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Beauty Table talks (commercial translation)

Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 163


6th August 1942, evening

The peasant and the beauties of nature.


Our country today is over-populated, and the numbers emigrating to America are incredible. How I wish we had the German-Americans with us still! In so far as there are any decent people in America, they are all of German origin.

In Britain they have the sound law that only the eldest son of a peer can inherit the title; in our country we have nobles by the score, who cannot make a living and who will not die. This calls for reform in the future. The whole social structure of the State must be built up on cold, logical lines.

Once we are in a position to start colonising in the East, most of our difficulties will disappear. When the first few hundred are comfortably settled, the rest will soon follow. It is the earth that attracts the peasant. Several hundreds of thousands have emigrated from Salzburg and Upper Austria to East Prussia. It is only in the pictures of the Court artists that one sees peasants gazing at the stars in heaven. The real peasant keeps his eye firmly on the land, and he lives by the plough. The beauties of the woods were discovered, not by the peasant, but by the professor. Wherever good-quality land is to be found, there one also finds the best type of peasant. It is not, however, the good earth that has improved the peasant stock, but rather that the best type of peasant always finds and takes possession of the best land. The peasantry therefore is the solid backbone of the nation.

France, which has 59 per cent of its population on the land, is still fundamentally sound. It is a great tragedy when once a nation loses the solid foundation of its peasantry. The Italians have a splendid foundation of peasantry. Once when I was travelling to Florence, I thought, as I passed through it, what a paradise this land of southern France is! But when I reached Italy—then I realised what a paradise on earth can really be! Herein lies one of the Duce’s main sources of strength.

He once said to me: “Fuehrer, thank goodness! only a very small percentage of my population are town-dwellers!”


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2 replies on “Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 163”

This is one of Hitler’s points that should be disagreed with. Not all his opinions were correct. Most were though. The loss of the “solid foundation of the peasantry” is actually natural and normal for any nation that undergoes the industrial revolution and modernization. Germany began it’s industrialization in the 1830s, it accelerated in the 1860s and by 1914 was already reaching large scale effects on the structure of the population. Less and less of Germans were living in the countryside, and more and more in industrial and urban areas. Improvements in agricultural techniques leave many farmers jobless and send them into cities to work as workers in industry and services. Germany was the leader of Europe during the Victorian Era of industrial growth, technological innovation and urban population growth. Even in Germany under Hitler, population of cities continued to grow. German population in 1939 was strongly concentrated in Berlin, Ruhr coalmining area, Munich, Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, Breslau, Cologne. Even in the German East, which Hitler wanted to colonize further, the biggest concentration of German people were not living as farmers. The biggest concentration of Germans there was in the Upper Silesian industrial area with large cities, where people mined iron, copper and coal, and where Germans worked in huge factories.

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