My Honor is Loyalty
"The Reinhard Heydrich Memorial Death Book"
The Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team has faithfully translated this infamous Nazi text from the original versions printed in the German language. The purpose of this translation is for readers to understand the methods in which the Nazi propaganda machine would seek to justify its genocidal actions, and give praise to those who served the "infamous" mission of National Socialism
My Honour Is Loyalty
7 · MARCH 1904 4 · JUNE 1942
Reinhard Heydrich's outstanding contribution to the National Socialist Movement is the Security Service! The Reich Leader Of The SS recognized Heydrich's special gifts and particular abilities very quickly, and the particularly difficult special sphere was assigned to him as early as 1931. This was truly the right man in the right job.
Only a perfect National Socialist, a man with great force of action, a man whose ability to grasp situations was as sure as it was clear, could do the duties assigned. Reinhard Heydrich distinguished substance from appearance, weakness from true corruption, with piercing intelligence and unerring instinct. His clear judgement and infallible instinct were particularly successful in detecting and pursuing enemies of the Party and the State.
Heydrich considered the enemies' every possible course of action in the shortest time imaginable; spread those possibilities out before the Reich Leader Of The SS as neatly ordered as a fan, and reported Mission Accomplished! Most often in record time!
Only someone who has had repeated occasion to observe the activity of the Reich Security Main Office on the spot can form a conception of how carefully and painstakingly Reinhard Heydrich worked, how extensively he laid the groundwork for all the work done in his office. Untiringly, and with almost unbelievable dedication, Reinhard Heydrich worked to perfect his tool.
Recognizing the magnitude of the overall task which lay before him, meant, at the same time, recognizing the magnitude of the work assigned to him personally! Seeing that The Fuhrer allowed himself not a moment to rest, he permitted himself neither complacent self satisfaction nor ordinary relaxation; instead, his creative spirit worked unceasingly. And yet, even in the midst of his most difficult tasks, Reinhard Heydrich remained a cheerful, dynamic optimist at all times.
How many human weaknesses, how many shortcomings and vices, he, of all people, was in a position to see! Yet he remained at all times a carefree National Socialist: happiest in attack, a man whose belief in the fulfillment of his task could simply not be shaken!
Upon assuming these responsibilities, Reinhard Heydrich was first confronted with the challenge of investigating the spiritual background and international connections of all enemies of the Movement and combating them with the knowledge gained thereby.
It was not simply a matter of ensuring the external security of the State; rather, and most importantly, it was a matter of protecting the National Socialist Movement and ideology. He recognized that combating the enemy was only part of the task of building a National Socialist Greater German Reich.
He knew that in the long run, the existence of the Nation could only be assured when the enemy was defeated spiritually, when the ideological unity of the German Folk was guided to fulfillment through the positive work of the Party. Thus, Reinhard Heydrich became one of the most active fighters for the eternal purity and security of the National Socialist ideological heritage.
Reinhard Heydrich created a Security Service which watched over the security of the Reich as its ideological fighting formation openly and firmly, in crass contradiction to the services of other countries. Every member of the Security Service had to be strengthened in his ideology and character so as to be able to fulfill this difficult and often thankless task without suffering damage as a human being.
The conditions for this were laid down by the laws of the SS. He succeeded in inspiring many young men from party backgrounds, men with the most widely varying occupational skills, to do service with the Security Service. Many gifted young people were thus inspired to make valuable contributions which, had they followed normal professional careers, would never have been made in precisely those crucial years of construction.
What these men actually achieved on many occasions, silently, and usually without public acknowledgment, is exemplary even in the history of the Party, a history filled with service in honorary offices. Heydrich demanded the highest standards of efficiency from his men, and succeeded in supervising and creating a
leadership cadre which will carry on the work which first took shape in his mind. The Security Service Of The Reich Leader Of The SS, responsible for obtaining and processing intelligence material gathered in the service of the Party, became the political intelligence and defense arm of the Party and of its member organizations and associations.
As a party organization, the Security Service laid the groundwork for extensive exchanges of information. The Security Service did not restrict itself to the reporting on the activities of the enemy to Head Office; rather, and more importantly, it reported constantly, extensively, and continually, on all areas of racial community life.
The deliberate use of the Security Service in all areas made it possible to bring wishes and concerns from all parts of the Reich and from all walks of life to the immediate attention of the highest offices of the Reich. In addition, the supervisory work of the Security Service contributed to a full and positive enthusiasm for the work of the Party.
Anyone who worked with SS General Heydrich always took pleasure in his attitude, the attitude of an athlete and a soldier, combined with an extensive knowledge and clear judgment. With unerring firmness of purpose, he stuck to the ideological line which he recognized to be correct! No matter how flexible his methods, his National Socialist attitude remained as hard and stubborn as ever.
