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Joachim Peiper And The Ardennes, Christmas 1944

Panzerby Major General Michael Reynolds

By December 24, 1944, the commander of the Sixth Panzer Army’s strongest battlegroup, SS Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Jochen Peiper, was facing the ultimate military nightmare. His Kampfgruppe was surrounded, virtually out of fuel, short of ammunition, and reduced to about a quarter of its original strength.
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Forces Conspire Against The German Commander

As a leading participant in Hitler’s last great offensive in the West, Peiper’s lightning dash through the thin American defenses in the northern Ardennes Forest had been halted in only three days by a combination of factors— bad planning, administrative weaknesses, a series of brilliant small-unit actions by the Americans, and bad luck! His small force of just over a thousand men and 25 tanks was by this time concentrated in an all-around defensive position in the tiny Belgian hilltop village of La Gleize, some 100 kilometers from his starting point behind the West Wall.

After failing to break through the 30th Infantry Division’s defenses in the Amblève Valley just to the west of Stoumont on December 19, and facing a serious fuel shortage, Peiper had gone on the defensive in the villages of Cheneux, Stoumont, and La Gleize, an area nicknamed “The Cauldron” by his men. His hopes of being resupplied and reinforced were soon dashed by the failure of the Germans to capture Stavelot. Further, a task force of the U.S. 3rd Armored Division had broken through and blocked the N-33 road north of Trois Ponts on December 20, ending forever any possibility of relief by other parts of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler.

Attempts To Resupply Fail

Attacks by elements of the 82nd Airborne Division on his garrison at Cheneux and by the 30th Division and a task force from the 3rd Armored against Stoumont on the 20th and 21st forced Peiper to abandon these villages, but not before his men had inflicted grievous casualties on the Americans. Nevertheless, by the 22nd the remnants of his once mighty Kampfgruppe of nearly 5,000 men and 117 tanks, including 45 Tiger IIs, had been forced back into a perimeter of less than two square kilometers around La Gleize. These forces soon came under heavy attack from the north, east, and west. The Amblève River protected the German southern flank.

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

Powerful task forces from both the 3rd Armored and 30th Infantry Divisions, supported by a hundred 105mm and 155mm guns and 36 medium mortars, launched heavy assaults against Peiper’s perimeter on the 22nd and 23rd. None was successful, and the Americans resorted to heavy shelling rather than risk further casualties.

An attempt to resupply Kampfgruppe Peiper with fuel and ammunition by air during the evening of the 22nd failed when 90 percent of the canisters fell outside the tight defensive perimeter. Extraordinary measures, such as trying to float fuel drums down the Amblève River, also ended in failure.

Germans Take Cover In Cellars With The Townspeople

Conditions within La Gleize were appalling. Even before the withdrawals into the final perimeter, the village was being reduced to rubble by American shelling. The majority of the civilian population had fled before being engulfed by the fighting, but some 50 Belgians remained, including the village priest, and they took cover in the substantial cellars of the mainly brick and stone houses. In one cellar alone 22 people spent six days and nights.

The Panzergrenadiers dug foxholes and took up firing positions in houses. Tanks, antitank guns, and machine guns covered all approaches, but apart from a few sentries to warn of American attacks, all remaining personnel took cover in cellars or other protected areas. Some 170 American prisoners, mainly captured in the fighting for Stoumont, were also held in cellars throughout the village and in the church. The German Aid Station was sited in a cellar of the priest’s house alongside the Kampfgruppe headquarters. The doctor and his staff had no anesthetics or drugs and were able to administer little more than first aid or carry out essential amputations. Peiper set up his personal quarters in the cellar of another house just to the north of the church.

American Prisoners Are Stunned By The Youth Of German Forces

By Saturday, December 23, hardly a building in La Gleize was habitable, but the strong cellars ensured the safety of most of their occupants. Since the Americans lifted their artillery fire immediately before each attack, the German tank crews were able to man their vehicles and the Panzergrenadiers were able to occupy their firing positions without danger. After repulsing each attack, everyone again took cover and tried to rest. Hunger haunted soldiers and civilians alike, and the cold was intense.

The condition of Peiper’s force is well described by his senior American prisoner, Major Hal McCown. He was the commanding officer of a battalion of the 30th Infantry Division and had been captured in the Stoumont fighting. In an official report made immediately after the battle, McCown, who ended up as a major general during the Vietnam era, said, “An amazing fact to me was the youth of the members of this organization—the bulk of the enlisted men were either 18 or 19, recently recruited, but from my observation thoroughly trained.”

McCown continued, “There was a good sprinkling of both privates and NCOs from the years of Russian fighting. The officers for the most part were veterans but were also very young. Colonel Peiper was 29 years old, his tank battalion commander was 30; his captains and lieutenants ran from 19 to 27 years of age. The morale was high throughout the entire period I was with them despite the extremely trying conditions. The discipline was very good…. The physical condition of all personnel was good, except for a lack of proper food…. The equipment was good and complete with the exception of some reconditioned half-tracks.

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

“All men wore practically new boots and had adequate clothing. Some men wore parts of American uniforms, mainly the knit cap, gloves, sweaters, overshoes and one or two overcoats. I saw no one, however, in American uniform…. The relationship between the officers and men, particularly the commanding officer, Col. Peiper, was closer and more friendly than I would have expected. On several occasions Col. Peiper visited his wounded.”

