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Fry, Michael- Hitler's Wonderland

....Now look at a photograph of Adolf Hitler and try 
to understand how this man managed to reach his 
present position. A round head and a round face, a 
strong chin under a thin-lipped, ruthless.-looking 
mouth and a Charlie Chaplin moustache. Hair parted 
on the right with a Napoleonic look straggling down 
over the left eye- no one could say that he looks 
typically German. If Hitler is to be called "typically 
something" I would say he looks like a respectable 
French bourgeois- but then that would be high treason.... 
His oratory is not German either. He talkslike [sic] 
Mussolini- raising his voice to a shout and then 
dropping to a hoarse whisper- bangs his fist on the 
rostrum, shakes it at the sky, waves his arms and 
tosses back his unruly lock of hair with the gesture 
of a musician. And the people love it- they were 
tired of the monotonous drone of the average German 

pg. 105- Hitler's Wonderland- Michael Fry- 1934

..The first time I heard Hitler speak in public, I spent 
ten minutes repeating to myself: "What a comedian-
what a comedian!" ; as the Pope said to Napoleon many 
years ago. Twenty minutes later I felt like cheering. 
The passionate conviction, the fierce fire of invulnerable 
patriotism, and, above all, the wholehearted sincerity, 
put Hitlerfar [sic] beyond the familiar little tricks of 
the mob-orator. Everyone of his words comes outcharged 
[sic] with a powerful current of energy; at times it 
seems as if they are torn from the very heart of the 
man, causing him indescribable anguish. When he 
speaks of the Fatherland, when he describes the sorry 
state of demoralization which has set in, his eyes 
flash with anger, his voice rises to a shriek of fury- 
he is inspired. That is what the masses believe- 
that Hitler is a prophet directly controlled by the 
Powers above- and I can quite understand it. There 
is a magnetic fluid emanating from Hitler which 
seems supernatural.

The next time I saw Hitler was in the Kaiserhof Hotel 
in Berlin, where he is very fond of drinking tea in the 
afternoon. I watched him for a time to try and discover 
whether the fieriness of the platform was merely a 
mask adopted for the purpose of swaying the masses- 
I do not think so; for although he was chatting and 
occasionally laughing with his friends, I could see 
a smoldering fire in his eyes, every atom of his body 
seemed imbued with a latent intensity ready to well 
forth at any moment.

pg 106- Michael Fry- Hitler's Wonderland-1934

..In a way he is not to be envied. The never-ceasing 
fire that burns within him prevents him from enjoying 
many of life's entertainments. He has neither the time 
nor the inclination for social activities- not even among 
intimate friends. He lives in the midst of many men, 
and yet he lives alone- spiritual loneliness must be 
Hitler's secret regret......

pg 107- Michael Fry- Hitler's Wonderland- 1934


Fry, Michael- Hitler's Wonderland London, 1934

...On one of his trips home he stopped at a village for 
petrol; a little girl came up to the car and started 
talking to the driver, not knowing that it was the 
greet Adolf Hitler himself. In the course of the 
conversation it came out that that day was the little 
girl's birthday, so Hitler took her in his car to the next 
town, gave her a sumptuous meal of cakes and sweets 
and then brought her home laden with toys.

p 107- Fry- Hitler's Wonderland.

Adolf does not smoke and never drinks alcohol. His great 
pleasure, when he can find time for it, is to go to the 
opera. Museums are his hobby; he claims to know the 
museums in Berlin better than anyone els [sic]. His 
early association with the building trade gave him a 
lasting interest in architecture, andit [sic] is said 
that the alterations made to the Brown House in 
Munich originated from his own ideas. He is is unmarried, 
of course, and so far no one has discovered any "amours 
caches"; although at one time there was a rumor that he 
had been secretly married and divorced. His great failing, 
which is an obvious corollary to his intensity, is the lack 
of a sense of humor. But that is a fault shared by the 
majority of Germans. There have not yet been any bon 
mots by Hitler; perhaps they will come later on when 
the tension of the revolution has toned down.

Hitler appeals to nearly all classes, but he is particularly 
loved by the middle class ... he has restored the self-respect 
of millions by fanning the flame of patriotism, long dormant 
in their hearts.... the middle class and a large section of the 
working class talk of "our Fuehrer" with the reverence 
accorded by Catholics to the Pope. Even Hitler's enemies 
talk of his with respect. Pick up a Communist paper to-day 
(there are still a number of them printed abroad and 
smuggled into the country) and you will not dind [sic] 
any lewd remarks about Hitler. Any number of obscene 
accusations against Goring, Frick, Roehm, and Goebbels, 
but nothing against Adolf Hitler. That is a remarkable 
fact that deserves to be put on record.

pg. 108. Fry - Hitler's Wonderland.

In this book Fry tries to show "that there is a great deal 
more in the forest of Hitlerism besides the senseless 
brutality of Storm Troopers and the exuberant agitation 
of well-meaning Nazis."

Fry demonstrates Chaos, Communism, Crime and Immorality 
(in exaggerated way) in Germany before Hitler- 
quotes Wyndham Lewis-
Biographical material on Hitler based on "Mein Kampf" and 
Edgar von Schmidt-Pauli.
Demonstrates Hitler's achievements in various fields- 
reform, unification etc. (Gives excerpts of Critics 
"the other side" socialists.)
In spite of some good observations Fry has completely 
naive views on Nazism. Points out "that the furture [sic] 
of the entire civilized world is indissolubly merged in 
the future of the Third German Empire"

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