Acceptance of responsibility meant, for him, constant dedication!
The National Socialist German Workers' Party lost one of its best in Reinhard Heydrich!
-Reich Leader Martin Bormann,
Leader Of The Party Chancellery.
We must work on ourselves. We must anchor and maintain the eternal foundations of the ideology transmitted to us by The Fuhrer in unprecedented self discipline. To protect our Folk, we must be hard on our enemies even at the risk of hurting individual enemies from time to time, and being criticized for our unrestrained brutality from otherwise well meaning people.
No one will excuse us, no one will plead extenuating circumstances on our behalf, if we fail in our historical mission due to over objectivity or excessive humanitarianism! It will simply be said that we failed in our historical mission.
Our work must be carried out on ourselves, with courage, and in a spirit of efficiency. We must draw upon the better elements of our German genetic heritage. We must be just in all hardness. We must also show the greatest loyalty. There must be no greater comradeship than ours.
We must eliminate blemishes and defects from our ranks with the greatest possible strictness. We must spread knowledge about our ancestors; but we must first gain that knowledge ourselves through unceasing study. That knowledge contains all the values which God gave our Folk: our blood, our race, our true historical past.
It includes ancient folklore, rooted in ages which, contrary to the statements of many people, dates well back to 1000 A.D. or even earlier, before the 8th century, so filled with significance for the Germanic Folks. We must live the eternal principles imparted to us by The Fuhrer in an exemplary manner.
We, the SS, wish to be the ideological Storm Troops and Security Service of The Fuhrer; but, at the same time, we wish to be the domestic political bodyguards of the National Socialist State, doing the duty of the Security Police for as long as we do service in it.
-SS General Reinhard Heydrich.
Secret Police, Criminal Police, and Security Services are veiled in the mystery and secrecy of political detective stories. Men in our Service are accused of brutality, inhumanity, near sadism, and heartlessness, with a mixture of fear and loathing; yet, in Germany, people feel a certain sense of relief at our very existence. In Germany, our work is respected, and is supported with understanding.
In Germany, nothing -- not even the most trivial, selfish whim -- is thought incapable of solution by the Secret Police. Thus, we are sometimes jokingly referred to asscullery maids, or even the dustbin of the Reich. But anyone who takes the trouble to look at the actual work, and to look for the human beings in the men who do their duty here, will confess with astonishment that these men are ideologically firm National Socialists, going about their work in a successful combination of practice based on the experience of life.
They are at once painstakingly logically scientific workers, battle hardened political soldiers, and decent, understanding human beings: united in their ardent love for The Fuhrer and Germany after painstaking, exhausting, and difficult training. With the transfer of many men to purely frontline Army service, in a few cases as Secret Police in the field but in the overwhelming majority of cases to Special Security Police Service commands, the Security Police Service was entrusted with maintaining the political security of the occupied territories.
Here, their work was made much more difficult by the fact that we were not dealing with positively cooperative people; rather, and at the very least, they failed to cooperate at all, or were actively hostile, depending on the situation of the moment. This entailed a serious drain on available working manpower in the Reich itself, along with inconceivably higher demands in terms of human efficiency.
The work of the men in the Secret State Police and the Security Police must be of very high quality: constant, silent individual work must be performed by an almost unbelievably small number of excellent men. Not only is qualitatively excellent work always demanded of each individual: it is in fact performed in an excellent manner. One important fact makes our men's work more difficult than that of comrades doing frontline Army service, apart from the satisfaction of doing frontline work at all: manly acts of bravery by the frontline soldier are rapidly rewarded by public recognition, decorations, and admiration.
The political soldier on thesecret front, on the other hand, must keep silent and be immensely patient. Often, he works solely for other political agents, in the certain knowledge that his actions will be acknowledged only much later, if at all, and may perhaps never be granted public honors.
Thus, the men of the Security Police and Security Service work on the instructions of The Fuhrer, and under the command of the Reich Leader Of The SS. They desire only one thing: to work and fight for Germany.
-SS General Reinhard Heydrich,
On German Police Day, 1941.
In this spirit of a political soldier, he led his SS Men in the strictest discipline: to be as hard as the security of the Nation demanded, but never harder than necessary for the well being of the German Folk. In view of Heydrich's intellectual development, which bound him indissolubly to the SS but nevertheless raised him far above the narrow viewpoints of his training, permitting him to use Police facilities in the Reich's great determination to create order in Europe, The Fuhrer assigned him to the Office Of Reich Protector In Bohemia And Moravia.
He now assumed duties which were visible for all to see, and which required fighting powers far more so than purely defensive activities.
His far reaching experience with shortcomings of every kind and in all fields enabled him to identify the correct course of action in every case, whether in economic matters or problems of cultural life.
The Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team
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