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Assorted Posts from Goebbel’s War Diaries 1942-1943

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Originally typed these up for this thread: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3357614&userid=71307

April 29, 1942 posted:

We have received the report of a deserter from Leningrad, according to which conditions there must be simply catastrophic. Even though there may be some exaggerations, it seems, nevertheless, that the food situation in this city of millions cries to high heaven. The deserter claimed more than a million people had already died of hunger. That may not be true, but nevertheless tens and hundreds of thousands of human beings are living there in the direst and most unbearable distress. The deserter claimed that a great part of the population was now feeding on so-called human flesh jelly made of the flesh of dead or fallen citizens and soldiers. The whole report is so revolting that it makes one’s stomach turn to read it.

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March 10, 1942 posted:

To think what questions of domestic politics are laid before one in the course of a day! Should dancing girls be inducted into the Women’s Labour Service? If one doesn’t do it, they fail to get the necessary Nazi indoctrination; if one does, they become fat and ungainly and unfit for the dancing profession. We are now trying to put the dancing girls through special courses, and while organizing them as in a labour service, to give them a type of work that will not disqualify them for their profession.

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February 18, 1942 posted:

In the evening I had a look at the Polish-Yiddish motion picture, The Dybuk. This film is intended to be a Jewish propaganda picture. Its effect, however, is so anti-Semitic that one can only be surprised to note how little the Jews know about themselves and how little they realize what is repulsive to a non-Jewish person and what is not. Looking at this film I realized once again that the Jewish race is the most dangerous one that inhabits the globe, and that we must show them no mercy and no indulgence. This riffraff must be eliminated and destroyed. Otherwise it won’t be possible to bring peace to the world.

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intermission: some earlier entries:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/goebbels/sfeature/diary.html

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March 12, 1942 posted:

Embarrassing consequences have resulted from the irresponsible and unpsychological publication of various court decisions. hereafter I am having all court verdicts of any national importance released jointly by the Ministry of Justice and ourselves. (GJ note: The Ministry of Propaganda) Our courthouse reporters don’t have the necessary feel for selecting and publishing verdicts according to psychological considerations. The publication of court decisions is not a question of mere publicity but of public education. In connection with every verdict we must ask ourselves whether publication at this moment will have a favourable or unfavourable effect. That is a matter which only our Ministry can decide in the end.

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April 13, 1942 posted:

I am of the opinion that existing evils within the Reich cannot be removed merely by propaganda and enlightenment. We must put more blood into our propaganda. I am ing to try that for the first time in connection with our campaign for greater politeness. This propaganda venture is to be given real substance by calling upon the the public to help actively. I shall offer prizes, for instance, for the most polite traffic officer, the most polite official at the ration centers, he most polite waiter, et cetera. I shall make larger sums of money available for this campaign. Possibly the first prize will be a present of 1,000 marks cash. The public itself is to be the judge. By this method I hope to achieve more tangible results than by mere exhortations.

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March 12, 1942 posted:

The House of Lords has once again taken a stand against the Arabs and for the Jews. It is surprising how much Jewish influence there is among the English people, especially the upper crust, which is hardly English in character any longer. The chief reason is no doubt the fact that these Upper Ten Thousand have become so infested with the Jewish virus by Jewish marriages that they can hardly even think in English anymore.

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March 6, 1942 posted:

A frontal attack on black markets was made in the House of Commons. (GJ note: he means the British House of Commons) No bones are made about the fact that Jews were chiefly implicated in profiteering in the food market. Heading the procession were the Jewish immigrants who went from Germany to England. Jews awlays remain the same. you must either stigmatize them with a yellow star, or put them in concentration camps, or shoot them, or else let them saturate all public life with corruptuon, especially during a war. There is no halfway measure.

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May 19, 1942 posted:

As regards the American journalists, the representative of the United [sic] Press, Lochner, is behaving in an especially contemptible way. (GJ note: the editor of the diary!) His attacks are directed above all against German propaganda and he aims at me personally. I have never thought much of Lochner. We made too much fuss about him. We can now see what happens in time of crisis.

Berndt handed in a plan for occultist propaganda to be carried on by us. We are really getting somewhere. The Americans and English fall easily for that type of propaganda. We are therefore pressing into our service all star witnesses for occult prophesy. Nostradamus must once again submit to being quoted.

