Note 026
by Joachim C. Fest

26 The Early Goebbels Diaries, entry for 30th July 1926. At that time he openly classified people into radical or 'bourgeois' types. He praised Gregor Strasser, for example, for being apt to go along with 'anything that adds radical content to the idea' (entry for 30th September 1925). As is often true of people with a strong inferiority complex, his imagination was strangely fascinated by anything apocalyptic and it seems as though it expressed more than a contemporary fashion: 'A time of brutality approaches of which we ourselves can have absolutely no conception, indeed we are already in the middle of it ... a bursting tidal wave with a blood-red crest' (Die Zweite Revolution). Several pages later he writes: 'We shall only reach our goal if we have enough courage to destroy, laughingly to shatter what we once held holy, such as tradition, upbringing, friendship and human love.'

From Chapter 7, Joseph Goebbels , Part 2 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest -- See further Notes

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