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101 Years Ago Today: Jewish, Leftist Criminals Stabbed My Country in the Back

In the following, from Chapter VII of Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 (1925), Adolf Hitler describes how, while recovering at a hospital from a gas-attack, he heard the news of fall of German Emperor William II. The new government immediately sued for peace, and an armistice went into effect November 11, 1918.

FOR A LONG TIME there had been something indefinite but repulsive in the air…. Unfavorable rumors were constantly coming from the navy, which was said to be in a state of ferment. But this, too, seemed to me more the product of the imagination of individual scoundrels than an affair involving real masses. Even in the hospital, people were discussing the end of the War which they hoped would come soon, but no one counted on anything immediate. I was unable to read the papers.

Corporal Hitler

In November the general tension increased.

And then one day, suddenly and unexpectedly, the calamity descended. Sailors arrived in trucks and proclaimed the revolution; a few Jewish youths were the ‘leaders’ in this struggle for the ‘freedom, beauty, and dignity’ of our national existence. None of them had been at the front. By way of a so-called ‘gonorrhoea hospital,’ the three Orientals had been sent back home from their second-line base. Now they raised the red rag in the homeland.

In the last few days I had been getting along better. The piercing pain in my eye sockets was diminishing; slowly I succeeded in distinguishing the broad outlines of the things about me. I was given grounds for hoping that I should recover my eyesight at least well enough to be able to pursue some profession later. To be sure, I could no longer hope that I would ever be able to draw again. In any case, I was on the road to improvement when the monstrous thing happened.

The Communist Karl Liebknecht speaks at a rally

My first hope was still that this high treason might still be a more or less local affair. I also tried to bolster up a few comrades in this view. Particularly my Bavarian friends in the hospital were more than accessible to this. The mood there was anything but ‘revolutionary.’ I could not imagine that the madness would break out in Munich, too. Loyalty to the venerable House of Wittelsbach seemed to me stronger, after all, than the will of a few Jews. Thus I could not help but believe that this was merely a Putsch on the part of the navy and would be crushed in the next few days.

The next few days came and with them the most terrible certainty of my life. The rumors became more and more oppressive. What I had taken for a local affair was now said to be a general revolution. To this was added the disgraceful news from the front. They wanted to capitulate. Was such a thing really possible?

Leftist “Spartacist” militia in Berlin, c. January 1919.

On November 10, the pastor came to the hospital for a short address: now we learned everything.

In extreme agitation, I, too, was present at the short speech. The dignified old gentleman seemed all a-tremble as he informed us that the House of Hollenzollern should no longer bear the German imperial crown; that the fatherland had become a ‘republic’; that we must pray to the Almighty not to refuse His blessing to this change and not to abandon our people in the times to come. He could not help himself, he had to speak a few words in memory of the royal house. He began to praise its services in Pomerania, in Prussia, nay, to the German fatherland, and-here he began to sob gently to himself-in the little hall the deepest dejection settled on all hearts, and I believe that not an eye was able to restrain its tears.

But when the old gentleman tried to go on, and began to tell us that we must now end the long War, yes, that now that it was lost and we were throwing ourselves upon the mercy of the victors, our fatherland would for the future be exposed to dire oppression, that the armistice should be accepted with confidence in the magnanimity of our previous enemies-I could stand it no longer. It became impossible for me to sit still one minute more. Again everything went black before my eyes; I tottered and groped my way back to the dormitory, threw myself on my bunk, and dug my burning head into my blanket and pillow.

Since the day when I had stood at my mother’s grave, I had not wept. When in my youth Fate seized me with merciless hardness, my defiance mounted. When in the long war years Death snatched so many a dear comrade and friend from our ranks, it would have seemed to me almost a sin to complain- after all, were they not dying for Germany? And when at length the creeping gas-in the last days of the dreadful struggle- attacked me, too, and began to gnaw at my eyes, and beneath the fear of going blind forever, I nearly lost heart for a moment, the voice of my conscience thundered at me: Miserable wretch, are you going to cry when thousands are a hundred times worse off than you! And so I bore my lot in dull silence. But now I could not help it. Only now did I see how all personal suffering vanishes in comparison with the misfortune of the fatherland.

And so it had all been in vain. In vain all the sacrifices and privations; in vain the hunger and thirst of months which were often endless; in vain the hours in which, with mortal fear clutching at our hearts, we nevertheless did our duty; and in vain the death of two millions who died. Would not the graves of all the hundreds of thousands open, the graves of those who with faith in the fatherland had marched forth never to return? Would they not open and send the silent mud- and blood-covered heroes back as spirits of vengeance to the homeland which had cheated them with such mockery of the highest sacrifice which a man can make to his people in this world?

Had they died for us, the soldiers of August and September, 1914? Was it for this that in the autumn of the same year the volunteer regiments marched after their old comrades? Was it for this that these boys of seventeen sank into the earth of Flanders? Was this the meaning of the sacrifice which the German mother made to the fatherland when with sore heart she let her best-loved boys march off, never to see them again?

Did all this happen only so that a gang of wretched criminals could lay hands on the fatherland?

Was it for this that the German soldier had stood host in the sun’s heat-and in snowstorms, hungry, thirsty, and freezing, weary from sleepless nights and endless marches? Was it for this that he had lain in the hell of the drumfire and in the fever of gas attacks without wavering, always thoughtful of his one duty to preserve the fatherland from the enemy peril?

