00010511.GIF ...According to Francoit-Poncet [sic], the incorruptible Chancellor Heinrich Bruenign [sic] was too brainy and experienced in the wily game of international politics. Hitler, on the other hand, was a fool and a political dilettante- as he had expressed it to the late American Ambassador William E. Dodd. With the Nazi leader in power, he thought, it would be much easier to effect deals which would be favorable to France. Therefore, it would be better to have Adolf Hitler in the chancellor's chair rather than Heinrich Bruening. The French Ambassador to Germany was a weight personality in those days. His opinions influenced not only the Quai D'Orsey but Downing Street and the foreign offices of numerous satellites that had hitched their wagon to the French star. So it is not too much to say the Francois-Poncet is a partial answer to the question, "Why Wasn't Hitler Stopped?" p. 42-43 L.P. Lochner-What About Germany? Henderson had presented his credentials to the German Chief of State only a short while previously. To my surprise Sir Neville said, "After the usual formalities were over, we had amost [sic] interesting discussion of Zeppelins. The Fuehrer spoke eloquently about their value as carriers of international good will." I pricked up my ears. This was the first time I had ever heard of Hitler's displaying the slightest interest in the vast dirigibles that carried German fame around the world. Hitler, it was generally known, cordially disliked Dr. Hugo Eckener for his staunch republicanism and for his refusal to swallow Nazism, hook line and sinker. p 45 L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? ...Then how explain this sudden burst of [unreadable] of Dr. Eckener's life? Quite simple: The new Ambassador of His Britannic Majesty was enthudiastic [sic] about Zeppelins : hence to win his condidence [sic], Hitler diplomatically became a dirigible fan too. This is the way Sir Neville Told me the story: "After the usual formal ceremony of accrediting a new foreign diplomat, Herr Hitler asked that I remain for a more informal, unofficial chat. To get conversation going I told the Fuehrer what a wonderful sight I had witnessed during my ocean passage from Argentina... 00010512. GIF during my ocean passage from Argentina to Europe en route to assuming my Berlin post. I had booked on a German ship... "For some minutes cordial wireless messages were exchanged and of course during all this time there was most enthusiastic and handkerchief and cap waving by both sets of passengers. I told Herr Hitler it was a sight which I would never forget, and expressed my appreciation of the chivalry of the Zeppelin commander in staging this auspicious ceremony of welcome as I was about to take on my new duties. "Herr Hitler then drew a most interesting picture of Zeppelin development and stressed its important mission of binding the continents together in a common peaceful endeavor." p 46-47 L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? I had observed this same effort i Hitler's part to adapt himself to his audience in an interview which I had had with him in 1934. At that time Hitler proposed nothing less than a conference with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I saw this seemingly super-self confident man actually blush when I broached the theme of German-American relations. "Herr Reichskanzler," I ventured to say, "may I presume to offer a suggestion? You seem constantly to occupy yourself with the problems of Europe, but if I may say so, to neglect relations with the vast American continent. Why is that?" The [sic] evidently caught him off-guard. He was not used to having his infallibility challenged. For a moment he blushed like a schoolboy, hemmed and hawed, then stammered an embarrassed something about having so many problems to ponder that he had not yet had time to take up America. The approved manuscript of Hitler's expressed desire to meet the leaders of other nations reads as follows: "Chancellor Adolf Hitler told me today that he might have man-to-man talks with the leaders of other nations - including President Roosevelt." "By such personal conversations, he thought, the pitfalls of diplomacy might be avoided.... P. 47. L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? 00010513.GIF .."One thing that every representative of a foreign power will find in dealing with me is that I speak with absolute frankness....I want Germany's singature [sic] to mean something again. And under no circumstances will I submit to dictation... " "When I am once convinced that a certain course is the only and the right one for my nation, I intend to pursue it, come what may. I will do what I do openly. I will not for example, pretend outwardly to accept 100,000 men as a basis for our army, then secretly arm another 150,000!'" "Gee, that was swell," Hanfstaengl said to me afterward. "Nobody but a foreigner could tell him that. I've tried to convince him that he ought to occupy himself more with the U.S.A., but he won't listen to us. Your jerking him up on that point had immediate results- he wants to see Roosevelt." My own feeling was rather that he was just trying to tell me something I would be pleased to report, just as he told Ambassador Henderson what he wanted to hear about Zeppelins.... P. 48 L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? talking to President Benes in 1938 ... I reminded him of a slogan which Dr. Otto Dietrich, Hitler's press chief, was fond of hammering into the