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_Lorimer, E.O. What Hitler wants. 1939.

In Cologne on the Eve of the November elections, 193(2?)

The Leader was due, the atmosphere was tense. Someone stepped forward to 
announce that Herr Hitler had been speaking today, not only in 
[unreadable], but also in Essen, and that his aeroplane would be an hour 
late. Not a quiver of disappointment, not a murmur of impatience, passed 
over the assembly as the maker of this unwelcome announcement proceeded 
ably to speak of the National Socialist movement, it's aims and ideals, 
its relation to political parties.

I had the good fortune to be seated by a Nazi official, from whom I gleaned 
much. Hitler's favorite dog had been poisoned and Hitler's own life four 
times attempted. I learned details of the minute and comprehensive 
organization throughout the country, in which every participant works for 
love or finds his own expenses. My informant was himself in the propaganda 
department in charge of a certain block of houses. The work was not 
without risk; he had been attacked and nearly flung down five flights of 
stone stairs. He was saving up the fifty marks for a uniform to join the 
Storm Detachments. While we waited he explained the various signs and 
badges. The discipline, the idealism, the obliteration of caste and rank, 
the whole-hearted unpaid service, recalled nothing I have met before 
but in the Boy Scouts.

We have waited two hours and a half. The bands strike up. "The Leader" 
comes. Preceded by flags, he paces between the lines of his Storm 
Detachments. The entire multitude leaps to its feet, and one shout breaks, 
again and yet again, from 125,000 throats: "Heil Hitler!" The roar 
continues. [Unreadable] he has shaken hands on the platform a hush falls, 
people are seated [unreadable] in a brief phrase [unreadable] Hitler 
"welcome to our [unreadable] city of Cologne!" The Leader raises his 
hand and speaks for three quarters of an hour. No pin fell, no single 
person coughed, so absolute was the spell.

Younger-looking, lighter, taller than I had imagined him - his apparent 
height due in part to the height of the platform - Hitler stood, 
unselfconscious and commanding before his audience. He has natural 
gestures and a pleasant voice, delightfully clear and easy to follow. 
When he raised it in passion or in fervor it was either hoarse from 
[unreadable].

Lorimer, E.O. What Hitler wants. 1939 p. (??)

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