|Carolyn Marvin states that “Blood sacrifice preserves the nation.” Deputy Fuhrer to Adolf Hitler, Rudolf Hess declared that “The stream of blood which flows for Germany is eternal—the sacrifice of German men for their Volk is eternal—therefore Germany will also be eternal.”
The Nazis understood the sacrificial theory of warfare. Not only did they understand it, they embraced and enacted it. No society in history affirmed with such passion the proposition that “blood sacrifice maintains the nation.” According to the Nazis, as long as German men were dying, the volk would be eternal. This is what is meant by the “Thousand Year Reich:” endless, perpetual, eternal blood sacrifice.
The stream of blood contributed by German soldiers was not enough. Others would have to bleed—sacrifice their lives for Germany. Why only German men? Why not mental patients? Why not Jews? Why not Poles? Why not Russians? Why not German civilians as well? World War II would be the greatest blood carnage in history.
Why did Hitler want to conquer the world? So that Germany would be supplied with an endless flow of blood. As long as the blood kept flowing, Germany would live forever. If Germany lived forever, so Hitler would live forever—as historians endlessly record the blood sacrifices Hitler compelled human beings to make—in the name of his beloved Germany.
Richard Koenigsberg, PhD
Director, Library of Social Science