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The Himmler Project (2000)

Das Himmler Projekt (original title)
The speech of Heinrich Himmler, held on Oct. 4th, 1943 in front of 92 SS generals at the castle Posen, read by Manfred Zapatka.

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Experimental feature, in which the actor Manfred Zapatka reads a three-hour-long famous speech by Gestapo leader Heinrich Himmler, held on the 4th of October 1943 in front of leading Nazi officers at the Golden Hall of Posen Castle; giving an impressive insight into the perversions of Nazi ideology. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

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Heinrich Himmler: [subtitled DVD version] Since we last met in June 1942, many comrades have fallen and have given their lives for Germany and for the Führer. In the forefront, I ask you in his honor and in honor of all our dead SS men and dead German soldiers, both men and women, to stand up.
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Why can't German girls be like Finnish girls?
2 September 2007 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

So, that's what was driving the man. German girls know no honour! And you can't even educate them to become virtuous! Alas, what dire a task!

Certainly, in the hands of an organisation as hard and dedicated as the SS it finally found a worthy pursuer. Quite interestingly Himmler doesn't seem to have been very preoccupied with the killing of Jews, he mentions that for about 10 seconds or so and reserves the rest of his speech for teaching his listeners how to radiate optimism, how to become a trusted player in the field of snitch compensation and generally how to address Russian generals, how to deal with SS trainees, how to resettle Germans, how to make examples of defeatists and so on.

Well, that makes him a CEO, I guess. No really, listen to it! It's all about structural reforms, competitiveness and the right spirit. So far the formal aspects. In substance the most surprising thing is Himmler's lack of faith in the common German, who, for him, is some kind of whiny, overbearing and corrupt fool. Hence the need for the order as the harsh refuge of the uncorrupted to which no weakling ever had access.

I am better than thou!

I just wonder whether this kind of thing had a good psychological impact on the Wehrmacht. Himmler is a little, how to put this?, naive here, suggesting that Weapon-SS soldiers should pat their Wehrmacht buddies on the shoulder and say: "Come on! Things are jolly good, you know?" Brings us back to CEOs.

Anyway, a highly interesting view into the center of evil, which, on examination, turns out to be a mixture of fantasy and irresponsibility.


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