This book, written by the man who would ultimately become Adolf Hitler’s deputy, was one of the first attempts to explain the National Socialist revolution to non-Germans.
Goering, who was simultaneously Minister of the Interior for Prussia, president of the Reichstag, and Reich Commissioner of Aviation, was a famous figure in the Anglo-Saxon world because of his leadership of the “Flying Circus” World War I fighter squadron.
He starts out by briefly but skillfully sketching out the background to the coming of power of the NSDAP, from the time of the end of the First World War, through the tumultuous Communist uprisings to the breathtaking political struggle of Hitler in ultimately gaining power against all the odds.
Along the way, Goering openly addresses many of the burning issues of the time—from Jewish Communism and cultural subversion to practical economics. He also forcefully answers common objections made in other nations against tactics and policies employed by the NSDAP in its path to power and afterward.
In this way, Goering explains—and makes no apologies for—his founding of the Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo, the Secret State Police), which he said was necessary to stamp out the violent subversion employed against the state by the Communist Party.
“For ten months Hitler has ruled Germany. How short the time, but how great the achievement! The German peasant’s land is no longer a commodity; it has been removed from the clutches of speculative usurers and has again become sacred and inviolate.
“Nearly seven million unemployed looked expectantly and with despairing eyes to Adolf Hitler. Today, after ten months, nearly half of them have work and maintenance.
“Thousands of kilometres of great new roads for motor traffic have been planned and work on them has already begun; new canals are to be made, the motor tax has been abolished, insurance premiums lowered, thousands and thousands of new cars are daily being built.
“Theatres, films, music and the Press have been freed from the Jewish spirit and purified of all subversive influences. A new blossoming has begun in all branches of cultural life.
“Once more it has become possible for Germany to rise again and for us to create a healthy Germany. But Germany is, and will remain, the heart of Europe, and Europe can only be healthy and live in peace when its heart is healthy and intact.”
Chapter I: Germany’s Heritage
Chapter II: The War
Chapter III: The Rebellion
Chapter IV: Versailles
Chapter V: Weimar
Chapter VI: Finis Germaniæ?
Chapter VII: Adolf Hitler
Chapter VIII: Black Friday—November 9, 1923
Chapter IX: The Tactics of Legality
Chapter X: The Leader
Chapter XI: The Brüning Government
Chapter XII: The Papen Government
Chapter XIII: The Schleicher Government
Chapter XIV: The Victory—January 30, 1933
Chapter XV: My Task
The Reorganization of the Police; The Organization of the State Secret Police; The wiping out of Marxism and Communism; Prime Minister of Prussia; Aviation
Chapter XVI: The Making of a Nation
Chapter XVII: For Equal Rights, Honour and Peace
About the author: Hermann Wilhelm Goering (1893–1946) was a World War I ace fighter pilot, recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite, and early member of the NSDAP. Wounded during the 1923 Putsch attempt, he rose to senior office after 1933, becoming responsible for much of the functioning of the German economy. Arrested at the end of the Second World War, he said it was his obligation, as the most senior surviving member of the government, to defend Germany at the Nuremberg Trials, and after succeeding in this aim, committed suicide only hours before he would have been hanged. His suicide note, addressed to his Allied captors, read: “I would have let you shoot me without further ado! But it is not possible to hang the German Reichsmarschall! I cannot permit this. … I have no moral obligation to submit to the justice of my enemies. I have therefore chosen the manner of death of the great Hannibal.”