No German Guilt Diffusion Here! The Deep Roots of Nazism in German Thinking: The Popularity (Not Marginalization) of Warmonger Treitschke Among the German Intellectuals and the German Masses

Germany Must Perish! by Theodore N. KaufmanPublished 1941 by Argyle Press. Edition Language: English.


No German Guilt Diffusion Here! The Deep Roots of Nazism in German Thinking: The Popularity (Not Marginalization) of Warmonger Treitschke Among the German Intellectuals and the German Masses

Author Theodore N. Kaufman was an American Jewish businessman. He conducted research on Treitschke and other German thinkers. In contrast to many of today’s Jews, who tend to engage in German guilt dilution, to blame Christianity for the Holocaust, and to dwell on trivial Polish misdeeds (Jedwabne), Kaufman put the blame squarely where it belongs—on the Germans. 

The following are some quotes from Kaufman [Titles (IN CAPS) are Mine]:


“Germanism — the theory of a master race of Germans destined to enslave a weak world by force and brutality — had been an unvoiced doctrine of German belief since tribal days until the latter part of the last century when it reached its maturity by becoming fashioned into a vast and well-organized movement. Its astounding and ambitious program amalgamated all the major doctrines and beliefs of such German teachers, writers, statesmen and philosophers as Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel, von Bernhardi, Rohrbach, Treitschke and Spengler. And because the doctrine which it preached touched upon the very roots of the German soul, and embraced the fundamental tenets of the German intellect, the movement met with immediate and tremendously popular response. In fact its program was so popular with the Germans that within ten years after its inception its malignant dogma was already spread throughout the entire world.” (p. 13). 

“During the interval in which the Pan-German League was organized, a German professor, Heinrich von Treitschke was being hailed throughout Germany as a new prophet. For years he had been spreading the fiery message of Germanism; it was a rabid admixture of war, hate, anti-Christism and destruction. It was the preaching of such doctrines which today has earned for Treitschke the great ‘honor’ of being recognized by the Germans as the apostle of their ideology.” (p. 13).


“Treitschke was a war-monger and a ‘might makes right’ advocate of the first rank. Possessing a natural gift of eloquence he held his students spellbound during his lectures on ‘conquer at all costs’ for, according to his interpretation of Germany’s development and history, it had to pursue such a course in order to spread itself beyond its boundaries. At first he set Europe as the area of Germany’s LEBENSRAUM but, after the success of the German army in 1870 he enlarged and expanded upon his original declaration by stating that the world was Germany’s to conquer and dominate; that through foisting war upon the world the German nation was destined to become the „super-state” of the universe, and to hold its people in thraldom. These teachings so appealed to the German character that Treitschke, like Hitler, soon captured the intellectuals as well as the masses of his day. His doctrines were spread throughout Germany by his many pupils until, eventually, practically every educated German of that day fell under his influence. Conceivably, he could not have inspired such a profound belief in such monstrous doctrines unless, in substance, they embraced aims and ideas already very definitely existing as inherent in the German character and innate in his soul. Many of those beliefs explain much of Germany’s present actions.” (p. 13).

Well said!

Jan Peczkis

Published with the author’s permission.

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  • Title image: This photo, from 1933, presumably shows a German military unit posed in the form of the Nazi swastika. 1933 was the year that Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, the Reichstag was burned, and Hitler’s rise to complete control of Germany was solidified, so perhaps the soldiers were celebrating one or more of those events with the human swastika. Source: / selected by wg.pco

, 2019.02.19.