00010540.GIF Page 19 Ludecke (Same night in Munich) ...Hitler did not feel like [unreadable] evening, and invited us all to his flat. "It's too early for bed," he said. I had a little tete-a-tete with the Professor (Troost) ...I was interested to know what this man ... thought of Hitler as a man. I told him that I had been surprised to discover that Hitler, who had never seen it, knew more about the lay-out and the structure of the Paris Opera than I did myself... "Yes, it's extraordinary," said Troost, "the scope of what he knows. I've found ... that his theoretical knowledge of architecture exceeds mine. He has a remarkable sense for effects...." p. 518, Ludecke, I knew H. By this time he was talking entirely to me; it is his habit to center himself on one person when he gets warmed up. The others were listening intently enough except the good Hoffmann, who... had concentrated on the wine with such good effect... that he dumped the bottle over, and the precious liquid spilled over the priceless little table ... and, on the priceless rug. Hitler stopped. He looked up frowning, lifted his shoulders in annoyance, but said nothing. pp. 519/20, Ludecke, I knew H. Talk against Christianity and for new Heathen faith to be established after access to power. pp. 520/21; Ludecke, I knew H. (Next day, in a car between Munich and Berlin) Hitler, half turned toward me, and with his arm over the back of the seat, asked me to talk about America. He was delighted to hear that as a boy I had devoured Karl May's stories about the Indians, Old Shatterhand and Winnetou, and said that he could still read them and get a thrill out of them. He was all ear for my experiences... Whenever I mentioned books, such as Prescott's Conquest of Mexico, and Conquest of Peru, Denny's America Conquers Britain and We Fight for Oil, or Frank H. Simonds' Can Europe Keep the Peace? he would ask Schaub to write down the titles. He questioned me about the Roosevelt campaign, the American crisis, the probability of a great change in the United States. He was much interested in Prohibition. Though a teetotaler, he was no bigot on the question... It pleased me to see how well Hitler had learned to listen.... p. 524, Ludecke. I knew H. 00010541.GIF Page 20 We sped on through the ... night. Schreck asked me to tell them some more about America... the Fuehrer visibly fatigued, was trying to follow but would doze off repeatedly, rousing himself with a grimace. Whenever he nodded I would stop gladly enough, but Hitler would say, "Go on, go on, - I mustn't fall asleep. I'm listening."... ...I dozed off... Hitler's very earthly voice was jarring on my ears... we stopped... the men were all out of the cars... Suddenly I realized that I was missing what was, in its way, a moment of quasi-historical interest. I stepped out and advanced a little. Yes... Hitler, too, like any ordinary mortal... head bent. Over his shoulder he said to me: "We're lucky, Ludecke, not a drop of rain." I've always been delighted by the transparency of the association of simple ideas.... Was this, I asked, also one of the favorite stops he had told me about? "Yes, very likely," he said cheerfully. "Of course, I passed here at all times of the day." .... pp. 527/28, Ludecke, I knew H. There was still a light in Hitler's room at four in the morning.... p . 5(?), Ludecke, I knew H. (Next morning trip continued) .. I was riding in Hoffman's car... Our car managed to follow... About noon we saw their cars stopped by the wayside, and Hitler, swining [sic] his whip, again standing in the middle of the road, feet planted wide apart. Hoffmann is a fairly good but decidedly abrupt driver and he missed running Hitler down by only an inch. The car stopped at the precise spot where the Fuehrer had been standing before he made his frantic leap away. And what a jump - terror, amazement, outraged fury on his face all at once... Hitler was gasping for breath. "Hoffmann!" be bawled. "You are crazy - positively you are crazy!" That was all he said. And a minute later he was obligingly consenting to pose for a picture.... p. 589, Ludecke, I knew H. 00010542.GIF Page 21 LUDECKE (same trip) Hitler and I sat together ... knowing the Fuehrer's passion for newspapers, I took from m coat a well-know Norwegian daily containing an article about him. As soon as Hitler saw his name in fat letters on the front he asked me about it. ...I pulled out the (German translation...) Hitler read it in growing fury.... this article ridiculed him mercilessly. ....Then I read him this quotation which I ascribed simple to "Mrs. Lewis, the wife of one of America's best known novelists." ...Hitler looked puzzled. :Who is this