German Patriot Reflects On September 1939
Lies About German War Guilt
By Jürgen Rieger www.juergen-rieger.de
Translated by J M Damon
The German original is found at
Once again we have another round-number date to observe: the 70th
anniversary of the invasion of
Once again we are told that we must observe it with “shame and
We must declare ad nauseam that “...never ever again from German
soil...” etc., etc.
But what else could we expect from such an occupation regime as ours?
As the Springer publication “Welt am Sonntag” laments in its issue
of 30th August 2009: “...It is discouraging that at the solemn and
imposing Polish observance of the beginning of the War, which took place
at the place where it began, the Danziger Westerplatte, no heads of
state of Western nations participated except Angela Merkel.”
We are told that it would have been a good thing “...if the West,
through its presence in Danzig, had solemnized the great suffering that
occurred in Eastern Europe and not just Poland.”
In other Establishment publications the story goes that Adolf Hitler on
1 September 1939 “ignited World War II;” “released world
conflagration;” “set out to conquer the world;” and other such
The truth is that the German-Polish war began on 1 September 1939, and
this local war became a European war with England’s and
France’s declaration of war against the Third Reich on 3 September.
The European War became World War II on 12 September 1941, when
President Roosevelt instructed the American navy to sink any German
warships it encountered.
(On that occasion the American Secretary of the Navy remarked
laconically that the US had entered the war but the American people did
not know it yet.)
The truth is that Poland, which had long been under Russian rule, was
reestablished as an independent state by Germany and Austria in 1916.
As thanks for this generous act, regular units of the Polish army joined
Korfanty armed bands and began seizing purely German districts in Upper
Silesia and Western Prussia.
In response to German electoral victories in every region that held a
plebiscite, they initiated a reign of terror; and thanks to French
backing, Poland was allowed to keep these German districts.
Under the Dictate of Versailles Poland was given a “corridor” to the
Baltic Sea, along with large areas of West Prussia that were populated
This “corridor” completely separated East Prussia from the Reich,
making trade and communication difficult or impossible.
During Allied discussions on the peace treaty, Lloyd George, the English
Prime Minister during the First World War, tapped this spot on the map
and predicted “This is where the next world war will begin!”
Unlike the Western leaders, Hitler had realistically evaluated the
dangers posed by the bolshevik Soviet Union.
He realized that Germany would be unable resist the Soviet Union without
an alliance with Poland.
For this reason he signed a nonaggression treaty with Poland in 1934.
President Pilsudski in turn realized that Poland could not
simultaneously conduct hostilities against its two powerful neighbors
Germany and the Soviet Union.
In addition to seizing German districts, Poland had grabbed White
Russian and Ukrainian districts after the Russian Empire had been
weakened by the First World War.
The present eastern border of Poland, which the Soviet Union established
in 1939, corresponds to the ethnic border.
With its wars of aggression, Poland had overreached this line, making
the Soviet Union its enemy.
The German minority had been disfranchised in the 1920s, and in the
1930s it was subjected to open terror, murder and rape, especially in
the months preceding September 1939.
Under the nonaggression treaty German newspapers were not allowed to
report on Polish atrocities against the minority Germans, which led to
the emigration of a million Germans.
Another million remained behind in German regions that had been seized
by the Poles.
A popular song about the Poles that originated among the fighting home
defense units in Upper Silesia was rewritten in National Socialist
songbooks to suggest that the struggle was not against “Pjorunje”
but rather “Bolschewike.”
Hitler badly wanted an accommodation with Poland.
Until the month of April 1939, National Socialist propaganda continued
to include the names of deceased President Pilsudski and Foreign
Minister Beck among the “great statesmen of Europe.”
In contrast to his general officers, who with their friends and
relatives had had large landholdings in the regions now occupied by
Poland, Hitler did not insist on re-establishing the 1914 border.
Instead, he offered the sizeable concession of limiting Germany’s
demands to a plebiscite in West Prussia and nowhere else.
He proposed that in the event the plebiscite favored Germany, the city
and harbor of Gdingen would remain Polish territory, along with an
extraterritorial freeway extending from Poland through West Prussia to
In case the plebiscite favored Poland, Germany would be allowed to build
an extraterritorial freeway from Pomerania to East Prussia so that
bothersome border controls could be eliminated.
