"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 54

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2015-04-09 13:37

April 9, 2015

Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the Sept. 5-7, 1942 and June 13-15, 1943 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by attorney Heinrich Heim and another aide. 1h25m. Included in this episode:

  • The failings of monarchies and stupidity of Princes - human need for an idol - courageous Munoz Grande;
  • Stalingrad so strongly defended because of its name - Dutch interbred with Malays - Church put religion over race - our soldiers marrying foreign girls ends in catastrophe;
  • Britons have no concept of chivalry in war;
  • No mercy on schoolmasters - discourages replicating museums in major German cities - plans a military museum in Linz;
  • Nineteenth century was time of greatest German masterpieces in every branch of art - Munich lacked adequate money to build quality edifices - men fight for the artistic and intellectual heritage of their nation;
  • In defence of Metternich - Bismarck needed the war in 1866;
  • Natural wonders of landscape attract people more than art museums - poor taste in art can be tolerated but not depravity.

Image: German soldier with Russian machine gun. The Battle of Stalingrad and the surrender of the 6th Army took place during the 10-month break in the Table Talk text.

The edition of Hitler's Table Talk 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.


Dutch interbred with Malays - Church put religion over race
Old problem from Europe dating back to the 1600's. South Africa is a good example of this. 
Over time, the boundaries of the colony expanded. The arrival in 1688 of some French Huguenot refugees, who had fled to the Dutch colony to escape Roman Catholic religious persecution following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, increased the number of settlers. Some of the later colonists, such as German missionaries in the employ of the Company, and settlers from other parts of Europe (e.g. Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland) were also incorporated into what became the Boers (Farmers) and Cape Dutch.
Many of the children born to European fathers, who had settled at the Cape in the 1650-1670s, had slave mothers: "three-quarters of children born to slave mothers had white fathers, during the first 20 years of European settlement
The end result?
Britons have no concept of chivalry in war;

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