|order. Bismarcks statement: Liberalism is the pacemaker
of social democracy is now scientifically established and proved for us.
A given school of thought thought direction can unsuspectedly
lead toward the dissolution of the foundation of the State. In our country
also, a new direction of thought has gained ground which slowly led to internal
disruption and became the pacemaker of bolshevism.
cannot be maintained in the age of democracy; it is conceivable only if the
people have a sound idea of authority and personality. Everything positive,
good and valuable, which has been achieved in the world in the field of
economics and culture, is solely attributable to personality. When, however,
the defense of this existing order, its political administration, is left to a
majority it will irretrievably go under. All the worldly goods which we
possess, we owe to the struggle of the chosen.
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|There are only two possibilities, either to crowd back the opponent
on constitutional grounds, and for this purpose once more this election, or a
struggle will be conducted with other weapons, which may demand greater
sacrifices. I would like to see them avoided. I hope the German people thus
recognize the greatness of the hour. It shall decide over the next 10 or
probably 100 years. It will become a turning point in German history, to which
I pledge myself with glowing energy.¹
also counted on it that with political pacification, domestic economy would
also quiet down. No experiments would be made. However, to attain the goal, all
forces would have to be mustered on 5 March.
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| Goering considered to some extent the great dangers connected with
this election battle. He then led over very cleverly to the necessity that
other circles not taking part in this political battle should at least make the
financial sacrifices so necessary at this time. These were so much more
necessary because not even one Penny of the taxpayers' money would be asked
for. Government funds would not be used. The sacrifices asked for purely would
be so much easier for industry to bear if it realized that the election of 5
March would surely be the last one for the next ten years, probably even for
the next hundred years.²
¹ For Gustav
Krupps memorandum on his statement of gratitude to Hitler for making this
speech see the next exhibit hereinafter reproduced.
² Both the
speeches of Hitler and Goering were made at a meeting of a group of more than
twenty representatives of important German industries at the house of the
president of the Reichstag, then Goering. Arrangements were made at the meeting
which led to the collection of several hundred thousand Reichsmark for use in
the campaign preceding the last election for the German Reichstag. Further
material on this subject are reproduced in the materials on the Farben Case,
volumes VII-VIII, this series.