00011014.gif [Page 1] "Like all great statesmen, Hitler is cool and deliberate. For that reason the much-circulated idea that when an opponent has antagonized him he flies into a passion and makes a certain political decision in a fit of temper is false. The story of certain journalists that in such fits of temper he throws himself on the ground and bites the carpets must certainly be considered entirely as falling under the "greuelmaerchen". As a matter of course my spokesman would have kept silent about such incidents had they actually taken place, but against this stands the fact that he was not afraid of telling frankly how angry Hitler becomes when one of his followers has made a mistake. Also the explanation which he gave of these various reactions is plausible:, If an opponent has been too clever for Hitler one cannot -- so Hitler feels -- take it amiss, inasmuch as the opponent was merely carrying out his duty; if difficulties have been caused by one of his followers then the latter has neglected his duty or is unsuitable for his position. "Another thing that can likewise be relegated to the domain of myth is the story about Hitler's firm belief in his horoscope. Not only has the Fuehrer never had his horoscope cast, but he is in principle against horoscopes because he feels he might be unconsciously influenced by them." Hitler's interest and plans are all concentrated on three Subjects: architecture, military affairs and politics. Ever since childhood he has occupied himself with architectural plans. While in prison in 1923 he worked out plans for the "Neugestaltung Berlins." New buildings such as the Reich Chancellery and the Air Ministry building he regards as purely temporary. He realizes that these buildings were constructed far too rapidly in order to endure. His conception of a building which is permanent is one which will last a thousand years. He estimates that the construction of such permanent buildings would require from eight to ten years each. The dimensions of these permanent buildings which he is planning are even vaster than those already constructed. Recently he has been working over a plan in considering the advisability of building with a facade 100 meters high and a principal dome of 300 meters. All the buildings of the future are to be built on a North-South axis. On the upper floor of the Chancellery he has numerous models of buildings under contemplation and likes to spend evenings now and then with a few collaborators discussing new plans. He is very well informed on military matters. He regularly reads all the articles in all the military magazines. The foreign military journals are translated for him. It is said that he knows all the details of the various guns produced in the world and that he is able to draw diagrams of them from memory. He loves to look at military films and many of than are shown in the Chancellery on his order. Sometimes he has the operator stop the film in the middle while he points out an interesting detail. He loves to work on strategical problems and at one time worked out a plan for the defense of Finland which he 00011015.gif [Page 2] believed would make it absolutely impregnable. He worked out all the plans for the Polish campaign and at the same time worked out the plan for the successful defense for Poland. At the beginning of the Polish campaign he estimated that it would take three months to clean it up. In the field of politics he also prepares the plans himself and other persons have very little influence on them. Here particularly the job of other people is to carry out the plans that he has made. This also applies to Ribbentrop and it is a mistake to believe that when Hitler hesitates on a course of action it is due to divergent views among his advisers or to blame his advisers for what has been done. Hitler pays little attention to the reports or predictions made to him by his ambassadors. He is far more interested in reading letters written by simple people, sailors, laborers, etc., which come from abroad. In his opinion these people frequently interpret the sentiments of the _real masses_ better than do the intellectuals. Hitler has a great admiration for Great Britain and reads much about its institutions and structure as well as the history of its birth and development. His admiration of the Empire, however, is confined almost wholly to the Empire as it was. He despises the hypocrisy and halfheartedness of the present British leaders and regards them as unworthy successors of those who made it great in the firm belief in their own superiority and their willingness to risk anything for the future of their country. Hitler thinks that Lloyd George is the only British leader with whom he could have reached an agreement. Hitler really believes that he did everything possible to win the cooperation of Great Britain and that he contributed to the maintenance of the Empire. Hitler rules according to the law of the jungle. "As among animals, so my spokesman said in describing such a mentality, the man and nation will win which is the strongest and shows the greatest readiness to risk everything for the defense of their country; all great things result from the primitive forces of man and nations." This, according to Hitler, applies to domestic as well as to international policy.
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