Hermann Giesler

What I learned about Adolf Hitler from Hermann Giesler

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2018-02-21 12:51

By Carolyn Yeager

THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING ADOLF HITLER'S BEHAVIOR AS A PEACE AND WAR LEADER lies in this sentence, quoted by Hermann Giesler from August 1943, after the devastating air attack on Hamburg. Hitler said, recalling his decision not to attack the remaining British troops at Dunkirk in 1940:

It didn't agree with my character to step on the one who lays on the ground.

He saw the British as essentially defeated, and that they must themselves recognize that fact. He followed up with this: “After awhile I had to rethink. I was mistaken—magnanimity will not be recognized. What you see there [in photos of the Hamburg victims] is destructive brutality. Again and again one tries not to believe this, now I know—no mercy.” (p50 in The Artist Within The Warlord, from which all the quotes here are taken.)

"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Introduction - Episode 1

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-03-06 16:53
 
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March 6, 2014

Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin  use their first program to introduce listeners  to some background information on this collection of what are basically after-lunch-or-supper monologues by Adolf Hitler in the company of his intimate circle. 52m




  • How trustworthy is this text, since Martin Bormann assigned two of his aides to take the notes during meals, then turn them over to him for checking and safekeeping;
  • Why it is valuable to study this book;
  • Questions about the translation and translators – for example, did Francois Genoud tamper with the parts about Christianity;
  • Of those offended by this book, Christians are #1 on the list, complaining that it does not agree with Hitler’s “public record” of positive remarks about Christianity in earlier years;
  • David Irving and Albert Speer both confirmed that these recorded talks are authentically Hitler; Richard Carrier disagrees;
  • Next week we’ll begin reading the text.

The edition being used was translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, published by Enigma Books, New York, and can be found as a pdf here.