Mein Kampf opines that
the history of the world is replete with examples of the battle between
the forces of goodness and evil, and goodness has, and will always
be represented by the Nordic-Aryans, the noblest of races on Earth,
whereas evil is represented by the sub-human Jews.
Hitler was convinced that the Jews were the deadliest enemies of
humanity, and craved for worldwide domination; where once attained,
their regime would result in humanity’s extinction. The Jews
are further described as cunning, devious and unscrupulous; insatiable
in their quest for power and would use any means necessary to achieve
it, including using political ideologies such as Communism.
The salvation of
humanity rests on the shoulders of Germany and people like Adolf Hitler
himself. In order to quell this threat, the extermination of the Jews
is a prerequisite, after which an expansion of the German empire would
ensure that the threat would never again arise.
The Nazi would spearhead the new German nation, together with the rest
of humanity towards a magnificent future, where pure Nordic-Aryan German
citizens would keep watch over the rest of the hegemony. As ludicrous
as this sounds, Hitler and his advisors, and later on, whole swathes
of the population, appeared to believe in the truth of these claims.
The simplicity of Hitler’s dogma, of good against evil, us against
them, made a profound impact with the people. In fact, the treatment
of this ideology by the masses can somewhat be likened to a substitute
religion, and his party slogan, Rotfront und Reaktio (Reds and reactionaries)
became a part of mainstream culture.
Hitler August 1927
Adolf Hitler restructured
the party internally and externally, incorporating ritualistic customs
among his Army, with quasi-religious activities such as feast day, martyr
day and songs. He effectively perpetuated a mythical atmosphere of camaraderie
for his foot soldiers. To top it off, he formed his own personal military,
the Schutzstaffel (the infamous SS) and on a lower level, the Sturmabteilungen
(the storm troopers). All of them were filled with a sense of spiritual
destiny, an army of righteousness.