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"I was Hitler's Boss"
     Current History, Vol. I, No. 3, November l941
Spencer Brodney, Editor. By a Former Officer of the 
Reichswhar [sic]

( ...The following article is printed as a contribution toward a 
truthful account of the Nazi leader. Inquiries made by the Editor 
show that the author is a trustworthy witness, though naturally 
the way he tells his story is his own. A German army officer before 
and during the First World War, he subsequently served in the 
Reichswehr. There, as he explains, the position he held enabled 
him to obtain first-hand knowledge of Hitler that other writers 
have lacked... )
Mr. Paul Hagen mentioned that reliability of this man or account 
has not been established to his knowledge.-

     "For fifteen months I was in daily contract with Hitler, and 
I believe I know this strange man as well as, if not better than, 
anyone else. I knew him before he had to pretend and put on a 
leader's mask, ... After the First World War he was just one of the 
many thousand of ex-soldiers who walked the streets looking for 
work. For him it was especially hard, since he had not quite 
recovered from his war injuries and was without a family to 
which he could go back.
At this time Hitler was ready to throw his lot in with anyone 
who would show him kindness. He never had that "Death or 
Germany" martyr spirit which later was so much used as a 
propaganda slogan to boost him. He would have worked for a 
jewish or a French employer just as readily as for an Aryan. 
When I first met him he was like a tired stray dog looking 
for a master. However fancifully writers describe him now, 
at that time he was totally uncorned [sic] about the German 
people and their destinies.

Not long after the war, as soon as he was released from the 
hospital, Hitler tried to enter the postal service as a mail-
carrier. His services were refused, because he was unable 
to pass the intelligence test. His school education in his 
Austrian village would have been quite sufficient, but his 
mental capacity suffered after he was gassed in the war 
.... p. 193
I was at the time an infantry captain and detailed to organize 
and supervise what was called the instruction department. 
I picked a handful of non-commissioned officers with 
exemplary war records; among them was Hitler.

..... Hitler was at first quartered in the same room with two 
other instruction officers, but not for long. His room-mates 
complained about his physical habits, and that he talked 
and walked in his sleep and made himself generally a nuisance. 
We put Hitler in a small room on the second floor, with barred 
windows, which had been used until then as a lumber room. 
He seemed to be happy in this cubicle, and stayed there until 
he had to resign from the Reichswehr on June 10, 1920.
Inside the barracks Hitler had no friends. He was shy and 
selfconscious. The reason for this was probably the deformity 
(described in his medical report) that made him unlike other 

author also gives this deformity as reason for Hitler's being 
rated as permanently unfit for military service as Austrian 

"...This friendship began under cover as far back as 1920. Hitler 
because of his physical defect was indifferent about Roehm's 
vices.; he, saw in Roehm only the distinguished officer. When his 
friendship with Roehm became known, Hitler had to resign his 
position in the Reichswehr."
p. 197

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.. The reports that Hitler brought me daily in the Reichswehr 
were scrupulously honest, but his style and grammar were 
lamentable. His reports always had to be rewritten before I 
could file them. His intellect was not higher than that of an 
eight-year old child ......

Hess was Hitler's first and most successful mentor .... A dabbler 
in mesmerism and faith healing; Hess certainly was most 
successful with Hitler. Before every important speech Hitler 
was, sometimes for days, closeted with Hess who in some 
unknown way got Hitler into that frenetic state in which he 
came forth to address the public. Just before Hitler had 
appointments to receive statesman or foreign correspondents, 
he was minutely coached as what to say. Sometimes when 
unexpected questions were put to him, he just walked away, 
or started his senseless political rantings.
At times Hitler sulks like a bad-tempered child; he locks 
himself up for days and holds conversations with himself, 
and his public speeches and receptions have to be postponed. 
When in such moods, music often has a soothing effect on him. 
He does not care what type of music it is so long as it is noisy; 
he is not in the least musical; He likes Wagner's music because 
it is loud. As a rule his coach has to play the piano wildly, 
while he makes weird noises in his mouth, imitating a trumpet, 
and bangs his fists on tables and chairs. Such concerts can last 
for hours before Hitler falls into a tranquil sleep.       p. 198

The author points out that the real power is Goering, who is 
going to take Hitler's place when the time has come.

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