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..There is a strong strain of sadness and tenderness 
in his disposition. The intensity of feeling that 
imparts such high voltage to his public activities 
makes him sensitive to private griefs. When a close 
friend said to him: "You have been so lucky in everything 
you have undertaken," he replied: "In my political life 
I have always been lucky, but in private life I have been 
more unfortunate than anyone I have ever known."
p. 16, G.Ward Price- I know these Dictators.

...Though brought up as a Catholic, Hitleris [sic] not 
a professional Christian. Yet he once said very 
earnestly to me: "I believe in God, and I am convinced 
that He will not desert sixty-seven million Germans 
who have worked so hard to regain their rightful 
position in the world.'.. 
p. 16, G.Ward Price- I know these Dictators.

His favorite dishes are _nudelsuppe_, a soup with 
little dumplings in it; spinach; apples; either 
baked or raw; and _Russiche Eier,_ which are 
cold hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise sauce. 
At tea-time, despite anxiety to avoid putting on 
weight, he is fond of chocolate eclairs. He drinks 
neither tea nor coffee, but only mineral water and 
infusions of camomile or lime-flowers.
p 17- G.Ward Price- I know these Dictators.

He finds 
the smell of tobacco so unpleasant that no one is 
allowed to smoke in his presence, even after 
dinner, which to Germans is a serious deprivation.
p 17- G.Ward Price- I know these Dictators

Walking at Berchtesgaden is his only exercise, yet 
his appearance is healthy, his skin of a fresh color, 
and his pale blue eyes are always bright. In Berlin 
he never leaves his official residence except by 
automobile. Despite these sedentary habits, he 
shows great resistance to fatigue. I have seen him 
stand upright for five hours on end in his automobile 
at Nurnberg, holding the big yearly review of his 
Storm Troopers, most of the time keeping his arm 
stretched out stiffly in salue [sic]. During the crisis 
of the Rhineland reoccupation he worked continuously 
for two days and two nights. On the third evening he 
invited Frau Goebbels and some other friends to dinner. 
They looked at moving-picture films till 2 A.M., and 
when Frau Goebbels suggested that the Chancellor 
should get some rest, he said: "If you leave me now, 
I shall only sit up reading till 4 o'clock, so I hope 
that you will stay."
That is about his regular bedtime, most of his 
study of state documents being done in the small 
hours. Berchtesgaden is the only place where he 
can get a night's rest without a sleeping draught, 
which he takes in capsule form after his evening 
meal, together with some digestive medicine. 
Whenever his public engagements allow, he stays 
in bed until noon. Hiss [sic] general health is good, 
and the operation performed on him by Dr. Sauerbruch 
in the spring of 1935 was only to remove from the 
vocal cords one of those harmless "polyps" common 
to people who strain their voices by public speaking.
p. 17-18 G.W. Price- I know these Dictators-1938


Hitler is always smartly turned out, his thick brown 
hair brushed smooth, and his fresh-complexioned face 
closely shaved. Neither grayness nor baldness has yet 
touched his head. His teeth are strong. His white, 
spatulate-fingered hands are well manicured. 
Particularly noticeable is the big ball of his thumb, 
which palmists associate with strength of will. 
The lobes of his ears are large, an indication regarded 
by physiogonomists as a sign of vitality.

There has been little alteration in his appearance 
during the fifteen years of his public life. His face 
and form have grown fuller, though not more so than 
suits his soldierly figure, and his hair, which in earlier 
days was parted in the middle, has been made to lie in 
a flat wave over the left temple.

...When I have seen him in plain clothes at his flat in 
Munich, or at the house of Herr von Ribbentrop, the 
Chancellor has always worn a double breasted dark 
blue suit with white shirt and soft collar.
P. 18- p. 19- G.W.Price- I know these Dictators.
Herr Hitler is widely read man....
In works on travel, the maps and plans get most 
of his attention. He says that if he ever went to 
London or Paris he would immediately be able to 
find his way about, and he claims that there is 
hardly a famous building in the world which he 
could not draw from memory. ...