Peiper Finally Given Permission To Break Out

Although the American attacks were being beaten off, Peiper and his senior commanders knew that it was only a matter of time before they would have to surrender. They also knew that as members of the feared Waffen SS, they could expect little mercy from their enemies.

Peiper’s request for permission to break out had initially been refused by Sixth Panzer Army Headquarters, but authority was eventually delegated to Divisional level and SS Gruppenführer (Major General) Wilhelm Mohnke, Peiper’s immediate superior, finally agreed at 1400 hours on the 23rd. Stories that Peiper was ordered to bring out all his wounded, vehicles, and weapons are nonsense. It was clearly out of the question; indeed, his tanks had been virtually without fuel for over two days.

Peiper’s morale remained high after a week of fighting, a week that had seen his Kampfgruppe shattered and fail in its mission. Hal McCown gave his views, based on impressions gained during six hours of conversation with Peiper during the night of the 21st.

Peiper Was Confident Germany Would Prevail With New Weapons

“He [Peiper] and I talked … our subject being mainly his defense of Nazism and why Germany was fighting,” noted the American officer. “I have met few men who impressed me in as short a space of time as did this officer.… He was completely confident of Germany’s ability to whip the Allies. He spoke of SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler’s new reserve army at quite some length, saying that it contained so many new divisions, both armored and otherwise, that our G-2s would wonder where they all came from. He … told me that more secret weapons like those (V-1 and V-2) would be unleashed.”

Although Peiper’s own morale may still have been high and his confidence in ultimate victory undiminished, this did not apply to all his men. According to his personal staff officer, Hauptsturmführer (Captain) Gerd Neuske, one member of the Kampfgruppe who was caught removing his SS collar runes, was reported as a potential deserter, put against the La Gleize church wall, and shot on Peiper’s orders.

Only One Possible Escape Route…

Preparations for the final withdrawal began as soon as permission was received. Peiper held an immediate conference with his senior commanders: Werner Poetschke, commanding the remains of the 1st SS Panzer Battalion; Hein von Westernhagen, his Tiger Battalion commander; and Jupp Diefenthal, his Panzer Grenadier Battalion commander. He was apparently very calm. There was only one possible escape route, and that was to the south over the Amblève River, south again, and then east to join the rest of the division on the hills around Wanne.

It was agreed that the lightly wounded would accompany the marching column. Weapons that could not be carried were to be rendered useless, but vehicles and tanks were not to be blown up or immobilized except during artillery fire for fear of warning the Americans that a withdrawal was imminent. The badly wounded would have to be left behind, and those in less serious condition were given the task of sabotaging as many tanks and heavy weapons as possible after the main body had departed. One of Colonel Otto Skorzeny’s commando officers who had ended up by accident with Peiper’s Kampfgruppe was ordered to find a safe way over the Amblève as soon as possible. Assembly for the march out was planned for 0200 hours on Christmas Eve in the village square, just outside the church.

A Daunting Task Ahead For the SS

The commando officer and two of his men returned from their reconnaissance to say that both the railway viaduct at La Venne, 1,500 meters south of the village, and the wooden bridge beneath it were intact. Between the viaduct and a railway tunnel just to the east of it, American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division had established a small observation post in a railway workers’ hut. Otherwise, the way south seemed to be clear. The reconnaissance group was told to eliminate the American post just before the planned river crossing at 0300 hours on Christmas Eve.

Shortly after 0200 hours on Sunday the 24th, Peiper’s column of some 800 men set off up the path known as La Couleé, passed over the Dinheid feature, and made its way down to the Amblève. It was a clear, bitterly cold night, and there was snow on the ground. The men were hungry, exhausted from lack of sleep and the stress of battle, and mentally drained by the knowledge that they had failed in their mission. They knew that they had to penetrate American lines and that any route their commander chose would lead them through extremely difficult country with a minimum of two river crossings.

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

The escape would inevitably be a supreme test of stamina, determination, and leadership. What the Germans did not know was that, by an extraordinary quirk of fate, the Americans in the area Peiper was planning to cross would also be moving—right across their path. Due to a serious penetration by the Germans on his southern flank, the commander of the American XVIII Airborne Corps had decided to shorten his lines and pull the 82nd Airborne back to a new and more defensible position running west from Trois Ponts. Orders for this withdrawal were given half an hour before Peiper moved out of La Gleize.

Major McCown Was Used As A Hostage and Becomes an Eyewitness…

By means of four separate eyewitness accounts from men who took part in this march, it is possible to build a reasonably clear picture of the final hours of Kampfgruppe Peiper. The accounts are those of Major McCown, whom Peiper took with him as a type of hostage; Karl Wortmann, a member of Peiper’s 10th SS Anti-Aircraft Company; Yvan Hakin, one of two Belgians who were forced to act as guides in the early part of the withdrawal; and a member of the Luftwaffe flak unit attached to the KampfgruppeFeldwebel (Sergeant) Karl Laun.

(This author was able to interview Hakin shortly before his death and was present when Karl Wortmann returned to the Ardennes with other veterans in 1985 and 1991 to discuss the events of December 1944.)

