You asked for someone who had lived in Hitler’s Germany to tell what it was like. Permit me, someone who lived under the Swastika flag from 1935, when the Saar was reunited with Germany, to 1945, to give a short answer.
To be a boy or girl at that time was wonderful. In the Hitler Youth the differences between Christian denominations or the different German states didn’t count. We all truly felt that we were members of one body of people – one nation. Youth hostels were opened all over the Reich, enabling us to hike from one beautiful town to another seeing our fatherland. Every effort was made to strengthen our minds and bodies. Contrary to what is said today, we were encouraged to become free in spirit, and not to succumb to peer (or authority) pressure. In peacetime, NO military training was allowed by the Hitler Youth leadership; scouting yes. Incidentally, to “snitch on our parents” was frowned upon.
At the very time when America’s allies, the Soviets, destroyed most of the Christian churches in Russia and Ukraine, about 2500 new churches were built in Germany. NOT ONE Christian church was closed. It was the law that school and church had priority over service in the Hitler Youth. As late as the fall of 1944, the Waffen SS barracks in Breslau supplied two buses to take youth to either the nearest Catholic or Protestant church every Sunday. To be a registered member of a Christian church did not prevent advancement in the National Socialist Party.
Germany was National Socialist, but free enterprise flourished during the entire Hitler years. No company was nationalized. No small businessman was stopped from opening up his own store. I myself worked during the war for a company that can only be called part of international capitalism. If you owned shares, nobody confiscated them, like the allies did in 1945.
The accomplishments of the ‘Nazis’ were incredible. Starting without money and with six million unemployed (a third of the workforce), they constructed the entire German Autobahn road network in a short span of 6 years – almost without corruption – while seeing to it that the new road system did not unnecessarily destroy either the German landscape, or wildlife habitats and forests. Two years after the NS were elected to power, conditions were so improved that workers had to be hired in nearby friendly countries to help alleviate the worker’s shortage in Germany. Germany was booming while Britain, France and the US were in the depths of depression.
To help the workers get cheap transportation, the VW was designed and a factory was being built for their manufacture when the war started. Also, for the common people, villages of small single family homes were erected. The monthly payments were set so low that almost anyone could afford his own house. In Hitler’s Germany there were no homeless; no beggars. Crime was almost non existent because habitual criminals were in concentration camps. All this was reported in the newspapers and was known by everybody.
The German press during the Third Reich had fewer taboos than the American press today. The only taboo I can think of evolved around Hitler, and, during the war, there was a law that prohibited “defeatism”. This was because of the negative role the German press played in the German defeat of 1918.
It bears remembering that the ‘European Economic Community” was first coined by the Third Reich government. I remember many articles, both pro and con about this subject. One should also not forget that during the war at least seven million foreign nationals (nearly 10% of the population) worked in Germany, either as voluntary workers (Dutch, Danes, French, Poles, Ukrainians come to mind), or as forced laborers or as prisoners. I know of no instance where foreigners were attacked or molested (much less killed) because they were foreigners. Speaking of the press, I have an article from 1943 in my possession that spells out how necessary friendship is between the German and Russian peoples.
Between 1933 and 1945 there was a tremendous emphasis on culture: theaters flourished; the German movie industry produced about 100 feature films per year (of which not one was anti-American. Only 50 of them can be considered pure propaganda movies). Some the best classical recordings still extant were made in Hitler’s Germany. Actors from all over Europe, but mainly from France, Sweden and Italy were stars in German movies.
Germany always loved sports, and there was no lack of opportunities to partake in any sport one liked. The 1936 Berlin Olympics was merely a showcase of what transpired all over the Reich. In a book on these Olympics issued by the Hitler Youth that is still in my possession, Jesse Owens is shown several times and mentioned favorably. During the Schmeling boxing fights, we kids all knew of Joe Louis, the brown bomber. Nowhere did I ever read derogatory remarks about other races. Certainly the accomplishments of Germany and the Germans were given prominence, similar to ‘the ad nauseum’ statements of today that the U.S. is the land of the free, etc. In my ten years in the Hitler Youth (actually 8, since I obviously couldn’t attend while a soldier), the Jews were never mentioned. Other sports that gripped our attention were flying (there was Hitler Youth flying training with their own sail planes), car races (British and Italian drivers dominated) and riding.
Frequently I am asked about gun control during the Hitler era. Claims are made that Hitler could take power because he disarmed the German people. That is nonsense. In Germany gun ownership was never as prevalent as it is in America. I would say that for hundreds of years one needed a gun license in order to keep a weapon. On the other hand, my father owned an old pistol clandestinely (about which we children knew), and there were gun clubs all over the Reich. Furthermore, Germany was always a country with many excellent gunsmiths. It is doubtful that they could stay in business if the laws were too stringent. I would surmise that while Germany was Germany (before it was ‘liberated’ by the allies) gun ownership probably was far more widespread than is acknowledged today. Laws on the books were mainly to give the police a handle to arrest criminals with guns, not the ordinary citizen. Incidentally, just as Hitler had forbidden so-called ‘punishment exercises’ in the army (the brutal methods still employed in the American army), so had he forbidden the use of clubs by the police. He considered it demeaning to the German people.
Finally this: I don’t believe I’ll ever see again a people as happy and content as were the great majority of Germans under Hitler, especially in peacetime. Certainly some minorities suffered: former parliamentary politicians – because they couldn’t play their political games; the Jews – because they lost their power over Germany; the gypsies – because during the war they were required to work; and crooked union bosses – because they lost their parasitical positions. To this day I believe that the happiness of the majority of a people is more important than the well-being of a few spoiled minorities. In school there should be emphasis on promoting the best and the intelligent, as was done in Germany during the Hitler years – a fact that contributed after the war to the rapid German reconstruction. That Hitler was loved by his people, there can be no question. Even a few week’s before the war’s end and his death, he was able to drive to the front and mingle among the combat soldiers with only minimum security. None of the soldiers had to unload their weapons before meeting with the Fuhrer (as was required when President Bush met with American soldiers during the Gulf War).
