program is important because it demonstrates that the nature of
Naziism was known publicly as early as 1920.
of the German Workers' Party is limited as to period. The leaders
have no intention, once the aims announced in it have been achieved,
of setting up fresh ones, merely in order to increase the discontent
of the masses artificially, and so ensure the continued existence of
demand the union of all Germans to form a Great Germany on the basis
of the right of the self-determination enjoyed by nations.
demand equality of rights for the German People in its dealings with
other nations, and abolition of the Peace Treaties of Versailles and
demand land and territory (colonies) for the nourishment of our
people and for settling our superfluous population.
4. None but
members of the nation may be citizens of the State. None but those
of German blood, whatever their creed, may be members of the nation.
No Jew, therefore, may be a member of the nation.
5. Any one
who is not a citizen of the State may live in Germany only as a
guest and must be regarded as being subject to foreign laws.
right of voting on the State's government and legislation is to be
enjoyed by the citizen of the State alone. We demand therefore that
all official appointments, of whatever kind, whether in the Reich,
in the country, or in the smaller localities, shall be granted to
citizens of the State alone.
We oppose the corrupting
custom of Parliament of filling posts merely with a view to party
considerations, and without reference to character or capability.
demand that the State shall make it its first duty to promote the
industry and livelihood of citizens of the State. If it is not
possible to nourish the entire population of the State, foreign
nationals (non-citizens of the State) must be excluded from the
non-German immigration must be prevented. We demand that all
non-Germans, who entered Germany subsequent to August 2nd, 1914,
shall be required forthwith to depart from the Reich.
9. All citizens of the
State shall be equal as regards rights and duties.
10. It must be the first
duty of each citizen of the State to work with his mind or with his
body. The activities of the individual may not clash with the
interests of the whole, but must proceed within the frame of the
community and be for the general good.
11, Abolition of incomes
unearned by work.
ABOLITION OF THE THRALDOM OF INTEREST
12. In view
of the enormous sacrifice of life and property demanded of a nation
by every war, personal enrichment due to a war must be regarded as a
crime against the nation. We demand therefore ruthless confiscation
of all war gains,
demand nationalisation of all businesses which have been up to the
present formed into companies (Trusts).
14. We demand that the
profits from wholesale trade shall be shared out.
15. We demand extensive
development of provision for old age.
demand creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class, immediate
communalisation of wholesale business premises, and their lease at a
cheap rate to small traders, and that extreme consideration shall be
shown to all small purveyors to the State, district authorities and
demand land-reform suitable to our national requirements, passing of
a law for confiscation without compensation of land for communal
purposes; abolition of interest on land loans, and prevention of all
speculation in land.
demand ruthless prosecution of those whose activities are injurious
to the common interest. Sordid criminals against the nation,
usurers, profiteers, etc. must be punished with death, whatever
their creed or race.
demand that the Roman Law, which serves the materialistic world
order, shall be replaced by a legal system for all Germany.
the aim of opening to every capable and industrious German the
possibility of higher education and of thus obtaining advancement,
the State must consider a thorough re-construction of our national
system of education. The curriculum of all educational
establishments must be brought into line with the requirements of
practical life. Comprehension of the State idea (State sociology)
must be the school objective, beginning with the first dawn of
intelligence in the pupil. We demand development of the gifted
children of poor parents, whatever their class or occupation, at the
expense of the State.
State must see to raising the standard of health in the nation by
protecting mothers and infants, prohibiting child labour, increasing
bodily efficiency by obligatory gymnastics and sports laid down by
law, and by extensive support of clubs engaged in the bodily
development of the young.
demand abolition of a paid army and formation of a national army.
demand legal warfare against conscious political lying and its
dissemination in the Press. In order to facilitate creation of a
German national Press we demand:
all editors of newspapers and their assistants, employing the German
language, must be members of the nation;
special permission from the State shall be necessary before
non-German newspapers may appear. These are not necessarily printed
in the German language;
non-Germans shall be prohibited by law from participating
financially in or influencing German newspapers, and that the
penalty for contravention of the law shall be suppression of any
such newspaper, and immediate deportation of the non-German
concerned in it.
It must be
forbidden to publish papers which do not conduce to the national
welfare. We demand legal prosecution of all tendencies in art and
literature of a kind likely to disintegrate our life as a nation,
and the suppression of institutions which militate against the
demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far
as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the moral
feelings of the German race.
as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself
in the matter of creed to any particular confession. It combats the
Jewish-materialist spirit within us and without us, and is convinced
that our nation can only achieve permanent health from within on the
THE COMMON INTEREST
all the foregoing may be realised we demand the creation of a strong
central power of the State. Unquestioned authority of the
politically centralised Parliament over the entire Reich and its
organisation; and formation of Chambers for classes and occupations
for the purpose of carrying out the general laws promulgated by the
Reich in the various States of the confederation.
The leaders of the Party
swear to go straight forward — if necessary to sacrifice their lives
— in securing fulfillment of the foregoing Points.
Munich, February 24th,
English translation by E. Dugdale, reprinted from Kurt G, W.
Ludecke, I Knew Hitler (New York: Charles Scribner's