Saturday, May 12, 2018

"The Earth Will Bear Fruit Once More," by Herbert Sailer

This from a mother's day card distributed in 1944. It was intended as a consolation to grieving mothers and wives who had lost loved ones on the battlefield.

Source: "Den Müttern und Frauen unserer Gefallenen zum Muttertag 1944," distributed by the Hauptkulturamt [Main Culture Office] of the Reichspropagandaleitung [Central Office of Propaganda], 1944. Translation by R. Bytwerk.

The Earth Will Bear Fruit once More

The earth rests, whatever else may happen.
The streams flow pure from their source.
A forest grows, grass and sheaves rustle.
Birds fly up. The earth rests. 
You rest in it. Your bed is a green meadow.
A hill of earth warms you.
The rain waters you. Hundreds of seeds sprout
And bear fruit, then turn, like you, to dust. 
And once again the earth bears fruit,
For nothing perishes that is surrounded by it.
Friend, believe, do not complain.
The victory of life is the meaning of the world.

Herbert Sailer

Central illustration replicated on the card.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

'Your Youth': Excerpt from 'You and Your People,' by Erich [...], Gauleiter of Bavarian Ostmark

What we want from our German youth is different from what the past wanted of it. In our eyes, the German youth of the future must be slender and supple, swift as greyhounds, tough as leather, and hard as Krupp steel. We must cultivate a new man in order to prevent the ruin of our Volk by the degeneration manifested in our age. 
- Adolf Hitler, 1935 speech to Hitler Youth (full speech at Neues Europa)

The ship’s sails fill,
The wind blows!
The anchor is raised,
The helmsman sets course, 
The ship flies across the seas.

- Friedrich Hebbel

Father! You bore the flag in war.
Father! Let me bear it on to victory.

- Kurt von Rönne

Source: Reichsleitung der NSDAP, Hauptamt für Erzieher (NSLB), Du und dein Volk (Munich: Deutscher Volksverlag, 1940). Translation by R. Bytwerk.

German poets have always portrayed the path of life as a journey at sea, for the sea means adventure, and a proper youth is unthinkable without adventure.

To master life, one must begin with courage and a desire for adventure. The generation to which you, German lad, and you, German girl, belong has better opportunity than any of the past to experience the excitement of intrepid battles.

Your fathers displayed unparalleled heroism in resisting the attacks of a world of enemies. Your mothers did the work of men behind the plow and at the machines, bearing privation without complaint and overcoming distress.

Overcome by superior forces, weakened by hunger, stabbed in the back by traitors at home and abroad, the old Germany collapsed.

Long years of political, cultural and, economic misery followed.

But then a vehement fighting spirit raised high the flag once again. Adolf Hitler gave the new Reich the red flag with the ancient symbol of the swastika as a sign of Germany’s inheritance, as a symbol of the German will for victory, as the foundation of Germany’s future.

The Führer forged the people into a strong community. Years of peaceful work healed the old wounds and created the Greater German Reich, which offers all of German blood a homeland.

That aroused England’s envy. It broke the peace to hinder German’s ethnic renaissance. But the German people, man and woman, boy and girl, joined in tough and hard combat, ready for new sacrifices, determined to win the victory.

Germany today must be more manly, harder, more disciplined, than ever before. When you, German youth, join the ranks, you sing of Viking journeys and heroic battles, because you know that once more struggle and brave deeds must be the motto of the German.

As the Führer said: "In our eyes, the German youth of the future must be tall and slim, fast as the greyhound, tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp steel." And he added: "The time will come when the German youth shows a wonderful, healthy, beaming face, healthy, open, upright, brave, and peace-loving."

From new deeds grows the new youth, and a new world.

You must know that each German faces a hard, sacrificial time. And you must cheerfully say "yes" to it.

"Become mature and stay pure!" These words by the Poet Walter Flex, who fell on 16 October 1917 fighting for Germany on the island of Oesel, must today be the motto of every German boy and German girl.

A high-minded young person can lose his purity in life. He believes himself mature, ready to ride any horse, able to handle anything in life, including life in a big city. He makes a fateful error, losing his purity without gaining it. Only he is mature who maintains a certain distance to things and people, keeping everything far from his soul that is foreign to its nature, that threatens its purity.

You should keep your body healthy and strong, your soul pure and upright. You should keep your spirit fresh and clear, and your will alert and ready.

