00010950.gif Yeats-Brown, Major Francis A Tory looks at Hitler Living Age, (From the Observer, London); August 1938; pp.512/514 I do not presume to judge the German Leader by a few minutes talk at a tea-party, which is the extent of my personal contact with him ......But intuition counts for something: I have met ......only two men who have given me the same sense of physical and mental purity as Hitler: Mohandas K. Gandhi and T. E. Lawrence. In the personalities of Gandhi and Lawrence one saw shining a strange inner light. The same is true of Hitler. He is humble and ascetic in private life; ..... he sways the individual and the multitude by a power seemingly outside himself ....... ...... I have heard him speak many times, and have heard more fluent and more melodious voices, but never one that weaved such a spell about the audience. During the three hour oration at the Kroll Opera House on February 20th, the whole speech was read and read very quickly, with no pause, except during the applause. Even during a solid hour of statistics he kept everyone galvanized by the cadence of his sentences. During the rhetorical passages his voice mounted to the pitch of delirium: he was a man transformed and possessed. We were in the presence of a miracle - . .... the tension was almost unbearable until the passionate voice was drownde [sic] by the cries of the audience. The delirium was real - Hitler was in a frenzy at these moments - but he was able to release this infectious atmosphere of quasi-hysteria without losing his self control: whatever his emotion, a steady hand turned the pages of his speech. Intense mystical fervor and a more-than-feminine intuition are harnessed to a cool brain and a strong will. This is part of the secret of Hitler's power. The other part is his genius for choosing the right man and the right moment to bring his dreams into the realm of action. "I have the security of a sleep-walker" he said suring [sic] the remilitarization of the Rhineland, ...... He has always acted on instinct and he has always been right so far. Right also, generally speaking, in his choice of his associates. Little mention has been made, either in Germany or abroad, of Hitler's War service. I have seen the official record in the National-Socialist archives in Munich. Here are some of the salient events of his career as a dispatch-runner: He served in thirty-six actions on the Western Front. He received the Iron Cross of the Second Class on December 2 , 1914 He was lightly wounded on April 3, 1915 He received the Bavarian Military Medal on Sept. 17, 1917 He was mentioned in dispatches on May 10,1918 He was awarded the Iron Cross of the First Class on August 4, 1918 He was severely gassed on Oct. 15,1918 00010951.gif page 2 Yeats-Brown A Tory Looks at Hitler ...... The Lord Mayor of Munich, Herr Fiehler, who shared his Leader' s imprisonment in 1923-1924, told me that Hitler' s constant preoccupation, when not writing Mein Kampf ...... was to draw up schemes for the improvement of the poorer districts of Munich - . ..... No doubt, Hitler has his mystical side, but, like most genuine mystics, he has also a tenacious grasp of detail .... I have seen many of his original notes for his early speeches. They are orderly, methodical, neatly written. What interested me chiefly, however, was a group of files containing the future dictator's notes on the Treaty of Versailles. No scholar preparing for a thesis could have organized his material more carefully than this lance-corproal [sic] with a taste for the water-color sketches. The pages of the printed treaty are cut out and pasted onto sheets of foolscap. Each page is underlined in red and black, to bring the chief points to prominence. From certain paragraphs arrows lead to the foolscap, where Hitler has written cross-references, (reparations in cash, see p. 6, surrender of shipping, see p. 9, and so on) and made copious notes, showing with what care he had prepared himself for speeches ...... One thing needs repeating. Hitler likes the English. He made a desperate effort to make friends with us ......
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