Setting the Record Straight: Politically, National Socialist Germany Did Not Surrender at the End of World War II

Colonel General Alfred Jodl, as head of the German Armed Forces High Command, signs an “Act of Military Surrender” in Reims, France, on May 7, 1945.

by Martin Kerr

GERMANY AND ITS ALLIES suffered a total, crushing military defeat at the end of World War II, and its armed forces surrendered unconditionally to the Western powers and the Soviet Union. But although its armed forces capitulated, its government never did so: National Socialist Germany, as a legally-constituted political entity, did not surrender.

Consequently, (1) the Second World War is not officially over; and (2) both the current Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland or BRD), as well as the now-defunct German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik or DDR — that is “East Germany”), were illegally established by the occupying powers (the US, the UK, the USSR and France) and were politically and legally illegitimate.

As the Second World War neared its tragic end, German military forces began to surrender piecemeal to the Allies. On April 29, 1945, the German forces in Italy capitulated. On May 4, German troops in Belgium, the Netherlands and Northern Germany surrendered to the Allies.

These partial military surrenders of the Germans greatly alarmed the Soviet Union. The Soviets were afraid that the German Army intended to surrender only to the Allies in the west, and to keep on fighting against the Red Army in the east. If that were to happen, it could lead to the ultimate nightmare scenario for the Soviets, in which the Americans and British joined with the Germans to pursue a fresh war against the USSR. Certainly, there were some American commanders, such as Gen. George S. Patton, who would have welcomed a joint Allied-German campaign against the Reds.

It is true that the Soviets had decisively defeated the Germans — but only barely. The Red Army had been bled white by the final offensive against NS Germany. Its frontline units were exhausted and understrength, its troop and tank reserves had been depleted, it was out of ammunition, and its supply lines were near to breaking. The thought of a new war against the Allies terrified Stalin.

But the Red dictator need not have worried: an alliance with the “Nazis” was the last thing on the minds of the Western powers.

On May 7, the German military signed an unconditional surrender in Reims, France. A Soviet general was present and accepted the surrender on the part of his government.

But the Soviets, themselves of deceptive frame of mind, still suspected a trick on the part of the Allies, and insisted on a second surrender the next day, in Berlin, overseen by themselves.

On both occasions, the May 7 surrender in France and the May 8 surrender in Berlin, the Germans signed a document entitled “Act of Military Surrender.” There was no political surrender by the German government, which had been headed by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (pictured) since the freewill death of Adolf Hitler on April 30.

In Germany Surrenders 1945: World War II Surrender Documents published by the National Archives (Washington, D.C., 1976), it is noted:

As a means of bringing about an orderly transition of power in Germany, the Allies allowed the government of Grand Adm. Doenitz to remain in power for 16 days. On May 23, 1945, however, the principal members of government were taken into custody for trial as war criminals [sic].

On June 5, the Allied commander in chief issued the Declaration on Germany, which represented the official assumption of political control by the four occupying powers — the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France. This instrument was to replace for years the broader political surrender that had been anticipated by the Reims and Berlin surrender documents. (p. 37)

But the “broader political surrender that had been anticipated” never took place. In other words, the government of National Socialist Germany never surrendered. The so-called “Declaration on Germany” that supposedly provided the basis for establishment of puppet regimes in East and West Germany had no legitimate standing. Grand Admiral Doenitz, legally appointed as Reich’s Chancellor by the preceding President Reich’s President and Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, was the last politically and legally legitimate German head of state. All of the rest since then, down to and including Angela Merkel, have been illegal and illegitimate — and the War never officially ended. [And as I said last year: Since the war never ended, we can still win it. — K.A.S.]

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Source: New Order

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21 May, 2018 3:11 am

Dare I say that the point is moot?

Just one of a hundred conclusions to events that were never legally or officially concluded. History has a way of making irrelevant instances where it forgot to cross the ‘t’s or dot the ‘i’s…

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
Reply to  JimB
21 May, 2018 8:18 pm

You are right in a sense, Jim: Whether Grand Admiral Doenitz signed a formal surrender or not in his official capacity as Reich’s Chancellor did not change the reality of the facts on the ground.

However, the fact that the current German treason-regime is legally illegitimate is an important moral point. Undermining the legitimacy and credibility of all of the treason-regimes which govern White nations today helps further the revolutionary process.

Beyond that, it is always the right thing to do to correct mistakes and mistaken impressions in the historical record.

21 May, 2018 6:12 am

Hors de combat. Germany was smothered by an international army same as the Southern Confederacy. Germany had no wiggle room, whereas the latter had room to ride making it possible to earn the reputation, The Unreconstructed.

22 May, 2018 6:43 am

Hitler’s final political testament has Dr. Goebbels as Chancellor of the Reich.

. . . I, as Fuhrer of the nation, appoint the following members of the new cabinet:

President of the Reich: Donitz
Chancellor of the Reich: Dr Goebbels
Party Minister: Bormann
Foreign Minister: Seyss-Inquart
Minister of the Interior: Gauleiter Giesler
Minister of War: Donitz
Supreme Commander of the Army: Schorner
Supreme Commander of the Navy: Donitz
Supreme Commander of the Air Force: Greim
Reichsfuhrer of the S.S. and Head of the German Police: Gauleiter Hanke
Trade: Funk
Agriculture: Backe
Justice: Thierack
Culture: Dr Scheel
Propaganda: Dr Naumann
Finance: Schwerin-Crossigk
Labor: Dr Hupfauer
Munitions: Saur
Leader of the German Labor Front and Minister without Portfolio: Dr Ley.

22 May, 2018 6:08 pm

The facts set out in this article were recognised by the Socialist Reich Party during its existence from 1949-1952. The SRP agitated for an independent Germany, not tied to either Washington or Moscow. It performed well in elections and established a number of subsidiary organisations. Stalin, the so-called ‘Red Dictator’, funneled money into the SRP – at the same time refusing to fund the German Communist Party – because he saw that a united, independent Germany would be safer for the USSR than an American vassal state in the heart of Europe. It might also be imagined that this would’ve been better for Germany. But in any case, on American insistence, the West German puppet government outlawed the SRP in 1952, shutting down what was, effectively, the direct heir to… Read more »

Martin Kerr
Martin Kerr
22 May, 2018 7:59 pm

You are correct. However, with the freewill death on of Dr. Goebbels on May 1, 1945, the officer of Reich’s Chancellor became vacant, and Grand Admiral Doenitz, as Reich’s President, became the head of government, and effective acting Reich’s Chancellor. He accepted this responsibility, and was duly recognized by other members of the German government, by the Allies and by the Soviets.

I will correct the wording of the article to reflect this.

9 May, 2020 8:57 am


2 June, 2020 11:05 pm

When will the Allies declare a truce with Finland, Hungary and Germany?