand sacrifice from the German people, even if necessary the supreme sacrifice, I have the right to do so, for I am today as ready as I was before to make any personal sacrifice. Adolf Hitler.” (#11, 8 - 14 March 1942)

Sacrificing one’s own life for the community is the crown of all sacrifice. Adolf Hitler.” (#12, 15 - 21 March 1942)

The Lord God has never helped the lazy, nor does he help a coward. Adolf Hitler.” (#13, 22 - 28 March 1942)

If the Germans stand together, they can drive the Devil from hell. Bismarck.” (#14, 29 March - 4 April 1942)

This is our oath: Every hour and every day to think only of Germany, of its people and Reich, of our great nation. Adolf Hitler.” (#15, 5 - 11 April 1942)

Let us look this great age straight in the eye. Ernst Moritz Arndt.” (#16, 12 - 18 April 1942)

Oath to the Führer: ‘We often heard your voice and listened silently and folded our hands, as each word reached our soul. We all know that one day, we will be free of poverty and oppression. What is a year? Can a law hinder the pure faith that you have given us, and that pulses through our young lives? My Führer, you alone are the path and the goal!’ From ‘The song of Loyalty,’ by Baldur von Schirach.” (#17, 19 - 25 April 1942)

What the homeland achieves must some day withstand the test of history. Adolf Hitler.” (#18, 26 April - 2 May 1942)

Germany will not perish as long as it believes in its great historic mission. Hindenburg.” (#19, 3 - 9 May 1942)

We may not doubt that the fate of Europe for the coming millennia is being decided. Adolf Hitler.” (#20, 10 - 16 May 1942)

The heart of a mother is the most beautiful and the surest place for the son, even when his hair is already gray, and for everyone there is only one such place in the universe. Adalbert Stifter” (#21, 17 - 23 May 1942)

War demands the greatest effort from the solder, and the greatest willingness to sacrifice from the homeland. Adolf Hitler.” (#22, 24 - 30 May 1942)

Be true to your people and serve it with your full strength. Konstantin Hierl.” (#23, 31 May - 6 June 1942)

May the German nation never forget that the hardness of a people is never shown when the leadership has visible successes, but rather in times of apparent defeats. Adolf Hitler.” (#24, 7 - 13 June 1942)

The German people and its soldiers today are not fighting only for themselves and for their era, but for the coming, even most distant, generations. Adolf Hitler.” (#25, 14 - 20 June 1942)

There is no better way of thanking our soldiers for their courage than to help to heal their wounds. Adolf Hitler.” (#26, 21 - 27 June 1942)

He who fights has rights. He who does not fight has lost his rights. Inscription on the Reval city hall.” (#27, 28 June - 4 July 1942)

He who seeks to escape his duty has no claim to be a people’s comrade. Adolf Hitler.” (#28, 5 - 11 July 1942)

Each working hand helps us to win.” (#29, 12 - 18 July 1942)

Generosity and friendship are never signs of weakness, but of spiritual superiority. A little generosity from person to person is better than a general love of humanity.” (#30, 19 - 25 July 1942)

Hard and without pity as we were in our struggle for power, so will we also be in the struggle for the preservation of our nation. Adolf Hitler.” (#31, 26 July - 1 August 1942)

People, help yourself, and then God will not deny his help. Adolf Hitler.” (#32, 2 - 8 August 1942)

Just as the whole people, without exception, will enjoy the successes of this war, so must the whole people, without exception, share in its burdens. Dr. Goebbels.” (#33, 9 - 15 August 1942)

He who wants to suffer nothing at home must be ashamed before the heroes of battle. Ernst Moritz Arndt.” (#34, 16 - 22 August 1942)

Not the lukewarm and the neutrals make history, but rather people who are willing to fight. Adolf Hitler.” (#35, 23 - 29 August 1942)

To gain great successes, one must take risks. Moltke.” (#36, 30 August - 5 September 1942)

10 September — — Bloody Sunday in Bromberg: ‘When light battles with darkness, there can be no peace, only a struggle between life and death until one or the other is destroyed.’ Dietrich Eckart.” (#37, 6 - 12 September 1942)

Everything that serves victory is important to the war effort; everything that hinders or delays victory is a crime against the security of the people. Dr. Goebbels.” (#38, 13 - 19 September 1942)

Only he has the right to criticize who can better solve the problem. Adolf Hitler.” (#39, 20 - 26 September 1942)

Speak clearly and openly, and when one has a friend, march with him to the end. Mussolini.” (#40, 27 September - 3 October 1942) This one is interesting — it is the only one I have seen by a non-German.

