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Happy Hitler: Time 36.p.18.July 15, 1940

For 22 years Adolf Hitler was a grim, lonely 
figure, brooding bitterly over the humiliation 
imposed on him and Germany by the Treaty of 
Versailles. Like a neurotic who has exposed 
the source of his own neurosis to himself and 
dominated it, fortnight ago, when the Germans
conquered France and expunged the old humiliation, 
a new Hitler began to appear. His gloomy, 
impenetrable reserve began to slake off. When 
the French capitulation was handed to him, he 
actually snapped his fingers, chuckled, did a 
little goose step (Time, July 2). Last week the 
new Hitler was happier than ever.

Beaming with pleasure .the Fuehrer rolled into 
Berlin, in his special anti-aircraft-guarded train, 
smiled at wildly celebrating crowds. Stepping 
onto the red-carpeted platform where Nazi bigwigs 
crowded to welcome him. He listened with frank 
delight to the metallic clamoring of bells, the 
roaring Heils of Hitler Youth and Hitler Maidens, 
the trumpeting blare of a Storm Trooper's brass band.

Under the green-decked, beflagged arch of the station 
entrance, down oak garlanded stairs lined with Elite 
Guard troopers,he marched, smiled and saluted 
acknowledgement to straining thousands in the 
streets. With the savage chant of Sieg Heil! 
Sieg Heil! ringing in his ears, he entered his 
automobile, began a triumphal journey to the 
Chancellery as crowds cheered and wept themselves 
into hysteria. On either side swastika banners, 
covered the building fronts, garlands of flowers 
hung across the street on golden cords, bands 
thundered out continuously his favorite Badenweiler 
March. The pavement beneath was a multicolored 
blanket of flowers strewn by white-bloused Hitler 
Maidens, overhead the sun shone bright. It was a 
happy day.

With special loud-speakers blaring out an account 
of the proceedings to those unable to see, the Fuehrer 
appeared on the balcony of the Chancellery, waving 
to the throngs in the Wilhelm-Platz below, he turned 
to the Nazi leaders around him, talked, laughed, poked 
them in the ribs. Only after several minutes of horse 
play did he turn to the crowd, grinning and waving 
some more.

"The Fuehrer will appear once more," rasped the 
loud-speakers. "He has important conferences and 
asks you all to go home." Instead, the crowd began 
singing We Are Sailing Against England. Happy Hitler
came out on the balcony again, then went inside 
for good.

Happy Hitler. Time 36 p.18.July 15,1940.

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