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The Fuhrer View on the United States

February 20th, 2007
Raul Colon
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During his lifetime, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler wrote two detailed books in which he presented his ideas about a whole spectrum of subjects: his views regarding the Jews and Slavs and his innermost feelings regarding Germany’s possible future enemies. The first of these books, and also the most famous one, was Mein Kampf or “My Struggle”. It became the cornerstone of the Nazi Party philosophy. His original idea was to title the book: Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice, but his publisher; Doctor Max Amann prevailed over him. Amann believed that a more condense title would help increase sells for the book. Dictated mostly while he was staying in a relative comfortable prison environment followed a botched coup attempt in early 1923, the book was first published in the autumn of 1925. It was soon followed by the second volume in July 1925. At first, public reception of the over 800 pages book were cold at best, but as Hitler rose to power in Germany, those sells figures shoot up. In some municipalities the government was require to present a copy of the book to newly wed as a gift. They would also give them as graduation presents. Little if any references were made in Mein Kampf to a possible struggle against the United States, but in his next book, written in the spring of 1928 but not published until 1961, Hitlers Zweites Buch or Hitler’s Second Book; he dealt with the question of what to do with the US in the near future. It was at this time that he predicted a future conflict with the US. His early book made it very clear that in order to achieve his objectives of expanding the German nation, Germany would need to engage in two major wars. One of them with its arch enemy, France. This would be a war of revenge, so he told his generals; but the reality was different, he wanted the main industrial areas that France took from them in the Treaty of Versailles. The second war was to be waged against a vast underdeveloped nation, the Soviet Union. The goal here was to gain additional agricultural territory on which to raise crops to feed the mighty German nation. It was at this time that he came to the conclusion that the United States represented a real treat to the German Reich plan to dominate the world. So then he realized that a third war was needed to deal with this treat, one that only a united Europe, a German ruled Europe; could be successful at. He boosted one night in 1933 to a gathering of the National Socialites in Munich “That one of the major task of the Nazis would be to make preparations for this conflict”

By the early 1930s, Hitler’s opinion about the US had changed. America was no longer the potential powerful adversary he had envisioned early. The main reason for this dramatic change of view was the Great Depression. Hitler believed that the effect of the world-wide financial collapse that took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s would have a permanent damage on the United States. Because of this view, he came to view America as a vast, under-populated economically weak country. Also, by this time he started to receive geopolitical advice from questionable sources that told him what he wanted to hear, that the US was weak in large part because of its cohesive society. Thru all his life, even as American divisions were smashing his Thousand Year Reich, Hitler disdain of America never wavers. America, he told a group of visiting generals in the fall of 1937, was “A country without cultural foundations required of civilized societies. One Beethoven symphony contains more culture then America has produced in her whole history”. Thru out the late 1930s and the early 1940s, his perception of the US as a degraded culture ruled over by Jews, Nigger-lovers and weak links never changed, he included this view in the official Nazi propaganda message. Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels put together a film called A Stroll Through America, which premiers on theaters in Germany and occupies France in November 1941, a full month before Germany declared war against the US. Running for just about fifteen minutes, the film described President Roosevelt and his “Jewish henchmen” addressing the US Congress and making a presentation of how to slave the masses of their country. Officer in Hitler’s inner circle reinforced this distorted view; they were more interested in pleasing the Fuehrer than in giving real and genius advice to him. One clear example of this problem was the story of General Friedrich von Boetticher, Germany’s top military attaché in Washington. He traveled extensively the US, saw its military industrial complex first hand and saw the millions of military aged men available for recruitment in case of a national emergency. But either of these factors deterred him from making unrealistic assessment of the US military capability. He frequently dispatched memos to Berlin indicating that if the United States ever enter the war, it would look toward Japan as her first opponent, and after a successful conclusion to the conflict, she would turn her attentions to Europe. By that time, he wrote in one memo, Germany would be in full control of the continent and America would be powerless to continuing fighting the mighty German nation alone.

But not all of Germany’s military leaders felt the same. In the summer of 1941 at a gathering of mid-level military officers on the western front, General Baron Rudolf von Gersdorf, then an up-and-coming German Army officer, stated that the vast supply quantity of the US alone would push Germany into a hole that she would never recover. He, and others like him, promptly started making the argument that for Germany’s survival, talk of a military conflict with America needs it to be suppressed at any cost. Later, when the war was in the process of being lost, Gerdorf, by now a division commander in Hitler’s last offensive in the west, The Ardennes; expressed what other commanders and officers came to realize: “The American soldier proved himself once again to be a very worthy, well-trained and physically though opponent”. Hitler’s opinion of America never changed, not even after the bombers of the massive 8th Air Force destroyed Germany’s cities, not even after US soldiers crossed the Rhine. Hitler took his view with him to the ground. @

•   At Hitler’s Side, Nicolaus von Below, Greenhill Books 2001
•   Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock, Konecky & Konecky, 1999
Memoirs of the Second World War, Sir Winst
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