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INTERVIEW WITH MR. FERDINAND JAHN, UNITED PRESS, 
APRIL 24, 1943, 220 East 42nd St., New York

Mr. Jahr was a foreign correspondent in Germany during 
the early 1920's. He had an interview with Hitler two 
days before the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. The interview 
was like so many others. Hitler was asked a question or 
two and then launched into a monologue on the injustice 
of Versailles, the Jews, the Rhineland, etc.  Mr. Jahn 
observed no indications of unusual nervousness or of 
tension. The things that impressed him most about Hitler 
were his eyes and his hands. His eyes he described as a 
bright blue with an extraordinary quality. He failed, 
however, to observe any of the hypnotic qualities which 
so many people have commented upon.  The hands he 
described as most extraordinary. They seemed to him 
to be about medium in size with long fingers and very 
finely structured. He commented upon the extraordinary 
dexterity with which Hitler used them while speaking.

Later Mr. John was correspondent in Vienna where there 
was considerable speculation concerning Hitler's sister, 
Mrs. Wolf. He never met her personally and said that some 
of the other correspondents were doing their utmost to 
obtain all possible information about her and that she 
was a frequent topic of conversation. It was believed 
that she was living at that time with an engineer to 
whom she was not married. She had a small apartment 
in the center of Vienna and worked in an insurance 
company office.


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In addition, it was understood that Hitler sent her a 
monthly allowance of about 75 schillings which later 
was increased to 150. Mr. Jahn is under the impression 
that she is not particularly
attractive and was somewhat queer in her way of living.

While in Vienna one of his friends in the government 
while discussing Hitler one evening mentioned that the 
police record in Vienna of Hitler's earlier days contained 
a note labeling him as a sex pervert. There were no 
specific accusations or any details concerning the 
nature of the perversion. Mr. Jahn did not see the record 
itself and does not know in which year the entry was 
made. He is, however, convinced that his source was 
reliable and the manner in which it was introduced in 
the discussion was such that he could not suspect ulterior 
motives. He added, however, that such comments by the 
Vienna police were quite common and were sometimes 
based on nothing more than suspicion. Mr. Jahn is of the 
opinion that the stories, rumors, and so on, about Hitler's 
sex life are without foundation and is inclined to believe 
that Hitler has no overt sexual activities of any kind.


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