00010803.GIF Aggrandizer's Anniversary. Time 33.May 1,1939,pp.23.24. In six years of power Herr Hitler has probably changed less physically than do most men from 44 to 5O. The lines in his face are only slightly deeper. He has added some 25 pounds to his weight and four inches to his girth, but that is much less than some of his lieutenants have gained. The early Hitler accent was typical of the Austrian civil service class into which he was born. Educated Austrians declare it had a Czech flavor. Now he has a more cultivated speech. The voice is noticeably coarser and Herr Hitler, despite the assurances of six attending physicians, still worried about cancer of the throat. Fuehrer Hitler has never been much of a reader, but he has a passion for the cinema. He sometimes sees three or four full-length pictures run off for him at one sitting, knows the cast of every German movie comedy. (Another memory feat: ability to give by heart names and descriptions of all U.S., British warships.) favorite cinema repeaters now are the U.S. films: Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Viva Villa! He likes variety shows and his old preference for Wagnerian operas seems to have given way to light operas such as The Merry Widow. Messiah. Fundamental Hitler nature is Austrian -- mild, appreciative of beauty and art, sentimental, loving display.But long ago his chief underlings wentvigorously [sic] to work to build a higher and higher pedestal under him. His contacts with common life around him have become more and more remote so that he has come to accept himself as a Messiah. So surrounded is he by adoring millions that his occasional megalomaniac outbursts have become more frequent. He is more autocratic and noncommittal than ever even to his old party leaders. He will tolerate disagreement only on the tiniest of details. His deep guffaws are more frightening than ever to adults, although children still respond to them. Meantime, his decisions are based on the opinions of an ever-narrowing group of advisers. The adoring Nazi Deputy Leader Rudolf Hess, who follows his leader even in his moods, is still constantly at his side. But the Fuehrer has become so inaccessible to most of his Cabinet that only Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Dr. Goebbels are now able to ask for and get private interviews. Five-sevenths along his Biblically allotted span of life, this strange man has at least the satisfaction of knowing that he has become the most formidable tactician of this century. Where that will finally get him, neither he or anyone else knows. Aggrandizer's Anniversary. Time 33.May 1,1939,pp.23.24.
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