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Men of Europe

I was at a loss. Watching Adolf Hitler, a smallish 
man, five feet, five inches tall, I felt rather irritated, 
almost repelled. I resented his acting, his pose as the 
simple man of the people. His face seemed vulgar to 
me, and the thin-lipped mouth gave it an expression 
of malignity. The mustache reminded me of a village 
Don Juan. He seemed always at odds with his hands, 
seeking escape in wide, absurd gestures. The hoarse 
voice, always near cracking, got on my nerves. A ham, 
I thought, who wants to play the leading part. But 
would he? I must confess that I concluded he never would.

p. 36, Simone, Men of Europe

The Viennese police files of 1912 recorded a charge of 
theft made against Hitler. It is said that he moved to 
Munich to avoid arrest. (It seems, by the way, that the 
Austrian Chancellor Dollfuss guarded Hitler' s police 
record like a treasure. It is quite possible that this 
cost him his life. For in May 1934 I saw a report of 
the French Minister to Vienna on a conversation with 
Dollfuss. The Chancellor complained bitterly that Hitler's 
henchmen were after him because he refused to hand 
Hitler's police record to them. A few weeks after I was 
shown this report by a high official of the Quai d'Orsay, 
Dollfuss was murdered by Viennese S.S. men on the 
express order of Hitler's deputy leader Rudolf Hess.

p. 46, Simone, Men of Europe

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Andre Simone
Men of Europe                                                             
In the middle of 1933, it became known that Marshal 
Pilsudski had twice proposed to France an attack on 
Germany before it should again grow strong. The Nazis 
were profoundly worried over such a prospect, and 
Goebbels believed the best way to prevent this attack 
would be to separate the Poles from the French by 
securing an agreement with Poland. The problem 
was to make Hitler, who was furiously fulminating 
against the "lousy Polacks" accept the idea.
One evening Hitler, then a frequent guest in Dr. 
Goebbels' house, where Frau Magda Goebbels 
poured tea for him and played for hours at the 
piano,, was listening to the music that always 
lulled him into a mellow, accessible mood. When 
the playing was over, the Propaganda Minister 
told the Fuehrer that he often recalled a remark 
Hitler had made a few months before he became 
Chancellor. It dealt, Goebbels said, with the surprises 
Hitler had up his sleeve and which he would spring 
when he took over the Government. One of these 
surprises would be an agreement with Poland, 
and Goebbels described at length the Fuehrer's 
anticipation of the mystification and dismay 
such a move would cause the enemies of the Reich.
According to Francois-Poncet's story, Hitler, 
who of course never had made any such remark, 
immediately accepted it and spent hours that 
night discussing with Goebbels the possibilities 
and provisions of an agreement with Poland. The 
next day he asked foreign Minister Baron von 
Neurath to look into the chances for such a pact. 
Six months later it was concluded. It did indeed 
have the effect or a bombshell.

p. 97, Simone, Men of Europe

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