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Truth for Germany
The Guilt Question of the Second World War
The hypothesis of Germany’s Guilt for the Second World War is refuted. Future historical research could, if need be, amplify the facts compiled in this book, but it can no longer prove them non-existent. There is available to the public today a considerable number of documents, both from home and abroad, on the foreign policies of the Great Powers before September 1939, as well as a wealth of literature in the memoirs-field of the persons directly involved in the decisions that would lead to the outbreak of the War. Together, they make possible a mosaic-like reconstruction of the events before the outbreak of the War in 1939.
One can assume with an almost virtual certainty that the Victor Powers, starting in 1945, have sifted through the German archives for all the documents incriminating Germany, and during the following twenty years have utilized and published them. It is, therefore, to be expected that the hitherto unpublished documents from the Reich government contain material possibly exonerating Germany. The same would apply to the still unavailable secret archive material of the Allies in East and West.
This book, demonstrating in concentrated format the happenings arising from the manifold connections before the outbreak of the War in Europe in 1939, cannot be glibly brushed aside with the reproach of being “tendentious”. “Tendency” always presupposes unscientific and unscholarly workings, at random “intuitive guesswork”, “interpretation”, insufficient knowledge of sources and the attempt of imposing a “biased” objective.
This book has been published only after an intensive study of sources, taking the greatest care to avoid all guesswork interpretations. It serves not any one particular party, nor is it meant solely for the German people; the aim, rather, is to contribute towards new understandings and cognizance for mankind.
Extracts from section "Leitmotiv: Truth for Germany"
Those who place all blame for the Second World War automatically on Adolf Hitler have neither grasped nor sought to identify the causes of the First World War or of the various conflicts that arose between 1918 and 1939. Thus, no answer is given to the guilt question of previous wars, nor those that have been waged since 1945. Likewise, the prevailing tension between the world powers, between East and West, cannot be explained by placing guilt solely on Hitler and the German people. To try and ultimately establish Hitler’s war guilt as a dogma for all times is to refuse those insights and connections which are fundamental not only for the war guilt question in general but which are of cardinal importance in laying the foundations for assuring the survival of present and future generations and nations. It is vital to discard political dogmas, prejudices, catchwords and slogans in order to achieve a fuller vision of history, of peoples and of individual destinies and to make unbiased judgment possible. To project guilt onto Germany alone is to lock humanity into a new mentality of hatred.
The Allied war and atrocity propaganda of the First World War was developed in the succeeding years of peace by the same politicians and press magnates, still at their posts, into spiritual guidelines both for their own and for the vanquished peoples. The same methods are again applied, but in a perfected manner, during and after the Second World War. The claims of atrocity propaganda now become the “historical” basis of political opinion amongst civilized nations. Is it any wonder that our world finds itself in ever more dire political crises?
The appalling events of the Second World War can be properly judged only by submitting the political and military behaviour of both camps to the same criteria, and by acknowledging that the actions both of decision makers and of peoples are not solely the product of their free will, of a plan and of a premeditated objective, or, respectively, of an individual’s good or bad intentions. Only after seeking to resolve the question of responsibility for the war in an objective manner and without preconception can one hope to arrive at a just verdict of this period. To date no such effort has been undertaken by any official body.....
.... On September 3 1939, England and France declared war on Germany. In so doing they transformed a limited territorial dispute between Poland and Germany into a world war over the city of Danzig, a matter that could easily have been resolved through negotiation. The real significance of these events can be revealed only by an analysis of the apparent muddle of causes and effects that induced the great European democracies to opt for war rather than to seek conciliation. Moreover, we cannot have a just idea of the situation if, for example, we ignore the main war crimes committed by Germany’s opponents before or after 3 September 1939
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