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State Department    September 1, 1939 .

Kirk to Secretary of State described Hitler at the 
Reichstag speech as follows:

Hitler looked more worn and earnest than he has on 
any recent public appearance. He smiled ironically 
as is frequently his habit at the opening of a Reichstag 
session as a signal for the customary laughter and tears 
which, however, on this occasion sounded a trifle forced.

He was deadly serious during the speech and sat with 
bowed head for several minutes at the end.

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