Historians in Berlin have unearthed evidence of a previously unknown speech recorded for radio by German dictator Adolf Hitler in the dying days of World War II.
Head of the history department at Berlin University, Professor Hans Neezen, said a recording of the speech was discovered in a mountain of material seized from Hitler’s bunker in central Berlin but only recently released by the German government for research purposes.
“We believe Hitler actually recorded the speech in April 1945 just weeks before the end of the war in May on the basis it would be broadcast across Germany in the event he surrendered to the Allied Forces,” Prof Neezen said.
“But we all now know that he didn’t take that option and he and his partner Eva Braun decided to take their own lives just days after the recording rather than surrender.”
Below is a transcript of the speech written and recorded as troops of the Allied Forces closed in on central Berlin.
The Fuhrer: Like all good Germans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness, mayhem, and genocide we have seen in recent years. Germany is and must always be a nation of law and order.
To those who engaged in the acts of violence, destruction, and genocide – you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay.
We have just been through an intense war and emotions are high, but now tempers must be cooled and calm restored. We must get on with the business of Germany.
My Third Reich vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the war.
Now a new administration of the Allied Forces will be inaugurated. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.
This moment calls for healing and reconciliation. We must revitalise the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family.
To the citizens of our country, serving as your Fuhrer has been the honour of my lifetime.
And to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed, but I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.
Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the Fatherland.