Friedrich Kellner – A Social Democrat Living in the Third Reich

Friedrich Kellner was a German Social Democrat who found himself living in the Third Reich during WW2. Recently, his diaries were published in a book called “My Opposition” (which I highly recommend you get if you’re interested). In this video, we take a brief look into these diary entries, with a focus on the food and oil crisis that was going on at the time, and see if this tallies up with other sources (like Goebbel’s Diaries, and Götz Aly’s “Hitler’s Beneficiaries”). Kellner gives us enough evidence to confirm many of the theories already presented on this channel – you can find the video links below.

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DEAR YOUTUBE CENSOR – the purpose of this HISTORY documentary video is to educate people so that we can hopefully avoid repeating the mistakes that previous generations have made. I’m not a Nazi, nor am I promoting Hitler’s evil ideology – in fact, this video exposes how terrible National Socialism actually was. The video is also backed by the sources listed below. So please reconsider before preventing people from seeing it. Thank you for reading.

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Breggin, P. “Psychiatry’s Role in the Holocaust.” Elsevier Science Publishers, PDF 1993.
Colingham, L. “The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food.” Penguin UK, 2011.
Edgerton, D. “Controlling Resources: Coal, Iron ore and Oil in the Second World War.” Pdf.
Goebbels, J. “The Goebbels Diaries: 1939-1941.” Translated by Fred Taylor. Sphere Books LTD 1983.
Goebbels, J. “The Goebbels Diaries: 1942-1943.” Greenwood Press, Lochner Translation, 1970 (original 1948).
Harrison, M. “The Economics of World War II: Six Great Powers in International Comparison.” Cambridge University Press, Kindle 2005.
Hitler, A. “Mein Kampf.” Jaico Publishing House, 2017.
Kellner, F. “My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner, A German against the Third Reich.” Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Reimann, G. “The Vampire Economy: Doing Business under Fascism.” Kindle, Mises Institute, 2007. Originally written in 1939.
Tooze, A. “Wages of Destruction: The Making & Breaking of The Nazi Economy.” Penguin Books, 2007.
Toprani, A. “Oil and Grand Strategy: Great Britain and Germany, 1918-1941.” Georgetown University, 2012. Dissertation, Pdf.
Toprani, A. “The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942.” The Journal of Military History 80 (July 2016): 815-854.

Full list of all my sources

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The video promised at the start and end, about a German Austrian lady who survived during the regime:

Hitler’s Socialism | Destroying the Denialist Counter Arguments

The REAL Reason why Hitler HAD to go to War in WW2

The MAIN Reason Why Germany Lost WW2 – OIL

Goebbels on the German Food Crisis 1942-1943

“Send us Wheat or Coffins” | The Axis Occupation of Greece WW2

BATTLESTORM STALINGRAD S1/E1 – The 6th Army Strikes!

My “Why I’m Passionate about HISTORY and What Got Me Into it” video

History Theory 101

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History isn’t as boring as some people think, and my goal is to get people talking about it. I also want to dispel the myths and distortions that ruin our perception of the past by asking a simple question – “But is this really the case?”. I have a 2:1 Degree in History and a passion for early 20th Century conflicts (mainly WW2). I’m therefore approaching this like I would an academic essay. Lots of sources, quotes, references and so on. Only the truth will do.

This video is discussing events or concepts that are academic, educational and historical in nature. This video is for informational purposes and was created so we may better understand the past and learn from the mistakes others have made.

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  1. Listen, the one-sided perspective of Germany is absolutely atrocious. Straight away, you start in the year 1939 when the economy was largely dependant on labour and production, hence economic decline when the labour workforce is called to bear arms. You think that Hitler was a Socialist when he was opposed to Crony-Capitalism and Marxist-Leninist Communism. Do you agree with Crony-Capitalism? Honestly, speak up. Do you actually agree with the current financial system and bankers enslaving all of us down the financial chain with compound interest rates and interest on interest?

