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Hitler: The Missing Years Ernst Hanfstaengl Arcade Publishing 1st Arcade Ed edition

7th July 2013 History Books 0 Comments

Ernst Hanfstaengl was born in 1887 to German and American parents. He was educated at Harvard, but eventually moved to Germany, where he met a young Hitler at the very beginning of his political rise. After turning down Hitler’s invitation to continue as his foreign press secretary, he returned to the United States, where he worked with the American government against the Nazi regime. He died in 1975.

John Toland was an American author and historian best known for his Adolph Hitler: The Definitive Biography and The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 19361945, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 2004. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

An intimate friend of Adolf Hitlers who turned against him during the Nazi rise to power delves into the character of one of historys most evil dictators.

Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler speaking in a Munich beer hall and, mesmerized by his extraordinary oratorical power, was convinced the man would some day come to power. As Hitlers fanatical theories and ideas hardened, however, he surrounded himself with rabid extremists such as Goering, Hess, and Goebbels, and Hanfstaengl became estranged from him.

But with the Nazis major unexpected political triumph in 1930, Hitler became a national figure, and he invited Hanfstaengl to be his foreign press secretary. It is from this unique insiders position that the author provides a vivid, intimate view of Hitlerwith his neuroses, repressions, and growing megalomaniaover the next several years. In 1937, four years after Hitler came to power, relations between Hanfstaengl and the Nazis had deteriorated to such a degree that he was forced to flee for his life, escaping to Switzerland. Here is a portrait of Hitler as youve rarely seen him. 0

Hitler: The Missing Years

The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich’s Press Chief

A member of Hitler’s staff who monitored foreign press for the dictator, Dietrich began this memoir within months of Nazi Germany’s defeat. The audience clearly on Dietrich’s mind was the German people, to whom, as a Hitler associate, he felt obligated to offer an explanation of the author of their trauma in 1945. There are sound reasons why Dietrich’s recollections (which were originally published in the 1950s; this is the first American edition) never became as well known as Albert Speer’s Inside the Third Reich (1970). Long on philosophy and anecdotes, Dietrich’s narrative and factual utility to a historian would be limited. Nevertheless, his character observations accord with historian Ian Kershaw’s biography and so may engage general interest in what Hitler’s haunts and habits were like. Amid details about physical surroundings, Dietrich imparts the tedium of listening to Hitler’s repetitive nocturnal monologues, from which palaver Dietrich theorizes a dual personality of superficial affability concealing aggressive willfulness. However postwar Germans reacted to Dietrich’s portrait, his work shows present readers an insider’s first-draft exegesis of Hitler. –Gilbert Taylor

The chilling memoir of Hitlers press chief.

Up to the last moment, his overwhelming, despotic authority aroused false hopes and deceived his people and his entourage. Only at the end, when I watched the inglorious collapse and the obstinacy of his final downfall, was I able suddenly to fit together the bits of mosaic I had been amassing for twelve years into a complete picture of his opaque and sphinx like personality. If my contemporaries fail to understand me, those who came after will surely profit from this account.Otto Dietrich

When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitlers press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler, requesting that it be published after his death.

Dietrichs role placed him in a privileged position. He was hired by Hitler in 1933, was his confidant until 1945, and he workedand clashedwith Joseph Goebbels. His direct, personal experience of life at the heat of the Reich makes for compelling reading.

The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich’s Press Chief

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