Speech by German Reichsfuhrer SS to representatives from the German judicial system, Kochem, Germany, 25/5/1944
REEL 1: SS foundation, 1929; aims and duties; marriage law 1931; unpopularity; importance of political education; emphasis on early history of Germanic race; loyalty to Hitler; post-1933 attitudes to SS; foundation of Gestapo, 1933-1934.
REEL 2 Continues: Misconceptions about SS and Gestapo as strengthening internal security; importance of racial hygiene laws; use of concentration camp inmates in armament industry; disciplinary action in SS.
REEL 3 Continues: Attitude to unmarried mothers; necessity for soldiers to father children; sacredness of possessions; care of SS dependents; stance on internal security.
REEL 4 Continues: Founding of first four Waffen SS regiments; tasks and status; refutation of terrorist tendencies; creation of European and Death's Head divisions; inclusion of Letts, Estonians, Galicians, Bosnians, Croatians and Albanians in SS; popularity amongst new recruits;tasks as Minister for the Interior.
REEL 5 Continues: Reasons for belief in victory; necessity for judicial corps to possess correct Weltanschauung; reference to Germany's post-war aims; extension of Reich's Eastern frontiers and incorporation of Germanic non-Reich population; prediction of future conflicts originating on Eastern frontiers. Justice Minister Thierack: concluding thanks.
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