Peiper knew that other elements of his division were holding the Coo area east of the Amblève on the morning of the 23rd. Whether he knew that they had been forced to pull back to the south that afternoon is unclear, but in any case they were the nearest German forces to him, and that is presumably why he made the bridge over the Amblève at the Coo cascade his first objective. He planned to reach it by crossing two footbridges over the “dead arm” of the river, just to the west of the cascade.

 

“A Sea Of Fiercely Burning Vehicles”

The railway viaduct and tunnel between La Gleize and Coo would have been a much shorter and easier route, but Peiper, having passed under it on the 18th, knew that the viaduct had been blown. A major span had, in fact, been destroyed by the Germans during their earlier retreat on September 9. What he did not know was that the Coo cascade bridge had also been blown by the Americans.

On reaching La Venne, the Germans chose Hakin and another Belgian from a group of civilians sheltering there to act as guides through the thick forest known as the Bois de Stalons. McCown makes no mention of these guides but says, “Col. Peiper and I moved immediately behind the point, the remainder of his depleted Regiment following in a single file…. We crossed the Amblève River near La Gleize on a small highway bridge immediately underneath the railroad bridge and moved generally south, climbing higher and higher [through knee-deep snow] on the ridge line. At 0500 we heard the first tank blow up and inside thirty minutes the entire area formerly occupied by Col. Peiper’s command was a sea of fiercely burning vehicles, the work of the small detachment he had left behind to complete the destruction of all his equipment.”

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

Karl Wortmann put the time of this destruction an hour later, which accords with other American reports; he recalled thinking it was his sixth Christmas at war!

All Direct Routes To Safety Blocked For The Germans

Soon after first light, the Americans advanced on La Gleize from three sides, and to their great surprise and relief met only light resistance. The few skirmishes that did take place were with the stay-behind parties and a few Germans who had not received the order to withdraw. Between 100 and 300 prisoners were taken, most of them badly wounded, and 170 American GIs were released. Thirteen Belgians were killed as a result of the fighting in and around their village.

Meanwhile Peiper had reached the heights of Mont St. Victor (520 meters) where he could see that the bridge over the Coo cascade was blown. There was more bad news to come. A reconnaissance party reported the dominating village of Brume occupied by Americans (A Company of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment). With his direct way to safety blocked and U.S. spotter aircraft already searching for his column, Peiper had no option but to lie up until dark. He chose the deep gully known as the Trou des Mouchettes, just east of Beauloup. It has been suggested that the Germans ended up in this area after ignoring the advice of their Belgian guides and getting lost. While it is true that Peiper vetoed attempts to lead the column along the widest and most obvious forest trails and insisted on using more discreet routes, the decision to remain in this covered ravine during daylight was quite deliberate.

According to McCown, while his men rested, “Col. Peiper, his staff and myself with my two guards spent all day of the 24th reconnoitering a route to rejoin other German forces.” The route chosen passed the Calvary de la Croisette on the approach to Brume, bypassed that village to the west, and then ran down the steep slopes of the Bois de Toirbaileu toward the tiny hamlet of Henri Moulin on the main N-23 Trois Ponts to Basse Bodeux road.

Eight Hundred Men Move Silently Through The Snow

McCown remembered, “At 1700, just before dark, the column started moving again…. We pushed down into the valley in single column with a heavily armed point out ahead. The noise made by the entire 800-man group was so little that I believe we could have passed within 200 yards of an outpost without detection. As the point neared the base of the hill I could hear quite clearly an American voice call out ‘Halt! Who is there?’ The challenge was repeated three times, then the American sentry fired three shots.

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

“A moment later the order came along the column to turn around and move back up the hill. The entire column was halfway back up the hillside in a very few minutes. A German passed by me limping. He was undoubtedly leading the point as he had just received a bullet through the leg. The Colonel spoke to him briefly but would not permit the medics to put on a dressing; he fell in the column and continued moving on without first aid.”

The Belgian version of this incident confirms that one man was wounded and says the point did not return fire in order to maintain the secrecy of the withdrawal. In the confusion caused by the incident the two Belgian guides managed to escape and return to La Venne.

American Jeeps Brush By The German Column

“The point moved along the side of the hill for a distance of half a mile, then turned again down into the valley, and this time passed undetected through the valley and the paved road which ran along the base,” added McCown. “The entire 800 men were closed into the trees on the other side of the valley in an amazingly short period of time. Several American vehicles ‘chopped’ the column.”

The commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, Major General Jim Gavin, later confirmed the presence of one of the U.S. vehicles: “Earlier in the night a jeep driver had reported that as he was driving in the vicinity of Basse Bodeux he encountered troops wearing full field equipment walking in the woods towards the east. They hit the ground and took cover and acted very evasive as his jeep neared them.”

The German column moved over the N-23 in small groups in the region of the Delvenne farm. Karl Laun describes “packs of 20 men each” and Wortmann mentions a sharp 20-minute clash during the crossing, which resulted in at least two Germans being wounded.

The SS men continued south, climbing the hill past Mont de Fosse and reaching the high ground around Bergeval.

Col. Peiper Makes A Mysterious Disappearance

“I could tell then that Col. Peiper was basing his direction of movement on the explosion of American artillery fire as the probable location of his friendly forces,” McCown mentioned. “His information as to the present front lines of both sides was as meager as my own as he had no radio and no other outside contact…. We continued moving from that time on continuously up and down rugged hills, crossing small streams, pushing through thick undergrowth and staying off and away from roads and villages.

