Thursday, November 30, 2023

Rudolf Hess and Complainers

By mid-1934 Nazism's initial popularity was showing cracks. People complained about unsolved problems and abuses by Nazi party leaders. in June 1934 Rudolf Hess, then next-in-line to Hitler and head of the party chancellery, gave a speech to the Gau Essen party rally dealing with complainers. He is not happy.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Goebbels on Victory (March 1942)

On the fourth anniversary of Hitler’s takeover of Austria, Goebbels gave a speech in Vienna on “Victory at Any Price.” It was after the first winter of the war with the Soviet Union. Goebbels expresses optimism and congratulates the Viennese on their sacrifices for the Reich.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Report from Fortress Breslau (March 1945)

I’ve added a report of a speech by Gauleiter Karl Hanke, delivered shortly before the Russians reached the city. Hanke provides the usual Nazi themes of resistence whatever the odds.