The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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Heydrich in an article of 1936 (20) explained the task of the SD as indispensable to the Gestapo:
"The prerequisite to the struggle of the police against the adversaries is the "ideological struggle" against the principles of the adversary which can only be led by the National-Socialist movement. That is why the Police of the State must work in the closest liaison with the SD of the Reischsführer-SS, [sic] to which the direction of the NSDAP has entrusted, in its position as an organization of the SS as a whole, the intelligence work for the investigation and surveillance of the adversaries on the level of ideas."
Much later (May 1944), Himmler defined the role of men trained in the SD in the exterminatory deportations of Jews to the East. In a speech pronounced during a course on political ideology (21) he said:
"Measures taken within the Reich could not be taken by a police composed only of a civil servants. A corporation which would be bound only by the oath of a civil servant would not have the necessary strength. These measures could be adopted and applied only by an organization composed of National-Socialists moved by a fanatic conviction. The SS is one and affirms itself as apt and has taken the responsibility for this task."
These words of Himmler express retrospectively what Hitler indicated at the congress of the Party in 1935: the vocation of the SS to execute the solution of the Jewish question.

In 1944, Himmler spoke of the "final solution" in its definitive sense; the direction of it could only be assumed by men trained in the spirit of the SD. If he considered that these men in particular were prepared to undertake such an action, it is not because he believed them to be especially brutal. On the contrary, in this instance it was rather their flexibility and their intellectual discipline that he judged to be a favourable condition. Having once established an absolute goal, a flexible nature is necessary if one is to pursue it not blindly, but in adapting the action to fluctuating circumstances. The goal was the total elimination of the Jew from the German vital space. The intellectuals of the SD worked first on planning the emigration, then on the "territorial solution" (attribution of a "reserve" to the Jews); and finally they agreed to the process of extermination. The years of study of the Jewish condition in the world, years spent within the SD, made them proficient at this task. They knew the structures of Judaism and were able to set up a system of administrative collaboration with the Jewish organizations, which in most countries facilitated the deportations.

We have quoted the words of Heydrich in an article dating from January 1936 concerning the role of the SD. During the same month and year, the principal Nazi daily, the "Voelkischer Beobachter," explained the SD to the general public:
"Given that the Secret Police of the State, taken up primarily by tasks of the executive branch, is unable to fulfill that task of observation of enemies
     
   

 
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