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_Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942.                                                         

      A high point or barbarism was reached 
when he a childless man, proposes the killing 
of all weak and sickly children. "If Germany 
would have a million children a year and do 
away with so seven to eight hundred thousand 
of the weakest of them, it might even result 
in an increase in strength. The dangerous thing 
is that we ourselves cut short the natural 
process of selection and gradually deprive 
ourselves of the possibility of increasing the 
population." Perhaps inthis [sic] statement we 
find the key to Hitler's personality. He is 
waging war on a global scale in order to insure 
complete power to a "ruling race." As much as 
he may be said to believe in anything at all, he 
believes in a superior race, though he has 
scarcely one of the attributes his experts 
ascribe to the Nordic race. "What is not race, 
is chaff," Hitler says. The leader of the "ruling 
race" has suffered all his life from a contradiction 
within himself, for he does not correspond to his 
own racial ideas. On the basis of stature and 
constitution, he could never become a member 
of his own Elite Guard.

This fact affects his whole life. Hitler preaches 
increases in population as the first duty of the 
nationMussolini [sic] has supported his exhortations 
in this field with "the propaganda of the deed," 
but Hitler has remained childless. "One who is 
not healthy in body or mind dare not perpetuate 
his infirmity in the body of a child....There is 
only one crime - to bring children into the world 
in spite of one's own weakness and defects." 
These statements are from Mein Kampf.

The man in the lonesome rock fortress, the leader of 
strongest military machine in  the history of the 
world,  knows that he is a weakling and, in accordance 
with his own political conceptions, should have been 
destroyed immediately after birth in the asylumfor 
[sic] the homeless in Vienna. Hitler has praised the 
aristocracy as the noble result of the process of 
natural selection. As a good-for-nothing, he looked 
up to the "fine people." But behind his hysterical 
subservience there glowed a dangerous hate. Woe 
to the generals, the captains of industry, the 
aristocrats who looked on Alois Hitler's son as 
their "tool": Sooner or later Hitler avenged himself 
for these humiliating moments. This was the reason 
for General Schleicher's fall and Thyssen's collapse.

Hitler's life is filled with glaring contradictions. 
He forces every human soul that crosses his path 
into a kind of industrial slavery, but as the head 
of a completely disciplined and regulated state, 
he is a  bohemian who loves to stay up all night and 
lie in bed till two o'clock in the afternoon. He preaches 
that men are to be treated as masses. But he wants, 
at any price, to be considered as an individual. He 
worships the Prussian cult, the highest ideal of 
which is "order." But he combines with a private 
philosophy which might easily be identified with 
individualistic anarchy. He is the only person who 
may with impunity break all the decrees of the Third Reich.

Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife 1942. pp. 313.314.315.

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 _Wagner. Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942._                                            

       That is his private revenge against the "others" 
who embody Nazi racial laws better than he. His 
personal relationships to Goering and Goebbels are 
significant. Goering, an unscrupulous man of force, 
impresses him, but he does not like him. On the other 
hand, his affection for Goebbels is not decreased by 
occasional self-indulgences of his minister of propaganda. 
For Goebbels is, in a certain sense,a caricature of Hitler 
and therefore a sourceof [sic] consolation to him. It is 
comforting to have the propaganda of the new Nordic 
ruling race directed by a cripple.

Many things have been imagined and written about 
Hitler's relations to women. Hitler is unmarried, 
and the rumor that he was planning to marry Eva 
Braun was probably inspired by Nazi propaganda 
just before the outbreak of the German-Polish war 
to show that the Germans did not desire a second 
World War.

Adolf Hitler has no gift for happiness.When Vienna, 
the city of his personal and political rallies, lay at 
his feet, he thought hewas [sic] experiencing the 
greatest hour of his life. He was ecstatic when 
France collapsed under the deadly thrusts of his 
Wehrmacht. The passion for such "gratification" 
drove him further along the road of world conquest. 
He forced the Germans to spend their scanty leisure 
time in his program of "Strength through Joy". He 
exists on joy in strength and is constantly 
stimulated by the power of suggestion.

The tendency to compensate for  lack of confidence 
in one's power by symbols of power is well known.