Although he plays no instrument himself, music is 
a passion with Hitler. Grand opera is 
his favorite entertainment. Meistersinger... Hitler 
claims to have heard 
this opera a hundred times.
"I think I am one of the most musical people in the 
world," he says, with a whimsical smile.

Art has also a great appeal for him, and he knows a 
good deal about pictures. He recently acquired a Cranach 
and two Brueghels for his Munich flat.
The greatest practical interest in his life, however, 
is architecture. In everything but name he is the 
Chief State Architect of Germany.... 

There is a room at the Chancellery in Berlin with a 
drawing-table, always spread with plans, at which 
he stands for hours, drafting original designs or 
modifications to be used in public works. ...

..If it (new Congress Hall planed [sic] in Nuremberg) 
fulfils [sic] Hitler's intention, this structure will last 
as long as the Parthenon or Coliseum. "Thousands of years 
hence," he says, "people will still be marveling at it and 
saying 'What a great race those Germans were!'"
..In the middle of a Wagner Festival at Bayreuth, Herr 
Hitler suddenly explained to him (architect Speer) : We 
must have a new excellent site for it." And, taking a 
waiting-pad, he began at once to draw the plan and 
elevation. During the building of the House of German 
Art in Munich, he went every day that he was in that 
city to inspect its progress.
He would like, if it were possible, to create an entirely 
new capital for Germany, because (1) the climate of Berlin 
is so dry that it tends to make its inhabitants highly 
strung; (2) being a business centre, it receives alarmist 
reports from commercial sources which are at once 
communicatedto [sic] the Ministries; and (30 [sic] he 
would prefer a more peaceful and solely political and 
diplomatic capital, such as Washington provides for the 
United States.
p. 19-21 G.W. Price- I know these dictators.


The cinema is one of Hitler's favorite distractions. 
All new films arriving in Germany or made there are 
sent to him. Frequently after dinner he will watch 
two full-length shows in a large drawing-room at 
the Chancellery. One of his favorite films is _Lives of 
a Bengal Lancer,_ which I have heard he saw three nights 
running. As a result of this keen interest in British and 
American talking films the Chancellor is almost 
unconsciously beginning to acquire a knowledge of English.
Fondness for children and dogs is regarded as evidence 
of good nature. This is a strong trait in Hitler's 
character. He keeps several Alsatians at Berchtesgaden, 
and felt great grief when one of his favorite dogs was 
poisoned, supposedly by the Communists.
Golden-haired, six-year-old Helga Goebbels is a 
favorite playmate of the Chancellor, and her mother, 
Frau Magda Goebbels ...  is his closest 
German friend of the opposite sex.
Price-p. 21-2, G.W.Price- I know these dictators.

Those in Hitler's intimate circle say that he is a 
very good mimic, and likes relating anecdotes to 
which added point is given by his impersonations 
of the characters concerned. After a concert 
following a state dinner, I have seen him standing 
among a group of the performers telling stories in 
a lively manner which kept his hearers in continual 
p 22- G.W. Price- I know these dictators. 1937

The Chancellor has also a strong mechanical bent. 
Without any practical experience of engineering he 
takes particular interest in automobiles and motor-
boats, being familiar with all the latest refinements 
of the internal-combustion engine, and quick to 
notice the features of a new model. Herr Wehrlin, 
a director of the Daimler-Benz Company, who is 
one of his personal friends, has told me that in 
discussing a forthcoming motor-show, Hitler once 
described to him an engine of a special type which 
he had seen at least twenty-five years before in 
Vienna, and did so with all the accuracy of an expert. 
When there is an automobile exhibition in Berlin he 
will spend a couple of hours a day there examining 
each car in turn. He claims to have motored more 
than half a million miles. "I am grateful to the 
motor-car, for it brought all Germany within my 
reach," in one of the Fuehrer's sayings.

Yet he has no desire to drive a car himself. That, he 
says, is not his job. Mussolini's zest for piloting... is 
quite incomprehensible to Hitler's more introverted 
He has none of his Italian colleague's love for speed. 
His special train is not allowed to run at over 
thirty-five miles an hour, though this is mainly 
because he is a bad sleeper, despite the comfort of 
his private coach, which has a marble bathroom opening 
off the bedroom.
p 22-23 G.W. Price- I know these dictators.


