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_"I PAID HITLER"_

_By Fritz Thyssen_

Hitler told me how he had sent for Furtwangler and told him he simply 
could not keep on playing pieces by Jewish composers. That was as 
intolerable as if he, Hitler, were to fall in love with a pretty Jewess. 
I had to laugh inwardly. For actually, whenever Hitler did go near a 
woman at all, the woman he ogled would turn out to be a Jewess.

Thyssen-p. 127

The National Socialists never had a real economic plan. Some of them 
were entirely reactionary; some of them advocated a corporative [sic] 
system; others represented the viewpoint of the extreme Left. In my 
opinion, Hitler failed because he thought it very clever to agree with 
everybody's opinion.

Thyssen-p. 134

Hitler had an unprecedented opportunity, such as no man will ever 
again be offered so easily, to create something entirely new. However, 
beside the fact that he knows absolutely nothing about matters economic, 
he cannot even fully understand his economic advisers. He is impulsive 
and always follows his last impressions, but he is not energetic. His 
constant worry has ever been to keep himself in power. In addition to 
this, he believes that he alone is a great man, and all others non-entities.

Thyssen-p.135

It has come to the point where even Hitler is afraid of the Gestapo. 
Those scoundrels know how to turn this to their profit. They constantly 
tell him that they must protect him, and they protect him so well that 
he is almost their prisoner. Indeed, Hitler is not at all what he 
seems to be. He is not a daredevil like Goering; he constantly fears for 
his own security. What the Gestapo does in order to "protect him," 
as they put it, is beyond all imagination.

Thyssen-pp. 137-138

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But Hitler, without ever admitting it, is inspired by
Napoleon's example. This turns his mind toward such projects as the 
replanning and transformation of cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg. 
He desires people to speak of "Adolf Hitler's Highways" as they speak of 
Napoleon's roads.

Thyssen-p. 142

In the building of highways, as in everything he does, Hitler did not 
proceed according to a plan. He wanted to create immediately something 
that would appeal to the public's imagination.

Thyssen-p. 143

Hitler is totally ignorant of economics. He lets himself be taken in 
by notions which he thinks he understands and which do not make the 
slightest sens [sic]. One day, the great "economist" of the party, 
Bernard Koehler, grandiloquently pronounced in his presence the slogan 
that "labor is capital". This signifies absolutely nothing. Yet Hitler 
has repeated this nonsense, variously paraphrased, in at least twenty 
speeches. An unfortunate consequence was that the slogan was put into 
practice and people in Germany began to do just thing, since "labor 
is capital"!

Thyssen-pp. 144-145                               

Hitler is constantly afraid of not seeing things in large enough 
proportions. Pyramids, Napoleonic roads, Roman roads are an obsession 
with him. He plans his highways for centuries to come. At Nuremberg he 
builds a congress auditorium to hold several hundred thousand people. 
He tears down half Berlin to reconstruct it. Money does not count. And 
unhappy Dr. Schacht had to torture his brain to find a way of financing 
these unproductive projects. After exhausting himself in protesting he 
eventually resigned his office. Yet he must bear part of the 
responsibility. It was he, indeed, who at the beginning of the new regime 
showed the Nazis how to

Thyssen-p. 146

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use credit. No doubt he desired to remain within reasonable limits. But 
Hitler, seeing that "credit coulb be created" according to Dr. Schacht's 
incautious formula - never wanted to halt his course.

One of Hitler's most incredible projects is the construction or a giant 
bridge in Hamburg. He has seen photographs of the George Washington Bridge 
in New York and dreams having just as imposing a structure in Germany. 
Acompanied by a large staff of Nazi dignitaries, he walked along the 
banks of the Elbe. Suddenly, he stopped and declared, "Here the bridge 
shall be built!" The project was submitted to experts. It would have 
necessitated the building of an immense suspension bridge with foundations 
about one thousand feet deep, because of the bad terrain. Moreover, the 
bridge would have obstructed the port. Military experts declared that if 
it should collapse, under an air bombardment for instance, the 
consequences would be disastrous. The cost would have exceeded one 
billion marks. But the Fuehrer had made up his mind, and, of course, he 
can never err. If war had not intervened, this absurd structure would 
have been begun. No one had dared submit the only reasonable solution 
imposed by necessity. To join the two banks of the Elbe, a tunnel 
should be dug; it would be less costly, without involving the 
disadvantages of a bridge. The Nazis, however, dislike underground 
construction, probably because there they cannot be seen.

Thyssen-pp. 146-147

It is, in any case, difficult for any foreigner to understand Adolf 
Hitler's character. Sometimes, indeed, his intelligence is astonishing. 
This peasant's son (for such, at least, he pretends to be) often exhibits 
miraculous poiltical intuition, devoid of all moral sense, but 
extraordinarily precise. Even in a very complex situation, he discerns 
what is posslble, and what is not. It is hard to believe that the scion 
of an Austrian peasant family should be endowed with so much 
intelligence. One is less puzzled, perhaps, when one discovers an 
important gap in Hitler's ancestral line.

