Hitler's radio address of July 20, 1944

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Hitler's radio address of July 20, 1944

Post by Beppo Schmidt » 06 Mar 2004 04:34

Can someone tell me the full text of the address given by Hitler after the assassination attempt of July 20, 1944?

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Post by Alecci » 06 Mar 2004 14:57

English translation of [i]20 July, 1944[/i] by [b]Hans Royce[/b], pages 180-181 wrote:Führer headquarters, July 20, 1944
The Führer delivered the following address tonight to the German people over the German radio network;

My comrades, the men and women of the German people!

I don't know how many times it is by now that an assassination has been planned and attempted against me. But I am talking to you today for two reasons in particular:
1. so that you can hear my voice and know that I am unhurt and well;
2. but also so that you may know the details of a crime that is without equal in German history.
A very small click of ambitious, dishonorable and at the same time criminally stupid officers have conspired to remove me and at the same time to overturn the staff leadership iog the German armed forces.
A bomb that was planted by Colonel GRAF VON STAUFFENBERG exploded two meters from my right side. It very seriously wounded a number of my faithful staff members. One of them has died. I myself am absolutely unhurt, except for very light scratches, bruises and burns. I interpret this as a confirmation of the order of Providence that I continue to pursue the goal of my life, as I have done up to now. For I may solemny state before the whole nation that since the day I moved into Wilhelmstrasse I have had only one thought; to do my duty according to my best understanding and my conscience. Since it became clear to me that war was inevitable and could no longer be put off, I have literally known nothing but worry and work. I have lived through countless days and sleepless nights, only for my people.
At an hour in which the German armies are committed to the hardest fighting, a small group existed in Germany - as one did in Italy - that believed it could deliver a stab in the back as in the year 1918. But this time the conspirators have vey much deceived themselves. The allegation by these usurpers that I am no longer alive is contradicted by this very moment as I speak to you, my dear comrades. The circle of these conspirators is a very small one. It has nothing to do with the German armed forces, and particularly not with the German army. It is a very small gang of criminal elements who will now be ruthlessly exterminated.

Therefore I order at this moment:
1. that no civilian authority has to take any order from any office that these usurpers seek to control,
2. that no military authority, no troop leader, no soldier, has to obey any order of these usurpers; that, on the contrary, everybody is obliged either to arrest the transmitter or giver of such an order at once, or, in case of resistance, to do away with him immediately.
So as to create order, I have appointed Reichsminister HIMMLER as commander of the Army of the Interior. I have called General GUDERIAN into the general staff in order to take the place of the chief of the general staff who has recently retired because of illness. I have assigned a second proven leader of the East front as his assistant.
Nothing is changed in any other office of the Reich. I am convinced that with the disappearance of this very small clique of traitors and conspirators we are finally creating the atmosphere at the rear, in the homeland, that the fighters at the front need. For it is unthinkable that at the front hundreds of thousands and millions of good men should give their all while a small gang of ambitious and miserable creatures here at home tries to permanently circumvent this attitude. This time we are going to settle accounts as we National Socialists are used to doing it.
I am convinced that every decent officer, every brave soldier, will understand that, in this hour.
Probably only a few today can imagine what fate would have befallen Germany if the pot had succeeded. I thank Providence and my creator, and not because he has preserved me. My life is only worry, only work for my people. But I thank him, rather because he has made it possible to for me to go on carrying these worries, and to pursue my work as well as I can, before my conscience.
Every German, regardless of who he is, has the duty of countering these elements at all costs. Either arrest them right away or, if they offer resistance in any form, do away with them without more delay. Orders have been issued to all troops. They will be carried out blindly, with the obedience that the German army knows.
I may joyfully greet you in particular once more, my old battle comrades, in that it was granted to me again to escape a destiny that had nothing terrible in it for me, but that would have brought terror for the German people.
I also see in this an omen from Providence that I must carry on my work, and therefore I shall carry it on.

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Post by Beppo Schmidt » 06 Mar 2004 22:08

Thanks a lot, Alecci.

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