Hitler on Race and Eugenics

Conversations recorded by Otto Wagener in Hitler: Memoirs of a Confidant
Published by Yale University Press in 1985

Much as I gaze in awe at the Jews' laws for maintaining and preserving the purity of their race, I must nevertheless proceed from my belief that racial theories, should they become the subject of public discussion, may prove a national disaster rather than a blessing.

We must accept the mixing of blood as it is. We must not call one blood worse than another, one mixture better than another. Rather, we must employ other means to breed a higher form from this gray mass. We must try to bring to the surface the valuable traits of the people… to cultivate and to develop them, and we must find ways and means to prevent the propagation of all the bad, inferior, criminal and decadent tendencies and all the congenital diseases so damaging to the Volk.

Furthermore, we must educate the young people in the beauty of movement, the beauty of the body, and the beauty of the spirit. Athletics, personal grooming, physical training, public performances of competitive games and contests, and a revival of the performing arts along the old Greek models will contribute to making a girl see how the man who is worthy of her should look and appear, as well as letting a boy know what his ideal woman is like. Then he will voluntarily turn away from the games coquettish puppets play, from dyed hair, painted faces, roughed lips and red fingernails.

And such selective breeding will become all the more matter of course the more we bring the… Volk together and weld it into one. In their earliest childhood, in kindergarten, in elementary school, in the Hitler Youth and the League of German girls, all classes must meet. No distinction should be allowed to be made between the rich and the poor, between high and low, between city and country, between employer and employee; rather, there is only the distinction between respectable and disrespectable, between companionable and uncompanionable, between aboveboard and furtive, between truth and lies, between courage and cowardice, and between health and sickness.

Then, when these children grow up, they will use their feet to cast aside all this party rubbish, and in every district they will elect the man, the only one, who represents them and goes to the Reichstag on their behalf. Only then will we see true democracy! And it is ridiculous to think that among these elected candidates there would be even a single one who is not a genuine paragon... representative, in short, of (the) Volk that from generation to generation rises ever higher from the oozing slime in which Europe, in which the Old World is still wading.

Sometimes I have the feeling that it is not granted us to experience this great future, that only a coming generation will be mature enough to translate our ideas and plans into action. But it is our mission to bring about the basis for such a community of the Volk, and especially to guide the young people... along the paths that lead to this goal. It will not come about without a struggle! We must make no mistake about that. Not everything we tackle will be successful. There will be setbacks… Hammer blows will rain down upon us. But under them and through them the iron and bronze of which the… Volk is fashioned will be pounded and forged, and it will grow hard, hard as steel, steely! That is the way to make that magnificent sword with its bluish gleam that nevermore breaks and nevermore misses its mark…

"It is of great consequence in what bodies souls are placed, for many things spring from the body that sharpen the mind, and many that blunt and dull it."—Cicero

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