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Comic Aspects of Hitler's Career
The Literary Digest; 8/26/33. p.13

IMAGE         A military edition of Charles Chaplin, 
with  his characteristic mustache and his 
bouncing way of walking. He never wore a hat, 
but always carried a riding-whip, with which 
he chopped off imaginary heads. This was Adolf 
Hitler in the old days, writes W.W.C. in the London 
New Statesman. "He was so funny, I inquired who 
he might be. Most of his neighbors took him to be 
one of these Russian emigres who abounded in 
Germany at that time, and they freely talked of 
his being probably a trifle mentally deranged."

While the myth of the great leader is growing 
by leaps and bounds in Germany, certain 
independent European dailies and weeklies 
are stressing the comic aspects of Germany's 
dictator. They picture Hitler as a comedian, all 
the more laughable because of  his seriousness. 
His triumph, as these critics see it, is the fruit 
of an indefatigable sense of the theatre. Hitler, 
they would have us believe, is a sort of actor-
manager, staging his big show with scraps of 
discarded ideas and unconsidered trifles.
........ Hitler won devoted adherents in the "Osteria
 Bavaria", as that Munich saloon was named:

"There is no doubt his chief admirers were the 
two waitresses, buxom Bavarian wenches, who 
listened open-mouthed to him and danced attendance 
on him in a way that formed the subject of many 
jokes among the habitues of the place. Hitler's 
relations with women indeed are a strange and 
obscure chapter. I saw a great deal of him at that 
time and I can certify that he was in these mattersas 
[sic] abstemious as in regard to food and drink. The 
only woman he seemed to care for at all was the lady 
in whose viall [sic]  in the hills he fled after his 
inglorious collapse in November, 1923....."

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