"Hitler's Table Talk" Study Hour: Episode 41

Published by carolyn on Thu, 2015-01-08 22:39

Jan. 8, 2015

Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the June 21-27, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. 1h25m. Included in this episode:

  • Why Rommel and Dietl are the most popular generals in Germany -- the Volkswagen and desert warfare;
  • Scrutiny of the people's activities by the security police and regulation by the federal ministries should follow the rule of less, rather than more;
  • Problems with transportation of fruits and vegetables, and other items, must be dealt with;
  • Importance of good, strong leadership in the Gaus and newly added territories,
  • Hitler: Nothing more harmful to the organization of a State than over-centralization and limitation of local power;
  • Best method for electing heads of state, including that a son should never succeed his father;
  • Hitler commends Leon Degrelle (even though he was a Royalist) and the  "Flamands", then speaks of the importance of road construction in Russia to begin immediately;
  • The coalition between Great Britain and the United States, Russia and China requires a miracle to hold together.

Image: Erwin Rommel, "the Desert Fox," is awarded the rank and symbolic baton of Field Marshal for his taking of Tobruk on June 21, 1942. Enlarge

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.


Ms Yeager,

I enjoyed your show very much. I know HTT well but have never heard intellegent people openly discuss it. I have a question regarding Lidice and the allegded atrosities. What information is there that confirms the allied version? Or for that matter, that this small town ever existed at all.

viele Dank

What information is there that confirms the allied version?

Only their stories of it, and I've seen different versions of their story.

Or for that matter, that this small town ever existed at all.

Oh, it existed, but it was more a small village, just a number of houses, barns and maybe some simple industry going on. But most men worked in mines and factories in the neighbouring towns/cities.

For everyone's information, this was the order given:

  1. Execute all adult men
  2. Transport all women to a concentration camp
  3. Gather the children suitable for Germanisation, then place them in SS families in the Reich and bring the rest of the children up in other ways
  4. Burn down the village and level it entirely

Ms. Yeager,Thank you for responding.  I remain un-conviced the Lidice event happened.  This is no reflection on you.  After all, your job is not to convince people that National Socialist leaders were evil.   In my mind, fantastic stories (such as Lidice) require verifiable proof. The proofs offered for Lidice and many other similar Stories are not verifiable or good.

Hi Carolyn. Hi Ray. 
I'd like to concur with the pleasant words spoken about Ray. I'd go further. If there was ever going to be a successful revolution in our favor, I'd see Ray as an important active authority, and I believe, he would not shy away either. In the meantime, i also very much appreciate when Ray calls into other of your shows, Carolyn, for commentary. 
Leon Degrelle survived the war and gave an outstanding interview in the 1990's. Please watch if you haven't seen it yet. 
P.S. My praise to you, Carolyn, is a given. You do so much for educating our people and everyone else, who is interested. 
Ergo, with all due respect, you both are very respectable Elders and you provide excellent education, as it's supposed to be.  

It's colder here :P Yes, Ray is indeed very much appreciated. He speaks very clearly as well. I can push the speed on my media player to as fast as I can keep up reading along with the book - around 2.6x - and still understand every word he says just fine without looking at the book. And Ray's a faster than average reader as it is.
Some time I'm going to transcribe all relevant discussion in this series as a companion for the book. There are so many references that I would be completely lost on without it, and I get so much more out of this most excellent book thanks to this series. I'll also transcribe the timelines, as I can't help desiring to know them in comparison to the book despite the fact that any obvious correlations to Hitler's words of the time are few and far between.
By the way, many broadcasts back, when Hitler was discussing the Roosevelts, you wondered in which speech Hitler derided and quoted Eleanor as stating that her family refuses to live in a world such as National Socialist Germany. It was the declaration of war on the US.

I hope you do " transcribe all relevant discussion in this series as a companion for the book." And include the timeline. That would be really fantastic and you are someone who could be entrusted with the job; ie. doing it well.

And thanks for the reminder of when Hitler made his humorous comments on "the wife." I thought that was the funniest part.