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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 

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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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