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2004 arrived safely, whispering how successfully the Bush administration has waged our war on terror. Although those who hate us intended us harm, Providence, along with our government’s vigilance and pre-emptive actions, prevented all holiday season attacks. The only shocking attack the New Year brought us was the Democratic organization Move On’s demented action providing a platform for potential television advertising comparing President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. I thought it might be interesting to explore what Adolf Hitler himself might have thought about Move On’s derangement.
I have no intention of explaining how the correspondence which I now offer to the public fell into my hands. There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. (Preface to “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis)
My Dear Juliusi,
Landsberg prison, which I entered on April 1, 1924, and where I wrote “Mein Kampf,” is strangely similar to this place that I entered after shooting myself to death on the afternoon of April 30, 1945, and from where I write this letter. I found myself in both places involuntarily, yet they have each provided me with peace as well as perspective to write of the ideas that fueled our movement. I dedicated “Mein Kampf” to the dead heroes of the so-called Beer Hall Putsch who fell on Nov. 9, 1923, with loyal faith in the resurrection of their peopleii. I dedicate this letter to you along with the nine other heroes who were martyred at the Nuremberg tribunal and who joined me here on Oct. 16, 1946.
In the timeless eternity of our existence here, I often reflect upon my single biggest mistake – underestimating America. Early in 1941, Ribbentrop and I promised the Japanese foreign minister, Yosuke Matsuoka, that should Japan become engaged in a war against the United States, Germany would join the war immediately. However, to us, the Three-Power Pact had as its goal frightening and keeping America out of the war. I encouraged Japan to immediately take an active part in the war against Englandiii and not to provoke America. Although I didn’t see much future for the Americans, I did not want them in the war until we had put down Russia.
Exactly one month after the Japanese betrayed me by attacking Pearl Harbor I told you all at our Berlin headquarters that America is a decayed country. My feelings about America were feelings of hatred and deep repugnance. Everything about the behavior of American society reveals that it’s half Judaized and the other half Negrified. How can one expect a state like that to hold together?iv. Well, America did hold together and she seized victory from us. However, and this is important my friend, she has finally adopted many of the vital ideas for which we lived and died. Could not this be described as an ultimate victory?
Let me explain. First and foremost we were socialists. As national socialists, or Nazis, we knew that government must control the people. Thus, we understood that the old German tradition of citizens owning guns had to end. On March 18, 1938, we enacted our Law on Weapons and ruled that only government officials were allowed to own firearms. You can imagine my approval as I watched Sen. Thomas Dodd craft America’s Gun Control Act of 1968 by having our own law of 1938 translated for him by an official of The Library of Congressv. My dear Julius, we can be proud of how similarly the two laws read. Those advocating gun control in America are na?ve and well-meaning. They will help socialism prevail. We told the German people that gun-control laws were needed to curb gang activity and preserve democracy. What those laws really did was help our national socialist government prevail.
Do you remember, dear Julius, how we Nazis always understood that German citizens were our future and the destiny of our nation? We did everything possible to keep our people healthy. In the same way that wise farmers must accept responsibility for the health of their herds, we used the power of government to keep our flocks healthy. Since both mind and body were supposed to belong to the Fuhrer, we tried to criminalize the smoking of cigarettes.
Our Ministry of Science and Education ordered elementary schools to discuss the dangers of tobaccovi. Government-sponsored cultural and educational events were declared to be “smoke-free.” In the late 1930s, we called for increased taxes on cigarettes and later instituted bans on cigarette advertising. I am most proud of the legislation we introduced prohibiting sales of cigarettes to minors. We set up counseling centers for the psychological treatment of smokers and we established smoke-free restaurants.
We soon managed to prohibit smoking on Luftwaffe properties and followed that with prohibiting smoking in post offices, government buildings and many workplaces. “No Smoking” cars were established on all German trains with fines levied upon violators, and in 1940 SS Chief Heinrich Himmler announced a smoking ban for all on-duty police and SS officers. Our comrade, Hermann Goring, decreed that soldiers may not smoke in public, and most of our cities banned smoking on public transport in order to protect the ticket takers from the hazards of second-hand smoke. We can indeed be proud that today America has also come to realize the importance of central government taking the initiative in regulating what people do not have the good sense to do voluntarily. We may have lost that battle of ideas in the middle of the 20th century, but with the help of foolish Americans, we Nazis are winning in the long run.
