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I Saw Hitler! Hardcover – 1932

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart, incorporated (1932)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006ALOL8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,494,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John H. VINE VOICE on February 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
'5-stars' as a historical artifact and time capsule, and not as a piece of writing. Dorothy, an unusual woman for her time, obviously set out on a diatribe against the 'Fuehrer' and the NSDAP, and that is what this is. Most interestingly of all is that this 'interview' and book, -- she does not even document all of the interview as any mediocre reporter or journalist would -- were published in 1932, before Hitler's actual accession to power in 1933.

'For seven years I have been trying to see Adolph Hitler.... In personal intercourse, he is shy, almost embarrassed.' It is no great surprise that the NSDAP did not place Thompson as a very worthwhile priority on the busy man's time.

'I was a little nervous. I considered taking smelling salts.'

'And yet, he is not without a certain charm .... There is something irritatingly refined about him.'

The many photos and captions at the back make the book more worthwhile: several early Hitler photos including one holding a child, assassinated Communist Eisner, Gottfried Feder, a 'Proclamation to All Germans' with Hitler and Ludendorff's names on it, assassinated Mathias Erzberger and Walther Rathenau, a photo of 'ring-daggers' as worn by the SA, a death photo of Gustav Stresemann, protesters of the JUDENPRESSE [Jewish press], Hjalmer Schacht, Captain Goering and Captain Strasser, and a bizarre 'provincial wax-works' statue of Hitler (which must have been around in 1932, but where?).

'In the streets Hitler's most formidable opponents are the communist.' Viewing in hindsight, Thompson actually makes a point she never intended.

Highly recommended for all readers of WWII history.
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