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State Department September 18, 1940

Gordon report from Hague Legation on Hitler as 
obtained from one of Hitler's personal entourage.

The informant reported that Hitler rises anywhere 
from nine in the morning to noon after three or four 
hours' sleep. What is left of the morning he always 
devotes to military matters. He usually has from four 
to ten guests at meals. He is a vegetarian and suffers 
from a stomach complaint which a year ago was 
fairly serious but now seems better. He drinks no 
alcoholic beverages except a light beer and occasionally 
champagne. He does not, however, restrict his other 
guests in the use of alcohol and he always offers them 
a wide choice.

       His afternoons are usually devoted to conversations 
on domestic and foreign policy and to reading, of which 
he does a great deal. When he is not too busy he reads at 
least 1 book a day. "The numerous hours during which 
the Fuehrer apparently does nothing are the most 
productive, particularly those of the late evening and 
night. He is then 'hanging around", walking to and fro, 
sitting down, now and again listening absentmindedly 
to the conversation of others, or attending one of the 
film shows which are frequently given in the evening 
in the Reich Chancellery. During all this, however, his 
mind continues to work and it is during these hours 
that he works out his plans." (Hitler file 269)

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