Alexander Schmorell political views, continued

To begin with, I would like to again emphasize that that I am more Russian than German according to my thoughts and feelings. However, I would like for it to be considered that I do not equate Russia with Bolshevism. On the contrary, I am an open enemy of Bolshevism.

The current war with Russia put me in a quandary, because it was important to me that Bolshevism should be eradicated and that Russia should lose as little land as possible. When the Germans penetrated so deep into Russian territory, I saw that as a very dangerous situation for Russia. I therefore pondered how I could face this danger for Russia. Because ultimately, I also am part German, and that part of me is being destroyed wholesale by the current war.

Therefore there were two factors that caused me to undertake something, on the one hand to protect the German nation from the dangers of a major conquest [Note 1] and from additional wars, and on the other hand to spare Russia a great loss of land. I wished to make my train of thought – or better put, my idea – known to the masses of the German people [Volk] through the leaflets that were later published. From the very beginning, it was clear to me that the German people would not be able to absolutely subscribe to my opinions as long as they were led by Adolf Hitler. And that explains my opposition to National Socialism. These days, I could not be content to be a silent opponent of National Socialism. Rather, because of my concerns about the fate of two nations I saw myself duty bound to do my part to change the constitution of the Reich.

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Note 1: Conquest of land, not peoples.

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Source: RGWA, February 26, 1943 interrogation of Alexander Schmorell.

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