00010947.gif Hitler was always in favor of what the Marxists call individual terrorism: "If a nation languishes under the tyranny of an oppressor who is a man of genius, and if oppression is only made possible by his commanding personality," then "only the republican conscience of guilty little rascals" would regard the assassination of the tyrant "as most revolting." Hitler refers with approval to the glorification of tyrannicide in Schiller's "Wilhelm Tell". Fearful as the grown terror is, it is not as fearful as Hitler would have wished. He demands that "tens of thousands" of these "criminals" who led the revolution of 1918, must be tried and executed by a "German national Court of Justice." He has a particular fondness for executions. The dignity of the justice is nothing to him, and he refuses to have it tempered with mercy. He not only demands that it be severe, but that it be ruthless and barbaric. Treason [citation unreadable] he declares "shall in future, be pursued with barbaric ruthlessness." When he heard the news that the Reichstag was burning, he demanded the _public execution_ of the [unreadable] and his accomplices. Hitler is one of the principal initiators of the Brown Terror and himself the chief terrorist. He personally supervised the "purge" of the 30th June 19(?), when so many of his friends and associates were executed. He is the chief persecutor of the Jews, the leading spirit in the attack on Christianity, and the chief inspirer of the swelling sterilization laws. p. 72-73 Voigt- Unto Caesar. But no platitude can be too shallow or too vulgar for Hitler if he believes that it will promote its demagogue purpose. He will not have the slightest hesitation in saying what he knows to be nonsensical or untrue, if to do so will help his cause. And, in the moment of saying it, he will himself believe it to be true. So intense is the fire of his demonic passion that truth and untruth are immediately fused into one burning, molten myth that fills his whole mind. Hitler often appears shallower and more stupid than he really is. His utterances should not be taken only at their face value, but in relation to their purpose. Nor should they be regarded as proof of sincerity. He is terribly insincere. When he says he wants peace, as he has been saying again and again during the last few years, he is passionately sincere as he was-and will, perhaps be again-when he glorifies war. Voigt, F.A.: Unto Caesar. 1938.p.103 He is a master of stage-craft. He has histrionic genius (though he is perhaps not so conscious an actor as Goebbels or Mussolini). He is a stage-manager of the first order. He knows exactly which of his actors is suited to which part, he has a sure insight into Voigt, F.A,Unto Caesar. 1938.p. 119. 0010948.gif page 2 Voigt,F.A. :Unto Caesar.1938. their weaknesses,their rivalries,and their ambitions. And although there is much quarreling, friction, hysterics, and wild temper behind the scenes,the play itself will always run smoothly and always hold the fascinated audience afresh. If there is any serious threat of disunity, or the remotest danger that any rival management might possibly arise, Hitler will not hesitate to use the frightful method of the "purse", though after the execution of the only serious rival he ever had, Captain Roehm, it may be that no one willever [sic] again aspire to be Hitler's rival. To say that he is a great man is not to say that he is not a small man. He is small and meanly vengeful in a manner that is as inhuman as his greatness. Voight,F.A.: Under Caesar. 1938.pp.119.120 He is a very silent man and hardly ever takes part in a conversation. He never argues. But his moody silence will, at times, be broken by long vehement outbursts, which be full of cheap, hot-gospelling rhetoric, but they may also reveal great political insight and considerable mastery of his subject. He lives a high tension. He will start up and shout or scream at night and has frequent weeping fits. Any obstacle or any difficulty that may thwart his purpose even for a moment will throw him into a fit of impotent rage or passionate weeping. He is soft-featured, narrow-shouldered, wide hipped. The dark eyes shift in timid fashion - until he beings [sic] to speak. Then they fixed in a penetrating stare, the soft features harden, the effeminate form is rigidly bent as though by some iron stress, the deep voice booms and rages until it becomes half a roar and half a shriek, and the demoniac creature with the black hair and the little black mustache seems like the incarnation of all that is sinister and terrible in man, of all that it has ever said about the Jew. All its life it has cried and raved-"the Jew, the Jew"-or has brooded in moody silence on the Jew and against the Jew. And all the time it has meant "Hitler, Hitler," and has given the name "Jew" to the dreadful projection of itself. Voight,F.A.Unto Caesar. 1938.pp.120.121 A German official who had long personal contact with Hitler once said to me: "The world will never understand him, for it will never understand how small and mean he is." Voight. F .A.: Unto Caesar. 1938.p,255. footnote 59. 00010949.gif page 3 _Voight,F.A.:Unto Caesar.1938_ One, who was his closest collaborator for many years, told me that Hitler was always like this - that the slightest difficulty or obstacle could make him scream with rage or burst into tears. Voight,F.A.:Unto Caesar.1938.p.261.footnote 50.
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