5O VALUE OF NEWS FILMS 31 Night of gth-ioth October 1941 Germany and the Asiatic hordes—Balance of power—A Pyrrhic victory. We Germans are alone responsible that the tide of Huns, Avars and Magyars was halted in Central Europe. We were already a great empire when the English were only beginning to build up their maritime power. If we hadn't been such fools as to tear each other to pieces in order to find out whether we should consume God in the forms of bread and wine, or of bread only, England would never have been able to have her say concerning the balance of power on the Continent. England is never a danger except when she can oppose a power who threatens her supremacy with other powers whom she induces to play her game. For England, the first World War was a Pyrrhic victory. To maintain their empire, they need a strong continental power at their side. Only Germany can be this power. 33 Night of 25th-a6th September 1941 and night of gth-ioth October 1941 News-reels are valuable documents for the future. For the sake of the future, it's important to preserve the news-films of the war. They will be documents of incalculable value. New copies of these films will have to be constantly printed, and it would even be best to print them on strips of metal, so that they won't disappear. I succeeded in getting my hands on some rare shots of the first World War. (They'd been collected for destruction.) But they were confiscated by the Bavarian State, at the same time as the Party's other possessions were confiscated. I could never find out what became of them, and they must be regarded as lost. I hope that in future news-films will be made by our very best film experts. One can get extraordinary results in that field. They can confine themselves to twenty-minute one-
THE KAISER IN 1914-18 WAR 51 reelers, but these must be the result of intelligent work. The worst habit of all has been to restrict the films to thirty-foot strips, whatever the subject might be: an earthquake, a tennis match, a horse-race, the launching of a ship. 33 loth October 1941, midday Fighting for open spaces—The flow back from West to East —Christianity and natural selection. War has returned to its primitive form. The war of people against people is giving place to another war—a war for the possession of the great spaces. Originally war was nothing but a struggle for pasturegrounds. To-day war is nothing but a struggle for the riches of nature. By virtue of an inherent law, these riches belong to him who conquers them. The great migrations set out from the East. With us begins the ebb, from West to East. That's in accordance with the laws of nature. By means of the struggle, the élites are continually renewed. The law of selection justifies this incessant struggle, by allowing the survival of the fittest. Christianity is a rebellion against natural law, a protest against nature. Taken to its logical extreme, Christianity would mean the systematic cultivation of the human failure. 34 Night of loth-iith October 1941 The Army High Command in 1914-18—The Kaiser a bad Commander in war—Conrad von Hoetzendorf. Apart from the great victories, like the battle of Tannenberg and the battle of the Masurian Marshes, the Imperial High Command proved itself inadequate. The Kaiser put in an appearance on one single occasion, because he believed that all would go well. During the great offensive of 1918, it was trumpeted around that the Kaiser was commanding it in person. The truth was, the Kaiser had no notion of command.