00011269.gif page 20 Hitler, according to Hanfstaengl is not exactly superstitious but he is willing to accept a forewarning of Fate. He points out that in his speech of November 8, 1942, he chose the Loewenbraukeller for the meeting instead of the Buergerbraukeller which was bombed on November 8, 1939. The name Buergerbraukeller has now an unpleasant and painful memory for him and it is a name of ill-luck, and in his speech he would not refer to it by name. Nevertheless, he has tendencies in this direction. For example, in 1923, Hanfstaengl remembers that Hitler was speaking to a group of friends family names in general and his own name in particular. He was joking at the time bye expressed the view that the name of a real national Socialist revolutionary should by rights begin with "H". Hanfstaengl cannot remember the reason he gave for this but remembers that Hitler went on to say that it was even more important that the name end with "er". He then went on to enumerate the long list of names such as Schoenerer, Lueger, Drexler, Streicher, Brueckner, Esser, Weber, Feder and Poehner (all associates of his). "Names ending in 'er'", he said, "seem to have a certain masculine and aggressive snap which made one understand, respect and remember them better." Then growing somewhat more serious, Hitler ended by saying, "Yes - if one comes to think of it, these family names ending in 'er' have not at all done badly: Luther, Duerer, Schiller, Bluecher, Wagner.... quite some names in German history, you will agree." Hanfstaengl has never heard Hitler mention anything about his dreams beyond the remark occasionally that he had dreamt. He believes that Hitler's dreams circulate around the various attempts on his life but has no real knowledge of them. He has never heard Hitler mention anything about visions hallucinations beyond the one mentioned earlier when he was in the Army and received a command to save Germany. Hanfstaengl says that Hitler has a peculiar sense of humor. It usually manifests itself in teasing his colleagues and immediate associates about love affairs. These, however, are never vulgar and only hint at sexual factors. When asked of his opinion of Hitler's artistic talents, Hanfstaengl said, "The execution is fair but all his sketches and paintings are photographic. His architecture is repetitious and always centers around huge columns and size." He doubts any real artistic sense and quotes as an example his ruination of the Munich Museum by having a tremendous tile terrace built in front of it which robbed it completely its artistic setting. When asked about his appreciation of music, Hanfstaengl rated this rather highly, on a level below the classics. If it is music he likes, he becomes completely enthralled and sits with his chin in his cupped hands while he listens. He has often seen him sit in this posture at an opera or a concert which he particularly enjoys. Contrary to reports, he does not like music played loud when he is listening in private and neither drums his fingers or makes any vocal sounds while he is listening. Hanfstaengl says he is an ideal listener from the point of view of the artist. When attending concerts he likes to sit close to the front where he can hear and see everything that is going on. The kinds of music he enjoys most have been treated earlier in this report. 00011270.gif page 21 According to Hanfstaengl Hitler takes his defeats fairly well. Usually, if it is something that means a great deal to him, there is an immediate reaction of despair which passes rather quickly and is replaced by a spirit of determination. His reaction to the failure of the Berrhall [sic] Putsch has already been described. The first reaction is that all is lost. There is no further use and he might as well end it all. This lasted a few hours and he began laying plans for the future in which this failure could be used as a stepping stone to a higher goal. At his trial we could see clearly how he was turning the failure to his own advantage. When asked concerning his failure to obtain the Chancellorship in 1932, when he had counted on it so heavily and needed it so badly, Hanfstaengl reported that he was present at the hotel when Hitler returned from his interview with Hindenburg. Hitler looked as white as a sheet. He said practically nothing and was very moody for a time. Then he seemed to brighten up and was strongly tempted to take the vice-chancellorship under von Papen. At one point he said, "I can imagine that to work with Papen would, in a way be quite good fun (nicht so uebel). Somehow you feel that he was a soldier during the War and quite a reckless fellow. I am sure that he would treat matters "ganz Kameradschaftlich". He soon discarded the idea, however, and drove back to Munich the same night. As he turned his back on Berlin he muttered to himself in a sleepy and fatalistic baritone from which the metal was almost gone, "wir werden ja schen. Es ist [unreadable] besser so." Before long he was back at work planning his next moves with vigor and determination. Hanfstaengl says that this attitude is very much like the one he voiced in a recent speech in which he said, "The Kaiser of that time (1918) was a man who lacked all force for resistance against these enemies. But in me, now, they have to face an opponent who does not even think of the word 'capitulate'. That's always been the way, ever since I was a boy - at that time it was improper behavior but as it is, perhaps it is a virtue after all - my habit of reserving the last word for myself. It is typical of Hitler that during these periods he does not discuss the matter with others. He draws into his shell and does his thinking by himself. It is the same when great decisions have to be made. There is a period of procrastination during which he does very little, if any, work. Then he becomes moody and withdraws from his associates and is very difficult to see on any kind of business. During this time he is irritable and silent. He flies off the handle easily and only rarely consults with anybody concerning the problem confronting him. He keeps mulling it over and over until he has reached a decision. When he has found a satisfactory solution, he immediately brightens up again and is impatient to get things going. Hitler has a great capacity for keeping things to himself. He almost never tells one associate what he has discussed with another or what he plans to do. Hanfstaengl tells of one incident in which an important business man was in Berlin . After some difficulty he made contact with this person rushed to Hitler to tell him the good news. Hitler calmly said that he knew all about it - in fact had already interviewed the American. Hanfstaengl says that it would not occur to Hitler to mention that he had been talking to an American during the day and suggest that he might want to meet him and talk to 00011271.gif page 22 him, or to discuss what the man had said with the impressions of other Americans. Incidents of this sort happened over and over again. Hanfstaengl says his mind is like a huge file in which certain things are pigeonholed together but what goes into one pigeonhole has no contact with what goes into the other. He has a great capacity for remembering things but he never brings them out into the open until a moment arrives when these fragments may be useful to him. The result is that his closest associates are always in complete darkness concerning things that he is arranging with others. Furthermore, he seems to enjoy fostering competition and frictions between them. Sometimes these burst into open flame but even then Hitler lets them rage without ever committing himself to one faction other. Only gradually does one discover which side he favors. Meanwhile, he seems to get a sadistic pleasure out of these quarrels and competitions between his subordinates. Hanfstaengl points out that it is odd that the three people most intimate with Hitler are cripples. Schaub, his secretary, has a bad limp. Hoffmann is a hunchback and Goebbels has a club foot. Earlier in the history of the Party it seemed that Hitler surrounded himself with some of the worst characters and almost encouraged them to participate in crimes of one sort or another in order to have something to hold over their heads in case they should be tempted to become disloyal to him. In the meantime, he carefully avoided getting involved in these crimes himself and always made it a point not to allow his associates to obtain or learn of any of his actions which might be incriminating. This is probably why he guards his past history so carefully. Although many of his associates have been homosexuals and he has obviously protected homosexuals in his own circle, Hanfstaengl is of the opinion that Hitler has not indulged in an overt relationship of this kind. Nevertheless, some of his relationships have bordered on this type and he seems to get a particular pleasure out of keeping company with them and bragging about them. While in Vienna in 1938, a Herr von Seidler, who was formerly with the Dollfuss regime told Hanfstaengl that the "Maennerheim [unreadable]" where Hitler stayed while in Vienna had the reputation of being a place to which older men went in search of young men for homosexual pleasures. It may be, in Hanfstaengl's opinion, that Hitler became accustomed to the company of this type of young men during this time and that he still feels more or less at home with them. According to Hanfstaengl, Hitler's half-brother, Alois, was also in Vienna at the time that Adolph was there. He is under the impression that Alois, who had already been convicted of minor crimes in Vienna and [unreadable], may have bummed around with Adolph a good deal and may have named him in some of his shady undertakings. Without having evidence, he has been under the impression that Hitler might have contracted a venereal disease from a Jewish prostitute which resulted in impotence. He feels certain that Hitler is impotent as far as any normal sexual relationship is concerned but believes that this is the result of [unreadable] rather than physical. He is convinced in his own mind that Hitler is a confirmed masturbator. He could not or would not give any evidence for this belief. 