What the German farmer has accomplished in recent years is unique and unprecedented. Adolf Hitler.” (#41, 4 - 10 October 1942)

Disloyalty once defeated our people. Loyalty will once again save it. Adolf Hitler.” (#42, 11 - 17 October 1942)

He who had no children knows no sorrow, but he who dies without children knows no joy.” (#43. 18 - 24 October 1942)

Courageous initiative and rapid action are usually half of success. Dr. Goebbels.” (#44, 25 - 31 October 1942)

No people on this earth has more reason today than the German to look to its future with confidence. Dr. Goebbels.” (#45, 1 - 7 November 1942)

The fatherland may demand any sacrifice. Theodor Körner.” (#46, 8 - 14 November 1942)

Just as in the past, the heaviest burden in this battle of all our soldiers is carried by our unique infantry. Adolf Hitler.” (#47, 15 - 21 November 1942)

We gaze into this fall and clear winter not with the hope that the storm will pass by our home, but rather that we may withstand it. Gorch Fock.” (#48, 22 - 28 November 1942)

Labor honors the woman as well as the man, but a child ennobles the mother. Adolf Hitler.” (#49, 29 November - 5 December 1942)

England’s policies are neither decent, nor admirable, nor dependable, but rather their primary characteristic is hypocrisy. Bismarck.” (#50, 6 - 12 December 1942)

Only a people that keeps its heart pure and hard will win the victory of the sword. Johannes Linke.” (#51, 13 - 19 December 1942)

We belong to the generation that strives to rise from darkness into light. Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe.” (#52, 20 - 26 December 1942)

Only composure and a strong heart bring victory. Goebbels. “ (#1, 27 December 1942 - 3 January 1943)

It depends not on the best, but rather on you doing your best. Arndt.” (#2, 4 - 10 January 1943)

We do not want to leave to our children and to our posterity what we ourselves can do. Hermann Göring.” (#3, 11 - 17 January 1943)

When the fatherland is in danger, he who has any thought but to rescue it is unworthy to live in a free state. Klinger.” (#4, 18 - 24 January 1943)

We conquered the German Reich in battle, and in battle will we preserve and defend it. Adolf Hitler.” (#5, 25 - 31 January 1943)

The strength of men shows itself not on the evening after victory, but rather when the sun does not shine. Adolf Hitler.” (#7/8, 14 - 21 February 1943)

Do more than duty demands!” (#9/10, 21 February - 6 March 1943)

A great cause is not won by half measures. The greatest prize demands the highest effort. Theodor Fontane.” (#11, 7 - 14 March 1943)

What one does not surrender, one has not lost. Schiller.” (#13, 22 - 28 March 1943)

In the long run, no enemy can stand against hard work. Rosegger.” (#14/15, 28 March - 10 April 1943)

Readiness is everything.” (#16/17, 11 - 30 April 1943)

No one in Germany today thinks of a rotten conmpromise. The whole people thinks only of total war.” (#18/19, 26 April - 9 May 1943)

When making a great decision, if one does not break something, if one does not ignore certain considerations one loses his life, but never achieves anything. Moltke.” (#20, 10 - 16 May 1943)

Mother’s Day. God has sancitifed mothers’ hearts to the sacrifices of a great age.” (#21, 17 - 23 May 1943)

The flag must stand even if the man falls. Alfred Leo Schlageter.” (#22, 24 - 30 May 1943)

The arch shows its strength only when it bears a load.” (#23, 31 May - 5 June 1943)

The individual must and will die, but the people must endure. Adolf Hitler.” (#24/25/26, 6 - 26 June 1943)

[The German National Library collection includes a slip noting that because of war conditions, a number of issues have failed to appear. These probably include issues #27 - #31]

If we remain brave and loyal, victory will be ours in the end. Dr. Goebbels.” (#32, 1 - 7 August 1943)

One must demand the impossible to achieve the possible. Moltke.” (#33, 8 - 14 August 1943)

He who doubts victory does not deserve to belong to our community. Dr. Goebbels.” (#34, 15 - 21 August 1943)

We do not talk about peace, we fight for it! Dr. Goebbels.” (#35, 22 - 28 August 1943)

“Adolf Hitler: Strong nerves and iron determination are the best guarantees of success in this world.” (#36/37, 28 August - 11 September 1943)

The more men and women put themselves as the disposal of the war effort, the harder the Führer will be able to strike back. Dr. Goebbels.” (#38, 12 - 18 September 1943)

Success in the end will only come for him who stands fast and never loses his nerve. Adolf Hitler.” (#39, 19 - 25 September 1943)

There are times when taking the greatest risk is the greatest wisdom. Clausewitz.” (#40, 26 September - 2 October 1943)

The peasant’s pride has a good foundation, for the peasant is the people, is the bearer of culture, is the preserver of the race. Hermann Löns.” (#41, 3 - 9 October 1943)

We must think in terms of the ages, not of the moment. Adolf Hitler.” (#42, 10 - 16 October 1943)

I have seen that, with courage and strength of will, one overcomes all. Scharnhorst.” (#43, 17 - 23 October 1943)

In our will is victory. Jahn.” (#44, 24 - 30 October 1943)

My faith is the love of my people. Ulrich von Hutten.” (#45, 31 October - 6 November 1943)

Strong hearts bring victory.” (#46, 7 - 13 November 1943)

In general, thinking together is always necessary, chattering together is not. Gottfried Keller.” (#47, 14 - 20 November 1943)

We want to work and fight as if our lives were daily at risk. Dr. Goebbels.” (#48, 21 - 27 November 1943)

In everythng you do and do not do, in what you speak and keep silent about, remember that you are a German. Dr. Goebbels.” (#49, 28 November - 4 December 1943)