Hitler has a fantastically retentive memory. he can 
recall the contents of any book he has ever read, the 
pot of any play or film he has seen. His staff know 
that whatever they say to him is automatically 
recorded in his mind and will be quoted against 
them if, at some later date, they make a statement 
at variance with it.

His temperament is too individualistic to spare those 
who work under him. "He does not believe in helping 
people out of difficulties," said a close collaborator. 
"It is only when one of his subordinates is on the point of being 
overwhelmed by his work or responsibilities 
that he will come to his aid. Even then he does 
no more than lift the man's chin above the surface 
so that he can struggle for himself."
p 23- G.W. Price- I know these dictators.

Inexorable as Hitler has shown himself upon 
occasion, his character is not one that cherishes 
small grudges.
"How many of your personal enemies did you pay 
out when you got to power?" he was once asked.
"None," was the answer. "There were many people 
against whom I had old scores, but when I became 
Chancellor that seemed so insignificant. During my 
imprisonment at Landsberg, one of the warders was 
very disagreeable. He used to call me a _dorfler_ 
(village lout). I dare say he had a few qualms when 
I became head of the Government, but it would have 
been ridiculous to do anything to him."
p.23- G.W. Price - I know these dictators.

Directly the Chancellor's emotions are touched, his 
generosity is prompt and liberal. In the summer of 
1936 he was motoring in Upper Bavaria, and stopped 
by the roadside to admire a mountain view. An 
attractive young peasant-girl of about seventeen 
tried to approach him, and, on being prevented by 
his guards, burst into tears. Hitler saw her distress 
and asked what was the matter. She told him that 
her fiance had been expelled from Austria for his 
Nazi principles, and that as he could not find work, 
they would be unable to get married. Hitler promised 
to look after both her and him, 
and not only found a job for the young man, but 
also equipped the couple with a furnished flat in 
Munich, complete as he says with a smile, down 
to a baby's cot. 
p. 23-24. G.W.Price- I know these Dictators.
Towards subordinates and servants he is considerate, 
though capable of flashes of blistering wrath, but 
his personality and prestige are so strong that, 
without any effort on his part, he is surrounded, 
particularly in Berlin, by much awe on the part of 
his entourage. The atmosphere of his official 
residence has the unmistakable character of a 
court, though its routine and outward appearance 
are as simple as they can be where the Head of a 
Government is concerned.
p. 24- G.W. Price- I know these Dictators.


...The Chancellor's personal staff consists of three 
hardworking adjutants whose duties last until far 
into the night. Best known of these is Obergruppenfuehrer 
Wilhelm Brueckner, who has been associated with him 
from the earliest Munich days, and shared his 
imprisonment at Landsberg. Brueckner is a jovial-
faced man, close on six and a half feet high and of 
immense proportions, who, when younger, was once 
of Germany's best tennis-players. He served as an 
officer in the war, and has much social charm and 
elegance. His huge form with its big red face and 
twinkling, friendly eyes is never far from Hitler's side...
Herr Schaub is another adjutant. He is a pale, grave-
faced man who always wears the black S.S. uniform, 
whereas Brueckner is usually in the khaki dress of 
the Storm Troopers. Herr Schaub is a man of Bavarian 
peasant stock whose first contact with Hitler came 
about in a romantic way. He was a minor official of 
the Postal Service and joined the Brown Shirts in 
their early days. Before the Munich Putsch of 1923 
Hitler noticed that, at parades of his followers, a 
certain man always marched past him with a limp, 
the result of a war-wound. When the Chancellor was 
in prison at Landsberg, this unknown man with the 
limp came one day to ask if he might serve Hitler as 
a personal attendant without pay. There was no 
mistaking the ardent devotion in Herr Schaub's face, 
and since then he has shared [unreadable].

