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Tenth chapter of Dynamics of Mass Murder

Library of Social Science presents:
Chapter X
Blood Sacrifice Creates the Nation
Richard A. Koenigsberg
It’s astonishing  to discover that Hitler’s theory of the relationship between war and sacrifice—is virtually identical to that of a contemporary social theorist, Carolyn Marvin.
Statements below are from Mein Kampf (Hitler, 1924), except for #3, which is from a pamphlet by Joseph Goebbels. Statements below are from Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag (Marvin, 1999).
1. The most precious blood (in the First World War) sacrificed itself joyfully, in the faith that it was preserving the independence of the fatherland.
1. Blood sacrifice preserves the nation. At the behest of the group, the lifeblood of community members must be shed. Warfare enacts the ritual of blood sacrifice.
2. To be “national” means to act with a boundless and all-embracing love for the people, and even to die for it.
2. The irrefutable sign of national faith (patriotism) is making one’s body an offering, a sacrifice.
3. (Joseph Goebbels): Only willingness to sacrifice one's life transforms a collection of individuals into a people, and in a higher sense, a nation.
3. The creation of sentiments strong enough to hold the group together periodically require the willing deaths of a significant portion of its members.
4. The state-forming forces are the ability and will of the individual to sacrifice himself for the totality.
4. Society depends on the death of its own members at the hands of the group.
5. To be “social” means that every individual is ready to die for the community.
5. To die for others is the ultimate expression of faith in social existence.