The Holocaust Historiography Project

A Straight Look at the Third Reich Part I

Hitler and National Socialism, How Right? How Wrong?

by Austin J. App, Ph.D.

Decades after Unconditional Surrender, an objective look at the Third Reich and National Socialism is long overdue.[1] Three recent trips to Germany have convinced me that any German policy which is patriotic and national — as truly German as we want American policy to be truly American — one which is firmly anti-communistic and yet not slavishly subservient to the Western victors, will be denounced as neo-Nazi. Yet unless Germany can soon generate such a policy into office, it seems destined to fall under the domination of Soviet Russia.


Indeed, the United Nations Charter (in Articles 53 and 107) reserves to Soviet Russia the right to invade West Berlin and West Germany whenever it can allege a revival there of neo-Nazism OR militarism. Every time anyone accuses anything in West Germany or in Austria as NEO-NAZI he is flashing a green light to Soviet Russia to invade these FORMER ENEMIES. When in 1968 West Germany faintly protested the Red invasion of Czechoslovakia, Moscow pointed to Articles 53 and 107 and convulsed Bonn with terror and silence. And blackmailed it into ratifying the Red theft of the Oder-Neisse territories — one fourth of Germany — and to sanction the expulsion of its fifteen million inhabitants (which includes the Sudeten Germans) and the murder of 2,500,000! And in the Moscow-Bonn treaty, West Germany had to endorse Articles 53 and 107!

Yet a nation whom the victors do not allow to be nationalistic cannot long remain a nation; it will go the way the Soviet Zone of Germany and Czechoslovakia have gone — right under the noses of the Anglo-American champions of democracy! The world-wide Communistic conspiracy and a lingering Morgenthauism have succeeded in labeling all German patriotism as NEO-NAZI and to keep representing the Third Reich as monstrously evil, and National Socialism as the most Satanic governmental philosophy and system in the world!


The time is overdue to investigate what validity this judgement has and who is behind it. According to some signs, what is not totally evil is National Socialism, and what IS totally evil is the propaganda of the Unconditional Surrenderists! For example, I was jolted when the very respectable German paper, DEUTSCHE ZEITUNG: CHRIST UND WELT, “War Hitler ein grosser Man?” (April 18, 1969) dutifully denies that Hitler was great, complains that he ruined Germany, but dares to cite as one small, positive accomplishment of his that he “broke up class structure of bourgeois Germany and created a condition of social equality.” In other words, National Socialism, it appears, was an instrument for social democracy, and this is really the most Christian element of democracy! This would represent a huge hunk of good in National Socialism!


While absorbing this revelation in the anti-Nazi DEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, I happened to re-read WEDEMEYER REPORTS (Devin-Adair Co., 1 Park Ave, Old Greenwich, Conn. 06870, 497 pages, hardback, $7.50; paperback, $2.95). In it, General Albert C. Wedemeyer, a Nebraskan American, whom the U.S. Army sent to study in the German KRIEGAKADEMIE from 1936 to 1938, who therefore is one of the few Americans who saw Nazi Germany when it was in peaceful operation, before it was distorted by war, made the following observation:

“There were some aspects of the Third Reich which seemed good at the time — for example, the public works program; encouragement of the arts, music, and sciences; the building of roads and communications; and cultural opportunities such as travel abroad for underprivileged people at government expense.” (p. 38)

In other words, German National Socialism, the Third Reich, which Talmudists, Communists and our media continue to represent as the very epitome of concentrated evil had in reality some good in it! I cannot help adding here that it also suppressed the greatest contemporary American, Swedish, Danish and West German shame — and that of the Weimar Republic — pornography! Nor did it tolerate the effects of pornography — prostitution, perversion, sodomy! It frowned upon divorce, encouraged marital fidelity. And whatever else Hitler might have been, he was not an adulterer like Roosevelt, who two-timed his wife, with two of his secretaries! Nor like Wilson, whose adultery caused the Jews to blackmail him into appointing Brandeis to the Supreme Court and to railroad the U.S. into World War I!


