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Excerpts from Hitler’s Speech before the first "Greater German Reichstag" (January 30, 1939)

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We had to bear millions of our Volk comrades being torn away from us, with no one according them a hearing or leaving them even the smallest possibility of sustaining their lives. I could supplement these examples with dozens that are more horrendous still.

Do not speak to us, then, of humanity. The German Volk does not wish for its affairs to be determined and governed by a foreign nation. France to the French, England to the English, America to the Americans, and Germany to the Germans!

We are determined to stop a foreign people from nesting here, a people that has known how to seize all leadership positions, and to deport it; for we are willing to educate our own people for these leadership positions.

We have hundreds of thousands of intelligent children of farmers and workers. We will have them educated, and we are already educating them, and we want them – not the members of a people that is alien to us – to one day occupy the leading positions in the state alongside our educated classes.

Most of all, however, German culture is, as the very name suggests, a German and not a Jewish one, and its administration and care will therefore be placed in the hands of our Volk.

If, however, the rest of the world cries out with a hypocritical mien about the barbaric expulsion from Germany of such an irreplaceable, culturally valuable element, we can only be astonished by the conclusions that can be drawn from this. How grateful they should be to us for setting free these wonderful bearers of culture and making them available to the rest of the world.

In accordance with their own statements, the rest of the world cannot find a single reason to excuse themselves for refusing to admit these highly worthy people into their own countries.

It is, after all, impossible to understand why the members of this race are inflicted on the German Volk, while the states that are so enthusiastic about these ‘splendid people’ suddenly refuse to admit them with all kinds of excuses.

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