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When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler’s press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler, requesting that it be published after his death.
Dietrich’s role placed him in a privileged position. He was hired by Hitler in 1933, was his confidant until 1945, and he worked—and clashed—with Joseph Goebbels. His direct, personal experience of life at the heat of the Reich makes for compelling reading.
Introduction Roger Moorhouse Moorhouse, Roger
Part One: Hitler as Leader of "Party, State, and Armed Forces"
1 Character and Talent 3
2 From Popular Leader to Gambler with Destiny 13
3 Hitler's Foreign Policy During the War 40
4 Hitler the Soldier 60
5 The Leader State---Chaos in Leadership 90
6 The Fuhrer's Will and the Will of the People 101
Part Two: Scenes from Hitler's Life
Scenes from Hitler's Life 111
Appendix 1 229
Appendix 2 235