00011006.gif State Department 760H-62/131 Report of Arthur Bliss Lane on impressions of Princess Olga on state visit to Berlin dated June 17, 1939. Reported that she and Prince were invited to have lunch alone with Hitler. Goering told her that this was most unusual and that in his long and intimate acquaintanceship with Hitler he had only twice had luncheon with him alone. The Princess reported that Hitler has a remarkable charm despite all the reports of his ruthlessness. At times he gives the impression of being very soft-hearted particularly when children are mentioned and when the conversation turned to children tears would come to his eyes. His eyes are remarkable-- clear blue and honest looking. In the course of the conversation Hitler told her that he had a dual personality, that his real personality is that of an artist and architect but that fate had decreed that he should also be a politician, a military man and the builder of a new Germany. However, he prefers his former personality and that he hopes one day to have an opportunity to return to it. In one of the large rooms in the Chancellery he has replicas of new official buildings and takes great pleasure in examining these for architectural errors. She was convinced that Hitler has talent in this direction and Goering told her that when the Triumphal-Arch was built Hitler pointed out a defect in the construction. Further study revealed that he was correct and the Arch had to be changed. Hitler also told the Princess that he is fundamentally a man of simple tastes and would prefer to live in a small house without any luxuries whatever but for the sake of prestige he was forced to live in a large palace with a certain amount of pomp and ceremony. During a performance of Die Meistersinger he shut his eyes and gave the impression of being in a trance. The Princess agreed that it was probably the martial spirit of Wagnerian music which appealed to Hitler and commented that Hitler is not greatly interested in any other music than that of German composition. On the whole, she said Hitler could not have been kinder and when she departed he made her a gift of some rare Dresden china.
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