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Hitler’s Visitors


Here are some excerpts form my ZNet Commentary: "Hitler’s Americanization", of June 4, 1999:

 

"Finally,…,one could raise the following questions:

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- When fleeing [from the police], when arrested and the weeks after that, Hitler had the shit scared out of him. He fled in ’30 seconds’ [from the demonstration site], he asked for protection against possible ‘mobbing’ by the crowd, and he thought of killing himself in the prison cell. [Note 9]. What happened in that prison and Hitler turned back into being his usual ‘arrogant’ self and had the guts to write ‘Mein Kampf’ in the prison? Who were the people that visited him there for the period of a year? Is it far-fetched to deduce that the institutions that saw Hitler as a useful ‘tool’ for their goals contacted him in the prison?

 

I think that if there are any ZNet Commentaries readers in the Munich area, they could start searching the archives of the Visitors Books in Landsberg prison. Who knows, there might be something there.

 

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Notes:

 

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[3] Gritschneder, Otto, ‘Bewahrungsfrist fur den Terroristen Adolf H’. (Probation for the terrorist Adolf H.), Verlag C. H. Beck, Munich, 1990, …

 

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[9] According to the, mostly unknown, testimony of Alois Marta Ott, Institute psychologist, who visited Hitler on November 19, 1923, eight days after his arrest, in Room 7 of the hospital of Landsberg prison, Hitler was ‘completely demoralized’. He had started a hunger strike and was about to be force-fed in the prison hospital. Hitler’s words were: ‘I had enough I am ready, if I had a revolver I would get hold of it’. After talking to Hitler for many hours, Ott managed ‘to calm him down and persuade him to stop the hunger strike’. Gritschneder, p.34, 35" 

 

 

Now, more than a decade later:

 

Here is what happened and is about to happen concerning Hitler’s "visitors", while he was in prison as a terrorist in 1923. On July 2, 2010, that is five days after this is being written, there is going to be an auction of documents about Hitler’s "visitors", etc at the "Auktionshaus Behringer", in the city of Fuerth in Northern Bavaria, close to Nuremberg [!], in Germany. 

 

Among the material to be auctioned there are "more than 300 filled-in talk-cards [Sprechkarten] of Hitler’s visitors and extensive correspondence of the prison administration… Some of the documents were unknown up to now". ["Der Spiegel", June 26, 2010, p. 50].

 

One of the most illustrious visitors was Erich Ludendorff "the strategist of the slaughter of Tannenberg during the First World War" [Der Spiegel], where tens of thousands of humans were killed in a few hours. Also according to "Der Spiegel" there was also the "category of the rich benefactors".

 

Now, who could these "rich benefactors" be? Here, is an opportunity for honest professionals (journalists), academics, and ordinary (young) people to follow the results of this rather strange auction in Germany. It might be that among the "rich benefactors"-visitors were Prescott Bush of the Bush "dynasty", some Rockefellers, Dupont’s, etc, etc. Is it not historically important and extremely instructive to know who were the "rich benefactors" of one of the greatest "terrorists (in probation)" in human history?

 

As expected, a very important visitor of Hitler’s in Landsberg prison was Ernst Sedgwick Hanfstaengl the 6′ 7" tall Harvard educated aristocrat with an American mother and a German father, who was a friend of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and of (the very macho) Teddy Roosevelt. After all, Hitler had found refuge in the Hanfstaengl villa, where he was arrested. [For details see the above June 4, 1999 Commentary]. After such a visit to Hitler’s prison "cell" Hnfstaengl related that he thought as if he were "in a delicatessen shop". There were "fruits and flowers, wines and other alcoholic beverages, ham, sausages, cookies, candy boxes and much more". Hitler had put on weight with all that food but "he rejected Hanfstaengl’s suggestion to take up sport". [Der Spiegel].

 

The papers were offered for auction by a "taxi-small businessman". The material was bought by his father in the early seventies together with some books at a second-hand market in Nuremberg. "How they came to be there is unknown" [Der Spiegel].

 

Of course, it is rather too much to hope that some ZNet readers in the Munich area had something to do with this new development concerning the Hitler visitors, however any information by ZNet friends in Munich on this matter would be more than welcome.

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