Speech by German Reichsfuhrer SS to SS officers, Poznan, Poland, 4/10/1943. In German
REEL 1: Assessment of Soviet military leaders and progress of Russian campaign, 1941-1943; description of battles for Kharkov and prowess of SS troops; calculations concerning strength and composition of Soviet armies; reference to presence of political propagandists in German army; dangers of considering Vlassov's proposal for Russian against Russian struggle; diatribe against Slav race.
REEL 2: Assessment of Soviet generals with reference to Vlassov; ubiquity of NKVD spies in Soviet society; correct German behaviour towards Slavs; harsh attitudes concerning Soviet labour; situation in Italy; Italians as weak fighting force; reference to battle for Pantellaria. Duce as sole exception to Italian weakness; situation in Croatia; Balkans as area of dispute amongst Allies.
REEL 3 Continues: Brief summary of progress of air and sea war; problems caused by enemy propaganda on Home Front; punishment for defeatism; effect of executions on family; necessity for firm handling of minor matters due to potential danger from foreign workers and POWs; control of German criminals and Communists; Soviet food shortages and potential manpower difficulties; British fears about disrupted shipping. Situation in USA; aspersions cast on bravery of GIs; significance of disputes amongst Allies.
REEL 4 Continues: SS development, 1939-1943; recent appointments in occupied areas; difficulties arising from creation of two new divisions; problems with opposition in occupied countries; possibilities of creating dissension amongst Allied troops in Italy.
REEL 5 Continues: SS treatment of the Jews; references to dealing with corpses and handing over of all valuables to State; significance of Germanic blood; most important principles to an SS man include loyalty, obedience, bravery, faith and truthfulness.
REEL 6 Continues: Prevalence of lying to acqire more weapons or men; exhortation to SS to place greater value on honour; necessity for facing up to responsibility and opposing all corruption; warnings against black market and use of Russians for non-war work; necessity of avoiding arguments with SS colleagues; work as SS watchword.
REEL 7 Continues: Importance of correct Weltanschauung; severe punishment for offences where alcohol involved; major aims concerning state security; SS:recruitment; cooperation with Nazi Party, SA and Army; reference to school for female SS workers; necessity for high calibre entrants; importance of overall mental stance; fate of defeatists; plans for post-war SS operations particularly on Reich's eastern frontiers; prediction of future struggles with non-Europeans. Sieg Heil.