Captain Wiedemann, the other adjutant, is a dark, 
handsome man, with a record even more unusual, 
for he was Hitler's company-commander in the 
16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment during the latter 
part of the War. It was in the Party's early days that 
Captain Weidemann suddenly realized that the prophet 
of national recovery whose movement was beginning 
to attract attention in Bavaria was none other than 
his former corporal and dispatch-runner. He went to 
see him and offered his services in any capacity, 
with the result that to-day he is one of the three 
men in closest attendance upon his former subordinate.

Three valets, all young men belonging to the 
Leibstandarte, or Personal Guard, accompany Hitler 
everywhere, wearing the black uniform of their corps. 
...They and his chauffeurs are on democratic, almost 
friendly relations with their master. Traveling by 
Hitler's special train, I have seen them taking their 
meals in the dining car at the next table to that at 
which the Chancellor sat with Marshal Blomberg, 
General Fritsch, and Admiral Raeder, the Naval 
p. 24-252 G.W.Price- I know these dictators.

Yet Hitler has no fear of assassination, believing 
that his fate will protect him. "I always knew I 
should be a great man, even in my poorest days," 
he says, "and I feel convinced that I shall live to 
finish my task."
p. 25-26 G.W.Price- I know these Dictators.
Stories of his dashing through the streets at 
high speed in a closed automobile between double 
ranks of S.S. men are quite imaginary. No head of a 
state shows himself more freely to the crowd, for 
he generally stands upright in the front seat of an 
open car which moves at a walking pace. At the Party 
Congress every September he is on the same stand as 
several thousand spectators, including many foreign 
guests of the Government. I have seen him arrive 
unannounced, at the Oberammergau Passion Play, 
and mingle with the crowd of people of all nationalities.
p 26-G.W.Price- I know these Dictators.


...In Munich he often has to push his way to his 
motor-car through a dense throng of delighted 
admirers. Less than six weeks after the 'Purge' of 
June  30, 1934, he did not hesitate to appear with 
all the members of the Government at President 
Hindenburg's funeral on August 6, in the  center 
of the [unreadable] dominated by seven towers 
where he was exposed in a way that gave the 
secret police considerable anxiety.
Though Hitler, as I am told by those in his confidence, 
always carries a revolver, his nerves are good. Once 
when he was entertaining aparty [sic] of young women, 
one of them mischievously dropped a _knallebse_ on 
the floor. _knallebse_ is a sort of cardboard bomb sold 
in Munich at carnivals that is filled with a [unreadable] 
and sulfur powder which goes off on impact with a 
loud bang that would startle almost anyone, to say 
nothing of a dictator. Yet Hitler showed no alarm, but 
only laughed.

p. 26 G.W.Price- I know these dictators.

...This head-butler, though small, is of imposing 
corpulence, and when he stands behind his master's 
chair at an intimate dinner party, one of Hitler's 
favorite jokes is to exclaim over his shoulder, 
"Kennenberg, tell us, how many chins have you 
really got?"

At his official residence in Berlin, his household is 
under the charge of .. Herr Kannenberg, a former 
restaurant-keeper whose acquaintance Hitler made 
many years ago, and who now acts as his major-domo. 
He has a repertoire of songs, English as well as German, 
with which he entertains the Chancellor and his guests.

.. Hitler's flat at No, 16 Prinzregentenplatz in Munich 
is looked after by a married couple, Her and Frau Winter... 
The building is on the outskirts of Munich and stands 
on the corner of a square. There is a small restaurant 
next to the entrance....
...A broad wooden staircase leads to the second floor. 
(the ground floor flat is a sort of guard -room where 
detectives are always on duty) There is nothing on the 
door of the flat to mark it as the private residence of 
the most important man in Germany.

The entrance-hall is wedge-shaped, one end being lined 
with book-shelves over which hangs a portrait of Frederick 
the Great.

The principal living -room is long and narrow, with 
a similar angle to that of the hall. The walls are 
hung with a variety of pictures. In addition to a 
fifteenth-century Cranach and the original of the 
well-known portrait of Bismarck by Lenbach, there 
are several of those popular paintings by Jose Frappa, 
a French artist on the eighteen-nineties, 
which depict cardinals in scarlet robes dining amid 
sumptuous surroundings.