Indeed, upon a moment's reflection, we realize with a start that Nazi Germany before the war certainly had nothing like the Berlin Wall to keep its citizens in, nor a barbed wire entanglement — no Iron Curtain — around its frontier, through the middle of Europe, all hideous barbarisms which characterize our lend-lease Pals, the Communists! We also recollect that until 1939 people could come and go to and from Germany very much as in the U.S. and Great Britain! But NEVER to and from Soviet Russia, or its satellites, like the Soviet Zone of Germany, hypocritically called the DEMOCRATIC GERMAN REPUBLIC.

Most of all, Jews could leave Germany at will — with their belongings — and without paying a head tax! In contrast, Soviet Russia, which the media continue to represent as a kind of Utopia compared to Nazi Germany, does not let Jews — nor any other ethnic groups, not even the remaining Oder-Neisse Germans — go and come as they please. And they charge huge head taxes for the Jews they do let out! In reality, Hitler permitted them, even encouraged them, to emigrate, precisely what Jews bitterly complain that Soviet Russia denies them!

Yet, these same Jews continue to call National Socialism intrinsically evil, but Communism, but for a few AD HOC inconveniences, relatively good! In short, the Third Reich was a relatively open and exposed society, like our own, while Soviet Russia and its satellites are barbed-wired in like huge concentration camps!


Ever since our media have ganged up to represent President Nixon as liar, thief, and dictator, a veritable Hitler, they also begin to talk of Senator Barry Goldwater as the American ideal of a senator. Recently Walter Cronkite pontificated benignly over Goldwater:

“If Goldwater now sounds like the voice of moderation and reason, in this current of public confidence perhaps it's because … he seems to plead no special cause, right now, except frankness and honesty … Once … He was ridiculed as an anachronism … are the times catching up to Barry Goldwater?” (NATIONAL REVIEW, November 9, 1973)

Goldwater was not only called an “anachronism,” he was denounced as a Hitler, a Fascist, and a racist. If “the times are catching up to Barry Goldwater,” and rehabilitating him, perhaps the times will by and by catch up with Adolf Hitler, too? That is why I am writing this booklet!

Here is what a few of the great U.S. publicists, who in 1964 still denounced Hitler as an abomination, said of Goldwater. Martin Luther King croaked, “We see dangerous signs of Hitlerism in the Goldwater campaign.” If he wins, there will be an “outbreak of violence” by Negroes. George Meany, who is especially down on Nixon now, announced “a parallel between Senator Barry Goldwater and Adolf Hitler.” Jackie Robinson said he believes he now knows “how it felt to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany.” Drew Pearson, one who didn't believe in the Devil but knew Hitler was the Devil, perceived “The smell of Fascism … in the air” at the San Francisco Convention. Governor Pat Brown found that “Goldwater's acceptance speech had the stench of Fascism … All we needed to hear was “Heil Hitler!”

And of course C. L. Sulzberger, of the NEW YORK TIMES, which to ruin Nixon made a monster out of the Watergate peccadillo, found that:

“… in January 1963 a dangerous group of financial supporters including racists and labor-baiters began to push Goldwater's candidacy … the kind of business backing behind the Nazis in the early Thirties.”

James Reston, another pundit of the NEW YORK TIMES, reminded Goldwater “that most of the extremist tyrants of history, from Caesar and Napoleon to Hitler and Stalin, acted in the name of liberty and justice.” (We are indebted for these quotations to NATIONAL REVIEW, November 9, 1973.)


We see that in 1964 the top American opinion-makers equated Goldwater with Hitler, and the Republicans with Nazis and Fascists! And within a few months they so defamed Goldwater that he sank from a Republican hero to a “monster” few dared to name and fewer to vote for! Now, if the moral cripples in our media can do this to a now revered American politician, can anyone doubt that they could and would do worse to a foreign politician with whose country they tricked us into a war? If they could make Goldwater look like Hitler, and the Republican Party like Nazis and Fascists, then one cannot accept their defamations of Hitler nor of National Socialism. OUR TOP OPINION MAKERS DURING AND AFTER WORLD WAR II, AND OUR TOP MEDIA, OUTSIDE THE “CHICAGO TRIBUNE,” WERE LIARS, MORAL CRIPPLES, AND PROSTITUTES OF ROOSEVELT AND MORGENTHAU — AND LARGELY STILL ARE!

