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_Roberts, Stephen H.: The house that Hitler built. 1938._

Certainly his upbringing was not normal. He was the 
neurotic child of a neurotic, repressed mother. She 
warped him by impressing on him how different he 
was from  other children [rest of paragraph and citation unreadable]

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Hitler undoubtedly has a very complex personality... 
but there is also something elusive about (him)... I 
think he is primarily a dreamer, a visionary. His mind 
nurtured by the [unreadable] of the scenery round his 
Alpine mountain retreat of Herculean [unreadable], runs 
to visions and [unreadable] his intimates by that, even in 
cabinet meetings when vital questions of policy are being 
discussed, he is dreaming - thinking of the light that never 
was on sea or land, the consecration and the poet's dream.

Indeed, he always has the air of being faintly surprised. An 
eminent neurologist who accompanied me to the Nuremberg 
Partei-[unreadable] pointed out again and again that Hitler 
obviously [unreadable]] himself up" at the great public 
functions and stopped dreaming. It is almost a case of dual 
personality. He cannot allow his normal, average peasant-
being to come into ascendancy, but has constantly to remind 
himself that he must act as the Fuehrer, the demigod, of a 
great people.

Roberts, S.H. House that Hitler built. p.8

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The neurologist told me that another symptom of this 
is the way in which he quickly removes the self-satisfied 
smirk that so often creeps over his face at public 

He is so transparently honest when he is weaving visions 
of his own creation that nobody can doubt him. He is ready, 
like a medeival saint, to go through fire and water for his 
beliefs. I am not certain that he would actually like being 
tortured. He would love playing the martyr, if only for his 
own mental delectation. He sees himself as a crusader. He 
thinks the whole time of saving mankind.

I heard him make the famous speech when he spoke of 
absorbing the Ukraine and Siberia. Under the cold analysis 
of foreign newspaper reporters, this speech read like a 
declaration of Germany's Eastern imperialism. Actually, 
it was nothing of the kind. Hitler merely forgot his audience 
and wandered into a dream-world of his own. He spoke of the 
wonders he would do if he controlled the fields of the 
Ukraine and the hidden treasures of Siberia, just as one 
of us might meander on about the riches of Cathay or the 
mother-lode from which all gold was thought to have come.

The same remarks apply to his other speech in that same week, 
when he held out his arms, rolled his eyes to heaven, and said 
that he must thank God for giving him Germany and that they 
must thank God for giving them Hitler. In retrospective analysis 
this seems either silly or blasphemous, but it did not appear so 
to his listeners, it did not seem incongruous even to foreigners 
like ourselves - at least not in that place and time.

I am convinced, further, that all the brutal sides of his movement 
pass him by. The killings, the repressions, the imprisonments, do 
not belong to the world of his imagination. He is too remote for 
them. People have scoffed at the story of him weeping over music 
on the night of June 30th, 1934, when so many of his oldest 
associates were being brutally murdered, and foreign cartoonists 
took delight in depicting his hypocritical tears. That is not fair. 
The plain truth is that the music reached home to him and was 
part of his feeling, whereas the killings were very remote. 
Goering could look after these while his leader was dreaming.

It is the combination of men like Goering with a dreamer like 
Hitler that has made Nazidom possible. They could not supply 
the mysticism and the dreams without being laughed at, and 
he could not do the necessary dirty work. Hitler without his 
Party organization behind him would be inconceivable, so too 
would the Party, without his pixy-ridden other-worldness.

Roberts, S.H.:House that Hitler built. pp. 8.9.10

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Roberts, S.H.:House that Hitler built.1938.

He is a romantic through and through, and he lacks the 
education or the reading to temper his romanticism by 
the balance of philosophy. Everything that he does is 
Wagnerian - this is the leitmotif of the whole Hitler 
piece. Hence the trappings of mysticism everywhere. 
He blesses Wagner; he makes a workaday shovel a symbol 
for mysterious ritual; he believes in macabre rites about 
the resurrection of the Nazi dead; he fosters midnight 
ceremonies on the sacred broken mountain; he talks of 
Valhalla and knight-errantry; he wants to be Siegfried 
and Frederick the Great rolled into one. The mystical 
trappings of Hitlerism are always strongly in evidence; 
and the normal mind reacts against it knows not what. 
Experts have shown hat, consciously or unconsciously, 
Hitler uses the very phrases that have been formulae of 
occult observations ever since the Middle Ages.