The room contains a lot of furniture, all modern in 
light-colored bird's-eye maple, and at one end of it 
is a sort of alcove-what Germans can an Erker- marked 
off by a low partition and containing a round table, the 
top of which is of [unreadable] marble. It is at this table 
that Hitler received his guests.
p. 27- G.W. Price- I know those Dictators.


"On the Berg"--so he and his friends refer to his 
house at Berchtesgaden--the domestic arrangements 
were formerly under his elder, widowed half-sister, 
Frau Raubal, with whom he lived during the early 
days of the Party in Munich. She is a strongly built, 
imposing woman of fifty-four, and there is no family 
resemblance between them. Two years ago Frau 
Raubal married again and went to live at Dresden 
with her new husband, who is of about her age and 
a professor at the university. Her brother did not 
attend the wedding. His friends say that he disapproves 
of marriage for elderly people.

p. 27-28 G.W. Price: I know these dictators.

..In the rebuilding (of Haus Wachenfeld or 'the Berg') 
Hitler was careful to preserve the original [unreadable] 
or part of the more extensive plan, for, as he says, the 
many memorable conference held and decisions made 
there have given to it an historic value.
p. (?) G.W. Price: I know these dictators.

The Fuehrer's style of living there is simple.  
(at Haus Wachenfeld) He 
generally wears Bavarian peasant-costume or 
civilian clothes....  especially in the holiday-season, a 
throng of Germans assemble daily in the hopes of 
seeing their Leader, and Hitler is fond of walking 
down to greet them. He pays special attention to the 
children, signing the pictures of himself which they 
hold out to him and sometimes asking them up to the 
house for lemonade and cakes. Nor does he resent the 
intrusion of young people when he dines at one of his 
favorite little Munich restaurants. Parties of the 'Hitler 
Youth' or the League of German Girls are allowed to come 
in and look at him. He generally calls them over to his 
table, shakes hands, and orders ice-cream and chocolates 
for them.
p. 29. G.W. Price: I know these dictators.

Although Hitler dislikes being alone and is fond of 
the company of intimate friends, he takes little 
pleasure in formal entertainment. For the first two years 
of his regime he was able to avoid this on the grounds that 
his official residence in Berlin was under construction. But 
by the end of 1934, this was completed, and I was one of 
four foreign guests at the first dinner-party which the 
Chancellor gave on December 19, 1934.
..Two dozen people were present, the rest being either 
members of the Government with their wives or German 
operatic singers taking part in the concert which was 
to follow. ...

Hitler himself was in ordinary full evening-dress, 
though many of his German guests wore the Party 
uniform. After a little casual talk in the ante-room 
he led the way into a dining-room, where there was 
an oval table of light wood decorated with bowls of 
trailing pink begonias. The Chancellor sat in the 
middle of one of its broader sides, with Frau von 
Ribbentrop on his right and Frau [unreadable], one 
of the operatic singers, on his left... The footmen 
waiting at table were dressed in short brown moss-
jackets with black trousers. The china, glass, and 
silver were all of modern design.
The menu, too, was of up-to-date simplicity. It 
consisted of a cup of thick white soup, fish, roast 
chicken and vegetables, and an ice, and was 
accompanied by white and red German wine.
p. 29-30. G.W. Price: I know these dictators.


When dinner was over, Hitler rose, saying, "Will those 
who don't want to smoke come with me into the room 
on the right, and the rest go to into the room on the 
left?" Lord Rothermere, who also is a non-smoker 
with Herr von Ribbentrop and some of the ladies, 
accompanied the Chancellor.
p. 31 G.W. Price- I know these dictators.

...Another respect in which an entertainment of this 
kind in Germany differs from the official dinners 
of most governments is the dresses of the women. 
Simplicity is the rigid rule of feminine attire under 
the Nazi regime. As "make-up" is contrary to its 
principles, and jewelry almost entirely barred by the
Spartan views of the Government, State functions in 
Germany lack some of the glamor which feminine 
extravagance confers on them elsewhere.
p.33. G.W. Price: I knowthese [sic] dictators.

relations to women:

...In the first place Herr Hitler is no woman-hater. He 
shows a strong predilection for feminine society, in 
which his manners are marked by an old-world formality.
There can be few European statesmen whose greeting 
is so gracious as Herr Hitler's. He takes a lady's hand 
in his own, holds it for a moment as if it were some 
precious object while his blue, searching eyes smile 
into hers, and then bends forward in an elegant bow 
to touch it with his lips. In the company of women 
Hitler's manner takes on a lively air of interest which 
has no appearance of being forced. He shows marked 
appreciation of good looks, but unless a woman is 
also intelligent he avoids engaging her in conversation. 
Small talk is uncongenial to him.
p. 34. G.W. Price: I know these dictators.

