00010817.gif George M. Shuster Strong Man Rules IMAGE So much has been written about this talkative and inchoate little person that one hesitates to add to the supply ....... Hitler is our friend the old soldier. ..... Hitler is not a German. Hitler is and has been a greatly perplexed, honestly inquiring and quite unsteady young man. Those are a few of the plain facts, which may turn out to be at least as interesting .... .... a visit to the Brown House in Munich .... There is the "casino" where party members can buy food cheap, and where Hitler often comes to watch the boys drink beer and smoke - two vices against which the "leader" is proof, though he beams upon others guilty of them. .... the private office in which the great man sometimes attends to business. This office, like literary style, is the man. A drawing of some battle or other hangs on the wall. The three other sides of the room are each decorated with a portrait of Frederick the Great, while a bust of Mussolini ...stands rather sheepishly in a corner. ...From the beginning Hitler has been a political field-marshal - a genial "boss" who talks of the smallest party maneuvers in terms of the General Staff and who begs his men to die bravely though the action in sight is no more serious than taking up a collection.......If he tells them - as he has sometimes been known to do, as it were - that the world must be eaten for breakfast tomorrow, they go to bed as hungry as wolves for chunks of the cosmos. If he says to them that nothing more horrible could be imagined than a battle, they exude pacific sighs like those of Andrew Carnegie.....Hitler's ideas are apparently as contagious as measles. They break out simultaneously in a thousand places. pp. 39-42, Shuster, Strong Man Rules Dictatorship was to Hitler first a means of carrying through this division of spoils, and second a way of curbing his own organization....there never has been a moment when Hitler was safe in the saddle..... Curiously enough, Hitler himself has come out of the ordeal with a reputation for moderateness and kindliness. Very good people who stagger under heavy blows feel that the great man wanted otherwise and that subordinates frustrated his benevolent designs..... The man is certainly no monster. He is in the trap which is set for every clever politician who promises the moon and is then limited to passing out slices of a big round cheese. At any rate he practices some of the tactics of a pained paterfamilias whose benevolence is greater than the food supply. At least a dozen times I heard different versions of the following story: regrettable things have occurred in such and such a circle or place; a responsible person thereupon 00010918.gif page 2 G. M. Shuster Strong Man Rules manages to see the illustrious Fuehrer; he is informed that the matter is shocking, unheard-of; der Fuehrer walks up and down the room muttering vows; the responsible person goes away very grateful as well as immensely relieved: and not a single thing is ever done! pp. 73/74, Shuster, Strong Man Rules There is only one first-rate portrait of this man's mind - that written by Otto Strasser. .... The Hitler one sees there wears no mask. He is neither a terrible, fire-eating revolutionary dragon, nor a man so awed by ideas theft he would die in the desert for them. He is a man with a small assortment of convictions as to how the country should be run, unbounded confidence in himself and an extraordinary mastery of German party organization. I have never thought him a great orator and see no reason for changing my opinion. On the platform he can be dismally long winded and frightfully vague. But as a "boss" there are very few to compare with him, if indeed there be any anywhere. p. 113, Shuster, Strong Man Rules I went to listen to Hitler again, but Hitler is a wind-bag and a wire-puller..... p. 229, Shuster, Strong Man Rules.
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