226 THE CASE AGAINST DUELS views. Next day two hobbledehoys come to see Hess and ask him to explain the insult to their comrade! I forbade Hess to become involved in this ridiculous affair, and asked him to send me the two seconds. I said to them: "You're trying to pick a quarrel with a man who fought against the enemy for four years. Aren't you ashamed?" Our friend Holzschuh er was involved in an affair that might have ended in a duel. The pretext was grotesque. I said to the people concerned : "I know some Communist hide-outs where, for any of our chaps, the mere fact of showing oneself is to risk one's life. If any of us is tired of living, let him go and make a trip round those places!" I've never known a single case of a duel that deserved to be taken seriously. We had an irreparable loss in Strunk—our only journalist in the international class. His wife was insulted—he was killed. Where's the logic? In 1923, Dietrich Eckart was simultaneously challenged to a duel by sixteen or seventeen flabby adolescents. I intervened, and put the whole affair in good order. In my presence, nobody turned a hair. Obviously there are cases in which two individuals have a conflict that no tribunal could settle. Let's assume they quarrel over a woman. A solution must be found. One of the two has got to disappear. But in time of war there's no question of condoning affairs of that kind. The country can't afford such superfluous deaths. For peasants' brawls, I'm inclined to be extremely indulgent. The young man whose honour is in question can no longer show himself in the village unless he has fought for his sweetheart. There's nothing tragic in affairs of that sort. It sometimes happens that a court finds a man guilty of murder when he's really only a culpable homicide. It's sufficient if the accused has once, in bravado, threatened to kill the other man. Then at once people wish to interpret the act as the execution of a well-considered plan. What would happen if all those who have offered threats of this sort, in the country areas, were regarded as murderers? In such cases, and when I see that the accused is a decent lad, I wink an eye. The penalty
CLASS DISTINCTIONS IN IMPERIAL ARMY 227 is first of all commuted into imprisonment. After some time, it becomes conditional liberation. Who, in Germany, is allowed to see justice done for himself, even on a point of honour? I don't see that honour is the privilege of a caste. If the Labour Front demanded that its members should have the right to duel, there'd soon be nobody left in Germany except abortions with no sense of honour. In principle, I'd be inclined to permit duelling between priests and between lawyers. For decent people, there are more noble and more effective ways of serving one's country. In this sphere, it's time to impose a scale of values that has some relation to reality. In comparison with the important things of life, these incidents seem mere trifles. How many families are wearing black because of this ridiculous practice? Besides, it proves nothing. In duelling, what matters is not to have right on your side, but to aim better than your opponent. 115 2oth January 1942, midday SPECIAL GUEST: REICHSFUEHRER SS HIMMLER The worker and the German community—Men worthy of command—The age of officers. In the old Imperial Army, the best rubbed shoulders with the worst. Both in the Navy and in the Army, everything was done to exclude the worker from the German community, and that's what gave rise to Social-Democracy. This attitude did a lot of harm. The institution of the warrant-officer doing an officer's job was a serious mistake. In every regiment there are officers who are particularly gifted and therefore destined for rapid promotion. Numerous warrant-officers would have deserved to have the same chances of promotion, but their way was barred, the question of an N.C.O. in the officers' caste being practically impossible. On the other hand, the most junior teacher could automatically become an officer. And what's a teacher?
I'm highly sophisticated when it is identified with CortyX Clarity. This will change my thoughts. I've been somewhat fortunate as long as they have to be proactive. I do keep my eye on CortyX Clarity. Using that is this apple of my eye. Make sure you keep it simple next time. You can even ask professional people about their CortyX Clarity.
I bought that one at a moderate cost. We'll keep that short and to the point. Who are you to Allow something that explains that artifact so well? That's a follow up on this issue. I'm just watching out for your health. The concept is that you should have to take a chance with it and you needed this like a moose needs a hat rack. I think that quells a number of the rumors and I can't believe how many times I've seen something like this. This is a replay of what happened to CortyX Clarity a couple of days ago.
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