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Axel HEYST

After Hitler                       

A psychologist can discover many links between Hitler 
and ..... figures in Roman history. His raving promises in 
the presence of Sir Neville Henderson that after the Polish 
campaign he would settle down as ab [sic] artist are 
strikingly reminiscent of Nero's passion for music - he 
was as bad a musician as Hitler is painter -  ....... Hitler 
considers himself essentially an artist who brings the 
resources of his intuition into the realities of life and 
succeeds because he perceived things which are hidden 
from the sight of the specialists. His hysterical outbursts, 
his persecution mania, and the intensity of his hatred 
remind one strongly of Caligula. He despises humanity 
as much as Tiberius .... His solitary broodings in the face 
of Alpine precipices, his eyrie perched on top of a 
mountain call up a vision of the castle of Tiberius 
overhanging the cliffs of Capri.

p. 39/40, Heyst, After Hitler

Hitler is an orator and he lectures when he talks. He 
does not care for the point of view of his interlocutor 
and is shocked and dismayed when anyone dares to 
interrupt his train of thought. He is furious if his 
interlocutor fails to fall under the spell of his oratory 
and shows signs of disagreement. Hitler needs disciples 
and followers, never opponents. He can never tolerate an 
equal.

This does not mean that Hitler never listens to anybody. 
He listens to his Gauleiters, and not only to those ones 
who want to flatter him by confirming his pet theories. 
He is too awake to the necessity of possessing good 
information to accept only favorable reports. Even if he 
rages at some reports which run counter to what he expects 
and upset his calculations, he can immediately perceive 
the value of the information supplied. After his fit of 
rage he will cool off and revise his plan. He is admirably 
pliable, and the dismay of as spoilt child, who cannot 
stand any resistance, is quickly replaced by a peasant 
cunning and shrewdness. Hitler is certainly. ....a great 
'accomodator' of ideas and can rapidly grasp the meaning 
of ideas which might be useful to him. He is not a great 
reader despite the legend of his deep knowledge.....He reads 
chiefly newspapers or thrillers, but he can realize at once 
the value of any information. Then a moment of Hellseherai
enables him to see the connection between the various 
elements involved. In this respect his imagination works 
like that of an artist.

p. 42, Heyst, After Hitler


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Heyst, After Hitler                                                      

When Hitler speaks about the calamity of war and the 
possibility of the destruction of European culture, his 
words sound hollow. Typical of his feelings were his 
remarks to Sir Nevile Henderson when he advanced the 
childish argument that Japan would be the only power 
who would gain from a European war. This ridiculous 
argument ...... shows only how indifferent Hitler is to 
what may happen after the war. He feels no connection 
with European culture, and the fate of the Latin world 
leaves him cold. He cares only for Germany .....

p. 44, Heyst, After Hitler

Hitler ... is incapable of change, of casting off his past. 
He does not beliebe in transformation of a man's character 
and is essentially a believer in determinism. He does not 
know the grace of mercy and oblivion. He cannot rise above 
himself and smile at his own miseries and torments. He 
is unable to purify his gloomy self with self-irony and 
humour. He is condemned for life to wander within the 
precincts of his past fears, of his complexes and hatred, 
of his thirst for destruction.

p. 53, Heyst, After H.

 ..... Hitler is certainly not a gloomy and deadly serious 
monk. The myth tells us that his favorite music is Wagner's 
operas, but we know that several times in succession he saw 
Die lustige Witwe. Perhaps his subconscious liking tends 
rather to this operatte than to the portentous and solemn 
music of Wagner? Maybe the whole "Wagnerkultus' is only 
a pose like many others.

p. 75, Heyst, After H.

..... I shall never forget a conversation in Berlin when the 
subject of Hitler's erotic life was being discussed. Somebody 
advanced the theory that Hitler was a homosexual. And then a 
German lady sighed and said in a langorous voice: 'Mein Gott ..... 
I have a son and he is a smart boy. I wonder if that story about 
the Fuehrer is true. I would have felt happy and proud..."

p. 77, Heyst, After H.

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Is Hitler himself a homosexual? His personal bodyguard is 
chosen from among the finest-looking young men. They are 
splendid specimens of physique. Hitler likes to be surrounded 
by young people and he invites to Obersalzberg many young 
SS-Maenner. There are rumours of 'favourites' being chosen, 
but it is impossible to check such news.

More probably is another theory, advanced by some observers. 
They suspect that Hitler is an addict to the vice of masturbation .......

....But there is also another theory ....I remember that once in 
Berlin, while discussing the private life of the Fuehrer with 
a young woman from the cinema world I heard the statement:
 "Der Mann ist absolut hoerig."

p. 78, Heyst, After H.

