00010843.gif page 1 _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. 00010844.gif page 2 _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 00010845.gif page 3 _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 00010846.gif page 4 Wagner, Ludwig: Hitler, man of strife.1942. 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 00010847.gif page 5 _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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