SS Lt. Col. Jochen Peiper led his surrounded and depleted Kampfgruppe back to German lines during the Battle of the Bulge.

At around 2200 Col. Peiper, his executive officer and his S-3 [Neuske and Hans Gruhle] disappeared from the forward command group. I and my two guards were placed in charge of the Regimental surgeon whose familiar Red Cross bundle on his back made it easy for me to walk behind. I tried in vain to find out where Col. Peiper went; one friendly enlisted man of his Headquarters told me that Col. Peiper was very tired, and I believe that he and a few selected members of his staff must have holed up in some isolated house for food and rest, to be sent for from the main body after they had located friendly forces.

“The change of command of the unit also wrought a change in method of handling the men. A young captain in charge of the leading company operated very close to me…. I heard him tell my guards to shoot me if I showed the slightest intention of escaping, particularly when we neared Americans. Whereas Col. Peiper had given a rest break every hour or so, there were no breaks given under the new command from that time until I escaped. The country we were now passing through was the most rugged we had yet encountered.

Marchers Pushed Back To The Brink Of Collapse

“All the officers were continuously exhorting their men to greater effort and to laugh at weakness. I was not carrying anything except my canteen, which was empty, but I know from my own physical reaction how tired the men with heavy weapon loads must have been. I heard repeated again and again the warning that if any man fell behind the tail of the column he would be shot. I saw some men crawling on hands and knees. I saw others who were wounded but who were being supported by comrades up the steep slopes.”

Laun described how the men suffered during the wearying march: “A burning thirst, which is caused by the dry cold, bothers us most. The men tear the ice-covered snow from the trees and suck it. Others, animal-like, throw themselves over each puddle and drink the muck…. The men are becoming more and more exhausted. Here one falls by the wayside, there another breaks formation…. When we take a five minute break some fall asleep on their feet, don’t wake up when we resume the march—and in the darkness we don’t see them again…. We stumble over rocks, get stuck in bogs, tear ourselves on the primeval undergrowth.”

Lost Germans Walk Into a Firefight

“We approached very close to where artillery fire was landing, and the point pushed into American lines three times and turned back,” McCown remembered. “I believe the Germans had several killed in these attempts. [It seems reasonably certain that these attempts occurred near a place known as St. Jacques, 500 meters southwest of Bergeval on the road to Fosse.] Finally, the commander decided to swing over the ridge and come down in the next valley…. I was firmly convinced by this time that they did not know where they were on the map as there were continuous arguments among the junior officers….

“I heard the captain say that he would attempt to locate a small village where the unit could hole up for the rest of the night. At approximately 0100 I believe I heard word come back that a small town [almost certainly the hamlet of Bergeval] was to the front which would suffice…. My guards held me back near the position which was occupied by the covering force between the village and the west….

“The outpost had hardly moved into position before firing broke out not very far from where I was standing. My guards and I hit the ground, tracer bullets flashed all around us and we could hear the machine-gun bullets cutting the trees very close over us. The American unit, which I later found out was a company, drove forward again to clear what it obviously thought was a stray patrol…. The mortar fire fell all around the German position… . Shrapnel cut the trees…. I could hear commands being shouted in German and English…. There was considerable movement around me in the darkness. I lay still for some time waiting for my guards to give me a command.

McCown Makes A Dash Toward American Lines

“After some time I arose cautiously and began to move at right angles from the direction of the American attack, watching carefully to see if anyone was covering or following me. After moving approximately 100 yards I turned and moved directly toward the direction from which the American attack had come. I can remember that I whistled some American tune but I have forgotten which one it was. [He later recalled it was “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”] I had not gone over 200 yards before I was challenged by an American outpost of the 82nd Airborne Division.”

The American unit involved in this fighting was Captain Archibald McPheeter’s I Company of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. The unit history gives more details: “Most units were able to do so [withdraw], but some of the 3rd Battalion, and I Company in particular, had to fight its way through. The main body of the company was able to get through without serious casualties, but one platoon left at the river [Salm] as rear guard was especially hard hit and lost over half its men before it could extricate itself.”

A Wet And Frigid River Crossing

The final obstacle for Peiper’s exhausted men was the Salm River. A Belgian farmer in Bergeval was forced to act as a guide for a major part of the column, and he showed the way to Rochelinval via a lane running over the Fosseuheid crest. The river there was a raging torrent.

“Most of the comrades sat along the high railway embankment,” wrote Wortmann. “Three meters below us we saw the rushing water of the Salm. The foam sprayed a cold shower down our backs. We then had to make our way over stones that some hearty comrades had lain in the ice-cold water. A human chain was assembled, and each man was pulled by the next, stone by stone, sometimes waist-deep in water, to the far bank…. Several times the chain was broken when comrades stumbled from the stones. Day was already dawning as the last man reached the other bank.”

Karl Laun was less than enthusiastic about his reception on the far bank and gives an interesting view of his Waffen SS comrades: “I am icy-wet when I reach the opposite bank. The reception committee already awaits us—one of our SS friends. One can’t recognize his rank in the darkness, but he shows his superiority by dealing out curses and kicks to the stragglers. On the other side of the river these courageous gentlemen were quiet and subdued; but now, knowing the last Americans are safely behind them, they at once assume again the typical SS arrogance.”

