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Down the center aisle a solitary man walked slowly, step, 
by step, toward me .... Now I recognized the outlines of his face, 
the characteristic little mustache, the lock of hair, the eyes. 
They looked at me with a curious absent-mindedness. He came 
closer. He stood before us, offering his hand to the five of us in 
his Honor Guard, and passed on.....

.... Above me, there suddenly came a clear, powerful voice: 
Deutsche Volksgeosses!"

Sentence followed sentence. Now the voice pleaded, implored; 
now it swelled into a wrath that found its echo in the thousands 
facing me. Now it assumed tones of biting sarcasm, and I looked 
into thousands of derisive faces; now it sounded strangely cool 
and objective, stating facts which for many in the hall could not 
be facts at all but assertions never heard before. Yet the crowds 
in front of me no longer seemed to regard anything as impossible; 
they were ready to believe anything the voice said; for action was 
not limited to the one person. He played the crowd like a giant organ, 
pulling at the stops, permitting his listeners to rave and roar, laugh 
and cry. But inevitably the stream flowed back, until a  fiery 
alternating current welded speaker and listeners into one. The 
more deeply the crowd was aroused, the mightier came the voice, 
the more intense the pleading, the more cutting its irony, the more 
powerful its wrath.

.... Hitler's voice had reached a point where it threatened to
break .........
...After the meeting - Hitler had vanished as though by magic......

Dobert, Convert to Freedom

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