What they have been saying about Hitler and National Socialism, like what they said about the Kaiser in 1919 and Barry Goldwater in 1964, is the crudest, the dirtiest, the vilest character-assassination! Only moral cripples would stoop to it, and only a brain-washed public would believe it.


The top U.S. media, possibly because they are dominated by Jews, as their smearing of Goldwater in 1964 and of President Nixon now, and of President Herbert Hoover in 1928, shows, have no tradition of fairness to anyone they hate. They are smear-terroristic liars and slanderers. But, sad to say, they have also in wartime subverted much of the public to a frenzy of prejudice. Even in our Civil War, where Americans fought against Americans, Americans of the North were told and came to believe that Choctaw County stunk with dead bodies of murdered slaves, and that Southern belles (really sisters of the belles of the North) had worn necklaces strung of Yankee eyeballs! And Northern politicians, like Thaddeus Stevens, said of the Southerners, fellow Americans, “Humble the proud traitors, strip them of their bloated estates … desolate the section … reduce them to hopeless feebleness.”

If Yankees could believe that Southern girls wore necklaces of Yankee eyeballs, would they not even more readily believe that Germans made lamp-shades out of the skin of prisoners, or that they boiled Jews into soap? If in 1918 they wanted to hang the Kaiser on a sour apple tree, as the monster criminal of World War I, a world leader now universally recognized as one of the most decent and moderate of all War leaders, certainly less dishonest and less vindictive than Wilson, Lloyd George, Clemenceau, and General Foche, is it not likely that for possibly no more justification they would want to hang Hitler, and did in fact at the Nuremberg Trials hang Germans no more guilty than the Kaiser, or Hindenburg, or Ludendorf? Clearly what judgement American pundits and the media and as a consequence, much of the public screeched about the German leaders and people after World War II deserves not to be credited — and needs to be studied honestly and be revised. This — and only this — I am trying to do in this booklet.


Have you ever heard that Hitler “burned books” and that therefore the Third Reich must be destroyed, its cities bombed, its workmen's homes destroyed by fire bombs, its churches bombed to bits, and a maximum of women and children massacred, as in Dresden? Well, in World War I, after Wilson appointed George Creel as director of public information, really as the government prostitute for publicizing false atrocity stories against the Central Powers, such as that Germans went around slicing the arms off Belgian babies, the allegedly fair-minded American public outlawed the German language from the schools:

“German music and literature, German church services, the German language, the activities of all German societies … came under the ban of super-patriots … The “Hun” language was banished from the curriculum … German books were thrown out of libraries, sold as trash or burned in the public square with patriotic ceremonies.” (Whittke, GERMAN PRESS, pp. 268-9)

Is it likely that a public that could be propagandized into such a frenzy of hatred of an enemy long since recognized as marvelously chivalrous, would not be whipped to a worse paroxysm of hatred and vilification during and after World War II, when in addition to the George Creel type of slanderers the Third Reich and the German people have been exposed to the likes of the Jewish Communist Ilya Ehrenburg, who ordered all German women raped, and Jews like Theodore N. Kaufman (GERMANY MUST PERISH), who wanted all German men castrated, and Secretary of the Treasury, Henry J. Morgenthau (GERMANY IS OUR PROBLEM), who wanted all Germans starved to death?


Is it really likely that when such genocidal barbarians swayed Allied propaganda and policy, that Hitler and the Third Reich and the German people could have been given an honest and fair treatment? Obviously when such monsters of slander and vilification and genocide were the darlings of our media fairness to the Third Reich — to Hitler, to National Socialism — has had no more chance than the proverbial snowball in hell! I am writing this booklet only to try to start setting the record straight — no more. I don't want to defend the Third Reich, nor National Socialism, I just want truth and justice for them. Though it be Utopian to hope so — in as much as even after 2,000 years it still does not grant truth and justice to Jesus of Nazareth, — I am most eager to have the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith accept my modest and sincere intention!


The one thing the self-acclaimed “Crusaders” for the destruction of Germany proclaimed over and over again was and is that every people has the right to choose what form of government it wants but that no outside power or unpopular armed clique may force its type of rule on a people. In the third Article of the Atlantic Charter, the top hypocrites of the world, Roosevelt and Churchill, preached “the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live!”

