Goebbels Scolds Germans for Grumbling Over Coffee Shortages Hot

Goebbels Scolds Germans for Grumbling Over Coffee Shortages

Joseph Goebbels

Germany experiences a significant coffee shortage, leading to widespread criticism of the government. Joseph Goebbels responds in an article in the Nazi propaganda paper Völlkischer Beobachter, insisting that people should whine less and accept the fact that coffee is a luxury item, not a necessity.

Goebbels writes:

"Coffee is hardly a necessity of life, or an indispensable pleasure. It is certainly a pleasant thing. Conversation flows over a pot of coffee, yes? Limiting coffee consumption, or even giving it up entirely for a while, however, hardly damages one's health.

The opposite, in fact. It is true that, as Mussolini said in his speech at the May Field, National Socialism and Fascism share a dislike of a comfortable and pleasant life.

If coffee is in short supply for a while, it is hardly a necessity of life. It would be something different if potatoes or bread were lacking, things that are necessary for daily life. Coffee is a pure luxury item that one enjoys when one has it, but can easily give up when necessity or economic pressures require. ...

These dear people simply will have to learn patience and adjust to things as they are. At the worst, they will less frequently enjoy complaining about the party and the state over a cup of coffee...

We old National Socialists pay no attention to people who talk and bitch like that. We cannot ignore the fact, however, that these coffee drinkers are using a ridiculous shortage of coffee that decent people do not worry about in the least to stand in line outside the shops as if famine had broken out in Germany. That is distressing and dreadful, and we do not want to see such pictures in the future."

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