How the motto “My honour is loyalty” came to be and how it relates to today’s struggle…
“Meine Ehre heißt Treue” became the official motto of the SS during the NSDAP’s years of struggle in Germany and came to justify the organisation’s very existence. A true SS man viewed his oath and fidelity with the utmost seriousness, and would rather die than break the bonds of loyalty. For these men, loyalty was synonymous with honour; it was a holy duty of every SS man to be true to his comrades and his leader.
With this principal attribute as their guiding light, the SS were able to evolve into a true elite organisation in the National Socialist movement. During the war, the Waffen-SS proved to be an extremely deadly foe due to the great courage and self-sacrifice displayed by its soldiers on the battlefield. A true SS man was prepared to sacrifice everything for the National Socialist cause, his comrades and his leader Adolf Hitler. To fall in battle was considered the most honourable way to die, and as such it was not uncommon for SS soldiers to embark on reckless and “foolish” raids against the enemy. Raids that made them unpredictable – and successful.
It wasn’t brawn or brains that made the SS a feared enemy: Their driving force was loyalty – and it created the fanaticism that produced true heroism in times of conflict. As such, the SS could quite rightly be called an elite organisation.
The SS officer Anton Holzner explained the concept of loyalty in the following way:
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Loyalty towards the community will always be carried by an unshakeable belief in it. This faith, however, grows from the consciousness that all natural communities correspond to the laws of life and are life essential. The loyalty towards the community is hence boundless. It continues to exist even if the external framework of this community has become damaged or even broken. Yes, precisely then, loyalty must be especially maintained.
Egoism, mistrust, dishonesty, disharmony, selfishness – all are crimes against the community and must be eradicated.
But not even the National Socialist movement was free from disloyalty and dishonour. Men of honour and resolution were compelled to take forcible action against a subversive enemy which had secretly grown like a cancer within the NSDAP. “My honour is loyalty” thus became the motto of the SS after the crushing of the Stennes Revolt and Strasserism in the NSDAP, which one can read more about in the article Strasserism – The enemy within.
This enemy within had established a black front in the NSDAP in the early 1930s and was engaged in spreading defeatism and mistrust with the aim of splitting the party. Black propaganda, intrigues and crude smears were spread against Hitler and the rest of the leadership with the intent of staging a coup and taking control of the movement. It later emerged that Berlin’s SA chief Walter Stennes and both Strasser brothers had collaborated with the enemy.
“My honour is loyalty” became the SS’s official motto after Hitler sent a letter to the head of the SS in Berlin, Kurt Daluege, following his crushing of the Stennes Revolt and the planned coup. In his letter, Hitler thanked Daluege for remaining loyal to National Socialism’s fundamental principles. He wrote: “SS-Mann, deine Ehre heißt Treue!” (“SS man, your honour is loyalty!”).
The phrase is still a leading principle for today’s National Socialist activists. Fidelity, loyalty and fellowship distinguish all true warriors. We do not want disloyal and dishonest people in our ranks, but rather folk comrades who are faithful to their brothers and sisters. Those who are part of the Nordic Resistance Movement today use the SS’s old motto, for it is an organisation which represents true strength.
The Leader of the Nordic Resistance Movement, Simon Lindberg, made “Our honour is loyalty” the theme for his very well-received speech at Nordic Days 2019. We conclude this article with a short excerpt:
The fantastic worldview that we advocate – National Socialism – incorporates an immense number of constituent parts. It is a comprehensive belief for all life’s problems and occurrences. Another vitally important element of National Socialism that maybe isn’t discussed as much is that of honour, faithfulness, honesty and loyalty – the importance of upholding noble Aryan morality.
For a true National Socialist, it is better to be honest and lose than to meet with success based on lies. It’s better to swallow individual pride and remain loyal to a superior you do not always agree with than try to agitate against him because you value your own views more highly. It’s better to stick a knife in yourself than in a comrade’s back.
These beliefs were also close to the hearts of our forefathers. During the Viking Age, for example, a person who slandered another could end up an outlaw. These high-minded morals, combined with the belief of doing one’s part, are a life compass that is required to bring about a society characterised by a folk community. An unconquerable belief in self-sacrifice, honesty and honour. An immense contempt for egocentrism, lies and immorality. With these ideals imprinted on the national spirit, a noble and flourishing National Socialist nation is created – a revolution in the minds of the people that breaks decades of ingrained thought patterns.
“My honour is loyalty” is thus an altogether purely National Socialist concept which could never have been used honestly by any other political movement.
Via their attempt to depose Hitler, the Strasserists proved they were not National Socialists – even if they had been one hundred percent on the race and Jewish question, which in actuality they endeavoured to neglect. Without natural Aryan morality, National Socialism is just a collection of good ideas. It is Aryan morality and the preservation of nature’s laws which bind those good ideas together. Together they form a complete worldview. A person or organisation which calls themselves National Socialist but acts dishonourably is thus only National Socialist in name, whatever ideals they claim to assert.