Hence comes the uncertainty that Mussolini has everyday 
ambitions, andthinks [sic] in terms of men and guns and 
machines. His foreign policy is in terms of iron and steel 
and frontier poets, but with a Hitler one never knows. He 
may be carried away by some obsession of reconstituting 
Vienna to be the capital of a new German Empire, or he may 
see himself as a crusader in Eastern Europe, like the 
Teutonic knights of the olden days.

In Munich in the early autumn of 1936 I saw colored pictures 
of Hitler in the actual silver garments of the Knights of the 
Grail; but these were soon withdrawn. They gave the show 
away; they were too near the truth of Hitler's mentality.

Nobody would claim that Hitler is of outstanding mental 
stature... His life, as I see it, can be expressed as an 
attempt at escaping from reality and a more or less 
constant intoxication of his imagination by a free indulgence in fantasy....

...some of the facts certainly appear as evidence for 
the psycho-analysis on Hitler's persecution mania, his 
ways of escape from reality, his great anxieties, his 
over-keen but distorted observation of realities, his 
alternating moods of melancholy and elation, his recurring 
doubts of himself - and contrasting sense of omnipotence.

The feeling of persecution appears to be in ascendancy. Every 
outside object is to him a potential enemy, of that with which 
he has identified his own personality, namely, Germany. To an 
increasing degree he seems to be indulging in his identification 
of himself and his country. From the real or fancied persecutors, 
in Germany he is always seeking means of escape, which 
latterly [sic] he tries to find in the sublimation of part of 
himself (but part of himself only) into the role of universal savior.

Roberts, S.H.: House that Hitler built. 1938.pp.10.11.12 

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How could such a mind be coldly analytical? Abstract 
intelligence and logic are not necessarily in his scheme 
of things. He seems to have a single-track mind. Always 
a simplist, he cannot understand the complexities of 
most problems. He cannot, for instance, recognize the 
importance of diplomatic forms or the element of safety 
provided by the tortuous [unreadable] of conventional 
diplomacy. He simplifies every problem, even the most 
vital questions of domestic and foreign policy. He applies 
a general principle of an intuitive solution to a question 
complicated by centuries of history and arrives at some 
delusively simple outcome. Mein Kampf gives him away 
in this. After its publication he could never again claim 
subtlety on analysis or breadth of vision. His own 
autobiography reveals his mental processes to all mankind.

But he is transparently honest. He believes what he is saying, 
and throws every ounce of nervous energy into all that he says 
or does, even when he is answering the most casual question 
(this stands out as my deepest impression when I spoke to him 
in the Leutscher Hof). Nobody can doubt
his utter sincerity. He cannot help himself. He is completely 
absorbed in the statement or policy of the moment. 
That explains why he carries the crowds with him - 
because he believes so utterly, so appallingly, in what 
he is saying.

Nevertheless, he can say different things in successive 
moments and believe in each with the same degree of 
fervour. it is not his honesty that is in question; it is 
his terrific power of self-delusion that introduces such 
an element of uncertainty into everything he does. His 
advisers never know what he is going to say next. It is 
said that  he could start talking about any subject under 
the sun and, before he got very far, he would be expounding 
it with all the zeal of a prophet of a new religion. 
"Start Adolf Hitler on two sentences about religion, 
and he will make a heathen gathering like a revivalist 
meeting," one of his lieutenants said years ago, and 
this is quite true. His emotion drags him along behind 
his surging words, and he can neither stop nor restrain 
his impetuous belief in what he is saying. This, unless 
he reads every line of his speech, an element of 
uncertainty, is always present.

Even Hitler has found himself censored on many occasions, 
when his tongue ran away with him, and Goebbels' blue 
pencil came into play.

Roberts, S.H.: House that Hitler built. 1938. pp.12.13

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