Note 001
by Joachim C. Fest

1 See Wolfgang Sauer, in Bracher, Sauer and Schulz, 'Die nationalsozialistische Machtergreifung'. On Third Reich terminology see Victor Klemperer, LTI (Lingua tertii imperii), 2nd ed. (Berlin, 1949). The following is a very typical example of the character and style of the philosophy of struggle advocated by Hitler in Mein Kampf:

'Nobody can doubt that this world will one day be the scene of dreadful struggles on the part of mankind. In the end the instinct of preservation alone will triumph. Before its consuming fire this so-called humanitarianism, which means no more than a mixture of fatuous timidity and self-conceit, will melt away as under the March sunshine. Man has become great through perpetual struggle In perpetual peace, his greatness must decline.'

In a similar vein, as concise as it is descriptive, Goring notes: 'The history of man is the history of war' (Hermann Goring, Germany Reborn). More significantly still, Mussolini announced in 1926:

'In that hard and metallic word "struggle" lay the whole programme of fascism as I dreamed of it, as I wanted it, as I created it' (quoted by Hans Buchheim, "Totalitarian Rule: Its Nature and Characteristics").

on the ideology of National Socialism see Ernst Nolte's significant study, The Three Faces of Fascism.

From Chapter 6, Hermann Göring , Part 2 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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