TRANSLATION OF DOCUMENT L-3
CONTENTS OF HITLER'S TALK
AND COMMANDING GENERALS,
Decision to attack Poland in the spring. Originally it was feared that
due to political combinations, England, Russia, France, and Poland had
to be fought against simultaneously. Even this risk would have had to
be borne. Goering has stated that the Four Year Plan had failed and
that we were at the end if we were not victorious in the coming year.
Since Autumn, 1938, and since, I have found out that Japan does not go
with us without conditions, and that Mussolini is menaced by the
weak-headed king and the treacherous scoundrel of a Crown Prince. I
have decided to go with Stalin. On the whole, there are only three
great statesmen in the world : Stalin, myself, and Mussolini.
Mussolini, the weakest, has not been able to break either the power of
the crown or of the church. Stalin and I are the only ones that see
only the future. So I shall shake hands with Stalin within a few weeks
on the common German-Russian border and undertake with him a new
distribution of the world.
Our strength is in our quickness and our brutality. Ghengis Khan had
millions of women and children killed by his own will and with a gay
heart. History sees only in him a great state builder. What weak
Western European civilization thinks about me does not matter. I have
given the order and will have every one shot, who utters even one word
of criticism that the aim of the war is not to attain certain lines,
but consists in the physical destruction of the opponent. Thus for the
time being I have sent to the East only my "Death's Head Units" with
the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of
Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space
that we need. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the
Colonel General [Generaloberst] von Brauchitsch has promised me to
bring the war against Poland to a conclusion within a few weeks. If he
would have told me that it would take me two years or even one year
only, I would not have issued the order to march and would have
temporarily entered into an alliance 'with England instead of Russia.
For we cannot conduct a long war. In any case, a new situation has now
been created. I have witnessed the miserable worms Daladier and
Chamberlain in Munich. They will be too cowardly to attack. They will
not go any further than blockade. Against it we have our autarchy and
the Russian raw materials. Poland will be depopulated and colonized
with Germans. My pact with Poland was only meant to stall for time. And
besides, gentlemen, in Russia will happen just what I have practiced
with Poland. After Stalin's death (he is seriously ill), we shall crush
the Soviet Union.
The small countries do not frighten me. After Kemal's death, Turkey
will be ruled by morons and half-idiots. Carol of Rumania is a
thoroughly corrupted slave of his sexual desires. The King of Belgium
and the Northern kings are weak puppets, depending on the good
digestion of their over-fed and tired peoples.
We must take into account the defection of Japan. I have left to Japan
a whole year's time to decide. The Emperor is the companion piece of
the late Czars. Weak, cowardly, irresolute, he may fall before a
revolution. My association with Japan was never popular. We will
furthermore cause unrest in the Far East. and Arabia. Let us think of
ourselves as masters and consider these people at best as lacquered
half-monkeys, who need to feel the knout.
The occasion is favorable now as it has never been. I have only one
fear and that is that Chamberlain or such another dirty swine comes to
me with propositions or a change of mind. He will be thrown downstairs.
And even if I must personally kick him in the belly before the eyes of
all the photographers.
No, for this it is too late. The invasion and the extermination of
Poland begins on Saturday morning. I will have a few companies in
Polish uniform attack in Upper Silesia or in the Protectorate. Whether
the world believes it doesn't mean a damn to me. The world believes
only in success.
Glory and honor are beckoning to you, gentlemen, as they never did for
centuries. Be hard. Be without mercy. Act quicker and more brutally
than the others. The citizens of Western Europe must quiver in horror.
That is the most human warfare for it scares them off.
The new warfare corresponds to the new border status. A wall from
Reval, Lublin, Kaschau to the Danube Estuary. Russians get the rest.
Ribbentrop has received instructions to make any offer and to accept
any demand. In the West, I reserve the right to ascertain the line
strategically best. Here, there will be something to do with Holland,
Belgium, French Lorraine as protectorate areas.
And now, on to the enemy! In Warsaw, we will celebrate our meeting
The speech was listened to enthusiastically. Goering jumped the table.
Bloodthirsty thanks and bloody promises. He danced around like a
savage. The few doubtful ones remained silent.
During the meal, Hitler stated that he must operate this year as he
would not be living long. His successor would not be able to do so;
furthermore, the situation would be desperate in two years at the