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The Meaning of Dunkirk

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Editor’s Note:

The following text is excerpted from chapter 14 of Savitri Devi’s The Lightning and the Sun. The title is editorial.–Greg Johnson

Not only had Adolf Hitler done all he possibly could to avoid war, but he did everything he possibly could to stop it. Again and again—first, in October 1939, immediately after the victorious end of the Polish campaign; then, on the 22nd of June 1940, immediately after the truce with defeated France—he held out his hand to England; not the hand of a supplicant, still less that of a man afraid, but that of a far-sighted and generous victor whose whole life was centred around a creative idea, whose programme was a constructive programme, and who had no quarrel with the misled blood-brothers of his own people, nay, who saw in them, despite their hatred of his name, his future friends and collaborators.

And nearly a month before his second peace offer to England, the Führer had already given the Nordic sister-nation a tangible sign of his generosity—nay, of his friendship, in spite of all, in the midst of the bitterest struggle—and such an extraordinary one that history writers have not hesitated to characterise it as “a wonder.” The Allied armies—the British Expeditionary Corps and a remnant of the French troops—were fleeing towards Dunkirk as fast as they possibly could before the German advance; fleeing from the Germans towards the sea. And the German Commander in Chief, General von Brauchitsch had, on the 23rd of May, given the order to press them in from all sides and take the lot of them prisoners before they had time to embark. It was, from the military point of view—and from the normal political point of view; from the point of view of immediate success—the thing to do. But Adolf Hitler appeared unexpectedly at General von Rundstedt’s Headquarters in Charleville and cancelled the order of attack on Dunkirk. The German armoured divisions—the “A” Heeresgruppe, as well as the “D” Heeresgruppe, which was, under General von Bock, pressing towards Dunkirk from the East—where to slow down their speed and leave ten kilometres between their foremost ranks and the fleeing enemy. These counter-orders, “that held back the German advance for two days, and gave the British time to bring home safe and sound the most valuable section of their army,”[1] are utterly incomprehensible unless one boldly admits that they were dictated by considerations which exceed by far the domain of “politics” no less than that of strategy; considerations not of a statesman but of a seer.

The generals did not know what to think, but they obeyed: orders were orders.

To anyone who, in the name of a pan-Aryan view of things (or merely in the name of “Europe’s” interest) stood—and stands—without reservations, on the side of National Socialist Germany, the tragedy of the situation was—and remains, retrospectively—maddening. The capture or destruction of the whole British Expeditionary Corps at Dunkirk, and the immediate invasion of Great Britain—by parachuted troops, if a proper landing was, on account of the British fleet, impossible—could have, one feels, put an end to the war: crushed rotten, Jew-ridden, West European democracy before the USA had time to save it, and united all Europe under the strong hand of the greatest European of all ages. And that new unity in the spirit of National Socialism would have made Europe the bulwark of higher mankind, not “against Asia,” but against the Dark Forces “in Time” embodied in the latest and lowest form of the old superstition of the “value of every man”: Marxism; against the Dark Forces which are, with the help of the Marxist doctrine, threatening Europe and Asia and the whole world. And the Führer himself destroyed that possibility with one word.

That is, at least, the spontaneous (and superficial) view of the average racially-conscious Aryan, Adolf Hitler’s German or foreign disciple. But that was not Adolf Hitler’s own view. The Führer’s more-than-political and more than strategic intuition reached “far beyond any quickly concluded, timely peace.”[2] It grasped—whether he was himself in a position to exteriorise that vision of things or not—the only real earthly peace that ever was and ever can be: the peace of the coming Golden Age, of the far-gone latest one, and of all successive Golden Ages; the peace of this earth whenever the visible world-order is in full harmony with “the original meaning of things,”[3] i.e., with the invisible and eternal cosmic Order, as it is, in fact, at every great new Beginning and at no other time. That peace excludes such bitterness as is bound to arise as the consequence of the humiliation of a great people. Adolf Hitler did, therefore, all he could to spare England the humiliation of total defeat. The baffling orders he gave on that fatal 23rd of May 1940—the date Germany “began to lose the war”[4]—and the astoundingly generous peace proposals he laid a month later before the English, have no other significance.