In addition Danzig, which was 98% German and under mandate of the League
of Nations, would be allowed to join the Reich, in keeping with the
preference of the population of Danzig.
Publicly and privately, Hitler indicated that this would be Germany’s
last territorial claim since it would undo the mischief done at
Although his proposal was decidedly moderate, the Poles reacted with
obstinacy, bolstered in their hard line by Britain.
For 300 years Britain had pursued a “Balance of Power” policy of
allying herself with the second most powerful nation against the most
This policy had allowed Britain to cover its rear while establishing a
In accordance with this plan, Britain in 1935 reached a naval agreement
with Germany that limited the German fleet to 1/3 the size of the
(At that time France was more powerful militarily than Germany.)
Hitler wanted to assure Britain that a naval arms race would not occur
again - Kaiser Wilhelm had initiated such a contest and it led to
Britain’s declaration of war in 1914.
By 1938, Germany had become more powerful than France and, in keeping
with its “Balance of Power” policies, Britain again adopted an anti
This led to the British government’s protesting Austria’s joining
the Reich, even though 99% of Austrians had voted for unification in the
Britain has never acknowledged other nations’ right of
self-determination, whether in India (where those who favored
independence were tied to English cannon) or in Ireland (where almost
the entire population was annihilated because they would not submit to
It is a mistake to maintain that the entry of German troops into
Czechoslovakia on 15 March 1939 brought about a change in Britain’s
policy toward the Reich.
This must be said about Czechoslovakia: in this clumsily
cobbled-together country, a minority of Czechs ruled three million
Germans as well as Slovaks, Ruthenians, Poles and Hungarians.
All these ethnic splinter groups wanted to rejoin their nations but were
brutally prohibited by the Czechs from doing so.
The reason for this was that under the Dictate of Versailles, France was
able to pursue a policy of aggrandizing Germany’s neighbors so as to
have powerful allies in the coming war against Germany.
After Austria had been reunited with the Reich came the problem of
annexing the millions of Germans living under Czech rule.
Hitler proposed self-determination, but the Czechs responded with
They did everything to provoke Hitler, including a general mobilization
on 21 May 1938 to counter an allegedly impending attack by Germany,
which was a total fabrication.
Since no attack took place, the Czech as well as French and English
press triumphantly announced that their determined military measures had
dissuaded Hitler from invasion, which caused the Reich to lose prestige.
The American ambassador in Paris clearly recognized the bellicose
character of the Czech mobilization and characterized it in a report to
President Roosevelt as a “provocation for another war in Europe.”
In order to evaluate the situation the British government sent Lord
Runciman to the Sudetenland.
In his report on 16 September 1938 he wrote: “I have great sympathy
for the cause of the Sudeten Germans.
It is difficult to be governed by a foreign nation, and my impression is
that Czechoslovak rule in the Sudetenland displays such a lack of tact
and understanding, and so much petty intolerance and discrimination,
that dissatisfaction among the German population must inevitably lead to
outrage and rebellion.”
Following this the British government joined in urging the Czechs to
allow a plebiscite in Sudetenland.
The French government, which had a mutual assistance treaty with
Czechoslovakia, did the same, since France was not prepared to go to war
with Germany over the Sudetenland.
The Czech Government rejected the suggestion of a plebiscite because
this would have served as precedent for other national minorities to
demand plebiscites as well.
However, they agreed to relinquish the Sudeten districts without
plebiscite since these regions bordering the Reich were populated almost
entirely by Germans.
This is how the “Munich Agreement” came about.
It resulted not from threats and extortion by Hitler, but rather an
agreement by all parties that the Sudeten Germans rightfully belonged
“Heim ins Reich” (back home in the Reich.)
It is important to note that both Britain and Germany agreed to
guarantee the borders of Czechoslovakia as soon as its other problems of
national minorities were solved.
Neither Hitler nor anyone else guaranteed any national borders, since
Czechoslovakia never solved its minority problems.
In March 1939 both the Slovaks and the Ruthenians declared independence,
whereupon the Poles invaded Czechoslovakia and occupied the Olsa Region,
which was populated by Poles.
The Hungarians did the same, occupying the border areas that were
populated by Hungarians.
Since Czechoslovakia had ceased to exist, its President Hacha flew to
Berlin on 15 March 1939 and placed the remainder of his country under
the protection of the Reich.