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intermission #2: 1925-1926 diaries

http://www.questia.com/read/12023237

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May 13, 1943 posted:

I have devoted exhaustive study to the Protocols of Zion. In the past the objection was always made that they were not suited to present-day propaganda. In reading them now I find that we can use them very well. The Protocols of Zion are as modern today as they were when published for the first time…

At noon I mentioned this to the Fuehrer. He believed the Protocols were absolutely genuine…. The Jewish question, in the Fuehrer’s opinion, will play a decisive role in England…. In all the world, he said, the Jews were alike. Whether they live in a ghetto of the East or in the bankers’ palaces of the City or Wall Street, they will always pursue the same aims and, without previous agreement, even use the same means. One might well ask why there are any Jews in the world order? That would be exactly like asking why there are potato bugs? Nature is dominated by the law of struggle. There will always be parasites between the strong and the weak. The principle of struggle dominates also in human life. One must merely know the laws of this struggle to be able to face it. The intellectual does not have the natural means of resisting the Jewish peril because his instincts have been badly blunted. Because of this fact the nations with a high standard of civilization are exposed to this peril first and foremost. In nature life always takes measures against parasites; in the life of nations that is not always the case. From this fact the Jewish peril actually stems. There is therefore no other recourse left for modern nations except to exterminate the Jew….

There is no hope of leading the Jews back into the fold of civilized humanity except by exceptional punishments. They will forever remain Jews, just as we are forever members of the Aryan race.

The Jew was also the first to introduce the lie into politics as a weapon. Aboriginal man, the Fuehrer believes, did not know the lie…. The higher the human being developed intellectually, the more he acquired the ability of hiding his innermost thoughts and giving expression to something different from what he really felt. The Jew as an absolutely intellectual creature was the first to lear this art. He can therefore be regarded not only as the carrier but even the inventor of the lie amoung human beings. Because of their thoroughly materialistic attitude, the English act very much like the Jews. In fact, they are the Aryans who have acquired most of the Jewish characteristics…. The nations that have been first to see through the Jew and have been the first to fight him are going to take his place in the domination of the world.

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November 29, 1943 posted:

I drove to Reinickendorf and Wdding. At the Gartenplatz I took part in the feeding of the public. The men and women workers recieved me with an enthusiasm that is as unbelievable as it is indescribable. This section of Wedding, all around Acker Street, was at one time full of Reds. I should never have thought it possible that such a transformation of spirit and viewpoint could take place….

I had to eat with the people and was lifted onto a box to talk to them. I delivered a very earthy and slangy speech which won the hearts of the workers. Everybody accosted me with “Du” and called me by my first name. The people wanted to carry me on their shoulders across the Platz and I had difficulty preventing it. Women embraced me. I had to give my autograph. Cigarettes were distributed and I smoked one with them. In short, people were in as high spirits as at a carnival.

Naturally the destruction is enormous, but in so far as the people themselves are involved, they take it with the best of humour. They are firmly convinced that we shall be able to overcome the difficulties. They have only praise for the measures thus far taken.

Wedding itself is for the most part a shambles. The same goes for Reinickendorf.

I took leave of the people. They were deeply touching scenes. One woman had given birth to a child during an air raid two or three days ago; nevertheless she insisted on getting up when she heard I had come, dressed, and hurried to the Platz. We can never lose this war because of defective morale.

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January 30, 1942 posted:

It is interesting to observe what importance the clever exploitation of religion can assume. The Tartars at first had a none-too-gratifying attitude toward the German Wehrmacht. But they changed about completely when permitted to sing their religious chants from the tops of minarets. Their change of attitude went so far that Tarter axillary companies which fought actively against the Bolsheviks could be formed. Our efforts there were supported by our propaganda companies who distributed a picture showing the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem visiting the Fuehrer. That was extremely successful.

[Haj Amin el Hussein was the Grand Mufti. he visited Germany early in November 1941, then went to Italy for about a month, then on his return to Berlin was received by Hitler on December 8, 1941. In August 1946 the British Government refused to have him come to London as a member of the Arab delegation because of his pro-Axis activities.]

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