8th April, 1933. SA Roll Call.
The great age for which we have hoped fourteen years long has now dawned. Germany has now awakened. For fourteen years we were assailed; the attempt was made to bend and break us by cunning, chicanery, and violence, by malice and terror, by everything imaginable. But this instrument of blind obedience remained unbroken, remained steadfast. Everything has come to pass which we, sensing and foreseeing, had prophesied in these fourteen years. The time when Germany thinks of itself and becomes the master of its destiny, not due to a gift of those around us or the mercy of our adversaries, but rather to our own power, to our own will and our own actions. So I did begin back then to breed, in a small organization, what was to become the national substance of the coming Reich: people who detach themselves from their surroundings; who thrust far from them all the petty things of life which appear so important; who recall once more a new and greater task; who have the courage to already openly display that they want to have nothing to do with all the eternally dividing and subversive concepts which poison the life of our Volk. We have fostered in ourselves an allegiance, this blind obedience all the others know nothing about and which has given us the strength to survive everything. There is something wonderful about this movement and its unique history, born from the deep distress of the war and the still greater poverty of the German fall. Then an idea, now a reality. It's wonderful to recall the trajectory that this movement has done until the reality of today. It is sometimes necessary to remember this trajectory so that one discerns the future trajectory from it. When we returned home after the collapse in 1918, we were all stricken by an inner grief that previous generations had already felt, and that in our time hardly escaped any thinking man. When, however, today many say what you want is not new, also many others have wanted and thought the same say. This people is still our own, because it is through us, through you, my comrades, that it has found its fulfillment. So Germany has become from us what we want Germany to have on its whole, for that. Thus I can say with pride, comrades of the SA and SS, that if the whole German people now was possessed of the spirit which is in us and in you, then Germany would be indestructible. Even without arms, Germany would represent an unheard-of strength through this inner will tempered like steel. It is true that this equality which is realized in you was realized only at the cost of that freedom of which others spoke. We have, too, adopted the principle of leadership, the conception of authority. That was a heavy sacrifice at a time when the whole people was running after the illusion of democracy and parliamentarianism, when millions believed that the majority was the source of a right decision. It was at this time that we began resolutely to build up an organization in which there was not one dictator but ten thousand. When our opponents say: 'It is easy for you: you are a dictator' - we answer them, 'No, gentlemen, you are wrong; there is no single dictator, but ten thousand, each in his own place'. And even the highest authority in the hierarchy has itself only one wish, never to transgress against the Supreme authority to which it, too, is responsible. We have in our movement developed this loyalty in following the leader, this blind obedience of which all the others know nothing and which gave to us the power to surmount everything. For fourteen years we were assailed; the attempt was made to bend and break us by cunning, chicanery, and violence, by malice and terror, by everything imaginable. But this instrument of blind obedience remained unbroken, remained steadfast. All we endured was but tests from which we emerged stronger than ever. In addition we have fostered the virtue of bravery. Today millions are pouring into our ranks. (1)