Rudolf Hess’ much misunderstood, lonely heroic flight to Scotland as a desperate, self-appointed peace-maker, on the 10th of May 1941, has also no other significance. It was, on Hess’ part, neither the rash action of a man half-insane (as it had to be described, officially, for the sake of convenience, and as Rudolf Hess himself wished it to be described, in case of failure) and still less an attempt at rebellion against the Führer’s policy; an effort to end the war against his will. Quite the contrary! Rudolf Hess undertook his long-planned flight, doubtless without Adolf Hitler’s knowledge, as all the details of the event (and especially Hess’ own last letter to the Führer), clearly show. But he was guided from the start by the unfailing certitude that his was the supreme chance—if any—to bring about, in the teeth of the most adverse circumstances, that which the Führer had, in vain, always wanted, and always striven for: lasting peace with England—the sister-nation, in spite of all the insults of her Jew-ridden government and press; the great Aryan power, in spite of her betrayal of the Aryan Cause—constructive collaboration with England, first step towards the constructive collaboration of all peoples of the best Nordic blood.

Rudolf Hess failed—in the realm of visible facts, at least—as Adolf Hitler himself was destined to fail, and for the very same basic reason: namely because he is, like he, one of those uncompromising idealists and men of action whose intuition of permanent earthly realities exceeds and overshadows the vision even of the most compelling emergency; one of those men, “against Time”—both “Sun” and “Lightning”—who have in their make-up too little “lightning” in proportion to their enormous amount of “sun.” (In fact, of all the Führer’s paladins, none—not even Hermann Göring; not even Goebbels, who was so passionately devoted to him—seems to be so deeply like him as Rudolf Hess.)

England’s answer to Adolf Hitler’s repeated peace proposals was, after a categorical “no,” an intensification of her war effort, and a hardening of her war methods.[5] England’s answer to Rudolf Hess’ supreme appeal to her sense of responsibility before the dead, before the living, and before the yet unborn was . . . a cell in the Tower of London (and, later on, in Nuremberg, and finally in Spandau, to this day) for the daring self-appointed messenger of peace. England’s answer to all the understanding and friendliness that National Socialist Germany had showed her from the very beginning, her answer to Adolf Hitler’s sincere profession of faith in Anglo-German collaboration; her answer to his unheard-of generosity at Dunkirk was . . . war to the finish: hundreds and thousands of bombers—one wave after the other, in tight formations—pouring night after night (and often in the daytime) streams of fire and brimstone over the German towns, and on the other hand—unlimited, enthusiastic aid to Soviet Russia, no sooner had Adolf Hitler declared war on her. England’s answer to the German Führer’s repeated plea for honest pan-European anti-Bolshevistic solidarity rooted in the consciousness of common Aryan blood (or of a high proportion of it at least) resounded in Churchill’s jubilation at the news of the “second front,” thanks to which the German forces were now divided. Churchill—the anti-Communist, but still wilder anti-Nazi—declared: “The cause of Soviet Russia is now the cause of every Englishman.” England’s answer was, in August 1941, the Atlantic Charter—an open alliance with the main tool of Jewry in the USA, President Roosevelt, who (although the USA were not yet at war with Germany) now ordered actual firing at every German ship the Americans met on the high seas. England’s answer was two years later the Yalta and then the Potsdam Agreements between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin: the sinister coalition of the Western plutocracies and of the Marxist Empire—of all the forces “in Time”—against National Socialist Germany; the cold-blooded planning of Germany’s dismemberment and enslavement forever; and the relentless advance of the crusaders of hatred from the East and from the West, until their two hosts of hundreds of thousands, in one of which there were Englishmen, had met and merged into each other over the martyred Land. England’s answer was, through British accusers along with others, the shameful distortion of history in the Nuremberg Trial, the condemnation of the peace-maker Rudolf Hess for “crimes against peace,” and the prolongation of the whole propaganda of infamy against both the National Socialist doctrine and the German Nation, to this day.

