The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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R. Olden, a militant anti Nazi, explained in his work on Hitler, which appeared in 1936, the brutal decision against the SA. (77)
"There is but a single explanation possible of the reason for which the decision was put off so long, to the point where it degenerated into a catastrophe because Hitler, the Fuhrer, is very far from being able to be counted among the strong... Hs weakness led him to make simultaneous and incompatible promises to Blomberg and to Roehm."
One cannot call into question the force of Hitler's personality as Führer of the Third Reich. He created by speech a spiritual force which stirred the masses and engendered in the conscience of his collaborators conclusions which they drew as "Orders of the Führer." To treat a subject, Hitler had to present it in its derivation from all of his political and ideological work which he exposed with this in mind. This is how his speeches were constructed. The accounts that we have cited indicate that face to face with a collaborator, Hitler explained to him the complex development of his thinking on a subject, leaving him the care to find a precise decision in it, to present it after to his Führer and, if necessary, to convince him of the close agreement of this decision or even the action already accomplished as a result of it, with the intentions exposed by Hitler.

Gilbert, the American psychologist on special mission to the International Tribunal of Nuremberg for the purposes of psychological study of the defendants at the Main Trial, related the reaction of Goering to the hypothesis that he presented to the latter on the role of Hitler in the taking of decisions concerning the "final solution":
"I shall suggest the following tableau: Hitler, obsessed by anti-Semitism and incapable of tolerating opposition or advice advocating moderation, saying finally to Himmler: "Get rid of them-it little matters how – I don't want to hear about them anymore!" Goering reflected a moment, seeming to visualize the scene; then he declared that it was probably like that that it happened."
The essential for Hitler was acquired in advance: the measures provoked by the development of his thinking were to be carried through by the spirit of extreme harshness with which he impregnated the Party that he created by gathering about him persons adequate for this spirit. This spirit was guaranteed by the training the Party gave to its members. It was perhaps this dialectical manner of expressing his will by the explanation starting from principles or origins which acquired for Hitler the reputation that he evoked himself regarding the operation against Roehm.

A significant parallel was drawn by Himmler between this last action and the "final solution." In fact, in his important speech of October 1943 at Posen to the high-ranking officials ot [sic] the SS, Himmler, before exposing in brutal terms the extermination of the Jews as the goal of the deportations (he said: "evacuation"), warned that he would speak of a matter of which the men of the SS should be aware as of a necessity, but with regard to which they were to observe the same discretion which was the rule in respect to the recollection of the Roehm affair.
     
   

 
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