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Short Answer Despite the claims of some sites, I can find no evidence that Hitler himself said 'Heil Hitler', and it would make no sense for him to do so as the words were more than a greeting: they indicated obedience to the leader (Hitler) and were an oath of allegiance (to Hitler). This was made clear by a senior Nazi official, Gregor Strasser, as early ...


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Well, not officially. Insulting the Führer or insulting Hitler, any laws for that? 'Insulting the Führer' was often interpreted as being a Lèse-majesté, codified from the beginning of the 2nd Reich in 1871 as "Majestätsbeleidigung und Verunglimpfung des Staatsoberhauptes (§§ 94 ff. RStGB, 90 StGB)", and still a German law in §90 StGB. After January 1933 ...


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According to Rochus Misch, the Berlin Bunker telephonist and part of the Führerbegleitkommando (Führer Escort Command; FBK), Hitler did tell jokes but I cannot state for a fact that Hitler had a sense of humour. I never heard him laugh out loud. That may be because I did not know him until after the war began. The Old Campaigners [those who had been ...


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Q What was Hitler like in private? We cannot know! The vast majority of material available that otherwise might shine some light on this is highly unreliable. Q That being said, we also know that Hitler's public image was very carefully maintained.[…] Do any unbiased firsthand accounts exist of Hitler's general personality and demeanor[…]? This care ...


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tl;dr: Initiative. This is the same reason Stalin kept ordering counterattacks in 1941 and 1942 - because it is the only way to stop (or at least slow down) an advancing overwhelming force, because in a (counter)offensive you select the time and place of the battle and can (try to) do it to your advantage. I understand that this sounds counterintuitive, ...


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No, since the greeting is being made to him or referencing him as the leader he would not greet or reference himself Nazi salute - Description By autumn 1923, some members of the Nazi Party were using the rigid, outstretched right arm salute to greet Hitler, who responded by raising his own right hand crooked back at the elbow, palm opened upwards, in ...


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In Mein Kampf as well as in Zweites Buch, Adolf Hitler advocates the idea of securing Lebensraum ("living space") at the expense of other nations in wars of aggression. His substantiation, as far as I remember, is that the ultimate goal of any Volk (a people/nation) is to survive and that land is needed for better development of a Volk and, in particular, to ...


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Assuming that with "Weimar" the question asked exclusively about pre-dictatorship Germany then for the timespan from 1919–1934 we have to observe: (October 1930) It's gonna be a clean winter. Nominations just against us. But the scoundrels will be wrong if they think they'll break us by terror and persecution. Interview with a radio man. I gave him a ...


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That was the peace offer, it was essentially repeating a similar offer made in October 1939. Halifax's reply is here. Its content isn't especially remarkable, although coming from Lord Halifax, who had proposed suing for peace in May, was important.


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I'm looking for rational motives from a military standpoint It might be a lot more "rational" if you apply a different kind of logic. We like to think of military strategy of something that is a task in optimizing all the resources you have to gain an acceptable outcome, where one of the acceptable outcomes might be honorable defeat and maybe capture. ...


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Others have covered the documentary sources very well. I'd like to draw attention to another way of answering this question: the Hitler-Mannerheim recording: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler_and_Mannerheim_recording This is the only known recording of Hitler having an unscripted conversation. It was made without his knowledge. An English transcript is ...


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I remember two jokes from in the book of William Shirer, in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. One is regarding to the height to be accepted in the elite unit SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. Hitler: What's the height to enter to the Leibstandarte SS? Answer: 1.8 m Hitler: It seems I'll have to apply to the infantry again. And another, while being ...


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The video description seems indeed misleading. The description for the Youtube video "Mussolini arrives in Germany after being liberated and being greeted by Hitler and other Nazi leaders." says: Former Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini arrives in Germany after his liberation on October 10, 1943 during World War II. A Nazi aircraft arrives and ...


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On this occasion at least, Shirer’s account is probably not far from the truth although the language is perhaps a little subjective. Unfortunately, detailed records of witnesses seem to be thin on the ground, in part because of the way the trial of the putschists was conducted. What witness accounts there broadly agree: the differences are mostly in what ...


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Short answer: Hitler's will, as such, probably played no role in the redistribution of his personal property. Reliable sources could, no doubt, be found to confirm that the Allied intension from the beginning was to confiscate the property of the NSDAP and it's main party leaders. Careful reading of the Wikipedia sources show that, when no longer ...