Less Than a Hero’s Welcome

On Christmas Day, 770 survivors of Kampfgruppe Peiper reached the sanctuary of the east bank. They had covered roughly 20 kilometers in almost exactly 36 hours and only 30 men had been lost on the way. As far as this author can establish, every officer under Peiper’s command who had crossed to the north bank of the Amblève survived to reach Wanne. In any other army these men would have been treated as heroes, fêted and sent to the rear, or even home, to rest and recuperate. However, that was not the way of the Waffen SS, particularly with Hitler’s Reich facing defeat and invasion from the East and West.

Within three days the survivors of Kampfgruppe Peiper were fighting with the rest of their division near Bastogne, and within two months they would be leading their Führer’s last offensive of the war—against the Red Army in Hungary.

Peiper Sent Back Into Final Battle

Jochen Peiper reported to his divisional commander, Wilhelm Mohnke, at the Château Wanne on Christmas morning and was ordered to establish his headquarters at Petit Thier, seven kilometers to the southeast, in anticipation of a further task. The fact that Peiper was physically and mentally exhausted seems to have been of no consequence. However, he took no part in the 1st SS Panzer Division’s actions in the Bastogne area. It is this author’s belief that he was in fact evacuated to Germany almost immediately for convalescence.

Peiper’s name appears on no staff list of divisional appointments, and all senior appointments are shown being filled by other officers. Accusations made later that he ordered a stray and exhausted American soldier to be shot at Petit Thier on January 10, in the presence of two brother officers, one of whom was von Westernhagen, the commander of the Corps’ Tiger Battalion, can be dismissed. By then the division had been fighting near Bastogne for two weeks. There is no way its two senior tank commanders would have been left behind in an area held by a Volksgrenadier division!

The first mention of Peiper after the escape from “The Cauldron” was on February 6, 1945, when a press release mentions him receiving the swords to his Knight’s Cross from Hitler two days previously. His next appearance with the 1st SS Panzer Division was in Hungary on February 14, 1945, in command of the Leibstandarte’s ‘Panzer-Gruppe’.

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“Kriegsweihnacht”

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Today’s Gallery

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Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

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German American Bund

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Founded in 1936, the Bund ( Deutsche-Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB)), like their German counterparts was a vigorous and successful organization providing spirit and purpose into their membership, with at least two dozen summer camps, large rallies, and the ground work for a labor based credit currency free of the Federal reserve, which is what the FBI sunk their teeth into when no illegal activity could be found to break up the organization.

In the summer of 1937, in the Greene County town of Windham NY, the film “Volks-Deutsche Jungen in U.S.A.,” was shot and depicts scores of boys and girls from New York City setting up a summer campsites in the bucolic fields. They exercise, play games, and salute flags emblazoned with swastikas and Hitler Youth lightning bolts.

 

Read previous post on this subject at the links below-

https://americannationalsocialist.com/2017/08/16/camp-bergwald-german-american-bund-camp/

https://americannationalsocialist.com/2016/07/11/the-german-american-bund-a-model-for-american-ethno-nationalism-american-national-socialism/

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Hitler on the KDF vessel Robert Ley

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The NS Gemeinschaft Kraft durch Freude, the National Socialist Organization Strength through Joy, was a subset of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, the national German labor organization. All members of the DAF were also members of the KdF, and as basically any worker was a part of the DAF, so too were they in the Kraft durch Freude. The KdF was essentially designed for the purpose of providing organized leisure for the German work force. Interestingly enough, the DAF calculated that the work year contained 8,760 hours of which only 2,100 were spent working, 2,920 hours spent sleeping, leaving 3,740 hours of free time. Thus the driving concept behind the KdF was organized “relaxation for the collection of strenght for more work.” The KdF strived to achieve this goal of organized leisure by providing activities such as trips, cruises, concerts, and cultural activities for German workers. These events were specifically directed towards the working class, and it was through the KdF that the NSDAP hoped to bring to the “common man” the pleasures once reserved only for the rich. By opening the door for the working class to easily and affordably take part in such activities, it was believed that the labor force could be lulled into being more flexible and productive.

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There were many aspects of the German KdF program, including wildly popular and easily affordable international cruises provided by an extensive fleet of KdF liners and smaller waterway pleasure vessels. Trips were organized to the coasts of Norway, Spain, and Italy, as well as destinations on the Baltic Sea, and the German and Danish coasts. The KdF also sponsored and organized a wide variety of other activities, inlcuding retreats, day trips, tours, concerts, theater and opera performances, art exhibits, and other cultural and historical displays and events, all of which were supposedly designed to aid the “average” German enjoy their free time more. It was hoped that this would help in creating a healthier, more educated and more productive workforce.

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Another Anti-White Amazon Series

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Amazon’s “Hunters” follows a diverse band of Nazi murders living in 1977 New York City. The Hunters, as they’re known, have discovered that hundreds of high ranking Nazi officials are living among us and conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S. The eclectic team of Hunters will set out on a bloody quest to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

Hot on the heals of “Man In The High castle” Amazon continues to fuel the flames of civil war by promoting the idea that it is OK to hunt down and kill Nazis. The Jewish controlled media bombastically bombard us everyday with allied propaganda and fantasy  about WW2,  while at the same time continue to throw around the same name that they gave the Germans to describe the president of the United States,  and conservative white males.

