It was not by chance that “Das
Schwarze Korps”, the magazine of Adolf Hitler’s SS, published a series
of essays on “The Samurai: Knights of the Reich in Honor and Fidelity”.
The laws that govern a society’s growth apply for all, just like the
laws according to which a society decays. It is good for us as
constantly learning beings to examine the lives of other peoples.
We want to remind ourselves of
things long forgotten with this short history of the samurai: of the
fact that this society in the Far East had, already, in early times, the
same laws of honor that our fathers had in their erstwhile, too soon
destroyed past, and the realization that it is mostly minorities of the
highest worth that give a people what seems to be eternal life. May this
be the purpose of this special edition, and, in the same spirit, may
many, especially our SS-men, read this little book.