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Interview with Hermann Rauschning, Hollywood, Cal. 
June 24, 1943

Rauschning has written so extensively about his 
association with Hitler that he had very little to 
add which is not found in his books.

He was asked specifically about his references to 
Hitler's association with men. He says that he met 
a young man in Zurich who claimed that he had had 
homosexual relations with Hitler while he was in the 
SS. In Paris he heard another young man bragging that 
he had been Hitler's sweetheart. Both of these persons 
were obviously homosexuals but he could not vouch 
for the truth of his statements.

When asked concerning Forster's relationship to Hitler 
he said that Foerster was certainly homosexual as well 
as heterosexual. He has heard Hitler call Forester by a 
nickname which is commonly used among homosexuals 
and that on one occasion when he (Rauschning) was 
traveling back to Danzig with Foerster they happened 
to get on the subject of women. Foerster became very 
enthusiastic about a girl with whom he had had an affair 
and in the midst of it he said: "Poor Hitler, it is a shame 
that he never know how nice it can be." He interpreted this 
as meaning that Hitler was wholly homosexual.

Rauschning felt sure that these homosexual practices 
were confined to pederasty. Someone (he could not 
remember who it was but some high Nazi) had once 
confided in him that Hitler's military record contained 
an item of a court-martial at which he guilty of 
pederastic practices with an officer. It was for this 
reason that he was never promoted beyond the rank of 
lance-corporal. He also claims that he had a police 
record in Munich for violation of Paragraph 175 which 
deals with pederasty and that this record listed him as 
morally insane. Both records were destroyed early although 
Schleicher knew of the military record and was purged.



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