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The Special Mission of Himmler's S.S. (1937)

Appointed Reichsf�hrer of the SS, Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945), built it into a para-state and paramilitary force which would eventually embody the ideal qualities of the race. As head of the SS and of the German police from 1936, Himmler created the terror apparatus which would eventually run the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the extermination system. 

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The Law of Honour of the SS-Man
In a slim volume called 50 Questions and Answers for the SS-Man the first question is: "What is your oath?" The answer is: "We swear to you, Adolf Hitler, loyalty and bravery as leader and chancellor of the German Reich. We vow to you and to the principles laid down by you obedience to the point of death. So help us God!" The second question is: "Thus you believe in a God?" The answer is: "Yes, I believe in a Lord God." The third question is: "What do you think of a person who does not believe in a God?" The answer is: "I consider him arrogant, stupid, and a megalomaniac; he is not suited for us."

I have reminded you of these three questions and answers in order to make our attitude to religion completely clear. Be in no doubt that we would not be able to be this body of men bound by a solemn oath if we did not have the firm belief in a Lord God who rules over us, who has created us and out Fatherland, our people and this earth, and who sent us our leader.

We have the holy conviction that according to the eternal laws of this world we are accountable for every deed, for every word, and every thought, that nothing our mind thinks up, our tongue speaks, and our hand does is completed with the act itself, but is a cause which will have its effect, which in an inevitable, inexorable cycle redounds on ourselves and our people in the form of a blessing or curse. Believe me, men with this conviction are anything but atheists.

Blood and Soil
There is a second declaration I would like to make to you, German peasants, as SS Reichsf�hrer, being myself in ancestry, blood and nature a peasant: the blood principle which has always been embodied in the Schutzstaffel from the very beginning would be condemned to death if it were not inextinguishably bound up with the belief in the value and holiness of the soil. . . . I can assure you it is no coincidence if the National Peasant Leader of the German Reich has for years been an SS leader and, as Chief Section Leader, is head of the SS Race-and Settlement Office, just as it is no coincidence that I am a peasant and belong to the Reich's Peasant Council. . . .

Bolshevism is No Transitory Phenomenon
I return to my starting-point and would like to stress once more that we do not see Bolshevism as a transitory phenomenon which can be simply debated out of existence or eliminated by wishful thinking. We know the Jew all too well, this race which has been compounded from the dregs of all the peoples and nations of this planet and which he has stamped his Jewish racial character, who takes pleasure in destruction, whose will is to annihilate, whose religion is godlessness, whose idea is Bolshevism. We do not underestimate him because we have known him for centuries; we do not underestimate him because we believe in the divine mission of our people and in our strength which as been renewed through the leadership and work of Adolf Hitler.

The Schutzstaffel
We, the Schutzstaffel, have been formed and grown within our newly resurrected people on the command of the F�hrer. . . . We have formed ranks, and now, obeying unalterable laws, march as a National Socialist order of soldiers infused with a Nordic sensibility...into a distant future. We believe we will be not just the grandchildren who fought the fight more resolutely, but also the ancestors of later generations necessary for the eternal life of the German and Germanic people.

[Source: Himmler, Die Schutzstaffel als antibolschewistische Kampforganisation (The SS as an Anti-Bolshevik Fighting Organization), 1937, quoted in Roger Griffin, ed., Fascism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), pp. 146-148.]

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