consciousness of German journalists: "Hitler makes the impossible possible." His Excellency laughed, "There is a contradiction of terms in what Dr. Dietrich says," he replied, unconcerned. "The word impossible expresses a limitation beyond which even Herr Hitler cannot go." P. 49- L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? Kehlstein: Crown Prince Michael of Rumania on his elevator ride to the top found that ascent took exactly seven minutes.... ..On three sides there is a glass-encased veranda, east, south and west, so there is almost continuous sunshine. This gave rise to the legend that Hitler's aerie was perched on a turntable and could be turned toward the sun. The house consists of three parts- small kitchenette, a lavatory, and a large living room. Here the Fuehrer has perfect solitude. Only on the rarest occasions have any foreigners been invited to this retreat. The first was the 00010514.GIF departing French Ambassador, Andre Francois-Poncet; who got along well with Hitler, and as a result the Fuehrer took him to his retreat on October 13, 193(?), for a last conference on German-French relations. The second foreigner was Crown Prince Michael, who was taken up to the top of the Kehlstein for tea, while his father, King Carol, was conferring at the "Berghof" with Hitler on November 24, 1939. So few people have been in Hitler's hide-away that even Captain Fritz Wiedemann confessed he had never been on the Kehlstein. The general public knows nothing about the retread. No publicity has been given it. The few pictures that have been taken were not released for publication. The films and plates, indeed, are locked up in the secret archives of Hitler's personal photographer and official cameraman for the Nazi movement, Professor Heinrich Hoffmann of Munich. In Berlin, Hitler was not content with the spacious Reichskanzlei which had been adequate for Bismark. He designed and had built a chancellery which for sheer garish splendor has no rival in Europe today. His enormous study out-Mussolinis Mussolini. In addition, he had a private theater built in the gardens of the chancellery where, before the war, he regularly regaled his frinds [sic] and guests with ballets and theatrical performances. The theather [sic] is furnished in light blue silk and velvet, and has all the up-to-date accouterments, such as a turntable stage, the latest lighting effects, and easily handled props. Hitler, indeed, was a lavish party-giver, and his gifts too, were lavish. p. 76-77 L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? When Hitler travels he not only has a special train at his disposal but he is accompanied by some 200 S.S. guards more heavily armed than the retinue of any German Emperor had ever been. After the war started, the special train was heavely [sic] armored, with anti-aircraft guns fore and aft. His General Headquarters is furnished with every conceivable comfort. It is always placed near a mountain or hill so that, in the event of an air raid, he and his staff can jump into the armored train which is then pulled into the tunnel passing through that mountain. P. 77- L.P. Lochner -What about Germany? 00010515.GIF When I was Hitler's guest for the last time during the Nuernberg Party convention on 1938, I noticed that servants whom I recognized as being from the Reichs Chancellery at Berlin had been brought to Nuernberg, probably because they had gaudy liveries consisting of gold-braided coats, silk knee pants, white stockings, and buckled half shoes. Hitler's idea is that he must worthily represent a Germany greater that the world has ever known, and that the outward trappings must by [sic] in harmony with this conception. It is an idea which was readily adopted by all the little Hitlers. p. 78- L.P. Lochner -What about Germany? ...A man who had been a party member almost from the beginning, told me one night, somewhere around 1926, Hitler gave as the sole criterion for membership that the applicant furnish proof of being "unconditionally abedlen [sic] and faithfully devoted to me." When someone in the little group asked rather diffidently whether even thieves and others with criminal records could join, the Fuehrer nodded. "Their private lives don't concern me," he remarked.... (same remark found before only in regard to Roehm - refers to homosexuality only) R.L. p. 94 L.P. Lochner- What about Germany? ... A searchlight lays upon his lone figure as he slowly walks through the hall, never looking to right or left, his right hand raised in salute, his left hand on the buckle of his belt. He never smiles-it is a religious rite, this procession of the modern Messiah incarnate. Behind him are his adjutants and secret service men. But his figure alone is flooded with light. By the time Hitler has reached the rostrum, the masses have been so worked upon that they are ready to do his will. But the masses also effect a transformation in him. He becomes electrified. He appears to go into a trance. He is carried away by his own eloquence. He returns to his chancellery completely washed up physically but revived spiritually. If he was in the doldrums before going to the meeting, he has snapped out of them by the time he returns. The fact is that Adolf Hitler needs the adulation of the masses as a fish needs water. He grows stale unless he hears the cheering crowds, unless he can harangue them, unless he can take their frenzied salute. p. 99- L.P. Lochner- What about Germany?
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