He was afraid that Poland and Hungary would follow the Czech example and
divide the Czech regions among themselves.
The Reich then formed the Protectorate of Bohemia and Maeren, which
provided for exclusive Czech administration in all areas except military
and foreign policy.
Hitler was concerned about the threat to German cities and industrial
areas that was posed by Czech air bases.
Because it felt betrayed by the Sudeten agreement and the Western
powers, Czechoslovakia had adopted close relations with the Soviet
Union, which had already stationed 300 airplanes in the Czech regions.
Hitler, who knew that war with the Soviet Union inevitable, could not
allow the Czech regions to serve as a staging area and “aircraft
carrier” for the Soviet Union.
Hacha remained in office and attended the parade of 20 April 1939 as a
guest of the Reich, standing next to Hitler.
It is very clear that Hitler did not violate the Munich accord.
When Prime Minister Chamberlain was questioned in the Lower House about
the entry of German troops in Prague on 15 March 1939, he explained:
“In our view, the situation has changed significantly since the
Slovakian parliament declared independence.
This explanation produced the effect that the state whose borders we
intended to guarantee collapsed internally and ceased to exist.
Accordingly, the situation that the honorable Secretary for the
Dominions has described, and which we had always considered temporary,
has now ceased to exist.”
Just two days later, however, in sharp contrast to this explanation
given in the British lower house, Chamberlain condemned the “German
invasion” in his Birmingham speech of 17 March 1939; and on 31 March
1939 he signed an agreement with the Polish government in which Great
Britain promised to support Poland in the event of war.
It promised to do this not only if Poland were attacked, but even if
Poland should start a war - for example on account of its pretended
“rights” in Danzig.
Both of these contradicted in word and spirit the written message that
Chamberlain carried in his hand on his return from Munich, to which he
proudly referred and for which he was enthusiastically applauded by the
At that time he had announced “Peace in our time.”
In this announcement Hitler and Chamberlain established that all
questions concerning their mutual interests would be handled in mutual
So how did it come about that England encouraged Poland to go to war
Following 15 March 1939, Roosevelt exerted strong pressure on the
British government to “finally exert opposition” against “Nazi
tyranny” or else he would apply methods of coercion against Great
It is impossible to determine precisely what threats he made, since
their correspondence is still off-limits to historians.
Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal wrote in his diary that US
Ambassador Joseph Kennedy remarked that Chamberlain was convinced that
America and the Jews were forcing Britain into war.
This is only part of the story, however.
The germanophobic senior British diplomat Vansittart and the Rumanian
Ambassador Tileda also played a major role.
Immediately after the entry of German troops into Czech territory,
Tileda announced that during German-Rumanian economic negotiations,
Germany had threatened to invade Rumania if it was not allowed to
exploit Rumanian oil.
This was an absurd allegation since Germany and Rumania did not even
share a common border - they were 400 kilometers apart.
The English believed it, however, and newspapers in London, Paris and
New York spread false reports of a threatened German attack.
In reality, German-Rumanian economic negotiations were entirely cordial.
Nobody made any threats of any kind.
It could be that Tileda’s false allegations about German threats were
inspired by Rumania’s needing British economic assistance, and he was
desperately trying to persuade Britain to grant this assistance.
It could also be that Tileda had been bribed by the germanophobic
Vansittart, who was determined to bring about an understanding between
Tileda and Chamberlain.
At any rate, these false allegations greatly alarmed London’s
The City had no economic interests in Poland and the Czech state, but it
did have interests in Rumania, where most of the oil fields were owned
by British stockholders.
The allegations moved British economic circles to take an anti German
Even more significant was the circumstance that Chamberlain was neither
an appeaser nor a Germanophile, as his biographer accurately points out.
He simply realized that a war against Germany could not be won in 1939.
Britain’s regular army was relatively small - it had just recently
introduced conscription, and its air force was smaller than the
As Hitler well understood, Chamberlain was playing for time in order to
displace Germany as the leading power on the Continent as soon as
Britain, which had enormously increased its armaments program, would
have adequate trained men and materiel.
What Chamberlain was really hoping for was political upheaval in Germany
following a declaration of war.
He arrived at this fond hope because numerous opponents of Hitler,
including the secretary to German ambassador Kordt in London, clergyman
Goerdeler, head of German military intelligence Canaris, state secretary
Weizsäcker (No. 2 man after Germany’s foreign minister) and Army
Chief of Staff General Beck had joined the opposition and established
contact with the British government.