But what did they do? As soon as they had forced Unconditional Surrender on the hapless German and Austrian people, the peace dictators violently, without a plebiscite, tore Austrians from Germany and told them they must adopt the Rooseveltian New Deal as their form of government or be starved to death. And again the Western victors, without consulting the German people, told the West Germans under their occupation, that if they do not wish to be exterminated as Nazis or Nazi sympathizers, they must adopt the Rooseveltian New Deal and nothing else.


Is it possible that the Anglo-American peace dictators did not realize that if they claimed the right and duty to force their form of government on the German and Austrian people, under their occupation, Soviet Russia would feel justified to force Communism on its zones of occupation? Could our diplomats have really been so stupid and blind! Or did they secretly, barbarized and bolshevized by Morgenthauism, want to deliver the German people to the Reds? Morgenthau wanted U.S. troops to leave Europe and let Europeans occupy all of Germany, which in effect meant handing it over to the Soviet Russian rapists and burglars. Morgenthau was flanked by Communist Harry Dexter White, and he by Alger Hiss. John Barron (in KGB, N.Y. 1974, p. 188) lists among his catalogue of Red spies in our foreign service, such characters as Ullmann, Reno, Coplin, Gold, Greenglass, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (whom the media now glamorize), Sobell, Perl, Soble, Wolston, and Alfred and Martha Stern. And such as Klaus Fuchs and Philby for Britain.

No wonder that with characters like that the Anglo-Americans forced the New Deal on West Germany in a way which invited Soviet Russia to force Communism on the eastern half of Germany — and on Poland, the Baltic States, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia! That is the right “of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they want to live” which the “holy Rooseveltian Crusaders” inflicted on Europe — and on China, North Korea, and North Vietnam!


If “liberated,” and all other nations can choose the form of government they want, just why can't the Germans choose National Socialism, in preference to the atheistic, barbarous, abominable totalitarianism of Bolshevism the victors not only permitted to them but forced upon them? And upon a dozen unfortunate Baltic and Asiatic peoples?

Let me again explain for the benefit of the Morgenthauistic smear-terrorists, I do not recommend National Socialism or Fascism, I do not advocate it for Germany or for Italy. What I do declare solemnly is that since the Potsdam Pact any impulses of patriotism in West Germany, of honorable nationalism, no matter how timid, are immediately denounced and destroyed by the American, British, Israeli and Soviet press as “neo-Nazi.” And in a fright, the bulk of the German press, which the Rooseveltians after the war handed over to exclusively liberal, socialistic, pro-Communistic, virtually treasonable so-called Germans, immediately claques in unison with the Germanophobic international press and chokes off any German patriotic movement. This is what, for example, it did to the NPD (National Democratic Party). This was an absolutely harmless but patriotic and national German party, and its chairman, Adolf von Thadden (whose sister had been executed by the Nazis) was about as anti-National Socialistic as it is possible to be. But he and the party were patriotically German, they wanted a Germany with some national pride, and most of all they wanted to get rid of the Communistic savages in the eastern part of Germany, one half of the total, and reunification in the boundaries Wilson's Fourteen Points and the Rooseveltian Atlantic Charter had guaranteed to the vanquished!


For this the same type of moral cripples who in 1964 equated Goldwater with Hitler screeched day and night about the revival of National Socialism in Germany and howled to have it crushed, even if necessary by having Soviet Russia invoke Articles 53 and 107 and march into West Germany!

It is because of these very articles that I insist it is necessary to put National Socialism in proper perspective. I solemnly declare that since the Potsdam Pact the victors have not allowed Germany to be patriotic. They have not allowed it to have national pride. They have not allowed it to have a modern army with modern weapons — and an army without modern weapons is a swindle. It is an invitation to the Soviet Russians to march in.

Any but a Morgenthauist ought to realize that a Germany that is denounced as “neo-Nazi” at every breath of patriotism has no alternative, and only one choice — to go Communist, to seek its reunification from Soviet Russia, rather than from a United Western Front. At the first sign of a real depression, and as in people's hearts the desire of a reunified Germany grows, (but which they may not express), the German people can only turn to Communism. The West which encouraged the Berlin Wall and accepted the Iron Curtain without a protest, and which calls all real patriotism “neo-Nazi,” which staffed its chief papers with virtual traitors, cannot seem to honest Germans as an alternative! Hope remains only if it quickly stops denouncing patriotism as National Socialism and Fascism!