    This is what you support by creating videos that are specifically designed to confuse the masses into thinking that anything outside of traditional Crony-Capitalism must be ideologically flawed and self-destructive. You, like the Marxists, cannot differentiate between loan-capital and industrial-capital. Hitler opposed loan-capital and sought to remove it from the Capitalist system by nationalising private banks and the currency while maintaining private property. He removed the currency from the gold standard and backed its value by the power-productivity of the people. This concept is almost inconceivable to you because you equate Hitler's ideology to Marxism as you've clearly expressed in the comment section repeatably. Religion must be Socialism according to your definition.

    What don't you understand and what are attempting to proof? You enable this nepotistic-Crony-Capitalistic system to enslave humanity by producing content that ''debunks'' his economic superpower. If you were actually unbiased as an Anglo-Saxon, you'd do a whole video on Gottfried Feder, the German economist who actually influenced Hitler's economic polices. By the way, you downplay the degeneracy of the Wiemar Republic as all history textbooks do. To you, it's black or white. Our borders and financial system is open to the world today because of this major event in history. Our current system is failing and uneducated people just blame the Nazis for political, social and economic issues.

    The masses are programmed by propaganda everyday with all this materialistic advertisement and free speech is only free for those who are accepting of this new social order that is being forced onto us. The European imperial-colonial powers started the war by using Poland as a spark, with the Poles massacring ethnic Germans in a land that originally belonged to Germany under the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler was seeking alternative energy because he never even had a developed war economy from the amount of time and energy he invested into social-welfare and workfare programmes for the German worker. Read Feder's ''Manifesto for the abolition of interest-slavery''. This man he drafted the 25 party points of the NSDAP. As I've said, you just want us to be crushed financially while the banks plunder us. Give National Socialists an economy and it will be a self-sufficient economic superpower in less than 5 years assuming war isn't declared on the state! You cannot stop the truth from being resurrected no matter how hard you try. My ancestors didn't fight for non-Europeans and financial enslavement, including my English ones who engaged in battle against the Germans themselves!

  2. That the Nazis mismanaged anything they touched is pretty clear.
    However one short comment, it is demagogic nonsense to suggest – as TIK does at beginning of video – that Social Democrat can't complain about taxation level or declare it excessive. No social democracy that I know of is arguing for unlimited taxation.
    EDIT: I see this point was made already by others.

  3. I'm not sure it's wise to pass off information in such a book as "truth". This is all blind trust. You have to believe book of supposed diary entries supposedly written by some guy who supposedly lived in some specific place during some specific point in time. And if all the above is verified, then you have to trust he didn't have any reason to lie. Until all of this is 110% verified by independent sources, this book (any book) is just fiction.

  4. I greatly appreciate your efforts to create this very impressive video about my grandfather, Friedrich Kellner. As I scrolled through the comments, I noticed two people wondered about the authenticity of the diary. I posted a response to Ozdave McGee's question about it and then realized I should have posted it as a separate response directly to you, so it can be shared by all the viewers. I hope it is all right for me to repeat that post here. I am the grandson of Friedrich Kellner and the editor and translator of the Cambridge University Press edition of his diary. I understand how original source documents can raise questions about authenticity, particularly in light of the "Hitler diary" fraud of many years ago. The ten original notebooks of the Kellner diary, which include almost 900 handwritten pages in the Old German Sütterlin style and more than 500 newspaper clippings and illustrations from Nazi-controlled newspapers, were exhibited in Berlin and Bonn by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (associated with the Social Democratic Party) in 2009 and 2010. The diary was readily authenticated not only by age, paper and ink but with a comparison of numerous official handwritten documents written by my grandfather when he was the courthouse administrator in Laubach from 1933-1950. His diary was published in two volumes in Germany in 2011, under the title "Vernebelt, verdunkelt sind alle Hirne" ("Darkened and clouded are all the minds"), and in 2012 the German government subsidized a paperback edition to make it available at a reduced price for educators and students. The city of Mainz, where my grandfather campaigned against the National Socialists, has designated Friedrich and Pauline Kellner's burial site a "Grave of Honor." The town of Laubach, where he risked his life to write the diary, now has a street named after him.

  5. Not to play into the hands of the deniers, but I'd have to say that Kellner's use of the term "exterminate" in 1939 had to be a bit of rhetorical hyperbole. Certainly already in Poland there were shootings and other atrocities, but no systematic attempt to literally exterminate the Jewish people had yet begun – that did not truly start until 1941-2.

