00010672.GIF "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. 00010673.GIF ..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. 00010674.GIF 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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