Working on the answer for this question, I wanted a copy of Hitler's speech from March 16, 1935 which is so often referenced in German rearmament. I found a translation, but it's on der-fuehrer.org which is some Neo-Nazi web site. Not only don't I trust their academic rigor, I don't want to send anyone to their site. Other, more reliable, archives did not have this speech.

This problem comes up a lot.

Where can I find reliable archives of Hitler's speeches and proclamations? Preferably original German with English translations, but even just German will do.

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    @TylerDurden Might you consider removing that comment, please? – CGCampbell Nov 13 '15 at 22:39
  • John Toland writes in Chapter 14 (With the Assurance of a Sleepwalker) of Adolf Hitler I, "He later boasted to his inner circle "... I threatened, unless the situation eased within twenty four hours, to send in 6 extra divisions; in fact I had only 4 brigades.'" – Pieter Geerkens Nov 13 '15 at 22:50
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    I would recommend to check a library for this. The collection of Hitler's speeches by Max Domarus has even its own Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler:_Speeches_and_Proclamations – tohuwawohu Nov 14 '15 at 10:12
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for sources/references. – Tyler Durden Nov 14 '15 at 14:22

I grabbed a couple sentences of the linked speech, tossed quotes around it and dropped it into a Google search. It spit back a link to Full text of "Adolf Hitler Collection Of Speeches 1922 1945" on archive.org. Unfortunately it doesn't have the original German text, but it seems to be a quite comprehensive collection.

I'm guessing that if you have some of the untranslated German texts, you can use a similar method to find to locate them on a more academically palatable site.

  • Thanks. I found a lot of his speeches on archive.org, including audio, but didn't find that list. I found the original that archive.org scanned and unfortunately it contains no sources or translation notes. The originating site is, alas, some neo-Nazi thing. – Schwern Nov 14 '15 at 0:21
  • @Schwern: For this speech, and perhaps many others of his pre-war speeches, Hitler himself was so good at the Big Lie that I am not sure these neo-Nazi groups can, or even have to, twist the wording at all. In fact, any attempt to do so might do more harm than good to their intent. – Pieter Geerkens Nov 14 '15 at 14:24
  • @Schwern - Unfortunately, history has a way of favoring the victors even in what source material gets retained. The political and social climate in post-war Germany wasn't particularly conducive to preserving materials like these for exactly the same reason you hesitate to post a link to a neo-Nazi site. I suppose an argument could be made that as repugnant as they are, neo-Nazi groups have actually played a pretty important role in making sure this type of source material is available at all. – Comintern Nov 14 '15 at 15:33

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