Speech by German Reichsfuhrer SS to Wehrmacht Commanders, Bad Schachen, Germany, 14/10/1943
REEL 1: Introduction. Himmler: state of internal security; reasons for drop in crime rate include greater use of death penalty and concentration camps; standard security procedure after POW escape, 90-95% recaptured within a week; methods of dealing with defeatism and Communist infiltration; necessity for strict penalties; warning against over-friendly attitude towards occupied peoples.
REEL 2 Continues: Jews, freemasons, Bolshevists, plutocrats, democrats and various churches as enemies of Nazi Party Weltanschauung; basis of anti-German attitudes in occupied countries; refutation of significance of partisan activity in USSR; reasons for witholding Reich citizenship from decorated non-German soldiers; potential danger from people of mixed race.
REEL 3 Continues: Effect of non-Polish blood on quality of Poland's military leaders; influence of Czech and Polish mothers on children of mixed marriages; logic behind restrictions on right to Reich citizenship; German blood; punishments for endangering purity; general superiority; comparison of German and Slav characteristics; dangers of Vlassov's precept that only Russians can conquer Russians.
REEL 4 Continues: Anti-Vlassov stance; Stalin's method of governing Russians; prevalence of NKVD spies; bestial behaviour of Slavs; children of mixed marriages to be brought up as Germans or eliminated; anecdote illustrative of brutality of Russian enemy; attitude of Soviet leaders towards ordinary soldiers; importance of German officers making truthful reports.
REEL 5 Continues: War as climax in life of career soldier; methods for dealing with lazy or incompetent officers and officials; necessity for unity amongst individual corps; organisation of food supplies; significance of end of war to German people; plans for post-war extensions to Reich's eastern borders. Unidentified: thanks Himmler.
After the Nazis occupied Poland in 1939, they began segregating Jews in ghettos, usually in the most run-down area of a city. By mid-1941, nearly all Jews in occupied Poland had been forced into these overcrowded districts.
When The Holocaust Exhibition opened in June 2000 one reviewer wrote: ‘tireless searching for artefacts, relics and film has given us something which takes at least two hours to examine properly and will, I suspect, stay in the memory forever’.