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Snyder, Louis, Leo: Hitlerism... by Nordicus 
 Dates on youth vague and incorrect, very good 
description of Hitler's rise and conditions in 
Germany in 1932.:

Hitler is a born orator. His friends speak of 
him as a shy nervous type, who suddenly loses 
these characteristics when facing a large 
audience.Here he is in his element,where he 
can appeal to the emotions of his hearers. Here 
logic can be thrown to the winds. The goal is 
enthusiasm among blind followers for his cause. 
On the platform he is the go-getter,the impulsive, 
confident man of will,who can easily sacrifice 
facts for idealistic illusions. Thoughtless answers 
to questions by journalists testify to his inability 
to understand what he really wants. In one sentence 
he describes the Jews as cheats and rogues, none of 
whom can be trusted: in another he says:  I have 
nothing against decent Jews. "The French -the 
eternal enemy of the Germanic race-are a pestilence; 
but he has nothing against a Verstaendigungspolitik 
(rapprochement ) !
At times Hitler is the proverbial "good fellow". 
Those who know the Austrian type, the soft, 
goodnatured, person who takes things easy, will 
be surprised to find these same characteristics 
in the nature of the fiery leader. But that remains 
but one side of his character. The other side is 
overshadowed by a fanatical ambition, an urge to  
power sweeping in its intensity, brutal, regardless 
of opposition.  Hitler is unable to see anything from 
the viewpoint of another person-a quality that 
causes a continual strain between him and other 
partyleaders. The loss of such men as Kapitan von 
Muecke, Otto Strasser, and Hauptmann Stennes, 
all of whom resigned after tilts with Hitler, gives 
an eloquent example of the latter's inability to handle 
men. In his party headquarters he is uncertain, 
choleric, tempestuous-the prima donna off-stage, 
exciting followers by temperamental outbursts, fits 
of weeping, and periods of gloomy silence. But always 
the role of dictator. When he enters the "Brown House" 
things start humming, clerks scatter to and fro, guards 
snap to attention. His whole manner betrays the effect 
of a sudden soaring flight to power, which left him a 
little dizzy and amazed, but determined to carry on the 
beautiful dream. He forces himself to play the part of 
an autocrat-a role out of keeping with his real nature-
but necessary if the show is to be kept going.

The qualities necessary in playing the dictator are lacking here.
 Like Caesar, Hitler begins an important demand of his 
followers with "Ich verfuege !"(I order) But he lacks the 
resolution and clear thinking which must be possessed by 
a dictator. In critical moments he cannot make up his mind. 
There are many National Socialists who claim that their 
leader exhibited a striking weakness when he refused to 
engineer a putsch after the extraordinarily successful 
Reichstag elections in September 193O. Other criticize 
him for his ill-timed  putsch in 1923. When the Berlin 
"S.A." revolted in the summer of 1930,  Hitler flew 
to Berlin and patiently visited the various city districts 
arguing with the leaders, making promises and begging 
for cooperation. A real dictator would have dismissed 
the rebels without much further ado; instead Hitler 
granted financial privileges which indicated that 
his Berlin followers were more interested in jiggling 
marks than in the remarkable [unreadable] he had 
arranged for them.

Snyder, Louis, Leo: Nordicus.1932.

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Snyder, Louis, Leo Nordicus. 1932.                                                       

Unlike Mussolini, Hitler is unable to act deliberately. 
The acclaim of the multitude ispleasing [sic] music to 
the Italian dictator, but he does not need it nor does he 
care for it. With Hitler it is a matter of life. Applause 
from the masses means eveything to the Nazi chief.
Hitler is unquestionably one of the greatest of German 
orators. He understands mass psychology and possesses 
the ability to hammer his ideas into theheads [sic] of 
rabid supporters. This unusual ability has given him a 
tremendous confidence in his own ability as a leader 
and at the same time makes him disdainful of the written 
word. His book, "Mein Kampf," is a classic example of 
the fact that great speakers seldom are able to write 
convincingly. In this same book he goes to great pains 
to prove to his readers that revolutions are made by 
orators and not by journalists. He points out that the 
Russian Revolution was achieved with the following 
of millions of illiterate peasants by direct appeal to 
the emotions through the spoken word. "The 
power brought about by the great historical and 
political movements was achieved for centuries 
through the magic of the spoken word." He forgets 
the important place occupied by printed propaganda 
in the Reformation, in the period of Humanism, in the 
Renaissance and in the French Revolutions of 1789, 
1830, and 1848. The coming German revolution will 
be achieved through oratory, mainly of the Hitler 
variety, according to his modest reasoning.

Hitler understands how to attract attention to himself. 
During the years of the inflation, when he protested 
vigorously against the spirit of the Treaty of Versailles, 
he was among the Germans who dared to lift their voices 
against the might of the victornations [sic]. That made 
an impression. It steeled his own self-confidence,

Snyder, Louis, Leo: Nordicus. 1932. pp. 26.277

An obvious handicap in the character of the future dictator is
his intellectual education. Hitler is sensitive upon this point 
perhaps more than any other. He knows little or nothing of 
the real intellectual Germany, the Germany of Goethe, Schiller, 
Kant, Beethoven, Frederick the Great. He is the popular 
agitator, the adventurer smiled upon by fame and fortune, 
the contrivution [sic] of post-war Germany to
the hero-albums. A Germanic General Boulanger. 
As a child of the masses Hitler despised the cultured 
classes which have long been the bearers of the 
German "Kultur", especially the university professors.
Yet we find the paradox of a prominent university and 
winner of a Nobel Price [sic], Dr. Johannes Stark; 
falling in line with the ever-mounting
mass of Hitler-admirers and singing the 
praises of the new political savior.


Snyder, Louis, Leo: Nordicus. 1932.pp.29.30.

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_Snyder, Louis, Leo: Nordicus. 1932._                

A close cormparison in the characters of (Hitler and Mussolini).... 
Hitler has always remained the political demagogue, more 
intent upon impressing his followers and keeping them in 
a state of blind devotion that upon keeping them enlightened 
politically. Both men are extreme egoists, able and anxious 
to place their own welfare before any other thing of importance.

... Hitler is slow and blundering, depending upon political 
good luck rather than upon any exceptional political genius...

... to Hitler's loud insistence that the Nazi program will 
never be changed; it is made to be carried out even at the 
risk of death ....

.... Hitler, absolutist among the masses and his stormsquads, 
does not possess personality sufficient to control a small 
group of political leaders, whose obvious aim is - like 
his own - personal power.

Here lies probably the most essential difference in the 
two men. In his chess play for personsl power, Mussolini 
relied on a carefully trained organization and on trusted 
followcrs, whereas Hitler in his play for power depends 
upon himself alone. So fascinated is he by the force of 
his own personality,that he believes he can be swept 
into the dictatorship without outside aid by presenting 
himself and a program.

Snyder, Louis, Leo: Nordicus. 1932.pp. 216.217

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