The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief

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“Up to the last moment, his overwhelming, despotic authority aroused false hopes and deceived his people and his entourage. Only at the end, when I watched the inglorious collapse and the obstinacy of his final downfall, was I able suddenly to fit together the bits of mosaic I had been amassing for twelve years into a complete picture of his opaque and sphinx like personality. If my contemporaries fail to understand me, those who came after will surely profit from this ...
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“Up to the last moment, his overwhelming, despotic authority aroused false hopes and deceived his people and his entourage. Only at the end, when I watched the inglorious collapse and the obstinacy of his final downfall, was I able suddenly to fit together the bits of mosaic I had been amassing for twelve years into a complete picture of his opaque and sphinx like personality. If my contemporaries fail to understand me, those who came after will surely profit from this account.”—Otto Dietrich

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.

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“However postwar Germans reacted to Dietrich’s portrait, his work shows present readers an insider’s first-draft exegesis of Hitler.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602399723
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Otto Dietrich was the Third Reich’s press chief from 1933 to 1945. He was tried at Nuremberg and sentenced to seven years in prison, where he wrote his memoirs. He died in 1952 at the age of fifty-five.

Roger Moorhouse is a leading expert on the Third Reich and is the author of Killing Hitler: The Third Reich and the Plots against the Führer.

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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

Postscript 218

Appendix 1 229

Appendix 2 235

Index 239

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