00010958.gif 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 00010959.gif page 2 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. 00010960.gif page 3 Heyst, After Hitler 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 00010961.gif page 4 HEYST, After Hitler 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, 00010962.gif page 5 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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