"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 36

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2014-11-13 01:13

Nov. 13, 2014

Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the May 3-11, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. 1h31m. Included in this episode:

  • Importance of spreading artistic treasures to the provinces, not allowing Berlin to hog all resources;
  • Bayreuth, Linz and Nuremberg as important symbols of the Reich;
  • Why the Duce's entourage constantly changes, and the difficulty of finding first-class men for every job;
  • Hitler praises certain youth leaders, and says he is not a Messiah;
  • Infiltration of Jews into the media contrasted with the independent National Socialist newspapers;
  • British hypocrisy vs German respect for the truth, and a national sanctuary for the burial of Germany's great men.

Image: Reichsjugendfuehrer Baldur von Shirach in the midst of some of his happy Pimpf's, the youngest age group of the Hitler Youth. Hitler credited Shirach with founding and organizing "the most important youth movement in the world."

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.


1,000 ReichsMark for annual income for foreign workers was still more than foreign workers made under their failed economic systems. A Volkswagen cost RM 1000, so that is about $15,000-$20,000 in today's money for a small new car.
Compare this to the US-Mexico situation. $15,000 is a lot of money in Mexico and double what the average annual wage is in Mexico itself nowadays. The German controlled Eastern Territories thereby would have increased the standard of living of Ukranian workers for example by 100%. 

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