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2 Facts Rev. 1 (1940)

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Vol. II. - No. I.
January 6, 1940.

Below is an authorized translation of the most pertinent passages from the New Year's message delivered by
Chancellor Hitler to the members of the National Socialist Party, December 30, 1939.

From the first day of assuming power I have un-
deviatingly .;ought to achieve the necessary revisions of
Germany's political position. All my efforts were shat-
tered by the stubborn egoism and the folly of the Western
Powers. The freeing of the German people therefore had
to be accomplished by their helping themselves; a measure
which in times of a people's greatest need has always
been the last resort.
After overcoming internal dissention, National Socialist
Germany threw off the fetters
of slavery step by step. None
of those measures robbed the        This Issue Contai
rest of the world of anything
or harmed it in any way. They       I.      The Chance
only gave to the German peo-             New Year's
ple what other peoples have         2.   Population P
long possessed.
The Fuehrer reminded                in a Plannec
the people that the year 1939       3.   The House
has been marked by a number              John Bull Bu
of momentous happenings in
the history of the German           4.   British Blue I
people. Through the estab-               Re-examined
lishment of the Protectorate,
the return of Memel and the         5.   The New Gc
destruction  of the existing             White Book
Polish state, those creations    __
of the Versailles Treaty which
were in themselves incapable of surviving were removed.
Through the fourth significant feature of the year, the non-
aggression pact between Russia and Germany, encirclement
was checked.
That these political developments, the Fuehrer con-
tinued, could be so successfully accomplished, we owe
exclusively to the new  inner structure of the German
people, achieved through National Socialism. Thus, on
the inside organizationally united, economically prepared

and militarily armed to the hilt, we enter the most decisive
year in Germany's history. The German people did not
want this fight. I endeavored up to the last minute to
offer England Germany's friendship. In this I was sup-
ported above all by the Duce, who, in accordance with
the spirit of our friendship, did everything possible to
check developments which can only be disastrous for all
Nevertheless, the war-mongers wanted war; so they
shall have it. We have a
clear war aim.
Over and    above   this,
pge            Europe must be freed from
5                            the  coercion  and   constant
.ssage ............- I    threats emanating from Eng-
lems                         land. This time the weapons
must be    struck  from  the
ociety            2          hands of the war-mongers
once and for all.
.......4                        In doing this we are not
fighting against the injustice
k                            of   Versailles  alone,  but
----------- -------------  6  against  the  even  greater  in-
justice which is to be set up
in its place. We are fighting
------....-------- -- -  7  for  the  reconstruction  of  the
new Europe, because, in con-
trast to Mr. Chamberlain, we
are not of the opinion that the new Europe can be formed
by the senile strength of a declining world nor by so-called
statesmen who in their own country are incapable of solv-
ing even the simplest problems.
To this reconstruction only those peoples and powers
are called, who in their achievements and in their attitude
can be called young and productive.
We can ask the Lord, at the beginning of 1940, to
bless us further in our fight for freedom and independence,
and therewith for the future of our people.


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