But far more than your personality is involved. It concerns your people! Therefore, it is required of you to fight not for your own good, but rather:

That you fight with all of your strength a holy struggle for the health, purity, clarity and readiness of your people!

This is what you are called to, German youth of our day. You are honored to work toward a high goal.

"The greatest task in world history lies before us. We are at the turning point of the ages."

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Poland in 1939 from the National-Socialist Perspective

The following film was made after the Polish Campaign in 1939. Danzig, in August 1939, had a population that was nine-tenths ethnic German, needlessly suffering under Polish governance, and that eagerly wanted to return home to the Reich.

Monday, December 25, 2017

"A Christmas Story," by Thilo Scheller

The translator claims that this story removes all traces of Christianity, aiming to recast Christmas. But I think the piece may have had other aims. The war against the USSR was sapping morale. The Soviets had retaken Stalingrad, and Germany's position thereafter was defensive. The story conveys a real need for unity in difficult times: Woodcutter, king, and soldier are given reprieve by a mother in her home. Ignore the cynicism of the translator, and you realize the story is inspirational.

Source: Thilo Scheller, in a pamphlet published in 1943: Vorweihnachten. Ausgabe 1943 (Munich: Franz Eher, 1943). Translation by Randall Bytwerk.

A woodcutter who lived alone in his hut deep in the forest had eaten his last piece of bread and the fire in his hearth had gone out, so he was hungry and cold.

He was forced to go out even though it was dark and the paths were snow-covered. Dark clouds hung down to the tops of the fir trees.

At the same time, a solder was afoot in the forest. He was returning from the war. Bloody images of war were still before his eyes and the noise of battle rang in his ears. For years, he had slept outdoors on the naked earth.

And on the same evening, a king had gone out hunting. Driven by hunting fervor, he had followed a doe and lost sight of his companions. He became lost in the confusing mists of the forest. All his blowing of the hunting horn was in vain, for the mist swallowed every sound. As the forest grew thicker and thicker, he got off his horse and trudged through the snow, leading his horse with the reins, searching for a way back to his castle.

The woodcutter, the king, and the soldier in the story.

At a crossing, the three men met, the woodcutter, the soldier, and the king, and asked each other which way to go, but none could give an answer.

The woodcutter was silent, the soldier cursed fearfully, and the king was proud and superior. None trusted the others to know the way; they could only agree that this was the darkest night and the worst weather in the world. The woodcutter went ahead, and the other two followed in his steps.

Soon they stood before a small hut with bright windows, and they heard soft singing. The woodcutter forgot his hunger, the soldier thought no longer of noise and war, and the heart of the king grew soft.

Then the clouds parted, and the stars shone clear and bright as guardians of the small hut.

As they opened the door, a mother sat by the oven, holding a child on her lap. She looked at the three men and nodded to them. They entered quickly and closed the door so that the child would not become cold.

They stood respectfully before the mother, who with a lovely smile looked on her child, and then greeted the three strangers.

The king thought she should stand up and bow to him. Instead, she turned to the woodcutter who had come near the oven to warm his hands.

"Light the lantern over there, and also take a piece of bread from the cupboard. I have more than enough light and warmth, for where is it lighter and warmer than where a little child has been born?"

The woodcutter followed her instructions. The child reached its little hand toward the light of the lantern, Then the woman saw the soldier, who was standing uncertainly. "Brave soldier, I thank you that you have stood watch for me and my child and for all the children of our people so that no enemy came over the border. You and your comrades are the protectors of the homeland, and the mothers and children thank you, most of all those who gave their lives!" The soldier's eyes shone as he put his large hand on the child’s head, and all the nights he had endured, all days of hunger, all the bloody battles, seemed small in the bright light of the baby’s eyes.

Only now the woman saw the king, who had waited in displeasure to the side, because he thought he should have been the first. "We all must wait. In this little boy, my waiting found its fulfillment. You, too, my king, have had to wait for this child. Children are your kingdom’s greatest treasure. What good are all the lands and treasures of the world, all its forests and fields, if there were no children who would grow up to take up the plow, to bake bread, to swing axes in the forest, to cut timber for huts and houses and halls, to hammer swords on the anvil to use against your kingdom's enemies, if there were no children who would become the mothers whose wombs would give your kingdom a future!"

The three men gazed with respect on the baby, for the mother’s words had touched their hearts. The woodcutter gave the baby a sprig of fir, the solder whistled him a song, and the king took the golden chain from his neck and gave it to the mother, then bowed before the child.