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I found an answer here: https://www.quora.com/What-type-of-jokes-would-Hitler-tell?share=1 Göring, who was known to be very vain, fond of uniforms and high-sounding titles. One day, Mrs Göring walks into their bedroom and sees Göring standing by the bed with all his underwear laid out on it, and waiving his marshall staff over the bed. -But Hermann,...


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Ignoring Irving, there are other sources to the effect that Hitler realised somebody would have to carry out the end of the war on the German side. He seems to have wanted to avoid capture by the Soviets, and to avoid seeing the defeat of his ideas, hence his suicide and orders to burn his body. But that does not mean he didn't want to control events. His ...


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Question: After his (Hitler's) nervous breakdown during the battle of Berlin, Hitler realized that defeat was imminent and decided that surrendering in the West to save what was left of Germany from the Soviets was the right way to go about things. Hitler also seem to hint at him wanting someone else to negotiate a surrender with ...


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He was quite a bit involved until 1943 in minute details. We can conclude this from all the orders that we know of, however sometimes circumstantial they might look. For the later years when the camps reached their highest rates of killings, I don't know enough about the details he may have known or not. Perhaps he found a new thing to be per-occupied ...


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There are two important things to consider. What this all is supposed to mean is pretty clear from context. Quoted below. In essence: The impressive people are "the Reds". They are to be "made use of", once Hitler finishes the East and turns back to the West, in this case towards dealing with the "reactionary" bunch around Franco. That is – according to ...


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Inspired on your thread, I opened a thread about this in the alternatehistory.com forum. I agree with three of the answers from overoceans, Mariam and BBadolato. While some people have definitely exaggerated the degree of similarities between Fascism/Nazism and Communism, it's true that the Fascists and, especially, the Nazis didn't consider themselves ...


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William L. Shirer should not be considerd a reliable historical source. A Quote from the wiki pages about his first book Berlin Diary , on which his second book was based: Shirer smuggled his diaries and notes out of Germany and used them for his Berlin Diary, a firsthand, day-by-day account of events in Nazi Germany during five years of peace and one ...


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Hitler advocated alliances with the nations he considered superior race. This included primarily Germanic nations (including the UK and the USA), and Italy, basically the most developed nations in Europe and the world, with notable exception of France. So if his ideas worked, the only countries to make an alliance against Germany would be much less-developed ...


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There is no good season for invasion of Russia Napoleon and Hitler invaded in the beginning of the summer. Weather in this part of the year is relatively good for advance, and Russian roads are passable. Napoleon went straight to Moscow and captured it relatively early in the year ( September 14, 1812). However, he did not capture Kiev and his army could ...


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One must assume that by April 19th, with: the German military reduced to conscripting 14 and 15 year old boys as soldiers; Soviet troops occupying all of Pomerania, most of Silesia, Slovakia and Hungary preparing an assault across the Oder-Neisse on Berlin; and Allied troops on the Elbe reducing isolated pockets of German troops in: the Dutch provinces of ...


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Just adding to the other answers, Hitler's chief aid Julius Schaub was ordered to destroy his boss' personal possessions. Schaub was instructed to burn all of Hitler's personal belongings and papers in the garden of the Reich Chancellery.1 Schaub then flew to Munich and did the same in Hitler's private apartment at the Prinzregentenplatz and then at ...


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Hitler's last will and testament gave "items of sentimental value" to his remaining family, his art to a gallery in his home town, and any wealth to "the National Socialist Party if it survives, or the German state if it does not". He explicitly said he didn't care what happened to it if neither of those organizations existed. Specifics about what ended up ...


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Because the 9th Army of SS General Felix Steiner existed, but only on paper. At full strength, this army could plausibly have taken on the First Byelorussian Front. But General Steiner balked because he was outnumbered 10 to 1 by this Russian unit (rather than say, 2 to 1, as might have been the case earlier in the war). At this late date, much the same ...


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Hitler was still trying to act strategically Although popular history, influenced by memoirs of surviving German generals, tries to pin German defeat on Hitler irrationality and supposed madness, in reality it was not so. All controversial decisions made by Hitler (go to Kiev in 1941, drive on oil fields in 1942, various no retreat orders, remain on Crimea ...


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Nietzsche went insane when he was about 40. His sister took possession of his affairs. She complied his unpublished writings and edited them. She, a big fan of Hitler, published some of her brother's unreleased works and edited a bit to fit the Nazi point of view better.


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