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_Reynolds, B.I.: Prelude to Hitler. 1933_

Meeting in a local hall:

Hitler was leaning over the balustrade and 
had commenced speaking. It took him a few 
minutes to get into his stride. He was not an 
imposing figure. He was of only medium height, 
and the type of moustache he wore did not add 
to the dignity of his appearance. The scrawny 
little patch of black hair, immediately under 
his nose, reminded me irresistibly of Charlie 
Chaplin. The police had forbidden him to appear 
in uniform, and he wore ill-fitting blue suit. 
But, when he had been speaking for a few minutes 
and had warmed up, my first impressions changed 
completely. If the art of speaking consists in the 
ability to sway an audience, Hitler was the most 
accomplished orator I have ever heard. He played 
on the emotions of the ten thousand people present 
like a great master on the violin.

[Unreadable] he played was one well adapted to 
bring out the full tome and quality of this particular 
instrument. He denounced the Treaty of Versailles 
and the "War Guilt Lie." He went on to say that the 
Allies must choose between a Germany freely 
admitted as a Great Power among her equals, or 
a Germany representing a western extension into 
[unreadable] of the system of Soviet Russia. The 
implication was that his program was the only 
alternative to the latter state of affairs.

His words were constantly interjected by deafening 
shouts of Heil Hitler from the audience, and I thought 
to myself that it would have taken a bold man to 
brave the ban on unofficial interruptions. At the 
close of the proceedings all stood up and sang 
Deutschland uber Alles with their right arms 
extended in the Fascist salute. [Unreadable] that 
I followed the fashion.

Reynolds, B.I.: Prelude to Hitler. 1933. pp.  238.239

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