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Anti-Jewish Nazi book by Dr. Robert Ley

IMPORTANT! vom Proleten zum Herrn! (From Proletarians to Gentlemen!) is an extremely anti-Jewish book of the most direct sort imaginable, printed in an edition of only 2000 in 1940. It is a historical Third Reich document of a kind that is virtually impossible to acquire today anywhere. If you are easily upset by historical anti-Semitism, please read no further, and return to the previous USMBOOKS web page.


In vom Proleten zum Herrn! Dr. Robert Ley, Reichsorganisationsleiter and DAF Reichsleiter explains how the German people under the guidance of Adolf Hitler went from being an unimportant country to a force to be reckoned with by 1940, when this book was published by Verlag der deutschen Arbeitsfront in Berlin 1940.

The title of this 5-7/8 x 8 inch 32 page, heavily illustrated soft cover book translates literally as "From Proletarians to Gentlemen", in this case reflecting on the evolution of Germany and its population as a world power as a result of National Socialist leadership and ideology.

In this historical publication, Dr. Robert Ley, who also wrote parts of the Nazi Party Testament Ich Kämpfe and was the publisher of Der Schulungsbrief (The Party Directive) magazine, explains the three main social changes of the 19th century that created lingering problems in 20th century Germany:
This original example of vom Proleten zum Herrn!' is offered for sale
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About Dr. Robert Ley:
Few people are aware of it, but Dr. Ley was the genius behind most of the organization of the Nazi Party. As Reichs Organization Leader (a cabinet level post) he was responsible for the publication of the Organisationsbuch der NSDAP which outlined how every Nazi paramilitary unit from the SS to the Hitler Youth was organized, what uniforms they wore and what their mission was.  Dr. Robert Ley, Reichsorganisationsleiter and DAF Reichsleiter, was the man who established the Ordensburgen, made the Volkswagen and developed countless building projects throughout the Greater German Reich, from the time of his service in World War I through May 1945.

Der Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF or German Labor Front) was the principal Nazi organization under direct control Dr. Robert Ley. He was the organizer of the annual Reichsparteitag in Nürnberg. He published Der Schulungsbrief (The Party Directive) magazine and wrote part of the text of the Nazi Party member book Ich Kämpfe. Dr. Ley was one of the principal figures of the Nazi Party and an early NSDAP cabinet member in 1933. He was a World War I veteran, an old friend of Adolf Hitler and his degree was in the field of chemistry.

As Reichsleiter of the DAF Dr. Ley built the Ordensburg Castles at Vogelsang, Crössensee and Sonthofen. He built the towns and factories that produced everything from Volkswagens to tanks, and airplanes to ships and plywood. He oversaw every laborer that worked on the Reichsautobahn or elsewhere in Nazi Germany.

On 16 May 1945, Dr. Robert Ley was arrested at his villa in Berchtesgaden by American troops. On 25 October 1945, four days after being indicted at the Nürnberg War Crimes Trials, he committed suicide in his prison cell by hanging himself, thus cheating the Allies out of the chance to try the most anti-Semitic man in Germany. Much of the genius of Dr. Ley was never exposed as he was never put on trial or found responsible for the institutionalized anti-Semitism in Germany. Ley's work as Reichsorganisationsleiter was overshadowed by the high profile war work of Albert Speer who was not hung at Nürnberg, and thus survived the war to become his own best publicist.
vom Proleten zum Herrn! Dr. Robert Ley
the New German Nation
Adolf Hitler
1) Not enough space for the population to grow, to produce food: not enough Lebensraum - and a people without space for development are easy prey for Jews and Marxists.
2) Technical and industrial improvements created a need for more factory workers in large cities. Those workers had to leave their Heimat (home land) and lost their identity doing impersonal jobs.
3) The emancipation of the Jews and the creation and liberalism and Marxism.
Dr. Ley said that technical improvements and industrialization created freedom and pride but also a class-conscious Germany with Jews in the shadows becoming ever more emancipated. National Socialism made the German People realize the changes and take responsibility. They were reminded by inspirational publications like this one that Germans were of a high intellectual and productive capacity, and must not mix with lower races and dilute their value.
The German race has given the world much more than it has ever received in return and therefore it has a right to be proud of its achievements (Wagner, Beethoven, Goethe and Schopenhauer are contrasted with Jews with names like Fritz Katzenellebogen, S. Fisher, Walter Rathenau and Jakob Goldschmidt).

German superiority, its responsibilities and Hitler and the National Socialists changed Germany; made it healthy again, a classless country with Jews no longer part of society. Adolf Hitler cleared the road for an important Germany of racially pure people who created and produced at the highest, most powerful level. A country liberated from 19th century smallness and narrow-mindedness that is now a worldly country, an important country that needs to be taken into account by the whole world.
By repeating over and over again what is important, the Nazis have created a country of racially pure, responsible workers full of drive and energy. The German people are worthy again. Before Hitler they were burdened by class wars and prejudice. Hitler brought down the dividing walls and German horizons have widened.
Never has so much changed in Germany in only seven years. Germany took control of most of western Europe. Germany went from an unimportant, looked down-upon country to a world power with Europe laying at its feet. Jews and negroes (England and France) were defeated. Eighty million Germans now have rights and are a force to be reckoned with. "Our Soldiers have opened the gates in Poland, Norway, Flanders and France and even England will never be able to close them again!" From proletarians to gentlemen, from narrow-mindedness to the whole world! All thanks to Adolf Hitler, Our Führer!

ONLY 2000 EXAMPLES WERE EVER PRINTED IN 1940!  This rare original example of vom Proleten zum Herrn! is complete and in very good little-used condition. 
Dr. Robert Ley

Also for sale on, two other illustrated anti-Jewish Nazi
propaganda books by Dr. Robert Ley, "Workers, Farmers and Soldiers"
and "10 Years of Adolf Hitler, 10 Years Roosevelt".


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