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When Hitler hit the Ceiling

The Literary Digest, 2/18/1933

p 30

(Chiefly a summary-reminder of the Beerhall Putsch)

          .... In the Manchester Guardian dispatch .... 
we find some impressions of his oratorical style, ... 
We get the idea that his intense earnestness is so 
forceful that it disarms the common run of youthful 
criticism. The statement that two and two are four, 
uttered in Hitler's "vibrant barytone" might be clothed 
in the passionate conviction and noble splendor of 
some message from the stars. 

Says the British correspondent:

"The realm of illusion, always half real to him, 
becomes intensely real to him and to his German 
hearers (who are almost mediumistically to his 
nature) the moment he begins to speak, The opening 
of his mouth is like the raising of the curtain that 
instantaneously produces the illusion.

He will stand on the platform and declare with 
booming, cathedral solemnity that when the sun 
rises the darkness disappears. And his audience 
will go mad with enthusiasm...."

....Hitler's hold on middle class Germany is that he 
is a "spiesser" to his marrow... He knows just how 
the spiesser feels....

(Then comparison between the times of the Putsch 
and his present chancellorship....)


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