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What happens to a Russian

In a speech to senior SS officers, in October 1943, Himmler emphasizes the paradoxical need for comradeship, loyalty and ruthlessness:

'Our basic principle must be this one absolute rule for the SS men: we must be honest, decent, loyal and comradely to members of our own blood and nobody else. What happens to a Russian and a Czech does not interest me in the slightest. What the nations can offer in the way of good blood of our type we will take, if necessary, by kidnapping their children and raising them here with us. Whether nations live in prosperity or starve to death interests me only in so far as we need them as slaves for our civilization; otherwise it is of no interest to me. Whether ten thousand Russian females fall down from exhaustion while digging an anti-tank ditch interests me only in so far as the anti-tank ditch for Germany is finished. We shall never be rough and heartless when it is not necessary, that is clear. We Germans, who are the only people in the world who have a decent attitude towards animals, will also assume a decent attitude towards these human animals.'

Quoted Alan Bullock, Hitler: a study in tyranny, Penguin 1962, p.697.

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