Now the three men knew which way to go and they left cheerfully. The woodcutter led the way with the lantern and the soldier whistled one song after the other. The king, leading his horse with the reins once more, felt the bands that had held his heart break, the bands that had kept him from knowing the heart of his people.

As they had to go their separate ways, they gave each other their hands. No longer were they strangers, the woodcutter, the soldier, and the king.

And golden stars illuminated each treetop, for it was Christmas Eve.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"Race as a Biological Concept," by J.P. Rushton

Rushton prefaced his release of the article below with this statement:
I am issuing this statement to a wide range of media and interested parties in response to the recent Knight-Ridder article out of Washington which argues that race has no validity as a biological concept when applied to man (see *Genetic Basis For Race Just Skin Deep* : October 13, 1996).
I refuted this widely disseminated statement locally (including an appearance on the John Oakley TV talk-show, October 24, 1996 and in a letter appearance on the John Oakley TV talk-show, October 24, 1996 and in a letter to The Toronto Star, October 28, 1996). However, the never-ending disinformation campaign attempting to deconstruct race as a biological concept, needs to be countered by a careful examination of what we do know about human variation. 
I urge academicians, journalists, and editorialists to review the evidence presented here before offering any further comment on this controversial topic. If nothing else, those in academia and the media need to be aware that major efforts are being made throughout Europe to stifle free discussion of race by tightening so-called "hate-laws" and in North America by restricting the way research can be conducted (and funded) and that implementation of these policies threatens the general principles of free speech, open inquiry, and academic freedom and tenure.
Discussion of "race" shows little sign of diminishing, despite efforts to deconstruct the concept. Deconstructing the concept of race not only conflicts with people's tendency to classify and build family histories according to common descent but also ignores the work of biologists studying non-human species. Ever since 1758, when the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus created the classification system still used in biology today, most zoologists have recognized at least the four human subdivisions Linnaeus delineated: Asians, American Indians, Europeans, and Africans. (Technically, some would group the first two Linnaean subdivisions together, thus yielding three major races, often termed, mongoloids, caucasoids, and negroids.) Such high-level classifications do not rule out making finer, hierarchical subdivisions within these major groups.

A race is what zoologists term a variety or subdivision of a species. Each race (or variety) is characterized by a more or less distinct combination of inherited morphological, behavioral, physiological traits. In flowers, insects, and non-human mammals, zoologists consistently and routinely study the process of racial differentiation. Formation of a new race takes place when, over several generations, individuals in one group reproduce more frequently among themselves than they do with [others]. This process is most apparent when the individuals live in diverse geographic areas and therefore evolve unique, recognizable adaptations (such as skin color) that are advantageous in their specific environments. But differentiation also occurs under less extreme circumstances. Zoologists and evolutionists refer to such differentiated populations as races. (Within the formal taxonomic nomenclature of biology, races are termed subspecies). Zoologists have identified two or more races (subspecies) in most mammalian species.

Unless one is a religious fundamentalist and believes that man was created in the image and likeness of God, it is foolish to believe that human beings are exempt from biological classification and the laws of evolution that apply to all other life forms. Of course, individuals vary greatly within each racial group and should be treated as such. Nonetheless, much has been learned by studying the statistical differences between the various human races. In my book Race, Evolution, and Behavior (1995, Transaction Publishers), as well as in other recent writings (e.g., the February 1996 issue of Current Anthropology), I review the behavioral, morphological, and physiological differences between the three major human races -- mongoloid, caucasoid, and negroid -- and show that these statistical differences are constant across both historical time, national boundaries, and political and economic systems.

Here I will briefly summarize the findings. Asians and Africans consistently aggregate at opposite ends, with Europeans intermediate, on a continuum that includes over 60 anatomical and social variables. These 60 variables include brain size, intelligence, sexual habits, fertility, personality, temperament, speed of maturation, and longevity. If race were an arbitrary, socially-constructed concept, devoid of all biological meaning, such consistent relationships would not exist.

Those objecting to the concept of race argue that the taxonomic definitions are arbitrary and subjective. Although critics are correct to point out that the variation within each race is extremely large, that there is disagreement as to exactly how many races there are, and that there is a blurring of category edges because of admixture, they are in error when they claim that classifications are arbitrary. For example, race-critic Jared Diamond, in the 1994 issue of Discover magazine, surveyed half a dozen geographically variable traits and formed very different races depending on which traits he picked. Classifying people using anti-malarial genes, lactose tolerance, fingerprint patterns, or skin color resulted in the Swedes of Europe being placed in the same category as the Xhosa and Fulani of Africa, the Ainu of Japan, and the Italians of Europe.

