"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 34

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-10-30 17:59

Oct. 30, 2014

"Thanks to the presence of a regiment of the Leibstandarte, the countryside is abounding with jolly and healthy young children."

Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the April 12-24, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. 1hr24sec. Included in this episode:

  • Cost/benefit of the Olympic Games in Berlin;
  • Elementary schooling, schoolmasters vs schoolmistresses, "Reich Schools;
  • Installing Dr. Schacht as head of the Reichsbank over Dr. Luther was a complicated processes;
  • Why the Metropolitan Opera House in New York has just closed its doors;
  • The SS contribution to good German blood and babies - the importance of who carries arms;
  • Praise for the Duce, dislike of the Italian aristocracy;
  • Decisive events of the war so far reveal the weakness of German High Command in 1st WW - the build-up of the new navy;
  • No sanction for soldiers to marry foreign women - the importance for children of true affection between marriage partners - domestic trouble in marriages of National-Socialist leaders.

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.


A billion is not the same in English and German.
The Reichsbank was still international in 1933, when Hitler was Chancellor and asked the President (Hindenburg) to release Luther from office. The president in the Weimar Constitution basically appoints most positions and has the power to recall those decisons as well. Much like a monarch. Later, Hitler occupied the presidency himself, but the position was called Fuehrer. That said, the Reichsbank consequently was not international anymore at some point after Hitler took office (of the presidency), reading between the lines and connecting the context. 

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