Initially, in view of the universal principle “my country right or
wrong,” the British had assumed that contact by the German Opposition
was a trick to make them take hasty action.
On the basis of very precise details reported to them, they now assumed
the honesty and correctness of the figures provided by the Opposition.
For example, Hitler was surprised by the sudden mobilization of the
British Fleet, excavation of air raid shelters and drills with gas masks
in London in the summer of 1939.
These had come as a response to a report by Opposition figures to the
effect that Hitler was plotting a surprise attack with over a thousand
The British journalist John Colvin, who was in quest of a “scoop,”
had close ties with the British secret service, and met with Opposition
circles that included high-ranking officers.
The officers told him that Britain’s agreement in the Sudeten crisis
had denied them the possibility of displacing Hitler and the National
Socialist regime in a putsch.
They suggested that Britain adopt a much harder line against Germany,
including a declaration of war.
They believed this would make Hitler so unpopular in Germany that the
generals would be able to overthrow him.
On 29 March 1939, before the British-Polish Pact, Colvin met with
Chamberlain at the instigation of Churchill.
He told him that there was a good chance the German generals Beck and
von Witzleben, H. von Bismarck and Major von Kleist-Schmenzien would
revolt and stop Hitler.
Chamberlain then asked whether it would influence these people if
Britain gave the Poles a guarantee and Colvin responded: “Yes, that
The guarantee followed.
Churchill, who had said that his life’s mission was to lead another
Thirty Year’s War against Germany, remarked jovially when he met
Colvin again after the War: “Here’s the man who gave us the War!”
Chamberlain’s diary also provides evidence that the German Opposition
played a decisive role in the British declaration of war.
On 3 September 1939 he wrote that he did not believe Britain could win
the war and was hoping for upheaval in Germany instead.
In the save vein, he wrote his sister on 10 September 1939: “What I am
hoping for is not military victory, but rather a collapse of the German
Since the British guarantee of 31 March 1939 gave Poland carte blanche
in its dealings with Germany, Poland intensified its persecutions of the
Abductions became common, speaking German in public was proscribed,
German associations and newspapers were suppressed, the German consul in
Krakow was murdered, etc.
It is irrelevant whether Poles or Germans attacked the Gleiwitz
transmitting station; whoever reads the White Book of the German-Polish
war will find countless undisputed murders and assaults committed by the
Poles in the weeks and months preceding 1 September 1939.
For example, ethnic Germans attempting to flee Poland were murdered and
German commercial aircraft flying between Pomerania and East Prussia
were fired upon by Polish anti-aircraft artillery.
Such provocations could only be intentional.
In June 1939, Pilsudski’s successor Marshal Rydz-Smigly smugly
addressed Polish military officers as follows: “Poland wants war with
Germany and Germany will not be able to avoid war even if it so
Presumably he pictured himself riding a white horse at the head of
victorious Polish troops marching through the Brandenburg Gate.
German intelligence succeeded in breaking the Polish code, so that the
Germans knew that Warsaw had given directives to Polish ambassador
Lipski that under no circumstances could he intervene or offer
concessions to Germany.
In addition, the German Opposition informed Roosevelt that Germany was
planning to attack Poland.
They also informed the Polish ambassador, Polish government and French
government, none of whom were disturbed.
They were confident that in the event of war they could penetrate deep
into Germany because domestic disorders would break out there.
Thus the US, England, France and Poland all trusted in the promises of
the German Opposition to execute a putsch if Hitler invaded Poland and
the Western powers declared war on Germany.
This is surprising in view of the fact that, as several secret
ballotings had shown, 90% of all Germans supported Hitler.
Germany’s enemies as well as its domestic Opposition must have known
that the Opposition had no support among the German people.
Against their better knowledge they continued egging Poland and Britain
into war, however.
Even on 20 July 1944, despite the heavy losses Germany had already
sustained in the war, the members of the Opposition still did not have
enough confidence to reveal themselves as opponents of Hitler.
Instead, they prepared an explanation to be given following the
anticipated death of Hitler that the SS had carried out the putsch and
the Wehrmacht was now taking power.
And yet, such spineless traitors as these are officially lauded by the
present System as “heroes!”