Published in: on November 30, 2019 at 3:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Europe at Work in National Socialist Germany

by Fritz Sauckel

Millions of workers from nearly every European nation are working in the German war industry today. Among them are millions from nations that sought to annihilate the National Socialist Reich of Adolf Hitler, and whose nations even today are occupied by Germany’s forces or those of its allies. To the credit of these foreign workers, I can say that they are all striving to imitate German workers, and are doing good, sometimes very good, work.

This book is an honest report, irrefutable proof that the National Socialist Greater German Reich, despite our enemy’s attempted hunger blockade, is still able not only to feed the millions of foreign workers, but also house, clothe, and provide medical care for them. They even enjoy holidays and vacations.

The party, the German Labor Front, the state and the economy have worked together as National Socialists to create labor conditions that have never before in history been matched in their cleanliness, correctness, care, and justice. I know this better than anyone, because during the World War I was a prisoner of war myself.

The correct and exemplary treatment explains the good results even of those workers from former Soviet territories, who for decades heard only hate-filled propaganda about National Socialist Germany. The fact that millions of citizens of enemy states are now working satisfactorily in Germany is the sharpest criticism of the criminal conduct of the so-called statesman who drove these people to war against the German people.

These foreign workers now repair some of the damage that their irresponsible leaders caused for Europe’s peoples.

These foreign workers are proof that their peoples were victims of the lies of the worst, base, and corrupt criminals of Jewish plutocracy and Bolshevist hangmen. Now they have seen the true Germany with their own eyes and experienced social and medical services that no one even dreams of in Soviet Russia. They have seen how developed Germany is in all areas, and have found a culture so advanced that they are not only astonished, but also realize how misled they were by the enormous decades-long Judeo-capitalist or Bolshevist propaganda

It is thus easy to understand why millions of citizens of foreign states who labor in Germany’s armaments factories work passionately for Germany’s victory, for Adolf Hitler’s victory, since for perhaps for the first time in their lives they have seen the virtues of National Socialist Germany’s justice, order, and cleanliness, as opposed to the methods of capitalist exploitation or Bolshevist terror.

And they cannot miss the fact that the German people themselves have withstood the gravest battle in its history and accepted the hardest privations.

One must see how respectfully and throughtfully foreign workers look at the pictures of Adolf Hitler hanging in German factories. What must they think? Do they recall the cynical grinning lying face of Churchill, the larval plutocrat face of Roosevelt, or the face of the mass murderer Stalin? They must sense — even if they do not say so — that two worlds face each other, and that even for their own future, Adolf Hitler’s world must win.

Each day they go to work in German armaments factories. They know that they work for the victory of a just cause.

Even the majority of German citizens still do not have a clear idea of how falsely international Jewry has maligned National Socialist Germany to the nations of the world. They have used clever and unscrupulous means ranging up to the most frightful terror, ways which are simply incomprehensible to the German mind and impossible for the German spirit.

The Jews used these methods over many decades, spreading atrocity stories about Germany and lies about its alleged backwardness, lack of culture and worse. Their goal was to misuse other nations to destroy Germany. For decades, they constantly instilled terrible poisons, defaming Germans of every class and party, never allowing the truth about Germany, and in particular about the National Socialist movement, to reach the people. They destroyed economically, and if need be physically, those who wanted to tell the truth.

Uncertainly, fear and limitless terror were the strongest methods the Jews and their lackeys used to force a second world war on Germany.

A powerful fate has led millions of seduced and betrayed people to Germany as workers. They now see the truth. By their work they make a valuable contribution to the victory of a better world and do themselves and their peoples great service.

This book is the proof thereof.

Why Do We Need Foreign Workers?

Nothing is more able to bring together disparate elements than working together on a common cause. —Otto von Bismarck

The longer the war against the Jewish world conspiracy, plutocracy, and Bolshevism that has been forced upon us lasts, the more powerfully we hear alongside the noise of battle the sounds of labor in Greater Germany, among our allies, and in the conquered regions. The enormous labor effort protects the home front as well as the new territory won by the blood of our best in their unprecedented attacks. It is also giving a new look to Europe. Led by the Axis partners, Europe is moving toward a great and prosperous future. We are defending our own fate and that of the continent though ever greater and more sacrificial efforts and through a fanatic, unbending will for the final victory of our flag.

That is an unwritten law of the front, which applies with the same iron necessity for the home front. Broad cooperation between state, party, armed forces, and the economy is the guarantee that the home front can mobilize more reserves of labor and resources to support the fighting troops. This applies to the armaments industry as well as agriculture, and in particular to the use of foreign workers in war-related factories by the plenipotentiary for labor. A situation like September 1914, when each firing of a gun had to be individually approved because of material shortages, must ever reoccur. The front receives in enormous quantities the quality weapons and munitions it needs.

This achievement, far greater than that of the World War, is the result of the splendid success of Reich Minister Dr. Speer’s organized leadership of a politically strong armaments industry. It is constantly reviewed and changed, adjusting remarkably quickly to the needs of the various phases of the war. The year 1942 is a good example of its unique capacities. Industrial production was concentrated and simplification so thoroughly applied that mass production reached an unprecedented level. Reich Minister Dr. Speer reported at a meeting of the Reich Chamber of Labor on 29 January 1943 that, within a year, production in many essential areas had increased ten or twenty fold. It at least doubled in other important areas. Production reached a level unprecedented in German armaments history. The organization was simplified and bureaucracy reduced. The economy could develop more effectively. Progress was also increased through generous support for research as well as by suggestions from the factories. The war provides new energy sources for the factories, and production climbs steadily. The foundations for even greater increases in armaments production have been laid through the construction of large new factories, through reconstruction and reorganization, and through the addition of many modern machines.

