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...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...

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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?


.."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 

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?
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 


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?


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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