Mrs. Lewis, anyway?" he asked. I reminded him meeting Dorothy Thompson in Berlin... "Ja, Ja, now I remember. Hanfstaengl again..." pp. 530/31, Ludecke, I knew H. When we walked into Hitler's anteroom at the Kaiserhof, there was .... Hanfstaengl. In the presence of all of us, Hitler attacked him in the tone of a sergeant speaking to his stupidest recruit. "Was haben Sie da wieder genacht! Verfluchte Scheinerei! Paus! Scheren Sie sich [unreadable]. Ich will sie nicht mehr sehen!" And the poor fellow stalked dazedly away, leaving us quivering inwardly with embarrassment. p. 533/534/ Ludecke, I knew H. (Youth meeting at Potsdam) Hitler was distressed when the Prince [unreadable] told him of the difficulties of the meeting had created. The town was prepared to take 40,000 children ... twice that number had arrived, thousands of them had been on the road for days... "I was afraid of this," said Hitler in a troubled voice. Schirach is too young for this job. ... the children mustn't sleep under the open sky." ...The Fuehrer was so concerned that after he had eaten something he drove out to Potsdam again at midnight, and did not return until he had made sure that everything possible was being done for the comfort of the children. Hitler wasn't in bed till well after four, but at seven he was again in Potsdam, walking about to animate the weary children. p. 534, Ludecke, I knew H. 00010543.GIF Page 22 LUDECKE ...The Fuehrer stood reviewing the parade with his arm constantly lifted ... from eleven in the morning till six in the evening.... ...The Fuehrer ... was sitting in a corner of the compartment, utterly spent. Hitler motioned weakly to us to come in. He put the films in his pocket, nodded to me, but said nothing. Seeing how exhausted he was, I sat down for the barest moment. He looked for a second into my eyes, clasped my hand feebly, and I left. pp. 535, 537; Ludecke, I knew H. (Berlin, Hitler already Chancellor) ...a door opened and Hitler came out... Recognizing me he came up and exclaimed: "Oh, Ludecke, Sie sind's - wei geht's?... Wait right here, I'll be back in a moment. Ich muss mal..." and he pointed to a door behind me through which he disappeared. ... In less than a minute he was back and took me into his working room... .. I sat in a comfortable armchair... while Hitler perched easily on the arm of his chair... and we chatted as if this were an ordinary event. He looked well; a quiet energy lent strength to his appearance... p. 574, Ludecke, I knew H. At Strasser's name that foxy expression flashed over Hitler's face. Although he has learned to exercise marvelous self-control, he is by nature too impulsive entirely to control his eyes and mouth. Whenever something really touches him and he passes over it without a word, one who has known him from the early days can read a lot in the expression of his mobile face. "Yes - that Strasser affair," he said, suppressed anger and contemot [sic] in his voice. p. 575, Ludecke, I knew H. ".. And just call me Herr Hitler, plain Herr Hitler, always for my friends..." p. 576, Ludecke, I knew H. ...we were walking up and down the terrace which had a good view of the chancellery garden... Suddenly Hitler gripped my arm. "There! You see? There he is - the old one..."half aloud, leaning forward with pointed finger, Yes, there was old Hindenberg, 00010544.GIF Page 23 LUDECKE stumping along the path... Hitler stretched himself and turned to me with a strangely hypnotized look in his remarable [sic] eyes. Slowly he said again, as if half to himself: "Ja, ja, da geht der Alte." p. 609, Ludecke, I knew H. (Lunch with Hitler, 1933) Kannenberg grimaced at ... ,y laughter broke through... "Nanu, Ludecke," Hitler said. "What's the matter?" ... I hesitated in embarrassment... began to invent a train of thought... the story was drawing to its scandalous conclusion, having to do with a specially designed chair installed for ... convenience (of a very fat man) at the famous Maison Chabanais in Paris.... "Stop, Ludecke, stop," Hitler cried. "Leave the rest to our imagination... That reminds me of a present I have in store for you... what I mean is a muzzle...." pp. 629/30, Ludecke, I knew H. As I turned into the corridor of the Chancellery... I almost bumped into the Fuehrer, who seemed to be in a hurry. ... He looked preoccupied and stared at me with blank eyes for a moment without saying anything.... He looked at me with an expression of surprise, anger and impatience. Did his almost feminine intuition sense that contempt which I did not like to admit even to myself? ... It was the last I ever saw of him. p. 670, Ludecke, I knew H.
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