On October 4, 1943, "Reichsführer SS" Heinrich Himmler gave a secret speech lasting more than three hours to nearly 100 leaders (generals) of the SS in the town hall of Posen in German-occupied Poland. In Karmakar's film, actor Manfred Zapatka reads the speech with all the spoilers Karmakar extracted from the recording of the speech. Himmler first presents the situation for the German Reich in the fifth year of the war from his point of view. In doing so, he propagates the imminent exhaustion of Germany's wartime enemies; the breakup of the anti-Hitler coalition is foreseeable and a German victory is out of the question for him. This is followed by an account of the internal organization and morale of the SS. Himmler's entire speech text is infused with Nazi racial ideology; in particular, he is convinced of the inferiority of the Slavic subhuman and swears his high-ranking accomplices and fellow perpetrators of the Holocaust to the necessity of exterminating Jewry. Zapatka speaks the text without any discernible emotion, without costume, sitting in front of a gray wall.
The transcript of the speech was used as evidence in several Nazi trials after the war.
Himmler Holocaust-Geheimrede in Posen 04.10.1943 in voller Länge (3h) gelesen von Manfred Zapatka
Himmler Holocaust secret speech in Posen 04.10.1943 in full length (3h) read by Manfred Zapatka