Germany under Hitler was quite different from what the media would have you believe.
The following books were written by Hans Schmidt and are excellent sources of information from the German perspective of World War II. From Amazon:
Hitler Boys in America
This book is unique in that it is a response to an opposing book written by a boyhood friend of the author. To me, that makes it potentially a very effective way to teach people critical-thinking skills. Get this book, than get Bruno Manz’s book and read both of them. Make your own decision on who is more concerned with actual truth. Normally people never do this, but there is no better way to open your eyes. I have done this more than anyone I have ever known and there is much we can learn from books like these. I think we can certainly learn more than we learn from constantly hearing better and better (read “more extreme”) versions of the official view of WW2. That’s not thinking, that’s training. History really is written by the victors. You can see that clearly just from reading this book. This book is so interesting, unique and eye-opening that it should be read in high schools so people can look at the War from other perspectives. You cannot discount what he is saying just because some of it is politically incorrect. He includes examples and quotes from everyone from Julius Streicher to Elie Wiesel. He also does a lot of what I call “psychological archaeology” — where he shows that Germans were most definitely not evil or irrational. In fact, they appear to have been much more reasonable and rational than most people today. We are all subject to propaganda — which sinks into us because of what we see as a “respectable” opinion more than from the actual arguments. Most people only later come up with rationalizations for their views, not really ever knowing where those views came from. Social conditioning can shape your brain completely, and you will never learn to really think without reading books like these which show where the opinions you have originate.. There are not many books like this out there. This book definitely made my mind more free. Its better than any self-help book I ever read in that regard. It allows you to really think rather than just producing well-trained responses.
SS Panzergrenadier: A True Story of World War II
This is the autobiographical true story and personal narrative of the German side of WWII. The author recounts the reasons that led him to decide to join the Waffen-SS in 1943 at the age of 16. He details his service in the German Labor Service (RAD) prior to induction into and training with the W-SS in 1944. The author recounts his extensive schooling prior to posting with the Leibstandarte SS Panzer Div., and his personal experiences in combat with the unit in the Ardennes and the final battles on the Eastern Front in Hungary, ending with American captivity. HB, 20 previously unpublished photos from author’s collection, over 400 pages.
The shocked sheep in the comments section posting negative reviews should be enough to tell you that it’s good! Or the fact I read 218 pages in one day with it and finished it the next!
Hans Schmidt’s book “SS Panzergrenadier: A TRUE Story of WW2” is such a great read. Reading it I felt like I was going back in time and experiencing WW2 apart of the elite Waffen SS. Hans fought with the famous 1st Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler in the Bulge, and the final days of Germany. He even survived the Dwight Kikenhower death camps! His story begins with his youth, then deciding what branch to join. He eventually chose SS and tell us many things about the training and what he went through. He says he was probably one of the last groups of soldiers to receive the full fledged training of the SS since the war in 1945 was basically over by then.
He tells us about several lies about the Germans the Anti-Germans have brainwashed us about. He goes to a great length about the Eisenhower death camps, which some idiots still think is a lie. Well he is a survivor, so he would know they were real! He talks about the Bolsheviks, and tells us funny moments as well. Like sneaking into a Luftwaffe bunker that was Top Secret. His recollection of events are well detailed and will really make you feel like you went through them yourself.
Looking for a unbiased WW2 book that doesn’t contain ramblings and other lies about the “evil Nazi!”? Looking for a great Waffen SS book written by someone who was there? Look here!
Jailed In ‘Democratic’ Germany: The Ordeal of an American Writer
A German combat veteran of World War II who later emigrated to the U.S. and became an American citizen, Hans Schmidt was visiting his elderly mother in Germany in the mid-1990s when he was arrested by the “democratic” government of Germany for having published in Florida, a German-language history newsletter questioning Zionist and Allied WWII dogma. “Jailed in Democratic Germany” tells of his mis-treatment and imprisonment as a thought criminal in the nation of his birth.
This rare book reveals a hidden history which is almost never an issue for the Establishment media when discussing modern Germany — its relentless imprisonment of researchers, scholars and historians who dare to ask probing questions or express doubts about accounts of alleged homicidal gas chambers in Auschwitz.
Here is a book for any civil libertarian or anyone interested in studying the largely ignored, sordid underside of “German democracy” — which presumes to lecture China, Russia and Iran on the need for freedom of speech and expression in their nations. As Mr. Schmidt demonstrates, there is no such thing for revisionist writers in post-war Germany. – Michael Hofmann –
End Times, End Games
Hans Schmidt is a hero of not just the German people, but of all caring and brave people who are concerned about the Jewish takeover of Western Civilization. This book was written at the end of the last century and was meant to be a summary and chronicle of how Jewish power has hijacked the fate of Western, European man. From the back cover, “As the murderous 20th century comes to a close, it is time for reflection and review. With hundreds of millions of people killed, the cultural heritage of many nations destroyed, the age-old order of them and others eradicated, and the earth’s natural resources nearly depleted, we must sit back and ask ourselves what really happened and why. As we enter the new millenium, we face an era that may EXCEED in ferocity cruelty, and brutality, the worst times in human history.”
These words are quite prophetic, as Mr. Schmidt was not aware at the time, how far the Jewish NWO would go to complete their plan of world domination. He wrote this book BEFORE 911, and we have all seen how the plan to, take away basic freedoms, control society through technology, fight endless wars for the benefit of Israel, and the creation of a Gulag 2.0 in every Western country is now becoming a reality, only 15 years after this book was written.