00010933.gif Emil Ludwig Hitler Mussolini Stalin 1940 rather superficial description- biographical material on youth not very accurate- Gives examples for his interpretation of Hitler as: "A pathological being, who like many others in history, has translated the diseased exaggeration of certain impulses into a self-importance which is the source of his decisions and actions." Demonstrates Hitler's need for applause like an actor's. "....Max von Gruber, a professor at the University of Munich, and the most eminent eugenist in Germany, stated as a witness in the law court in 1923: " It was the first time I had seen Hitler close at hand. Face and head of inferior type, cross-breed; low receding forehead, ugly nose, broad cheekbones, little eyes, dark hair. Expression not of a man exercising authority in perfect self-command, but of raving excitement. At the end an expression of satisfied egotism." pg 11- E.Ludwig- Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin 1940 ...I was once able to observe the actor in him, in 1931, I was talking to some American journalists in the lounge of the Kaiserhof in Berlin, when they drew my attention to Hitler, the great party leader. Clad in a brand new overcoat, he was ambling lazily down the wide staircase, playing with the metal rod attached to hotel keys to make guests remember to hand them over to the porter before leaving. He was whirling the key round on the rod, to his own great amusement. Suddenly, about 20 paces off, he became aware of our group. That very second he dropped his hand to his side, stiffened his arms and legs, put on an expression of gloom, and, for our benefit, was transformed into Napoleon. Moved to the depths of his own schemes, he strode slowly past us. p. 43-44 E. Ludwig.Three portraits- His vanity is so great that he lives surrounded by his own portraits. His friend Troost once made him a carved wooden chest to keep his papers in. In the course of the work he asked Hitler what he should put in the large space left free in the middle of the lid. Hitler at once replied: 'That's where my picture goes in profile.' On one occasion, he bought up a picture of himself as Lohengrin. pg. 44- E. Ludwig-Three Portraits. 00010934.gif page 2 Emil Ludwig Three Portraits 1940 "...Not Bismark, not Frederick the Great, but Napoleon is the ideal of this [sic] frenzied German. When my book on Napoleon appeared some twelve years ago, he read it three times, marking it with huge red strokes in the margin, as his now-murdered friend Strasser told me in 1926.... pg. 45- Emil Ludwig- Three Portraits. "....We are told by Goebbels that the very man who, on June 30, 1934, slapped his own friends, standing defenseless before him, suddenly burst into tears when he when he was appointed Chancellor.... pg 46- E. Ludwig- Three Portraits.
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