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Hitler fed the public like a pop star

Historian Thomas Weber analyzes in his new book The Key stage in the formation of the Nazi leader in Munich from 1919 to 1923

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Hitler fed the public like a pop star

Hitler's narcissism and his insatiable desire to receive more and more attention are key factors in construction and development of Nazi Germany, and in its ensuing ruin. In this aspect of feedback, which provoked its relationship with public, leader of National Socialism acted "in a way that fits definition of a pop or rock star." It is said by German historian Thomas Weber, who after having meticulously followed character's track during Great War in Hitler's first war (Taurus, 2012), where unveiled had not actually been corporal and that comrades considered it a plugged in, He takes us in his new book to which he considers key stage in construction of Nazi leader: years in Munich from 1919 to 1923.

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In exciting Adolf to Hitler (Taurus), Weber traces that decisive period, questioning with extensive documentation myths and lies that sowed interestingly on his past Hitler himself in my struggle. For German researcher, "The way of Damascus, epiphany of Hitler", did not occur in his time of Vienna before First World War, neir during this nor in end, but later, already in Munich. Weber details Even day: July 9, 1919. "It was by far most important day of its metamorphosis, instant of political transformation and radicalization of Hitler, day when it really all changed for him." That day Treaty of Versailles was ratified and Hitler, like many Germans, realized that y had really lost war (until n y saw it as a tie) and what it was going to entail.

Hitler, Weber said yesterday in Madrid, had moved up to that time in a somewhat vague and erratic, even flirting with ideas of left (something that took very much care to remove from ir official memories). Not knowing where he was headed. "From n on, he became obsessed with causes of Germany's defeat and thinking about how nation could be prevented from relocating itself in a situation of such weakness. He began to look for ideas that served him and those he found kept m until day he died. "

Weber's book is a tremendous walk along a path that Hitler begins on cobbled streets of Munich dressed in a bizarre way, half starved and medrando in insignificant matches, and that reaches ruins of chancellor of Reich and all Germany after passing in front of Auschwitz furnaces. "It is not a straight path, but it is less tortuous than many believe."

"Functional Narcissist"

In Munich of 1919 and years immediately following, Hitler found ideas and opportunities. The first was served, taken from different places, says Weber "as a buffet, creating ir own combo dish." He tested m with audience, "from being a failed narcissist to a functional narcissist," and those that worked best led m beyond. That does not mean, says historian, to be carried alone by applause. It had fixed ideas, more anchored, "its core", of all or nothing, and ors more flexible. His anti-Semitism, for example, was more radical in private than in public and was only increased by audiences when he was answered.

Opportunities, as detailed in book, took advantage of m. Did you have any luck? "He would have spoken of fate, but, of course, luck played a very important role, and coincidence of events. However, one of Hitler's talents was to know how to respond to unexpected crises. When crises appeared that seemed to destroy it, it became a thundering success. "

What impression would Hitler produce today? "The n pretty anachronistic, something out of place like those old movies that first time we found exciting but have been slow. But if it is to judge what a Hitler would be today, to take advantage of opportunities offered by our world, such as social networks, you might like it very much. It would certainly fit. It's frightening to think, "Weber reflexes.

The mysterious origin of his visceral anti-Semitism Thomas Weber, yesterday, in Madrid. INMA FLORES country

from Adolf to Hitler is full of interesting details like that cry "Sieg Heil!" would come from cheerleaders of American football (via friendship of Hitler with Helene Hanfstaengl, a German girl from new York) and scenes like that of Hitler after failed Putsch of 1923 strolling through living room of her dressed in blue robe of her husband and pointing with a pistol in his temple (unfortunately not pulled trigger until 1945). Weber also explains that Hitler was beaten tremendously by soldiers who tried to lecture politically in 1919 or after screed who released at a party of High Society of Munich The host opened Windows to run air and dis Ipar feeling that " filthy essence of something monstrous had been in hall."

The subject of Hitler's anti-Semitism occupies an essential part of book. The Nazi leader managed to create a sensation in Munich by offering a very radical variety. A Biologizada variant explaining alleged harmful influence of Jews in medical terms. Years later, in 1941, with Einsatzgruppen of SS exterminating by east, Hitler said that it felt " Robert Koch of policy", in reference to discoverer of bacillus of tuberculosis. Weber recognizes that in anti-Semitism of Hitler re is something still unexplainable and does not rule out, as or biographers have done, that it had part of its origin in some personal experience. "The problem is that re is no evidence." However, some research points out that key would be in Hitler's famous lost year between 1912 and 1913 and in relationship with a pregnant Jewish girl. Some sources even put that relationship in England! And it's not a Monty Python sketch ...


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