The SS, Alibi of a Nation: 1922-1945

The SS, Alibi of a Nation: 1922-1945

The SS, Alibi of a Nation: 1922-1945

The SS, Alibi of a Nation: 1922-1945

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There is a common pattern in all revolutions, whether they herald real social and economic transformation like the French and Russian revolutions or merely brief aberrations from the demo- cratic pattern, like the military dictatorships of Latin America. All reach a stage when mob enthusiasm becomes too unwieldy and an inner bodyguard is called in to the protection of the new state at the cost of some heads. But the inner bodyguard has itself stepped put of the ranks of the revolutionary armed mob, not the most Fanatical or idealistic part but the most disciplined and the most reliable, the part most acceptable to the professional army. Such originally was the SS.

But this is not the simple story of a revolutionary militia which became a dictator's Pretorian Guard. At the time of the capitulation of Germany there were half a million men, the greater part of them Foreigners, wearing the insignia of the SS on their German uniforms. In addition to the armed SS, there were tens of thousands of office employees who belonged to the 'General SS' and there were hundreds of high-placed German officials who belonged to the 'honorary SS' and who had the right to wear the uniform of what had once been simply Hitler's bodyguard. This bodyguard was a very different thing at the end of the Second World War. Among the grotesque and unrelated activities of the SS there were offices whose concern was Germanic archæology and ancestral research, collecting the skeletons of 'sub-human races' and running baby farms. There were other SS offices devoted to forging foreign bank- notes, to collecting information on alchemy and astrology. There were institutes for the cultivation of medicinal herbs and wild rubber roots, for the acclimatisation of the wild horse of the steppes. The SS also controlled a mineral water and a porcelain factory, numerous night clubs in foreign capitals and a publishing firm.

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