The fact that Chamberlain, knowing of the Polish, French and American
desire for war, gave a free hand to Polish war policies and did not urge
Poland to accept the moderate German demands can be explained only by
the fact that he also wanted war on 1 September 1939.
Another indication of this is the fact that in Britain the evening
edition of the newspaper DAILY MAIL for 31 August 1939 was confiscated.
The edition had carried the story of Germany’s proposals concerning
the Polish Corridor as well as Poland’s response, which was general
The newspaper was compelled to publish a different evening edition.
The British naval minister Cooper, who favored war, was highly perturbed
when he learned of the German proposal, which he considered moderate and
He telephoned the DAILY TELEGRAPH AND demanded that it present the
German proposal in as unfavorable light as possible.
The British ambassador to Berlin also did everything he could to keep
the moderate German proposal secret for as long as possible.
Occasionally the Establishment media admit that Hitler had not planned a
world war on 1 September 1939.
Numerous witnesses reported that he was shaken by receipt of the British
– French declaration of war.
When this is mentioned, however, it is accompanied by the suggestion
that he had been “playing Vabanque” (gambling) as he had done
before, and this time his bet did not pay off.
In response to this it should be said that Hitler accurately evaluated
public sentiment in England and France.
Many Frenchmen were not enthused by the prospect of “dying for Danzig;”
“mourir pour Danzig” was the phrase on everyone’s lips.
What Hitler did not suspect, since Germans traditionally held sworn
oaths to be sacred, was that influential persons in the military,
foreign ministry and information agencies were conspiring with the enemy
to bring about “regime change.”
Perhaps these individuals believed the enemy propaganda line that their
goal was to replace Hitler rather than annihilate Germany.
As for the German-Soviet War, there can be no doubt, in view of the
revelations of the Russian secret agent Suvorov, that what the Germans
suspected in 1941 is factual:
The Reich interrupted a Russian offensive that, as we know today, was
scheduled to begin on 6 July 1941.
This explains why millions of Soviet soldiers were quickly surrounded
and taken prisoner - they were supposed to be rushed from hidden
positions to the border just before the attack.
It also explains why huge numbers of artillery pieces and stockpiles of
munitions were captured at the border as well as millions of extra
leather boots, detailed maps of the Red Army’s objectives in Germany
and so forth.
When the Establishment media blather about the “surprise attack on an
unsuspecting Soviet Union in 1941,” it is just one more lie.
Beginning with the English-German War of September 1939 that he so
ardently desired, Roosevelt violated the guidelines for neutral nations
As early as 1939 he was already shadowing German merchant ships with US
cruisers, who then called in British cruisers to sink them.
He also seized German assets, supplied the British with war materiel on
credit, “loaned” them fifty destroyers and guarded British convoys
with American warships.
Hitler, who was determined not to provoke the US, responded to none of
He even forbade German submarines to defend themselves with torpedoes
when attacked by US destroyers, remembering Washington’s pretext for
entering World War I in 1917.
Even in the Nuremberg show trials, the hypocritical and avaricious US
government did not dare to pronounce Germany guilty of conducting
“offensive war” against them, since they had already been at war
with Germany for three months when Japan, driven to desperate measures
by the oil embargo, attacked the US fleet at Peal Harbor in December of
The above is the simple unadorned truth.
The longer German youth remain in school, the more they are
indoctrinated with lies and brainwashed against their fatherland.
After 65 years of such brainwashing, the teachers either know no better
or else they are compelled to instruct nonsense.
Our Establishment media all play the same tune and our abject
politicians perform never-ending kowtows to do penance for our
“endless guilt” for the 60 million victims of the Second World War.
We pay countless billions in tribute to foreign countries while, to
quote Merkel, we must never be allowed to “go a separate German
We were forced to abolish the D-mark and abandon our sovereignty to NATO
and the European Union.
When German nationalists demand that at long last German schools adopt a
factual historiography, it is not just a “backwards-looking” as some
who describe themselves as “modern nationalists” believe.
In actuality, it has an enormous political effect.
If we are unable to succeed in making German youth proud and self
confident again, they will be unable to resist ever-growing foreign
demands, plundering of our social security fund and squandering of our
money in international banks.
They will continue to be unable to resist predatory foreign lobbyists
and parasitic organizations.
The most vital task of the day is to spread the truth!
2 September 2009