Jared Diamond's classifications, however, are arbitrary and nonsensical because they have little, if any, predictive value beyond the initial classification. More significantly, they confuse the scientific meaning of race, that is, a recognizable ... geographic population. In everyday life, as in evolutionary biology, a "negroid" is someone whose ancestors were born in sub-Saharan Africa, and likewise for a "caucasoid" and a "mongoloid." This definition fits with the temporal bounds offered by the best current theory of human evolution. Thus, since Homo sapiens first appeared in Africa about 200,000 years ago, branched off into Europe about 110,000 years ago, and into Asia 70,000 years after that, a "negroid" is someone whose ancestors, between 4,000 and (to accommodate recent migrations) 20 generations ago, were born in sub-Saharan Africa -- and likewise, for a caucasoid and a mongoloid.

Social definitions -- that is, self-identification and other-identification actually accord quite well with the physical evidence. Mongoloids, caucasoids, and negroids can be distinguished on the basis of obvious differences in skeletal morphology, hair and facial features, as well by blood groups and DNA fingerprints. Forensic anthropologists regularly classify skeletons of decomposed bodies by race. For example, narrow nasal passages and a short distance between eye sockets identify a caucasoid person, distinct cheekbones characterize a mongoloid person, and nasal openings shaped like an upside down heart typify a negroid person. In certain criminal investigations, the race of a perpetrator can be identified from blood, semen, and hair samples. To deny the predictive validity of race at this level is nonscientific and unrealistic.

The mean pattern of educational and economic achievement within multi-racial countries such as Canada and the United States has increasingly been found to prove valid internationally. For example, it is not often recognized, perhaps because it contradicts the politically correct theories that intelligence is purely a matter of socio-economic conditions, that Asian-Americans and Asians in Asia often outscore white Americans and white Europeans on IQ tests and on tests of educational achievement (even though the tests were largely developed by Europeans and white Americans for use in a Euro-American culture). Blacks in the Caribbean, Britain, Canada and sub-Saharan Africa as well as in the United States have low IQ scores relative to whites. For violent crime, analyses of INTERPOL data from the 1980s and 1990s show the same international distribution that occurs within the United States (that is, Asians least, Europeans in the middle, and Africans most). A similar racial gradient is found both within the U.S. and globally for measures of sexual activity and frequencies of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS (based on World Health Organization data).

One neurohormonal contributor to crime and reproductive behavior is testosterone. Studies show that black college students and military veterans have 3% to 19% more testosterone than their white counterparts. The Japanese have even lower amounts than whites. Sex hormones are circulated throughout the body and are known to activate many brain-behavior systems involving aggression and reproduction. For example, around the world the rate of dizygotic twinning per 1,000 births (caused by a double ovulation), is less than 4 among Asians, 8 among Europeans, and 16 or greater among Africans. The differences in multiple birthing are known to be heritable through the race of the mother regardless of the race of the father, as found in Asian/European matings in Hawaii and European/African matings in Brazil.

Publication of The Bell Curve brought widespread public attention to the research on race that has been accumulating over the last 30 years in technical and specialist journals that demonstrably challenges each and every article of the dogma of biological egalitarianism. Startling, and alarming to many, is the conclusion that follows from these data that if all people were treated the same, most average race differences would not disappear. With egalitarianism under siege, there has been a major effort to get the "race genie" back in the bottle, to squeeze the previously tabooed toothpaste back into the tube, to suppress or deny the latest scientific evidence on race, genetics, and behavior.

Regardless of the extent to which the media promote "politically correct," but scientifically wrong, resolutions from professional societies such as the American Anthropological Association, facts remain facts and require appropriate scientific, not political, explanation. On average, the Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese are more similar to each other and are different from Australians, Israelis and the Swedes, who in turn are similar to each other and are different from Nigerians, Kenyans, and Jamaicans. None of this should be construed as meaning that environmental factors play no part individual development. But with each passing year and each new study, the evidence for the genetic contribution to individual and group differences becomes more firmly established than ever.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Remark on Hitler from David Lloyd George in 1936

"I have never met a happier people than the Germans and Hitler is one of the greatest men. The old trust him; the young idolise him. It is the worship of a national hero who has saved his country."

- David Lloyd George, from the Daily Express, on 17 September 1936