As already pointed out, the whole atmosphere around 
Hitler is unhealthy. All those pagan festivities on the 
Venusberg in Mlunich andthe [sic] proclaiming of a return 
to 'pure German nakedness'  .... conceal many dark 
passages ........

 ..... Hitler offers an example of a man whose sexual 
impulses invade the whole domain of his activities. ..... 
in his speeches we hear the suppressed voice of passion 
and wooing which is taken  from the language of love; he 
utters a cry of hate and vopultuousness, a spasm of violence 
and cruelty, All those tones and sounds are taken from the 
back-streets of the instincts; they remind us of dark impulses 
repressed too long. His imagination is tormented with pictures 
and ideas which afflict a man whose life is ridden with vice 
and cruel desires.

His speeches, those hysterical shrieks of an unbalanced man, 
are reminiscent of some African tom-tom. Their very monotony 
of abuse sounds like the drum of the African jungle. There is an 
atmosphere of the jungle about that man appealing to his tribe.. .....

Hitler's speeches witness an invasion of most secret and hidden 
impulses....

 .... But there is no dignity about Hitler, although there is 
fear and gloomy solemnity. ....

pp. 79/80, Heyst. After H.

Impossible manners. ....He brings with him into politics 
the odour of the Raserne and Unteroffizier's brutality. 
His speeches are unique, in the record of modern diplomacy, 
in the richness of their abuse and sans gene. But there is 
no charm in that sans gene of Hitler, only a heavy Prussian 
spirit of pride and chauvinism.
          
It is astonishing how quickly this Austrian acquired Prussian slang...

He did not acquire manners because he did not want

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them....   The German Fuehrer did not learn anything.

 ....Hitler dld not want to aquire culture or knowledge. He 
is convinced that manners can only spoil his instinctive 
powers and make him effeminate, whereas he should be 
strong and manly. Obsessed by the idea of virility and 
strength, he forces upon himself the picture of a robust, 
primitive German ......

 .... but .... he knows how to be polite if that politeness 
brings profit. Manners - or what he believes to be manners
 - are to him perhaps the object of jealousy... Hitlers [sic] 
feels uneasy in the presence of von Neurath, because he 
represents the doomed world of aristocracy. He is suspicious 
of these elements, although he is clever enough not to drop them .....

pp. 83/84, Heyst, After H.

Hitler has retained the habits of an artist and  Faulenzer ....... 
Hitler is essentially lazy, but after his periods of laziness 
there come spasms of restless activity....

...... Hitler's main occupation consists of brooding and talking. 
He shapes his decisions when reclining in a deckchair or 
strolling on the sunny veranda of his Alpine home. He is 
fond of staying late in bed, but chiefly because he suffers 
from insomnia. He entertains his guests late because he is 
afraid of solitude during the hours of the night. Doubtless 
he is haunted by nightmares and terrible suspicions. He 
clings to the company of other people, although he is anxious 
not to admit that he does. He talks a good deal ..... and talking 
is with him not only an inner monologue but a means of 
convincing himself again and again that he is right. He 
seems to belong to that type pf people who discovers 
new aspects and perspectives while talking ......in his 
conversation - and they are very one-sided - he suddenly 
sees some new point and develops it with passionate interest.

In the evening he is more fond of listening, especially to 
music. When he cannot woo sleep, he summons young members 
of his bodyguard and asks them to tell stories. He is afraid to 
be left alone and the burden of his loneliness weighs heavily 
on his narrow shoulders. It is said that he is fond of all sorts 
of thrillers to kill the tedious hours of a sleepless night.

He is jealous of the originality of his ideas and plans. 
Therefore he doesnot want to read serious books which 
might contain 'his' ides .... he is convinced that all the 
conclusions he arrives at are revelations of unusual value.

..... He is lazy. Immediately after tearing up the Locarno 
Treaty, amidst the turmoil of international politics,

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HEYST, After hitler                                                               

he left for a steamer trip on the Elbe. He wanted to forget 
the effort made .....
           
Hitler knows how to relax and knows the importance of 
waiting in hiding ......

Hitler is lazy, but his is not a quiet life.....
         
He is outwardly lazy,  but inwardly tormented and torn 
by doubts ........ 

pp . 84-87, Heyst, After H.

Certainly he is not more cautious about his personal 
security than before. He does not risk unnecessary flights 
by plane or frantic dashes by car ....... Years ago he was 
driven by the conviction that he would not die before 
his mission was achieved. Now he is anxious to perform 
his work in time ......

p  87, Heyst, After H.

A reporter of international fame tells an illuminating 
story about his reception in Austria. When in Linz or 
Salzburg during his 'tour of liberation', he was surprised 
in his hotel by a young man who ran up the stairs and handed 
a bunch of flowers to his beloved Fuehrer. The youth 
dared to embrace Hitler and the victor was so perplexed 
 that he did not know what to make of it...

p. 90, Heyst, After H.

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