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Translation of document 3863-PS

             LAMMERS, OPERATION OF GOVERNMENT IN
                       THE THIRD REICH

[Staatsfuehrung in Dritten Reich.] Part II. The Leader State. [Der
          Fuehrerstaat] Verwaltungsblatt, 59, 1938,
                  2, pp. 563-565, 585-589.

Out of this total basic concentration of power of authority in the
person of the Fuehrer, however, no excessively strong and unnecessary
centralization of administration in the hand of the Fuehrer results in
the governmental administration. In my general elaborations on the basic
concept of the Fuehrer state I have already pointed out that the
subordinate leader's [Unterfuehrer] authority, directed downward,
forbids interference with every individual order he may issue. This
principle is manipulated by the Fuehrer in his government leadership in
such a manner that for example the position of the Reich ministers is
actually much more independent today than formerly, even though today
the Reich ministers are subordinated to the Fuehrer's unlimited power of
command in their entire official sphere, even in every individual
measure and decision in the most trivial matters. Willingness to bear
responsibility, ability to make decisions, aggressive energy, and real
authority — these are the qualities which the Fuehrer demands primarily
of his subordinate leaders [Unterfuehrer]. Therefore he allows them the
greatest freedom in the execution of their affairs and in the manner in
which they fulfill their tasks. Nothing is more foreign to him than
narrow or fault-finding criticism.

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By Divine Providence and the genius of Adolf Hitler the collapse of this
(Austrian) dictatorship became the deliverance and salvation of the
German Ostmark and the hour of birth of our glorious, beloved Greater
German Reich.

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Today the whole world knows that the "German National Socialist
Revolution," which was a real revolution even though no blood flowed,
had its beginning on January 30, 1933. For this German National
Socialist revolution did not signify merely a change in government. It
was rather a complete upheaval of philosophy [Weltanschauung], and
beyond that a radical change in state and political thinking in general.

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According to National Socialist conception the most basic differences in
mete are not accidental but determined by their blood.