00011108.gif _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. (??) [rest of page unreadable]
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