On the afternoon of Thursday, December 11, 1941, Hitler declared war on the United States. Opening his statement by declaring that the American president has used his influence to create conflicts, intensify existing conflicts, and above all, keep conflicts from being resolved peacefully, Hitler said that the United States can no longer be ignored.
The declaration of war came just four days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Delivering an 88 minute speech, Hitler spoke to the Reichstag in Berlin recounting the reasons why the war began in September 1939, and why he expanded the border of the war to the Soviet Union and now to the United States.
One can say that even then, Hitler located a trouble that will continue to this day. Hitler stated that “For years, the American president Roosevelt looked for a dispute anywhere in the world, but preferably in Europe, that he could use to create political entanglements with American economic obligations, which will eventually result in a conflict which can involve America”. Hitler said that the goal is for foreign conflicts to divert attention from the own domestic economic policies in the US.
During his 88 minute speech, the Fuhrer continued transfer the blame to America, saying that the US is actually interfering with other countries and their affairs. Hitler finished his speech saying Germany joins Japan in the battle against the United States.
It is worth noting that just one day after the speech, the New York Times published an article, but with wrong translation. This documentary is the first complete English translation of the text.
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