Maybe, the Jew-ridden United States of America have, under the Freemason Franklin Roosevelt, played an even greater part than that of England in the preparation, conduct, and gruesome conclusion of the Second World War. But England is the nation to which Adolf Hitler had, over and over again, the most sincerely, the most appealingly held out his hand, in the name of the natural brotherhood of Nordic blood, in the name of the peaceful regeneration of the West. Her crime against him, against his people, against herself and the whole Aryan race, is therefore greater than that of any other of the Allies of 1945. And nothing—absolutely nothing—can ever make good for it.


[1] Kleist, Auch Du warst dabei. Ein Buch des Ärgernisses und der Hoffnung [You Were There Too: A Book of Scandal and Hope] (Heidelberg: Vowinckel 1952), p. 278 (quoted by Grimm, Warum? Woher? aber Wohin?, pp. 364–65).

[2] Grimm, Warum? Woher? aber Wohin?, p. 367.

[3] Mein Kampf, p. 440.

[4] Grimm, Warum? Woher? aber Wohin?, p. 367.

[5] It is now proved that England began her mass bombing of civilian populations on the 11th of May 1940; see on that point J. M. Spaight’s book Bombing Vindicated (London, Geoffrey Bles, 1944).

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  1. Riki
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Greg for posting such a great and touching piece! Even though I have admittedly already known most if not all the historical facts related in this excerpt passage penned by the great and saintly Savitri Devi, I still was deeply inspired and moved when reading it, both factually and emotionally, and finished it almost teary-eyed. I extol the greatness of Adolf Hitler as much as lamenting on his lack of ruthlessness, and his childish naivety and limitations toward the English.

    The observation of Devi on Hess claiming he resembles Hitler the most, more so than Goring or even Goebbels, in the sincere longing for and appealing to peace between “Aryan brother nations of Germany and England” (albeit the Jew-ridden traitorous England did not deserve the least), as well as stating that both Hitler and Hess had too little “Lightening” in proportion to their enormous of “Sun” are amazingly insightful and trenchant perceptions, and very remarkable and refreshing knowledge for me, and the metaphors are also priceless.

    I believe the Fuhrer must have painfully regretted his previously and overly generous, compassionate and conciliatory treatment of England that was never reciprocated during the latter phases of the War, but it’s already too late, the National Socialist Germany and his righteous and glorious cause were doomed before the gigantic combined power of the three Jewry puppet world-scale empires UK, US and USSR. How much he must have hoped to go back in time and change his decision on May 1940 and the subsequent war strategies on England, the fateful date “when Germany began to lose the war”, as noted in this essay.

    Hitler and Hess are flawed great leaders and heroes who still will live in my heart forever.
    Heil Hitler and Hess!
    Kudos to Savitri Devi!
    Down with the Jew-controlled and Jew-obedient UK and USA!
    Rot in hell, Winston Churchill and FDR!

    —- from Riki, a proud National Socialist and White Nationalism advocate of the “quasi-Aryan” Yellow race

  2. arthur renner
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    If the English leadership had accepted Hitler’s generous offer of perpetual peace England would today still have much of her empire, would be contributing her genius to a new renaissance of European culture, and would be free forever from the clutches of the infernal Jew. But hey, at least drunkard Winnie got his debts paid off and was allowed to play the part of hero by the Jewish press, so there’s that. Cowardice will kill you in the end every time, and England is now dying–being murdered–by the viper Traitor Churchill so cravenly served. I take heart, though, liberal democracy is now in the same position as 80s European communism. It still controls the institutions of society, but it has lost the hearts of a critical mass of the people. Savitri is a treasure forever.