I saw the German dilemma once. In 1931, Germany suffered from the worst depression I ever experienced or read about. The Communists, mostly with Jewish leaders (e.g. Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, Kurt Eisner), were aggressively and ruthlessly advancing their Red barbarism. The only opposition to them was Hitler and his followers. It was clear to me, then a young man, that the German people, to whom America and the West had refused self-determination for Austria, the Sudetenland, Danzig and the Corridor, South Tyrol, had only one alternative, Communism OR National Socialism.

May I here add that it was at that time impossible to oppose the Red barbarism energetically without being denounced by Communists and Jews as “anti-Semitic.” I may add, THAT is still is the case. It happened to Lindbergh, to Father Coughlin, and to Senator Joseph McCarthy!


It may take another hundred years, or a Third World War with the Communistic monster which the Rooseveltians created, before it will be realized that it was Hitler and his National Socialism to whom, from Spain to England, Western Europe must be grateful for having preserved them at least until now from the Red barbarism. Because the Rooseveltians knocked the sword out of Germany's hand at Stalingrad, half of Germany, all of Poland, the Balkans, the Baltic Republics have since 1945 suffered the frightful agony and tyranny and totalitarianism of the Bolshevik savages to which the Anglo-Americans at the Potsdam Pact betrayed them! That it was Hitler who saved Spain, the western anchor of freedom, from the Bolshevik take-over is already admitted.


Luckily, as by and by even our journalistic moral cripples will admit, Hitler and his National Socialists and Mussolini and his Fascists in those so critical years for Europe won. But what makes me tremble is the fact that again the German people, normally, has only the choice of throwing off the unpatriotic phony democracy of the Rooseveltians forced upon it in 1945 or to let Soviet Russia engulf it. The present German government, that of Brandt, Wehner, and Bahr, all former Communists and, according to all appearances still more Communistic than German, in the last two years have sanctioned and ratified the Communist robbery of the Oder-Neisse territories, one-fourth of Germany proper, have betrayed the Sudeten Germans to the Red Czechs, have endangered West Berlin, are paying huge indemnities to the Communists countries to reward them for the most atrocious mass crime in all recorded history, the expulsion, and total robbery, and clubbing to death of 20% of the East Prussians, Pommeranians, Silesians and Sudeten Germans. A government that does that is not for Germany, it is for Soviet Russia!

And the Brandt-Wehner-Bahr collection of former Communists could afford these frightful betrayals of German rights because they knew that Washington, with a co-racialist as Bahr as Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and President Nixon bludgeoned into serving Zionist and Morgenthau interests rather than American and Western ones, would be happy if West Germany served “detente” by betraying all of Eastern Germany and all the satellite and enslaved nations!


The government imposed upon Germany by the Rooseveltians, never truly independent of U.S. Morgenthauism, is, with the additional impulse of the prevailing phony “detente,” betraying Germans to Soviet Russia. Had the NPD not been smear-terrorized out of influence some years ago, this would not be happening.

But the frightful condition is that, whereas in 1931 Germany was allowed to chose an alternative to Bolshevism, in 1974 it is damned as “neo-Nazi” if it chooses patriotism and nationalism — and therefore has no alternative. Its only hope for reunification is surrendering to Soviet Russia!

And let me make it absolutely clear, any patriotic impulse in Germany, any effort for an adequate defence, any sense of national pride is immediately damned by the Bolshevik, Israeli, and American media as “neo-Nazi” deserving of another Nuremberg trial!



But to achieve this so critically important fairness in the West, I seem to be able only to do it by asking just what is so wrong in National Socialism that is not ten times more wrong in Bolshevism? Just why at Potsdam did the Western victors tell the Germans on pain of destruction not ever to tolerate or embrace National Socialism, but to be very open-minded about Communism, and in fact ordered the defenseless Germans to accept it as their system of government for the eastern half of Germany!

Why this insane foaming-at-the-mouth hatred of National Socialism? Harry Elmer Barnes, before World War II the great darling of Jews and Liberals, wrote:

“In short, there is no unique or special case against Nazi barbarism and horrors unless one assumes that it is far more wicked to exterminate Jews than to massacre Gentiles.” (BLASTING THE HISTORICAL BLACKOUT, May, 1963, p. 35).