In the end, however, production depends on human labor, an area in which the war has brought enormous structural transformations. Even before the war begin, German labor shortages required the most efficient use of labor. The mobilization of millions of the youngest and strongest German workers has taken more and more skilled workers and specialists from the factories. They must be replaced if production is not to sink. Men either under the over the age of military service, or from less essential areas, can be transferred, but this is not enough. The number of German women employed has risen steadily. As much as was within their power, they willingly filled the gaps and took the place of men called to military service. The Führer’s military successes and the brilliant strategy of encirclement battles brought huge numbers of prisoners of war to Germany from the defeated nations. They were put to work in industry and agriculture, but there were not nearly enough of them.

Thus there began a migration of European workers to Germany. Germany’s military successes gave the Reich the opportunity to conduct the economy on a continental scale, to use formerly uneconomic regions in a new Central European system and use use the work forces of the conquered areas where they were most needed. These reserves are encouragingly large.

The Führer determined (on 8 November 1941) that the area that we control includes more than 250 million people. The area controlled by our allies brings that total to over 350 million. In the East alone we have occupied nearly two million square kilometers of territory with about 70 million people. These 70 million are about 54% of the entire population of North America. A substantial percentage of them have already proven that they can be of real help in German factories.

Unemployment in neighboring countries along with Europe’s growing realization that only a victory of the Axis powers can guarantee the common good of the continent has lead an army of volunteer foreign workers to Germany. They were forced to their decision by their fears of Bolshevism and by the war that Churchill and Roosevelt head for the Jews and Freemasons, which sabotages any hope for European peace. They decided that, if they were not fighting at the front, to serve in German factories and thereby to support Europe’s new organizational unity and its reasonable new structure.

This number of foreign workers has become a mighty river since the Führer appointed Gauleiter and Reich Governor of Thuringia Fritz Sauckel as Plenipotentiary for Labor on 21 March 1942. Sauckel, himself a worker from his youth and a deeply committed, spirited and battle-tested personality, received the authority to guarantee that industry and agriculture had sufficient labor. Almost daily, transports from nearly every nation of Europe bring workers to Germany. Their number grows as the requirements of the army increase and as more and more German workers exchange their factory garb for a military uniforms.

There has been nothing like it in this history of the world. It requires an exact knowledge of the situation, tireless energy and persistence, and when necessary unwavering action. Under the leadership of Plenipotentiary Fritz Sauckel. the flow of workers from the occupied Eastern regions has been particularly great. Millions of foreign workers are now stalwartly doing their duty in German factories and agriculture, and millions more will come. We want to emphasize this figure not because we are carried away by numbers or crazed by their size, but simply to demonstrate persuasively that the use of these masses of foreign workers proves the unprecedented and vast defensive power of our nation.

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Three quarters of the foreign workers in Greater Germany come from former enemy nations, regions that may even yet be incited by unbelievable propaganda. That poses a danger that we are aware of, but it also gives us an unprecedented opportunity to conduct an educational campaign in the middle of the war. Workers from 25 nations are our guests for months or years. They can see and experience what otherwise they could only read about or see in pictures or films, which generally come from sources having a particular slant. The Reich can show them daily that we are qualified not only to be Europe’s leading military nation, but also the model of economic, social and human qualities.

Germany has nothing to hide. It provides healthy and clean living quarters and a more than adequate diet. Of course, war-related factors also affect our foreign workers. Everyone understands that, for there is a war going on. The golden flag of the German Workers Front waves from many model factories where thousands of foreign workers go every day! Foreigners come to understand the leadership and spirit of community of the economic home front. They see what it means when a laboring people has abolished the industrial proletariat and in which every last person lives according to the principle: the common good before the individual good. Industry and agriculture, managers and workers have taken on an important responsibility with regards to foreign workers. They do their duty with German thoroughness, despite the difficulties. The plenipotentiary for labor gives them the guidance they need.

The foreign workers now in Germany are working for Europe. They have been brought here to provide the best precision German weapons to our soldiers in the trenches, the batteries, the motorized troops, the Luftwaffe and the navy. Let no one forget that! The war demands our full energy. We are defending our jobs and our livelihoods, the future of our families and Europe’s social progress. It is clear to all guest workers, be they from nations allied with Germany like Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, or foreigners from former enemy states, that each German in these critical years works sacrificially and accomplishes astonishing things. We must constantly show that this extreme level of exertion is the result not of force, but of an inner sense of obligation, that we are driven by a mission that makes us shining examples, that we will not rest until the final victory is won and each foreign worker has joined us not because of mere propaganda, but also by mastering with us a common task.

