Saturday Afternoon with Carolyn: Hitler on Germans and Race in Platterhof Speech
August 2, 2014
Carolyn confronts the theory put out by Veronica Clark, based partly on Clark's reading of Adolf Hitler's "Platterhof Speech," that Germans are a mixed-race people.
- August 1st was the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, being commemorated by the Federal Republic of Germany as much as in Poland;
- Clark claims herself to be German even though only 5% biologically German;
- Clark received her Master's degree in military history from an online university;
- The talk to military officers at Platterhof in May 1944 was an effort by Hitler to instill the belief that a military victory was still possible if the necessary toughness could be demonstrated; weakness meant defeat;
- Hitler calls the Nordic the most valuable 'race nuclei' in the German people, along with other racial nuclei, which are sometimes called just 'races';
- Clark says German people's "bastardization" actually makes them more capable than more pure Northern races;
- Hitler was adamant that the presence and activity of Jews is the main factor in the ruin of societies;
- Emphasis on the importance of leadership, the hunt for leaders, and the demands made on leaders - abandonment of leadership being cowardice;
- The talk about race plays a small part in this speech and is not particularly important to the overall message.
Image: Platterhof Hotel complex on Obersalzberg in the 1940's during the time of the "speech."