Adolf Hitler on the Annihilation of the Jews
(September 16, 1919)
Letter to Adolf Gemlich, September 16, 1919:
Anti-Semitism as a political
movement should not and cannot be determined by factors of sentiment,
but only by the recognition of the facts. These are the facts:
To begin with, Jewry is unqualifiedly a racial association
and not a religious association. . . . Its influence will bring about
the racial tuberculosis of the people.
Hence it follows: Anti-Semitism on purely emotional
grounds will find its ultimate expression in the form of pogroms.
Rational anti-semitism, however, must lead to a systematic legal opposition
and elimination of the special privileges which Jews hold, in contrast
to the other aliens living among us (aliens' legislation). Its final
objective must unswervingly be the removal of the Jews altogether.
Only a government of national vitality is capable of doing both, and
never a government of national impotence.
Sources: Dawidowicz, Lucy S., A Holocaust Reader. West Orange:
Behrman. 1976, p. 30 and Electric
Zen: An Einsatzgruppen Electronic Repository.