..Two of his closest friends of the other sex are young 
and charming members of the British aristocracy. They 
are daughters of Lord Redesdale - the Hon. Mrs Diana 
Guinnes, and her younger sister, the Hon. Unity 
It was the younger sister, Miss Unity Mitford, who 
first made Hitler's acquaintance. In 1934, she was 
attending art classes in Munich and used to lunch at 
a little restaurant which is one of Hitler's regular 
resorts when staying at his Munich flat.

..Her golden hair, fair skin, and blue eyes attain 
the highest standards of that Nordic beauty which 
Germans especially admire.
It was natural that Hitler should eventually inquire 
who this attractive young woman might be. On 
hearing that she was an English student he sent his 
burly adjutant, Herr Brueckner, to convey the 
Chancellor's compliments and inquire whether 
she spoke Terman [sic]. If so, would she do him 
the honour to take coffee with his party?
In this informal way began a friendship soon to 
be extended to Mrs. Guinnes, Miss Mitfords [sic] 
sister, who came to visit her in Munich.
p. 35-34 G.W. Price I knowthese [sic] dictators.


arriving at Cologne for speech in 1936:
As Hitler came into the hall, his expression was set 
and stern. He raised his hand automatically in response 
to the roar of "Heil!" that met him, and to the sudden 
upflinging of arms in the Nazi salute. Then his eyes 
fell on the two sisters. His face broke at once into a 
smile. "Was! Ihr beide hier!" he exclaimed. "You must 
come and have tea with us."
p 36-37, G.W. Price-I know these dictators.

(sublimation of sexual impulses)

..It is certain that this disciplined restraint of human 
instincts implies no lack of human sympathy, One of 
the most striking features of Hitler's personality is 
his faculty for putting himself in harmony with others. 
Men of most varying characters alike receive, in contact 
with him, the conviction that there is some special 
bond between them. His mind, like that of many great 
leaders in the past, has a strong psychic strain. I have 
been told that the Austro-German borderland where he 
was born is known, like the Scottish Highlands, to be 
prolific of people with this gift of intuition.

The susceptibility of the Chancellor's mind to psychic 
influences is shown in his public oratory. At the outset 
of a speech his delivery is sometimes slow and halting. 
Only as the spiritual atmosphere engendered by a great 
audience takes possession of his mind does he develop 
that eloquence which acts on the German nation like a 
spell. For he responds to this metaphysical contact in 
such a way that each member of the multitude feels 
bound to him by an individual link of sympathy. How 
own awareness of a psychic sense would seem to be 
indicated by one of the stories he tells of his experience 
in the War.

"I was eating my dinner in a trench with several comrades," 
he says. "Suddenly a voice seemed to be saying to me, 
'Get up and go over there.' It was so clear and insistent 
that I obeyed automatically, as if it had been a military 
order. I rose at once to my feet and walked twenty 
yards along the trench, carrying my dinner in its tin 
can with me, Then I sat down to go on eating, my mind 
being once more at rest..
"Hardly had I done so when a flash and deafening 
report came from the part of the trench I had just 
left. A stray shell had burst over the group in which 
I had been sitting, and every member of it was killed."
p. 37-38 G.W.Price: I know these dictators.

Most of my talks with Hitler have taken place at times 
of public excitement, when even a responsible statesman 
might overstress his aims. They have left me with an 
impression of continuity in his plans, which even if 
they go farther than some countries may like, are 
limited by common sense. Like Gladstone, The German 
Chancellor is a fiery speaker but a cool thinker.

p. 143- G.W. Price: I know these dictators.

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