Do you remember that awkwardness in late 1940, my dear Julius? The American consulate in Leipzig reported to the American State Department that we were conducting compassionate euthanasia on the patients in the Grafeneck Mental Asylum in Wurttemberg. What uproar resulted in America! But now, one of America’s most prestigious universities has appointed as professor of bioethics (whatever that is), one who openly advocates putting to death the mentally defective, the terminally ill and even severely disabled infants. He would give parents and doctors the right to actually kill – not just withhold treatment – imperfect newborns. What genius! The professor insists that a newborn has no greater right to life than pigs, cows and dogs. He is one of us, Julius.
And the best part of it is that those who yesterday loudly protested our comparatively mild policies in Wurttemberg have today not uttered even a squeak of protest. The ridiculous idea that all human life is sacred is now finally under attack in America. One president was re-elected even after he affirmed the legitimacy of exterminating infants during birth, and some American doctors in their province of Oregon have begun doing away with the elderly and weak. Yes, America is certainly coming around to our way of seeing things.
Finally, dear Julius, you will remember what I frequently said and wrote in “Mein Kampf”: “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the peoplevii.” I said that as long as we explain how the government is working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. It is truly heartwarming to see how well this lesson has been learned by some Americans. In the name of “the children,” incursions into the private lives of American citizens have been made that we Nazis would have gazed at with open-mouthed admiration. Does it matter that our bodies failed as long as our spirit still triumphs?
I know you have a question to ask me, my friend: What about the Jews? After all, how can I say that much of America is adopting our views when Jews still exert such disproportionate influence in that country? Grasp the genius of your Fuhrer, my good friend. You see, dear Julius, with well-meaning earnestness, most American Jews are solidly behind the ideas I have been describing. In the mistaken belief that they are making America safer for minorities, many American Jews have joined those advocating ever larger and ever more powerful government. In reality, what they are doing is making America more hospitable to our form of socialism. When it eventually arrives, they too will see the real dangers, but by then, it will be too late.
Now they only see danger in illiterate thugs with no hair on their heads and in degenerate psychopaths with second-hand Nazi regalia. American Jews are frightened by a handful of the sort of lowlifes we used to execute, instead of being terrified of the real danger they themselves are helping to create – government with almost limitless power to tax and grow.
And it wasn’t just the Jews. Joseph Goebbels put it quite correctly when he said, “The Fuhrer is deeply religious though completely anti-Christian. He views Christianity as a symptom of decay. Rightly so, it is a branch of the Jewish raceviii.” We can be confident that America will preserve and develop our Nazi ideas of human perfectability because of one stroke of genius that even Reich minister of propaganda, the great Joseph Goebbels, has to admire. Those who are advocating socialism in America, whether deliberately or inadvertently, have succeeded in turning the term “Nazi” into a slur that may only be used against conservatives. Never is it used against those on the left who are precisely the Americans doing most to advance our agenda. We are winning, Julius, thanks to those American Democrats, we are winning. Heil Hitler.
[i] Hitler is addressing Julius Streicher, hanged by the Allies in Nuremberg, Oct. 16, 1946.
[ii] “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler, Publ.Verlag Franz Eher, 1927, Dedication and Preface
[iii] “The Second World War,” Volume 3, Winston S. Churchill, Publ. Houghton Mifflin, 1950. Page 186
[iv] “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” William L Shirer, Publ. Simon and Schuster, 1959. Page 895
[v] Aaron Zelman, JPFO, Milwaukee, Wis.
[vi] “The Nazi War on Cancer,” Robert N. Proctor. Publ. Princeton University Press. Page 198
[vii] “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Mifflin, 1943, Page 403
[viii] Joseph Goebbels, quoted in Anthrozoos, 5 (1992) page 18
Radio talk-show host Rabbi Daniel Lapin is president of Toward Tradition, America’s leading bridge-builder, spanning the divide between Christians and Jews by sculpting ancient solutions to modern problems in areas of family, faith and fortune.