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"Whoever wants to understand National Socialist Germany must know Wagner," 
Adolf Hitler has often told his friends; and the whole National Socialist 
regime, which finds its foundation in the Germanic mythos and the cult of 
the heroic, is in fact unthinkable without Wagner and all he represents. 
In that sense the whole present web resolves itself into a 
super-Wagnerian opera turned into grim reality.

P 10, Otto D. Tolischus-They wanted war,

Wagner was a romanticist who has now been taken over by political realists. 
And lest it be thought from American precedents that operas are after 
all only for the select few, it must be kept In mind that nearly every 
German city has its opera house and that Hitler himself explained, "I am 
convinced that art, and the uncorrupted and most immediate reproduction 
of a nation's spiritual life, have unconsciously the greatest direct 
influence on the mass in combination."

 P. 14- Otto D. Tolischus- They wanted war.

As a result of this enthusiasm, Hitler had attended hundreds of Wagner 
performances, traveling from the cheapest seats in the highest balconies 
in his days of penury to the royal box in his days of power. He has 
steeped himself in the provocative Wagner melodies. Although he cannot 
carry a tune, he reads Wagner's scores, and so detailed is his interest 
that every little change in every performance immediately brings 
inquiries from him.

P 15- Otto D.Tolischus- They wanted war.

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..Of course, no man in Hitler's position is able to dismiss the work and 
cares of office anywhere or at any time. But at the Berghof before war 
came, Hitler's cares seemingly were reduced to a minimum. In line with 
the artistic temperament which Hitler's admirers extol as his biggest 
asset in the art of politics, Hitleralways [sic] has led a somewhat 
Bohemian life -- so much so that methodical people, accustomed to 
strict daily routine, have (until proved wrong) whispered doubts of his 
complete devotion to concentrated work. From the days of youth, when he 
refused to follow his father in the methodical career of a minor Austrian 
official, Hitler has always held purely official drudgery in abhorrence; 
he regards it as death to really creative work. Though he recognized a 
bureaucracy as a necessary evil of administration, he still warned party 
leaders not to get lost in deadly paper work, but rather to keep in touch 
with the people and the facts of life.

At any rate, that is the rule Hitler adopted for himself. He has been a 
great improvisator, and that his improvisation is not without merit is 
proved by his spectacular career. But these improvisations of his early 
years in power were both not out of burning the midnight oil over long 
official reports but rather out of visits to all parts of the country 
and talks with many kinds of people and above all, out of 
pro tracted [sic] discussions and exchanges of opinion th [sic] the 
intimate circle of his old cronies and collaborators, stretching at 
times into the small hours of the morning...

The proverb, "It's the early bird that catches the worm," did not apply 
to Hitler in those creative years. He rarely rose before nine o'clock in 
the morning, and sometimes even later, except when he was on tour. 
During breakfast, which usually consisted of milk, bread, oatmeal, honey, 
and cheese, he read the newspapers, especially his own Volkischer 
Beobachter. Then he took a walk in the mountains accompanied by some 
guests. He sometimes visited Goering's chalet, or stopped at a mountain 
cafe, or he might simply stroll about, stopping at times to emphasize 
the ideas he was expounding to his guests by drawing pictures in the 
sand with his stick. About eleven o'clock however, he was usually at his 
desk where his mail and the official business that had come up in the 
pouch from the Chancellery had already been laid out by his adjutants. 
Wilhelm Brueckner and Julius Schaub, and hispress [sic] chief, Dr. Otto 
Dietrich.

As a rule official business was completed by lunch time. Hitler's 
vegetarian lunch and dinner consist of soup, eggs, vegetables, and 
mineral water, although he occasionally relishes a slice of ham and 
relieves the tediousness of hisdiet [sic] with such delicacies as caviar, 
luscious fruits and similar tidbits. He is outspoken about having a 
sweet tooth and loves confectionery, especially chocolates....

In the years of peace, unless other things intervened, the afternoon 
was usually devoted by Hitler to his favorite hobby -- architecture. 
In his study or special studio built at the Berghof, he could be found 
almost any afternoon bent over architectural sketches with a pencil in 
his hand, changing, adding, correcting; or inspecting models of new 
buildings and other donstructions [sic] and expounding his views to his 
entourage and the original designers. Architecture was not his first 
love merely; architecture in the Third Reich meant monumental 
buildings, and monumental buildings were to Hitler lasting symbols of 
a great epoch.

P 33-35- Otto D.Tolischus- They Wanted War.

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His evenings at the Berghof were usually spent around the fireplace in 
the big hall in the company of his guests. These might include artists 
from the opera, the stage, and the films, especially musicians who 
might give a sample of their talent for the edification of the company. 
Most of the time, however, the evenings were devoted to informal 
discussion of problems of the day. In these chatty talks, Hitler learned 
many things that would never have found their way into official reports. 
Through them he extended the antennae of his intuition, gauged the 
atmosphere around him and measured the forces that he must take into 
account in making his decisions. These discussions were so much the 
rule at the Berghof that some believe that Hitler hated being alone. But 
there were other moods.

Even [many] of those who came to the Berghof with a certain reserve 
were captivated by the Fuehrer's complete naturalness in these 
surroundings. Before the swallowing of Czecho-Slovakia, for example, 
a Czech delegate of the Front Fighters' Congress, who  admitted his 
initial skepticism, described his impressions of his visit to 
Hitlerin[sic] his native Czech paper as follows:

"In his salon Hitler gave us the impression of an unaffected private 
gentleman. Before other statesmen of great name, the average person has 
a peculiar feeling of distance. With Hitler it was otherwise. He sat 
among us. It seemed to me as if I had spent at least two years with him 
in the trenches. He repudiated the word "dictator' for himself. The 
Germans, he said, had elected him with more than 90 per cent of the 
votes. He compared the life of nations with the life of a married 
couple. Agreement was necessary, he said, and difficulties had to be 
removed, War, he insisted, was the last thing he would take on his 
conscience; it is terrible for the vaquished [sic] and the victors.
 
"I repeat, this statesman and head of the German nation did not seem 
stiff; his social manner was informal and, so to say, comradely. 
Ladies accompanying blind veterans had been informed before hand that 
Hitler does not like paint and powder. In the salon was a peano [sic] 
and a bust of Wagner. Yes, Hitler loves music, and plays the piano well. 
The artist [sic] are well taken care of by the Fuehrer."

...Similar descriptions have been given. by other foreign visitors, and 
though it may be too much to say that they came to scoff and stayed to 
pray, the fact is that visitors to the Berghof put stress on Hitler's 
informality, while visitors to the Chancellery at Berlin were more 
likely to be impressed by his preoccupation and earnestness.

p 35-37- Otto D. Tolichus- They Wanted War

...And finally, associated with the Berghof is a curious anecdote.
This is that while Hitler and Amann were climbing about in the 
Bavarian mountains early in their careers, before they always knew where 
their next meal was coming from, Amann jestingly remarked, "When we get 
rich, we'll build our homes here."

Hitler is said to have replied: "I shall never get rich, but some day, 
perhaps, my people will build a house here for me."



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