Discipline is the most important virtue in war, whether at the front or at home. Dr. Goebbels.” (#50, 5 - 11 December 1943)

If the times become hard, we Germans will become harder.” (#51, 12 - 18 December 1943)

Salvation (Heil) does not fall from heaven. It must be seized. Eichendorff.” (#52, 19 - 25 December 1943)

As long as I breathe, I will not give up. Eichendorff.” (#53, 26 December 1943 - 1 January 1944)

Anything is possible in this war, excepting only that we ever capitulate. Dr. Goebbels.” (#1, 2 - 8 January 1944)

Remember always that you are a child of the bravest and hardest-working people on earth, that must bear much misfortune and sorrow to reach its goal. From the War Articles of the German People by Dr. Goebbels.” (#2, 9 - 15 January 1944)

Nothing is too valuable to be sacrificed for freedom. Dr. Goebbels.” (#3, 16 - 22 January 1944)

Each suggestion that comes from the enemy is an attack on our war moral. Dr. Goebbels.” (#4, 23 - 29 January 1944)

He who would rather die than lay down his weapon cannot be defeated! Stephan Ludwig Roth.” (#5, 30 January - 6 February 1944)

No great heroes in world history have not withstood the hardest burdens. Adolf Hitler.” (#6, 6 - 12 February 1944)

German people, whatever comes, we will master it. At the end, there will be victory. Adolf Hitler.” (#7, 13-19 February 1944)

“Dr. Goebbels: All that we possess we fought for, earned, and built up as a free people. Without freedom, it would lose its meaning, its purpose, but also its very existence.” (#8, 20 - 26 February 1944)

In the hour of fate of our people, the homeland has the same slogan as the front: hardness and faith. General Dietl.” (#9, 27 February - 4 March 1944)

The more one has sacrificed and is sacrificing for the war, the more fanatically one must believe in victory, working and fighting for it. That gives a sacrifice, even the heaviest one, its meaning. Dr. Goebbels.” (#10, 5 - 11 March 1944)

Everything can be achieved through steadfastness and determination. Prince Eugen.” (#11, 12 - 18 March 1944)

There is but one sin: cowardice.” (#12, 19 - 15 March 1944)

I want to seize fate by its throat. I will never bend before it. Beethoven.” (#13, 26 March - 1 April 1944)

The heavier the tasks a people faces, the higher the level to which it will climb. Lagarde.” (#14, 2 - 8 April 1944)

The Wochenspruch ceased publication with #15/1944 according to the note below (reprinted courtesy of MAR Historical).

Terminatin Note

However, I have found later ones in newspapers. In most cases there are only texts, in one case an image. I am not sure if these were issued as posters or only printed in newspapers.

“One can never accomplish great things without courage and determination, for there is danger everywhere. Clausewitz.” This is in a newspaper dated 12 June 1944.

“Understanding prepares an army for war, but the outcome is a matter of the heart. Jahn.” This is in a newspaper dated 24 June 1944.

“A man is worthy of honor if he fully fills the post where he stands. However small the impact, he is in his way great. Schiller.” This is in a newpaper dated 25 June 1944.

“Who will doubt that the strength of our will can defeat the difficulties of the age. Dr. Goebbels.” This is in a newpaper dated 8 July 1944.

“He who is unwilling to share privation and death with his people is not worthy to live among them. Stein.” This is in a newpaper dated 15 July 1944.

“Only a strong generation will be able to maintain itself in the storms of our age. It needs guts of iron and a heart of steel. Dr. Goebbels.” This is in a newpaper dated 22 July 1944.

“Necessity knows one limit: when steadfastness and courage have become unlimited. Dr. Goebbels.” This is in a newpaper dated 24 July 1944.

“Battle is everywhere, without battle there is no life. Since we want to live, we must also be ready to battle.” This is in a newpaper dated 30 July 1944.

“The camaradarie of the youth is decisive for the future of the people’s community. Rosenberg.” This is in a newspaper dated 6 August 1944.

“Battle is life — Life is battle! Only the cowardly and weak flee battle, but the strong seek it. For them it is the meaning of life. Bismarck.” This is in a newpaper dated 13 August 1944.

“Great things can be accomplished only through daring. With this conviction and with firm determination to box the ears of everyone who stands in the way, one can spite hell and the Devil and be confident one has come through with honor.” Frederick the Great.” This is in a newpaper dated 26 August 1944.

“It depends on all those who remain true to themselves! Goltz.” This is in a newpaper dated 27 August 1944.

“Crises and difficulties come and go. But the nation is eternal and must bravely and courageously take the path upwards! Dr. Goebbels.” This is in a newspaper dated 3 September 1944.

The coming victory will be a victory for all of us. Today we must work fanatically and unconditionally to guarantee it. Dr. Goebbels.” (17 - 23 September 1944). This is in a newspaper dated 20 September 1944.

“For our people and fatherland, we hold no thought too elevated, no work too wearying, no conversation too trival, no burden too risky, and no sacrifice too great! Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.” This is in a newspaper dated 7 November 1944.

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