Morgenthau, whose plan envisaged the starving to death of the German race, when the Nuremberg Trials were proposed against Germans, “… would have preferred simply to shoot the arch criminals;” furthermore he wanted “… all members of an organization like the SS (to) be found guilty of a crime against humanity collectively, and punished without further trial” (John Morton Blum, MORGENTHAU DIARIES, years 1941-45, p. 397). This genocidist, who arrogated to himself the moral superiority to shoot Nazis on sight, said to his Communist assistant, Harry Dexter White:

“The only thing you can sell me, or I will have any part of, is the complete shut-down of the Ruhr … Just strip it, I don't care what happens to the population … I would take every mine, every mill, and factory and wreck it … Steel, coal, everything. Just close it down … I am for destroying it first and we will worry about the population second (p.354).


This is one of the Allied monsters who wanted to kill all National Socialists and all “neo-Nazis!” Had any German, any National Socialist, ever spoken anything as inhumane as Morgenthau spoke on the Ruhr, the Allied hypocrites would have hanged him forthwith. I maintain that no National Socialist, no German before, during, or after World War II ever wanted anything so genocidic, or savage as Morgenthau! Yet, the holy crusaders, who, forbade National Socialism forever and ever, did not move a finger to try and hang Morgenthau! What right had the likes of him to condemn the National Socialists? He was not civilized enough to have the right to kill a jackal in the act of killing a lamb! And that pretty well goes for most of the frenzied slanderers of National Socialism! Harry Elmer Barnes wrote:

“Extremely severe sentences were imposed on Germans convicted at Nuremberg of “plotting” evil deeds, and it is doubtful if anything more evil than the Morgenthau Plan was ever plotted. (BLASTING THE HISTORICAL BLACKOUT, p. 33)

There wasn't! The Morgenthau Plan, which Roosevelt made official American policy, and which was in effect until 1947, was positively the most genocidic peace plan in all recorded history. And genocidists of this stamp presume to condemn German National Socialism from the face of the earth!

Father Daniel Lyons, S.J., writing in TWIN CIRCLE (October 12, 1969), commenting on how the press favorably discussed Ho Chi Minh, “the Joseph Stalin of Vietnam,” added that Roosevelt, too, often praised Stalin, and adds, “Stalin killed more people than Hitler by far, but it was not until Khruschev denounced Stalin that the U.S. press stopped praising him.”


The genocide that Morgenthau plotted on paper (and which we Christians of America managed to keep from full implementation), Stalin put into action. He deliberately starved six million Ukrainians to death, he murdered 2691 priests and 5409 monks, he tore down or converted 15,000 Russian churches to stables at worst and museums at best.[2] He murdered 15,000 Polish officers, P.0.W.s at Katyn and elsewhere, he slave-labored perhaps two million German P.O.W.s to death (of 96,000 captured at Stalingrad only 6,000 returned alive!), he looted and plundered for decades the half of Germany under his administration, and he put under Soviet tyranny half of Germany and seven satellites, his soldiers raped a million German, Austrian, and Hungarian women, and he organized the most bestial mass atrocity in all recorded history, the expulsion of 15,000,000 Oder-Neisse and Sudeten and Balkan Germans, the total robbery of all of their possessions, and clubbing and raping to death of some 20% of them.

To equate such a monster of satanic evil with Hitler is almost as blasphemous as equating Jesus of Nazareth with Genghis Khan! Or his communism with Hitler's National Socialism!


  1. In their Forward to FIGHTER ACES OF THE LUFTWAFFE, Horrido (Ballentine, 1970), authors Trevor J. Constable and Col. Raymond F. Toliver write, “A quarter of a century after the end of the Second World War, the time has come to dispel many myths and inaccurate views concerning the Luftwaffe fighter pilots which have their roots in wartime propaganda” (p. xv). What they rightly say of the Luftwaffe is even more true of all of Germany, of the Third Reich, its leaders, its people!
  2. See D. Konstantinow, DIE KIRCHEN DER SOWJETUNION, Munich, 1973, pp. 16, 17, 50.