Verily these heroes deserved a headstone: ‘Thou Wanderer who comest to Germany, tell those at home that we lie here, true to the fatherland and obedient to duty.’

And what about those at home-?

And yet, was it only our own sacrifice that we had to weigh in the balance? Was the Germany of the past less precious? Was there no obligation toward our own history? Were we still worthy to relate the glory of the past to ourselves? And how could this deed be justified to future generations?

Miserable and degenerate criminals!

The more I tried to achieve clarity on the monstrous event in this hour, the more the shame of indignation and disgrace burned my brow. What was all the pain in my eyes compared to this misery?

There followed terrible days and even worse nights-I knew that all was lost. Only fools, liars, and criminals could hope in the mercy of the enemy. In these nights hatred grew in me, hatred for those responsible for this deed.

In the days that followed, my own fate became known to me.

I could not help but laugh at the thought of my own future which only a short time before had given me such bitter concern. Was it not ridiculous to expect to build houses on such ground? At last it became clear to me that what had happened was what I had so often feared but had never been able to believe with my emotions.

Kaiser William II was the first German Emperor to hold out a conciliatory hand to the leaders of Marxism, without suspecting that scoundrels have no honor. While they still held the imperial hand in theirs, their other hand was reaching for the dagger.

There is no making pacts with Jews; there can only be the hard: either-or.

I, for my part, decided to go into politics.

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Source: Russia Insider

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14 November, 2019 1:42 pm

Karl Liebknecht was ethnic German not Jew.

Kevin Alfred Strom
Kevin Alfred Strom
Reply to  schulz
15 November, 2019 6:50 pm

Thank you for the correction.

The Eye
The Eye
Reply to  schulz
15 November, 2019 6:57 pm

That’s nice. So as far as I’m concerned, he was simply a spiritual jew instead of a biological one.

pj dooner
pj dooner
Reply to  schulz
16 November, 2019 10:48 am

I’m not so sure that Liebknecht wasn’t a jew or part-jew. It seems to me that whenever the jews believe they can get away with it they will call a jew or part-jew a non-jew and Liebknecht might be one of these cases. I could never find any reference to him being a Christian and he had a very jewish worldview, at least the worldview that jews have as minorities in European countries and he closely associated with jews from an early age. Plus he looks like a jew although some of that could be from mimicking his jew bolshevik heroes like Trotsky. Felix Dzerzhinsky, the first leader of the bolshevik secret police, Lavrentiy Beria, a later leader of the same agency and top bolshevik Nikolai Bukharin, are three others… Read more »

Rommel 41
Rommel 41
18 November, 2019 11:26 am

This photo “Leftist “Spartacist” militia in Berlin, c. January 1919.” is clearly a fake. And a poor one at that. Some are easy while others require more thoughtful analysis. This one’s easy. The men are essentially black silhouettes placed against a background. No real expertise required. So they weren’t really there … at least not for the purposes of the ‘photo’ representing anything someone may be claiming. It doesn’t necessarily say anything one way or the other for the topic of the article, and I make no offers. But I do think it important to bear in mind that much ‘history’ has indeed been manipulated, and outright faked, by way of pictures, ‘photos’, and present day “television footage”. And certainly by the usual suspects have no doubt. So for what… Read more »

pj dooner
pj dooner
Reply to  Rommel 41
18 November, 2019 8:16 pm

But who are those armed jews?

Rommel 41
Rommel 41
Reply to  pj dooner
19 November, 2019 4:11 pm

Who knows. Who says they’re ‘jews’ ?! We don’t know who they are really.
We’re presented a ‘picture’ allegedly relating to an ‘event’. The picture is an
obvious paste up, so THAT’S what we can ‘know’ for sure. About the picture
anyway. TBH, the group on the right could be an upper class hunting party
for all we know. White collars and ties are visible on several of the men, so
that’s how they ‘revolution’ there I guess. Dress for success I suppose :)

pj dooner
pj dooner
Reply to  Rommel 41
21 November, 2019 8:40 pm

The one on the far left sure looks like a jew, the other ones could be too so the image could have been put on that street scene but they still could have been jews up to no good.

Ulysses Freire da Paz Junior
Ulysses Freire da Paz Junior
Reply to  Rommel 41
20 November, 2019 9:35 am,/0/default.jpg Genau vor 100 Jahre “Dieser Bericht war an den britischen Außenminister Lord Balfour gerichtet, und die britische Regierung gab ihm eine so ernste Bedeutung, dass sie ihn in das im April 1919 veröffentlichte Weißbuch über den Bolschewismus aufnahm. Er sagt:” Die sofortige Unterdrückung des Bolschewismus ist das wichtigste Problem, mit dem die Welt jetzt konfrontiert ist, nicht einmal ohne den Krieg, der bisher geführt wurde. UND WENN BOLSCHEWISM IN EMBRYO NICHT ZERSTÖRT WIRD, WIRD ES IN EUROPA UND WELT AUF EINE ODER ANDERE WEISE VERBREITET, ORGANISIERT VON JUDEN, DIE KEIN EIGENES LAND HABEN UND VERSUCHEN, DAS BESTEHENDE SYSTEM ZU ZERSTÖREN, WO SIE LEBEN . Die einzige Möglichkeit, diese Gefahr auszuschalten, besteht darin, dass alle Länder gemeinsam handeln. “ Quelle: Kapitel 3 Absatz 6 -. Das vollständige Lesen des… Read more »