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Misfire of the German Mussolini
The Literary Digest, March 17, 1923; p. 23

                         Mussollni is a reformed Socialist, primed with the doctrines of his former party, whereas Hitler, the excited and muddlebrained Bohemian, is devoid of solid convictions and incapable of a definite line of action. A certain similiraity between Mussolini and Hitler, however, cannot be denied. Both are addicted to opera effects attuned to the mentality of their different countries. Mussolini, black-shirred and toying with a red carnation (an attitude carefully copied by his A.D C 's) would appear disarmingly comic under a canopy less bright than the Italian sky and amongst a people less emotional than the Italians. Hitler's effects are obtained by different means. A decorative painter by trade, he has retained his talent for decorative display. The placards he has drawn are very effective, the staging always well chosen, and there is yet another advantage his early life has given him. Viennese by birth, surrounded by Bavarians, heavy of speech and movement, his vivacious personality and ready dialectic, the fruit of many a Vienna coffeehouse discussion, carry double weight.

From an article in the "Guardian" (Manchester?)



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