That has absolutely nothing to do with long outdated phrases about brotherhood or demagogic chatter about pan-Europeanism. We have said often enough that National Socialism is not for export. What must sink deep into the minds of the foreigners among us, however, is a belief that Germany is the source of the continent’s eternal youth and a conviction that German socialism and the German longing for justice can never be surpassed. Thus, the readiness of foreign workers in the work to defend the united front of the new Europe will be awakened and developed — regardless of the direction from which it may be attacked. In the long run no part of the earth, much less Europe, can be ruled by the bayonette. The future belongs to him who has the support of the workers of the various nations.

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The war will become even harder. The destructive rage of our enemies knows no limits. They must fear that in the course of time National Socialist Germany’s revolutionary economic and social policies will open the eyes of even those on the other side of the ocean to the true cause of their mass misery. The German workers’ state is operating at full steam in its ideal three-fold division of workers, farmers and soldiers, and leaves no room for illusions. It is victory or annihilation! The political, intellectual and economic lines are drawn as never before in world history. Our goal is to build a continental system in a unified area in which there are no victors and vanquished, but rather a powerful, creative leadership. If fate rules otherwise, Europe will have played its role and will sink into the bottomless depths of an exploited colony.

The Reich, which today is the technical and spiritual training ground for European workers, will fight bitterly in this war to master both the home and the battle fronts.

A high percentage of foreign workers will remain in Germany after the war. They will be trained in the construction work that the war has hindered, and will realize projects that now are only in the planning stages. Those who return home will bring with them the valuable skills they learned in Germany and increase the productive capacity of all of Europe. They are receiving not only the economic, but also the political skills they will need to defend the European bulwark. As war economy leaders, supervisors or camp heads, whatever our position, we must treat foreign workers justly, far-sightedly, generously as their respected teachers. Future generations will thank us.

Europe is Winning

A bitter struggle is being waged by the Axis powers for the future of our continent. Just as necessity has brought us together militarily, so too millions of foreign and German workers stand alongside each other in factories, on farm machines, or on newly cultivated lands. They battle the common enemy by using the language of labor. From the practical standpoint, the use of foreign workers has until recently been a difficult problem. The use of workers from the occupied areas had been particularly challenging. But the successes so far have exceed our expectations. Gauleiter Sauckel has succeeded in persuading the enormous number of foreign workers to become willing workers with us. The German war economy has thus had no difficulties, but rather has shown steadily rising production. The incorporation of millions of foreign workers has not led to an imbalance between the Führer’s goals and the biological possibilities, as enemy propaganda maintains. Rather, it demonstrates the enormous dynamics, directed by Germany, that determine the fate of all European nations.

According to Article 10 of the plenipotentiary for labor’s directives, we have above all used the available labor in the occupied regions to meet Germany’s war production needs. We have not neglected, however, to use the labor remaining in the occupied regions efficiently and in an organized way. The same productivity is demanded of them as is of those in Germany, using piece rates and bonuses. The freeing up of workers is a further goal.

Total mobilization has reached all of Europe. Each nation carries its part of the burdens of the war and contributes its labor to ensure that the military units of the Axis and its allies never lack military material. The more we work everywhere, the more powerful will be our war machine. And we will never lose a war because we produced too many weapons.

It is obvious that the plenipotentiary for labor will deal with future problems of the labor force with the same positive results that are already evident across all the fronts where we are fighting. At home and at the front, a granite-hard faith in Germany’s leadership is a certainty for all: Europe is winning!

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Published in: on November 30, 2019 at 2:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Oy Vey! Fashion Brand Apologizes

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A luxury fashion brand has apologized after Jews complained about an outfit selling for £1,500 that resembled the striped uniforms worn by inmates of German work camps during WW2.

Spanish brand Loewe, which sells in Harrods and Selfridges among other high-end outlets, removed the black and white stripped top and trouser set from its collection after Jews criticized the likeness.

In an apology posted on social media site Instagram on Friday night, they said: “It was brought to our attention that one of our looks featured in a magazine and part of our Arts and Crafts ceramicist William De Morgan collaboration could be misconstrued as referring to one of the most odious moments in the history of mankind.”

They added: “It was absolutely never our intention and we apologize to anyone who might feel we were insensitive to sacred memories.

But this caused more kvetching as  Jemma Millman from Manchester, who is Jewish, felt the apology did not go far enough. The 30-year-old said: “To not even mention the Holocaust directly is insulting to all affected. Referring to this incident as ‘insensitive to sacred memories’ is even more disrespectful.”

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Other fashion brands have been questioned over lines of clothing that resemble uniforms worn by camp inmates, or containing NSDAP symbols.

In 2015, high-street chain Urban Outfitters was criticized by antisemitism watchdog the Anti-Defamation League, for a grey-and-white stripped product with a pink triangle, resembling uniforms worn by gay prisoners in concentration camps.

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In 2014, Spanish brand Zara removed a blue-and-white top with a yellow star from its children’s collection.

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And in 2014, brand Mango apologized for a ‘lightning bolt’ blouse that critics said resembled insignia worn by the SS in Nazi Germany.

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In 2017 a shirt which at first look appeared to be patterned with tiny, white polka dots where found for sale in a Ross Dress for Less store in Florida, but upon closer inspection they were swastikas, roughly 14,000 of them in all.

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The shirt had been designed by a company that licensed the Airwalk brand, then manufactured in India, shipped to a U.S. warehouse, and delivered to Ross stores, according to people involved in the process. Apparently nobody flagged it along the way.

 

 

 

Published in: on November 24, 2019 at 5:50 pm  Leave a Comment