00011272.gif page 23 When asked if he had ever met or heard of Hitler's brothers, Robert or Edmund to which some writers have referred, Hanfstaengl said he had never heard them mentioned by Hitler or anyone close to Hitler. He doubted very much if such persons existed. He said he remembered, however, that in 1923 a boy of about 16 years had visited Hitler in Munich and had been in his rooms. Hanfstaengl does not remember very much about him except that he seemed like a lazy, indolent and good-for-nothing type. The boy was leaving Hitler's room just as Hanfstaengl arrived and Hitler merely said it was his nephew, Edmund. Hanfstaengl never could figure out who this boy's father and mother were and he never saw or heard of him again. [unreadable paragraph] [rest of page unreadable] 00011273.gif page 24 mate historical stature. Hanfstaengl considers it a virtually foregone conclusion that Hitler will seek the "Heldentod" at the front. Hitler likes to think of himself as a kind of martyr. He often refers to his great sacrifice of freedom of movement and compares himself to the Pope. Over and over again he will make such statements as: "I have no private life, not even private correspondence. Everything is read before I get it. That is the price I pay." Hanfstaengl is of the opinion that Hitler is always dramatizing his public life as compensation for his brooding isolation and complete inner satisfaction. He also prides himself on his "will" and seldom misses an opportunity of starting a monologue on the subject when somebody asks him about ascetic way of life. He treats his self-denial of smoking, drinking, abstinence from meat, etc. as very insignificant manifestations of his will-power and giving the impression that these are hardly worth mentioning since anybody could do that much. On one occasion he said, "When will is gone, all is gone. This life is a Kampf." Shortly after he began whistling the "Swan Song" from Lohengrin in a soft tremolo which he kept up both breathing in and out. Lohengrin is one of his favorites and he often recites long passages from it. It seems that he knows the whole thing by heart. Hanfstaengl wonders whether these are memories of his Vienna days. Hitler is extraordinarily impervious to noise. He rather enjoys having a certain amount of noise when he is working and even boisterous conversation does not annoy him while he is reading. The constant buzz of many voices seems like almost a substitute for going out into the world and seeing what is going on. Then, too, he likes to overhear what is being said when he is attending to something else. On the whole he has a remarkable capacity for concentration. When he is listening he doodles or draws. The drawings are usually those of flags, party symbols, stage settings, portrait heads and houses. He never listens to foreign broadcasts on the radio except now and then when he listens to the German broadcasts in German from Paris or Moscow. He speaks no language except German. He also listens in on Mussolini's speeches and "derives profound pleasure from the Italian pronunciation, enunciation, and the dramatic oratory of Il Duce. Here, as in music," Hanfstaengl says, "what is full of fire, life, and drama interests him alone." Hitler is much concerned about his health and has always his private doctor near him in order that he may perform any necessary operation without delay. He often said that "a good doctor on the spot was easily as important as a whole platoon of guards." Hanfstaengl commented on the simplicity of Hitler's bedroom in Berlin. One day Hitler asked him to step in and to his amazement he found only an old iron single bedstead, a couple of straight chairs and a dresser. The head of the bed was decorated with colored ribbons much the 00011274.gif page 24 same as Viennese maids used to do. In fact the whole room reminded him of a maid's room except for its size. On the wall over the bed was a large painting of his mother and on the wall was a picture of Geli. There were no other decorations, ornaments or furniture. [paragraph about bowling unreadable] When asked about the writing of Mein Kampf, Hanfstaengl said that Hess urged Hitler to write it while he was in Landsberg. Hitler dictated almost the entire book to Hess while he was there and Hess typed it. The first draft was atrocious. It was much more repetitious and had infinitely more adjectives. Hanfstaengl helped Hess in revising it and the first thing they did was to cut out adjectives and repetitions. Hitler created a terrific fuss about every word they wanted to cut out or every change they wanted to make in grammar or content. He always liked it better as it was. They had such a time with him that after the first drastic cut they turned it over to a number of other people who made still further changes. Hanfstaengl says that Hitler's hunger strike while he was in Landsberg lasted 16 days. When asked what Hitler had to say about the Blood Purge after Hanfstaengl returned from America in 1934, Hanfstaengl said that he never referred to it directly. Indirectly, he intimated that he felt it was to be absolutely necessary, but nothing more. Hanfstaengl says that he was in a very nervous condition at the time and that he felt it unwise to broach the subject directly.
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