       Hitler loves the super-dimensional; he revels 
in magnification. His inability to grasp religious 
values was perhaps never more clearly expressed 
than in his proposal that the German Protestant 
Church, instead of brooding over the Bible, should 
build a cathedral to seat twenty or thirty thousand 
worshipers. The fact that there is no church in 
Germany which can match the proportions of his 
Nuremberg stadium seems to him a glaring defect 
of Christianity in the Third Reich. "Great ideas" he 
believes, can only be conceived in great spaces; 
the spirit is confined by walls and ceilings."
       
In his passion for magnification, psychologists 
find the motive both for Hitler's unlimited war 
of conquest and for his mammoth architecture. 
The great destroyer and and the great architect 
are inspired by the same neurotic impulse. Hitler 
razes the cities of Europe one after the other, so 
that he can build them up again after his own fashion.
 
He decorates the walls of his home in Berchtesgaden 
with tapestries of nudes and stallions. The high point 
of his Nuremberg parade was always the procession 
of workers, bare to the waist, with spades over their 
shoulders, marching past the reviewing stand. These 
things, and many others like them, revealed his own 
unsatisfied imagination, his longing for power.

Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942. pp. 315.316.317


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_Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942_

He is considered a friend of animals, but loves only 
strong, masculine animals.Mussolini has occasionally 
showed himself in Rome with a tamed tiger. Hitler 
has himself photographed whenever possible with 
his great shepherd dogs; he sketches only super-
animals and super-buildings.

This urge to power is nowhere more openly than in 
Hitler's relation to the masses who fill his meetings. 
There the actual psychological foundations of the 
Nazi dictatorship become visible. The relationship 
of leader and masses is described by him in words 
which cannot be misunderstood. "The psyche of the 
broad masses does not respond to anything weak or 
half-way. Like a woman, whose spiritual sensitiveness 
is determined less by abstract reason than by an 
indefinable emotional longing for fulfilling power 
and who, for that reason prefers to submit to the 
strong rather than to the weakling - the mass, too 
prefers a rulder [sic] to a pleader...."

On the speaker's platform, Hitler's self conceit 
finds complete gratification. There the mass 
takes the place of the woman. But even there 
he is by no means an all-conquering Dom Juan, 
but more a lover lacking in confidence who seeks 
a partner where he will not have to fear rejection. 
A gathering of scholars, unless it is completely 
filled with party members, fills him with terror. 
In the years before his rise to power, he would 
not speak to meetings of unionized workers, for 
he thought he could not rule them. The masses 
which he loved and before which he played the 
strong man were the lower middle classes. Their 
social uncertainty fitted his psychic discord. When 
he spoke in Munich before this forum of little people 
who, like him, wanted to appear to belong to a 
different economic class from that to which they 
actually belonged, he really felt that he was the 
[unreadable] Adolf. He never tired of thinking up 
tricks to surprise and conquer his masses. If there 
is such a thing as "scientific demagoguery," Hitler 
has certainly perfected it. He knew that meetings 
must begin late in the evening, when the audience's 
power of resistance was weakened by natural 
causes. He constantly created new symbols and 
surrounded his political demonstrations with 
theatrical glitter. Only when the Gestapo had 
silenced all political opposition could he feel 
that he was the leader of the entire nation.

Even then, this psychological relationship 
remained as the basis of his dictatorship. 
While the army educated the Germans in the 
most aggressive methods of waging war, the 
NSDAP trained them to be perfect subjects, 
finding their pleasure in unconditional 
submission to Hitler's regime. At home, the 
"ruling race" is a slave gang. Adolf wants them, 
like their leader, to compensate by foreign 
conquest for their lack of self-government.

Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife. 1942. pp. 316.317

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Like a sponge, he has sucked up a great deal of 
useful technical and military knowledge, and 
he has surrounded himself with a group of 
unscrupulous experts. Hehas [sic] studied 
Haushofer and Ludendorff. In his library he has 
collected seven thousand military books. But 
these acquisitions do not weigh heavily upon 
him. Hitler will never be in an expert.  He reads 
a great deal and acquires knowledge in conversation 
with others. But, as a man of action, he has developed 
a talent for separating the important from the 
unessential even while he is reading.
       