  6. Again, Darré is pronounced dar-RAY or dar-REHHH, not dar-REE. At the end of a word in French, the letter é, with that accent, is always pronounced "ehh" (maybe "ay" for some) – think of the routine greeting given by "The Fonz" – but maybe that reference only works with Americans. See here about the letter, then this about the pronunciation and this clip of the sound

  7. Living in Sweden I can only say that TIK's remarks about Social Democrats are true.
    The muppets find new and "interesting" ways to tax us all to death here. Never once they think about lowering the spending on non-essential or wasteful things, either they lower the funding of the health care, the schools, police etc (or just refuse to give them the increase they desperatly need to cope with the coming years) or they just raise the taxes.
    They would rather kill their own parents, chop of their own feet and feed their children to the wolves than lowering taxes.

    Also: yes, bureaucracy is a damn joke here too.

  8. Love stuff like this. Please make more videos about political and economical history. Understanding history sheds so much light on how the world is today. Especially important now when these type of political views are making a comeback.

  9. The Bolshevik faction of Social Democrat party in Russia was headed by Lenin until 1917 when they (the communists) took power. So when AOC says she is a "social democrat" she is claiming to be a communist. The guy in this video is also a communist.

  10. @TIK Your whole Nationalsocialism was socialism theory is wrong and – to be honest – a bit ridiculous. In 1944 Hitler held a speech saying: "When this war is decided by our victory, the private initiative of German economy will see its greatest epoch!" ("Wenn dieser Krieg mit unserem Sieg entschieden ist, dann wird die private Initiative der deutschen Wirtschaft ihre größte Epoche erleben!“) Hitler was in principle a partisan of market economy but he was willing to regulate the economy to win the war. Himmler and Göring were also opposed to socialism and planned economy. Hitler himself was a partisan of Nietzsche's philosophy, which alone says enough.

    Some literature about the economy of the Nationalsocialist Germany: Adam Tooze, Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, 2006; Jonas Scherner, Die Logik der Industrie­politik im Dritten Reich: Die Investitionen in die Autarkie- und Rüstungsindustrie und ihre staatliche Förderung, 2008.
    Literature to understand Hitler: Friedrich Nietzsche: Der Wille zur Macht; Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf :).

    About the book: "The Vampire Economy". Its author Günter Reinmann was a communist who fled from Germany in 1933. He immigrated to the USA and broke with communism. He wrote "Vampire Economy" in 1937 knowing very little about the Nazi economy and nothing about the Nazi economy at WW2. Since he wrote it in 1937 and WW2 started in 1939. He knew that he didn't like communists and nazis, I guess. His book is not an academic book and doesn't matter in scientific research of course.

  11. minute 30.
    TIK claims that the existence of an agriculture administration contradicts claims of privately run farms and somehow are added proof that fascist Germany was in fact socialist.


    Even the USA has an Dept of Agriculture, and subsidies make up a great part of farmers income (in EU, I believe about 40% of income). Yet all these countries are proudly capitalist.

    TIK, things are never totally clear cut or black and white.

    Political systems have converged a lot. We have mixed economies all over. Even self proclaimed socialists nowadays do not want centrally planned economies with state control over everything.
    Talibans of "pure market" or "pure state" both fail miserably.

    Chairman DENG wisely stated "I dont care if the cat is black or white….as long as it catches mice".

  12. As a serious FYI I'd like to add that the "the Austrian Lady" link TIK provides comes from an American right-wing extremist group called The Eagle Forum. This is an organization led by the well-known conservative nut-case Phyllis Schlafly. Check her out and you'll know what I mean… Hey TIK, you who likes to claim neutrality in your analysis, you should know better. You have a loud bullhorn as I can see. There was clearly a political agenda in this video. Do you realize who her audience was?! WTF? Be fucking serious!

  13. Martin Niemoller: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  14. ….What a blubbering, little whiny Communist….(I’d love to see HIS Lefty lot handle running not only a Government—but also conquering 3/4 of Europe)….

    (I swear, listening to this little runt for long, would drive anyone into the arms of National Socialism)….

  15. How do you think it was in the UK during the war. Supporters of a peace deal with Germany could also use similar arguments against the government lead by Churchill.