The following is a reprint of an editorial by NEW ORDER Commander Matt Koehl, which appeared in the First Quarter 1993 issue of the NS Bulletin.
Triumph des Willens.
The famous documentary of the 1934 National Socialist congress at Nuremberg represents the perfection of a new art form. Never before or since have technique, composition and content been joined for more spectacular effect.
Behind the classic imagery of Leni Riefenstahl's cinematic masterpiece, however, lies something that is commonly overlooked.
At the behest of the Führer, the film received the name by which it has come to be known. Why did he choose this particular title? What message was he trying to convey?
To ask these questions is to consider the inner dynamics of our Movement. Indeed, it is to ask how the first great victory of National Socialism was made possible.
Here it is important to realize that success was not accomplished by wishful thinking or mere accident. Rather, it was the result of an incredible, 14-year struggle against every conceivable odd.
Just ten years before its miraculous triumph, the Movement had been crushed, its Leader imprisoned, and its adherents scattered. Its prospects for success were nonexistent. The notion that it would one day prevail against the great parties and institutions of the day could only seem a pathetically laughable pipe dream.
Yet a decade later, the "impossible" had happened, and the "ridiculous" dream had become a reality. The Movement had won. How was it possible?
If we carefully examine this question, we discover the answer in one decisive factor: will, will based upon a new idea and a new faith.
That will would not take "no" for an answer. It would not brook any opposition. It would not tire or quit. It would not capitulate. It would never give in.
That will was serious. It was determined to succeed, to do whatever might be necessary to triumph, no matter what the sacrifice of however long it might take.
That will began with one man and became the collective will of a body of men and women, for whom a better future was more precious than even their own lives. It galvanized them into action and drove them forward, despite very obstacle and setback.
And in the end as a reward for persistence and faithfulness they won. Their will had triumped!
By contrast, our lack of success toda can be attributed — quite simply — to the very opposite. If a documentary were to be made of our present dilemma, its proper title would be Failure of the Will — failure on the part of our race as a whole, but failure — moral failure — especially on the part of those who claim to be most concerned about a racial future. That is the crux of our problem.
Will. That means "to want."
What do we want? How badly do we want it? How important is it to us? What are we willing to do to get it?
In the answers to these questions lie a definition of one's values, indeed, of one's personality and true identity.
For those who have made the Cause of Adolf Hitler and his New Order the focus of their lives, there can be but one set of values which has any real meaning and importance. Those values are expressed in a common desire, a common determination, a common will — a will in no way different from the one which produced that earlier triumph, a will that stands today as the guarantor of our final victory.