The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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The Congress during which Hitler proclaimed the three laws was called the Congress of Liberty to underscore that the Reich had reassumed its military sovereignty (March 1935) by proclaiming obligatory military service. On the other hand, the naval agreement with England implied the expansion of its rearmament. As for the domestic situation, the opposition forces were practically mastered by 1935. Far from appeasing him, this situation incited Hitler at the Congress to particularly emphasize his resolution to strike out harshly at the slightest sign of opposition. He declared during the opening speech:
"This spirit of decision to stamp out certain dangers in all circumstances, and even those still in the bud, will not hesitate either, should the situation arise, to transfer functions which are not fitting to the State because they are foreign to its very essence to organizations better adapted to the execution of this task." (18)
Here Hitler denounced the weakness of the professional police, who were still too influenced by considerations of a careful respect of legality to act with full efficiency in a field such as that of the Jewish question. Nevertheless, when the time for the anti-Jewish action arrived, it was the Gestapo which detained the central responsibility. But Heydrich had by that time integrated members of the SD with his executives. As for the "organizations better adapted" evoked by Hitler to rigorously apply a policy of repression, he gave at this same congress a further detail, but a fundamental one, precisely on the subject of the anti-Jewish policy.

We know that at this Congress of the Party he convoked the Reichstag at Nuremberg in order to submit the laws already mentioned. In the speech presenting them, Hitler let loose against the anti-Nazi influence of Jews abroad, but also against the agitation which, according to him, they maintained inside the Reich. He proclaimed:
"The third (law) is the attempt at a legislative regulation of a problem which, in case of a new failure, must be entrusted to the National Socialist Party for the definitive solution. Behind the three laws stands the National Socialist Party and with it and behind it the Nation. I ask that you accept these laws." (19)
Hitler spoke in the opening discourse of adequate "organizations" which would act in place of the State. Now he spoke of the Party. But within the Party, among the organizations of repression, the SA was already emasculated. What was left was the SS with its SD. As for the Party as such, in 1938 it attempted to take in hand the economic Aryanization in Austria. At a meeting on October 14, 1938, concerning the Four Year Plan, Goering denounced (PS-1301) the savage acts of members of the Party designated administrators of temporary enterprises. He also rejected the thesis according to which Aryanization was a Party affair, it being exclusively an affair of the State. It was precisely during this period that the process of integration into the Gestapo of specialists of the Jewish question of the SD began in Austria, annexed to the Reich.
    
   

 
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