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I recently watched a new mini-series on the rise of Adolf Hitler and learnt an insight that hadn't been apparent in other material I had read and watched on era:

There were many proto-fascists in the aftermath of the Great War, but Hitler rose out of the general milieu almost solely due to his oratory skill. Put simply he was a great recruiter for the DAP and then the NSDAP; and so could name his own terms in the party.

Is there any consensus amongst historians or primary sources that oratory was Hitler's fundamental strength?

Because most documentaries don't touch on the matter very deeply. Which I now wonder may have been because acknowledging it would have to acknowledge that a generation of people had to have met him half-way on the road to evil.

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site guidelines: questions are not to ask for sources –  Tyler Durden May 7 at 14:32
also, this is an opinion question, not about historical fact; site guidelines: do not ask questions that are a matter of opinion –  Tyler Durden May 7 at 14:33
@Tyler Durden I have to disagree with you here - I personally like the question. It treads a line close to asking for references but IMO stays on the right side of it and the OP is asking if there is any consensus on the issue. That's just my opinion though. –  Kobunite May 7 at 14:59
@TylerDurden It is a subjective question if oratory is a subjective skill; the infamy of the individual in question shouldn't matter one way or other. Suppose I had asked "Is there any historical consensus that oratory was Winston Churchill's fundamental wartime strength?" would you honestly say that the question couldn't be answered by historians? That historians haven't written "Churchill's strength was X" or "Churchill's strength wasn't X because of Y"? –  LateralFractal May 8 at 2:29
The difference between opinion and fact is whether information (preferably falsifiable) exists on a topic. While 'I don't know myself' is a perfectly legitimate personal stance, it profoundly differs from whether the information exists elsewhere. Otherwise we have a hidden stack requirement of: Don't ask questions we don't know the immediate answer to. –  LateralFractal May 8 at 2:30

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