According to the published records, Hitler's grandmother had an 
illegitimate son, and this son was to become the father of Germany's 
present leader. But an inquiry once ordered by 

Thyssen-p. 159

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Thyssen-p. 159 (cont'd.)

the late Austrian chancellor, Engelbert Dollfuss, yielded some 
interesting results, owing to the fact that the dossiers of the police 
department of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy were remarkably complete. 
According to these records, the Fuehrer's grandmother became pregnant 
during her employment as a servant in a Viennese family. For this reason 
she was sent back to her home in the country. And the family in which 
the unfortunate country girl (afterwards Frau Schickelgruber)  was 
serving, was none other than that of Baron Rothschild. This circumstance 
throws a new light on the story. The Rothschilds, who in the course of a 
century had risen from nothing to the position of one of Europe's great 
families, certainly did not lack a prescient intelligence - at least not 
in business! And it is this very type of intelligence that Hitler has been 
shown to possess in politics. Moreover, this presumed Jewish ancestry of 
Hitler might also give us a psychoanalytical explanation of his 
anti-Semitism. By persecuting the Jews, the psychoanalysts would say, 
Hitler is trying to cleanse himself of his Jewish "taint."

However this may be, Dollfuss prepared a document in which all these facts 
were established. After his assassination his successor, Dr. Schuschnigg, 
took possession of the document. Through his spies Hitler was informed of 
this compromising inquiry. When he asked the Austrian chancellor to come 
to Berchtesgaden, in February, 1938, he intended to get possession of 
the document. In order to get hold of he began by ordering the arrest of 
Countess Fugger, Chancellor Schuschnigg's friend, who later - after he 
was taken prisoner by the Gestapo - became his wife. The compromising 
document was then given to Baron von Ketteler, the secretary of the 
Fuehrer's ambassador in Vienna, Herr von Papen. It is quite possible 
that Papen took care to have the incriminating papers photographed before 
having them carried to Berlin by Ketteler. It is clear that in these 
circumstances the unfortunate Schuschnigg, faced by his terrible 
adversary at Berchtesgaden, was deprived of his one weapon agsinst him - 
the threat to publish the Dollfuss document which would have revealed 
Hitler's true origin to the world.

Incidentally, a copy of the document in question is said to be now in 
the hands of the British Secret Service. At any rate, it may be presumed 
that the assassination of Chancellor Dollfuss was connected with his 
inquiry into Hitler's genealogy.

Thyssen-pp. 159-160

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The Brauchitsch story was reported to Adolf Hitler, who is always eager to 
be informed of all kinds of personal affairs. It was he who gave General 
von Brauchitsch the needed sum. This episode is quite typical of Hitler's 
character. He misses no opportunity of buying important people, or their 
conscience.

Thyssen-p. 162

All this might perhaps be overlooked if politics were practiced as 
methodically. But whoever thinks that this is being done has an entirely 
wrong conception of the country. There is no such thing as an 
administration with its center in Berlin. As regards internal order, 
Hitler has achieved exactly nothing. He thought it was very smart to 
build up a governmental system in which all the powers cancel each other 
out. Alongside the mayor of a city there always sits a party functionary 
known as a Kreisleiter (district leader). And so it is with every 
important post. If the two men who have been put side by side agree 
with each other, the situation is tolerable; if not, there is perpetual 
strife, which of course is harmful to the entire government structure. 
These condition are entirely unknown to the public; yet they are 
pernicious.                                      

Indeed, this mutual cancelling out of forces is noticeable in all 
fields. Theoretically, for instance, the owner of a factory is also 
its manager; yet a representative of the Labor Front is put alongside 
of him, and unless be is bribed he constantly interferes.

Thyssen-pp. 165-166
        
It is true that his needs are modest. He does not care for good food, 
he neither smokes nor drinks, and he has no mistress. Bruning, the 
ascetic, at least smoked cigars. The Nazis reproached him even for that. 
Hitler, like Goerling, has a weakness for paintings. In truth, as he 
likes to say, if he had not entered politics he would have devoted his 
life to painting. Sometimes he buys pictures by the Old Masters with 
his own money, but above all he accepts gifts. Cities and states have 
offered him

Thyssen-pp. 173-174

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several museum pieces. Numuerous also are those private citizens who 
wish to prove their gratitude or their admiration to the Fuehrer. But 
Hitler does not go himself to the art dealers, as Goering does. He uses 
his photographer, Hoffmann, as an intermediary. The latter is the only 
photographer authorized by Hitler and his regime. This monopoly brings 
him a fortune. But he does not consider it beneath his dignity to earn 
commission on works of art. His method is about the same as people who 
serve Goering, with the difference that it costs the victim even more. 
An art dealer of reputatlon will go to one of his best customers and 
address him about as follows: "I now have a certain picture for sale. 
I know that our beloved Fuehrer would like it very much. Wouldn't you 
like to make him a gift of it?" Everybody knows what this means, and 
the suggestion is complied with.

But it also happens that Hitler presents a painting to someone to whom 
he wishes to do a favor. One day he sent to Dr. Hjalmar Schacht a 
painting by the classic German genre painter Spizweg, in a superb frame. 
Schacht noticed immediately that it was a vulgar copy of a well-known 
original. Thinking that the Fuehrer bad been deceived, he sent the 
painting back to him saying it was a copy. Infuriated, Hitler declared, 
"This copy is an original!" After all, why not, since the axiom of the 
regime Is "the Fuehrer is always right"?

Thyssen-p. 174

Is it the materialization of one of those fantastic drawings with which 
Victor Hugo adorned the margins of his manuscript of Les Burgraves, the 
fantasy of a Millionaire, or merely the refuge where brigands take their 
leisure and hoard their treasures? Is it the conception of a normal 
mind, or that of a man tormented by megalomania, by a haunting desire 
for domination and solitude, or merely that of a being in the grip of fear?

One detail cannot pass unnoticed, and is no less valuable than the rest 
for someone who tries to assess the psychology of Adolf Hitler: the 
approaches, the openings of the underground passage and the access to 
the house are manned by soldiers and protected by nests of machine guns...

Thyssen-pp. 212-213







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