Entries on the Ideologies of War Website
(Hillgruber – Krauthammer)
Himmler's Speech on the Extermination of the Jews (Speech-Video)
The Eternal Jew
(Video, Nazi propaganda film)
Mass Nationalistic Insanity (Video)
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People have a tendency to “argue with culture”—focusing on particular ideas within a society—then struggling to refute these ideas; show why they are wrong.

Why this assumption that cultural ideas—what is presented by “society”—has anything to do with truth?

Changes in human thought do not occur by “declaring” truth to society. Rather, breakthroughs require that a limited number of people develop, test and work through significant ideas.

Only after these ideas have been established within a special discourse community—solidified—can they filter out into the general culture.

This is why a “space of freedom” is essential: a place where ideas may be nurtured—have the opportunity to grow and flourish.

We are grateful to the readers of this Newsletter—those of you who have the desire and courage to peer into the “heart of darkness” that lies at the core of civilization.

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— Richard A. Koenigsberg, PhD. (718) 393-1081

— Orion Anderson (718) 393-1104

Hillgruber, Andreas

  • War in the East and the Extermination of the Jews (Essay)
    (Citing Hitler, Mein Kampf): “If during the War 12 or 15 thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.”

  • Was World War II the Result of Hitler's Master Plan? (Book Excerpts)
    “The conquest of European Russia was for Hitler inextricably linked with the extermination of these 'bacilli', the Jews. The racist component was so closely interwoven with the central political element of his program, the conquest of European Russia, that Russia's defeat and the extermination of the Jews were inseparable for him.”

Himmler, Heinrich

  • Himmler's Speech at Posen, October, 1943 (Speech-Text)
    “We had the moral right, we had the duty to our own people, to kill these people who wanted to kill us. But we don’t have the right to enrich ourselves even with one fur, one watch, one mark, one cigarette, or anything else. Just because we eradicated a bacillus doesn’t mean we want to be infected by the bacillus ourselves.”

  • Himmler's Speech on the Extermination of the Jews (Speech-Video)
    Pozan, Poland, October 4, 1943 - Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the second most powerful man in Nazi Germany, speaks to SS officers for three hours in a secret meeting. He reminds his officers of the loyalty he expects in their extermination of the Jews.

Hinchliffe, Alexander

Hippler, Fritz

Hitler, Adolf

Hobbes, Thomas

Holmes Jr., Oliver Wendell

  • The Soldier's Faith (Speech)
    “In the midst of doubt, the collapse of creeds, there is one thing I do not doubt, and that is that the faith is true and adorable which leads a soldier to throw away his life in obedience to a blindly accepted duty, in a cause which he little understands, in a plan of campaign of which he has little notion, under tactics of which he does not see the use.”

Howard, Michael

Hussein, Saddam

Jones, Adam

  • Case Study: Soviet Prisoners-of-War (POWs), 1941-42 (Paper)
    “In a mere eight months of 1941-42, the invading German armies killed an estimated 2.8 million Soviet prisoners-of-war through starvation, exposure, and summary execution. This little-known gendercide vies with the genocide in Rwanda as the most concentrated mass killing in human history.”

Kahn, Paul

  • “Crossing the Border Between Law and Sovereignty (Chapter 5 of Sacred Violence)
    “The sovereign is born in a sacrificial shedding of blood that marks a new appearance of the sacred.”

  • Evil and European Humanism (Paper)
    “One of the great puzzles of the West is to understand how culture has been tied to practices of evil. One view is that evil arises from the failure of culture – as if the civilizing forces have not been quite strong enough to overcome the brutish state of nature. The opposite view is that nature is innocent and that evil is the product of culture itself.”

  • Law and Theology (Paper)

  • Philosophy and the Politics of Unreason: (Paper)
    “Regardless of its position on health care, the state is also an institution willing to deploy violence, death, and destruction. Our national narrative is organized around killing and being killed, at least as much as it is around the lowering of mortality rates or increasing gross domestic product.”

  • "Political Evil: Killing, Sacrifice, and the Image of God" (Chapter 5 of Out of Eden)
    “The willingness to sacrifice for the creation and maintenance of political meanings always appears inconceivable to those outside of the community.”

  • "Torture and International Law" (Chapter 2 of Sacred Violence)
    “We have not so much abandoned the practice of torture as shifted its locus. The battlefield is strewn with the disemboweled and beheaded, with severed limbs and broken bodies. All have died a terrible death in a display of sovereign power. To view the battlefield is to witness the awesome power of the sovereign to occupy and destroy the finite body; to stand before the modern, democratic equivalent of the spectacle of the scaffold.”

Kantorowicz, Ernst H.

  • The King’s Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology (Book Excerpts)
    “At a certain moment in history the state appeared as a corpus mysticum comparable to the Church. Hence, pro patria mori, death for the sake of that mystico-political body made sense; it became meaningful, as it was considered equal in value to the death for the Christian faith, for the Church, or for the Holy Land.”

Koenigsberg, Richard

  • As the Soldier Dies, so the Nation Comes Alive (Essay)
    The phrase, “The individual must die so that the nation might live” reifies the nation-state, treating nations as if objects that substantially exist, suggesting that countries are entities in their own right, separate from individuals.”

  • Dying for the Country (Essay)
    The Holocaust depicts the ugliness, futility and meaninglessness of submission to the nation-state: sacrificial death stripped of words like honor, heroism and glory.

  • The First World War as Sacrificial Ritual (Essay)
    During the First World War, soldiers’ bodies were fed into the jaws of battle under the assumption that the “life” of the nation was more significant than the lives of human beings. Individual bodies were sacrificed in the name of the greater glory of the body politic.

  • The Logic of Mass Murder (Essay)
    SS-men have been viewed as the epitome of masculine aggression and virility. In reality, the state-of-being of the SS-man was precisely the opposite: These men were compelled to submit absolutely—to become slaves for Hitler and Himmler; to die when the Nazi leadership asked them to do so.

  • The Logic of the Holocaust (Essay)
    Nazi ideology was based on profound attachment and devotion to Germany, Jews symbolized the opposite of attachment and devotion to Germany. The metaphor that appeared with greatest frequency in Hitler’s speeches to describe Jews was Zerzetzung, “force of disintegration.”

  • The Sacrificial Meaning of the Holocaust (Essay)
    A sign at the entrance to Auschwitz read, “I bid you welcome. This is not a holiday resort but a labor camp. Just as our soldiers risk their lives at the front, you will have to work for the welfare of a new Europe.” Just as German soldiers were suffering and dying at the front, so Jews would be required to undergo an even more horrible ordeal.

  • Virility and Slaughter (Essay)
    The destruction of the male body in the First World War occurred in the name of entities or objects given names such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Italy, etc. These objects required or justified abject submission.

Krauthammer, Charles