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Office of Strategic Services
Hitler Source Book
by Konrad Heiden
(Part 3 of 4)

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A man of splendid presence, he won over Hitler completely and gained a political influence over him which was positively fetal. Scheubner-Richter was one of the cases in which Hitler was completely duped by an impressive social bearing. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 95)

He always behaved in such a way that when he left a company of people he had made a stronger impression on them than they on him.

This behavior, which was constantly repeated betrayed a lack of confidence in his own natural resources; he called in the aid of stage-management. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 97-98)

March 1920 ...Hitler, with his pointed beard, stood modestly to one since in the role of bookkeeper. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 102)

Thereby he stands out from all his adversaries and rivals. Where others after a defeat would have gone home despondently, consoling themselves with the philosophic reflection that it was no use [unreadable] against adverse circumstances, Hitler delivered a second and a third assault with sullen defiance. Where others after a success would have become more cautious, because they would not dare put fortune to the proof too often and perhaps exhaust it, Hitler persisted and staked a bigger claim on destiny with every throw. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 106)

In July 1921 Hitler was staying in Berlin with the Bechsteins and taking elocution lessons in order to remedy his Austrian dialect and strengthen his voice. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 106)

1923 ...But Schweyer did not trust him; he was alarmed by the flocking of thousands of S.A. men into Munich, The party conference was forbidden. Then Hitler rushed to the new Chief of Police, Nortz, and made a scene such as this officer had never experienced in his life before; he begged, he threatened, he wept, and finally he sank upon his knees, spread out his arms and (Hitler-Heiden-p. 120-121)

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(Hitler-Heiden-p. 120-121 cont.)

cried:"Herr Polizeiprezident, let me march. I guarantee that nothing shall happen!" But even the kneeling was to no purpose. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 120-121)

As an eye-witness [rest of paragraph unreadable]

"I have four shots in my pistol-three for my colleagues if they desert me, and the last for myself."

He put the pistol to his forehead and declared solemnly: "Unless I am victorious tomorrow, I shall be a dead man." (Hitler-Heiden-p. 140)

"Yes, Excellency, we must [unreadable] ... grave injustice to the monarchy, which was sacrificed so shamelessly to the crime of November 1918. With your Excellency's permission, I will drive straight from this meeting to His Majesty (Prince Rupprecht) and inform him that by this German revolt the wrong done to His Majesty's late father has been made good."

I want now to fulfill the vow which I made to myself five years ago when I was a blind cripple in the military hospital: to know neither rest nor peace until the November criminals had been overthrown, until on the ruins of the wretched Germany of today there should have arisen once more a Germany of power and greatness, of freedom and splendor. Amen!" (Hitler-Heiden-p. 145)

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Hitler grasped him and the other men in turn by the hands and shook them long and fervently, gazing fixedly into their eyes as he did so. Some witnesses speak of tears. Hitler said to Kahr in a hoarse voice: "Excellency, I will stand behind you as faithfully as a dog!" (Hitler-Heiden-p.146)

From this day on, Hitler maintained a sense of tragic connection with Streicher. Two years later , after Streicher had been the subject of violent dispute within the party, Hitler ratified his appointment as District Leader of [unreadable]. On this occasion he said: "Perhaps there are one or two who don't like the shape of Comrade Streicher's[unreadable], but when he lay beside me on that day on the pavement by the Felderrhalle, I vowed to myself that I would never forsake him so long as he did not forsake me." (Hitler-Heiden-p. 157)

"While the [rest of paragraph unreadable] (Hitler-Heiden-p. 158-159)

Five years later Hitler told a remarkable story about this flight. He appeared on the platform of the Munich Lowenbraukeller, holding a boy by the hand and declaring that on November 9, 1923 he had found this boy at the Felderrhalle, taken him under his arm, and carried him out of the range of the firing. With a dislocated arm! It might be objected that, however great his love for children, Hitler might have done better to stay at the head of his men and fight the battle to the end. If he was still in a condition to carry way children under his arm, he must also have been in a condition to stick to his post on the pavement. Moreover, it should be mentioned that neither Dr. Fohulz nor Dr. Goebbels nor any other eyewitness knew anything about this mysterious boy. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 159-160)

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Widows, mothers, sweethearts, sisters, mourned the deaths of sixteen comrades. [unreadable] He had beat the head of those [unreadable] comrades, he had led them into the fire; he had been the first to leave them cravenly in the lurch. On his memory was imprinted an agonized and unforgettable picture: two leaders, two [unreadable], two directions--Ludendorff advancing to the [unreadable], Hitler fleeing in a car. The prisoner could [unreadable] with his comrades, his adversaries, what the [unreadable] of his conduct. And he resolved to rehabilitate himself by an act of desperation. (Hitler-Heiden-p. 164)

[paragraph unreadable]

He presented a psychological report to the famous orator, based on observation of the living subject: he described Hitler as tactless, narrow-minded, tedious, at one time brutal, at another sentimental, and in any case second-rate. Hitler had given his word not to engage in a Putsch: he had broken his word; he had admitted his fault and begged Colonel von [unreadable] for forgiveness; "And no matter how often Herr Hitler has stated that this is untrue, it is what actually happened!"

Hitler could no longer contain himself. Aglow with wounded vanity, he asked: "Was it the sentimental or the brutal Hitler who begged for forgiveness?"

In the Bavarian Diet, the electors, rallied by the great trial, gave the movement a fifth of all the seats; at one stroke it became the second largest party. In the Reichstag it secured 230 mandates, The recognition of his impotence and the triumph (Hitler-Heiden-p. 174)

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