  3. Kubizek
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Hess did seem to be a genuinely nice guy which was confirmed by Hitler’s boyhood friend Kubizek when he met with Hess after the friendship with Hitler was resumed after many years of separation. This is detailed in the book The Young Hitler I Knew by August Kubizek. This is a truly lovely book to read and even the audio book available online done by an annoying robot voice is moving to listen to. Someone should do a proper audio book of this work My handle is Kubizek because I enjoyed this book so much.

    I read a book about Hess written by someone who interviewed him in Spandau and eventually delivered Hess’s memoirs to Hess’s son in Australia. I can’t recall what the book was called but remember that Hess became a vegetarian because he couldn’t bare the thought of an innocent animal being killed so that he could eat. He also claimed that Hitler deliberately held off annihilating the British at Dunkirk because of his feelings toward the British and the Empire.

  4. Return of Shawn
    Posted July 23, 2017 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Hitler’s views, plans, and actions against the Poles were evil, reprehensible.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted July 23, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Hitler’s views, plans, and actions against the Poles were also perfectly understandable given the Polish government’s views, plans, and actions against the Germans. Both parties committed crimes, but the Germans did it better. The fact that a border conflict with Poland led to a war, as opposed to the peaceful solution to the Sudetenland question, was entirely the responsibility of the criminal adventurers who ran the Polish government, as well as the British government, which successfully engineered a war by stoking Polish intransigence with completely insincere guarantees of Polish borders and sovereignty. If the British really cared about defending Poland, they would have declared war on Stalin too. But their only concern was engineering an excuse to declare war on Germany. The British government is responsible for starting World War II.

      • London forum chap
        Posted July 24, 2017 at 12:16 am | Permalink

        Germany attacking Poland was a trap set by Stalin according to interesting research by ex-GRU agent Vladimir Rezun (writing as Victor Suvorov) which he sets out in a series of books. “Icebreaker” is unobtainable in Britain, and the copy held in my local library suddenly became unavailable a few years ago. (Solzhenitsyn’ critical book on Jews in Russia is similarly unobtainable in Britain – except as a Samizdat copy!)
        Britain and France could only have helped Poland by launching an immediate offensive in the West, but given the defensive mentality of the French and poor equipment and small numbers of the British army and RAF, it was impossible and a shameful broken promise.

        Incidentally, many relevant British government files exist on this period that are classed as secret for another century (or more), so I am pretty sure we were offered fair terms by Hitler, but they were unreasonable rejected by Churchill.

      • Leon
        Posted August 15, 2017 at 1:54 am | Permalink

        Hitler should never have attacked Poland. What followed was his responsibility. There was no ‘peaceful solution’ to the Silesian question except for Hitler to be content with the largest portion of it that he already controlled, which included many majority-Polish communes. Anything else would have seen the Poles allow more of their people in Upper Silesia to come under the rule of the Germans, something no sane and conscientious nation would have done, given the Poles’ history under German rule, and Hitler’s outspoken anti-Slavism. If there is something to this that I am missing, please point it out.

        • Greg Johnson
          Posted August 15, 2017 at 2:40 am | Permalink

          Hitler started a war with Poland — because the British filled the Poles with false bravado so they would not negotiate a fair settlement. It was the French and British that used that war as an excuse to start a World War. It takes a world to have a World War. Hitler was not solely responsible. In fact, he bore very little responsibility, particularly in light of the fact that he tried repeatedly to end the conflict with the British after they started it.

          • Leon
            Posted August 15, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

            Hitler started the war -> Hitler bears the least responsibility.
            I dunno, that might make sense to Hitler devotees, but not me. I suspect the standards you hold for Hitler are unique to him alone. If you start a war and your enemy refuses to then make peace on your terms, the responsibility is still on you in my opinion.

            I repeat, Hitler should never have invaded Poland.

  5. WWWM
    Posted July 29, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    And now what will happen to both England and Germany. Overtaken by the non-whites. That is what we get for waging war on our brothers.

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