He lies one strength, as well as a dangerous 
weakness, of the Fuehrer. He never learns what 
he does not want to know. He might have 
hesitated to attack Russia,if his information 
about the Soviet Union had not been colored to 
so great extent an by preconceived opinion. He 
might have avoided war with England, if he had 
not fallen prey to his own propaganda slogans 
about "degenerate democracies". Hitler is not 
bound by the restraints of the expert; on the 
contrary, he has to support thee delusions of the 
demagogue. He is completely ignorant of America.

       The idea that the generals cam be separated 
from Hitler is utterly ridiculous. But it is still 
believed by certain conservatives,who cannot 
imagine that the aristocratic generals are actually 
of one heart and soul with the "paper hanger." Actually, 
General Stulphnagel and Himmler of the Elite Guard 
are of the same caliber. In 1914, Hitler put on the 
steel helmet, and found it to be a sort of Tarnkappe, 
a magic hood which made him, the unsuccessful 
artist, invincible. War gave a new meaning to his 
life.Therefore it is not Eva Braun, but the, German 
army who is his true love. He had sacrificed to it 
the entire well-being of Germany. Hitler loves war, 
and behind him stands a brain trust which mobilized 
all the resources of German science for the end of the war.

       Ever since Dietrich von Eckert discovered 
him in Munich, Adolf has never lacked people who 
encouraged his belief in his mission. But in spite 
of that, it is easy to shake his self-confidence. 
Hitler is easily offended and never forgives. In 
Germany, of course, there are a great many stories 
and pictures featuring him as an affable "lord of 
the manor" helping an unknown painter get a 
commission, or providing furniture for a bridal 
pair. But behind this mask of charity is a suspicious 
man, continually worried about his prestige. He has 
forbidden anyone around him to wear a mustache. 
He ordered an investigation when an artist made 
his mustache too large on a bust. In the government 
offices in Berlin, he has collected a hundred suits 
of clothing, both civilian and military, sixty pairs 
of boots and shoes, thirty-five hats and caps. In 
public, every gesture is studied. During recent years 
he has been forced to wear glasses for reading and 
writing; but during the Munich conference, several 
German photographers lost their licenses because 
they took pictures of him with his glasses on. Their 
films 

Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942. pp 318.319.320.321

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_Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942_

were destroyed. In his desk drawer there are already 
sketches of the great Hitler Mausoleum, which is to 
be the Mecca of Germany after his death. He has ordered 
German specialists to examine his brain after death and 
to issue a treatise revealing the secrets of his thought 
processes. One can well imagine that like Charles V he 
plans to hold a grand rehearsal of his funeral.
       
Since the outbreak of the war Hitler has been increasingly 
obsessed with thoughts of death. In September,1939, he 
vowed not to take off his sacred field-gray uniform till 
victory or death. Before he departed for the front, he 
named his successors. He was painfully oppressed at 
the deaths of Todt, Moeldefs, and Reichenau. After 
Heydrich's assassination by Czech patriots, he locked 
himself in his room for two days. As his collaborators 
passed from the scene, Hitler was inescapably faced 
with his own mortality. He could trick masses, bribe 
or liquidate men, betray or seduce nations, but death 
is inexorable.
       
"I am the state," declared Louis XIV. Adolf Hitler might 
well say, "I am war." The will to war runs like a scarlet 
thread throughout the story of his adventurous life.

In Hafeld and Linz, his tyrannical father furnished the 
first model for Adolf's brutal philosophy of life. As a 
schoolboy,he was in a continual state of war with his 
environment. Nazi reporters have been able to gather 
amazingly few facts which point to any happiness during 
his childhood days. He was not a comrade on friendly 
terms with his playmates. He was expelled from the 
monastery school in Lambach. In Linz and Steyr he 
terrorized his teachers. There was only one man who 
he actually loved - Professor Potach, in Pan-German 
history professor.

The high points of his rhetoric are ironic attacks 
and frenzied accusations. His scorn has many nuances, 
but his smile is barren.

Hitler's belligerent spirit found peace for the first 
time in a cataclysm which meant for others the end 
of all peace in the World War. He was a soldier, body 
and soul. Yet he lacked the old military virtue of 
loyalty to comrades and chivalry toward the enemy. 
He refused to accept the Armistice as the end of war. 
From 1919 to 1933 he granted neither himself nor 
his supporters one day of peace. In his imagination 
he created one deadly enemy after another against 
whom to mobilize the German people.

Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler,man of strife.1942;.pp.322 323.324.


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