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Hitler Quotes About World War TwoThat Give A Glimpse into His Mind

Adolf Hitler, the most reviled and notorious figures and dictators of the 20th century, was well-known for some of the most persuasive speeches. Hitler’s speeches were so impressive that he was considered to be a gifted speaker.
Hitler’s style of speech-making was believed to be not only enthusiastic but also truly energetic. His speeches are characterized by clarity and simplicity of expression, irrefutable logical reasoning, and razor-sharp dialectic. He was able to reach into people’s souls in a way which never remains unanswered. He used his style of speaking and his speeches to spread his controversial populism and make the crowd irritated and angry about his enemies.
After the First World War, the German society was in a state of resentment and fear. Thus, he used populist themes when giving speeches in order to add to the insecurity and increase it. As a matter of fact, his speeches had a hypnotic effect on the crowd.
Hence, we hand-picked some of the most powerful Hitler quotes about World War Two which can give you a glimpse into his mind and complicated personality.

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Mussolini’s Favorite Torture: Castor Oil

Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime was often depicted as inept and ridiculed for its comic appearances. The illusions of the new Roman Empire and Mussolini’s ambition of creating a state that would encircle the Mediterranean, calling it Mare Nostrum, were shattered when poorly equipped and led Italian army started suffering defeat after defeat and was forced to call its German allies to help. These military humiliations certainly didn’t help Mussolini’s image in history books.

While it is true that compared to Hitler and the Nazi Party Mussolini and his cronies look like a watered down version of Nazism, that doesn’t mean they were harmless, especially to people opposing their politics. Murders and torture were everyday occurrences in Mussolini’s Italy, and there was nothing comical about that. Mussolini did have some peculiar way of torturing his opponents, though.

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There was a saying stating that Mussolini’s power was reinforced by “the bludgeon and castor oil.” The bludgeon is self-explanatory, but the castor oil seems a bit confusing. Castor oil was used as cover-all medicine for any kinds of stomach troubles in Italy, due to it being a mild laxative. For instance, if some poor kid decided he wanted to skip school because his tummy hurts, he or she would be force-fed a tablespoon of it and would spend the afternoon on the toilet contemplating the value of education. Almost every ailment of the digestive tract was treated with a tablespoon of castor oil. It also doubled as a form of punishment for disobeying children and mentally-ill patients. Mussolini’s thugs had a brilliant idea to feed a whole bottle of castor oil to their victims and watch as diarrhea strikes.

The torture was very humiliating, and that was its main goal. It allowed the torturers to ridicule their victim and show them that they have full control of their body. However, lasting diarrhea could easily dehydrate the victims, and there were instances of their death. The fact that castor oil was often administered together with the bludgeon complicated their recovery from dehydration and reduced their chances of survival at the hands of the fascists.

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Even today, the castor oil is used in Italian political discourse. It is often used as a means to ridicule politicians, especially right-wing ones. The phrase “Usare l’olio di ricino,” (“to use castor oil”) means to force someone to do something against their will, just like “usare il manganello” (“to use the bludgeon”). It took decades to purge the myth of castor oil usefulness from minds of Italians.

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Hitler’s Inner Circle – the most powerful Nazis

Although a synonym for the evil of the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler didn’t commit all those atrocities by himself. He had plenty of people helping him and enforcing his plans, even shaping them. Today we take a look at Hitler’s inner circle, a group of the most powerful Nazis in Germany immediately before and during the World War 2. These men are directly responsible for millions of dead and untold amounts of misery and suffering they inflicted on innocent population throughout Europe.

Walther Funk – Minister of Economics

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Appointed as President of the Reichsbank by Adolph Hitler in 1938, Walther Funk remained on that position until the end of the war. He was nicknamed “The Banker of Gold Teeth” for his role in removing the gold teeth from the concentration camp prisoners and melting them to provide funds for German war efforts. He was sentenced in Nurnberg Trials.

Joachim von Ribbentrop – Foreign Minister

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The architect of Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact that stunned the world in 1939, Joachim von Ribbentrop was one of the closest Hitler’s confidants, especially when it came to foreign policy.

Albert Speer – Minister of Armaments and War Production

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Hitler’s favorite architect, Albert Speer designed the most important buildings in the Third Reich, like Reich Chancellery and the Zeppelinfeld. He was made Minister of Armaments and War Production in 1942. In Nurnberg Trials, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Karl Donitz

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Karl Donitz was Hitler’s submarine expert. His wolf packs that roamed the Atlantic sunk thousands of Allied ships, carrying important materials and men. After Hitler’s suicide, it was Donitz who became the new Fuhrer and negotiated the capitulation of Germany.

Erich Raeder

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Grand Admiral Erich Raeder was the commander of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) at the start of the World War 2. He resigned his post in 1943 and was sentenced at Nurnberg Trials to life in prison.

Wilhelm Keitel

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Wilhelm Keitel was the first chief of Hitler’s Supreme Command of the Armed Forces. He was despised by many of his subordinates as Hitler’s yes man and a lackey and given the nickname Lakeitel. He was instrumental in Hitler’s takeover of the army. Keitel was sentenced to death and executed in 1946 for his crimes against the humanity during the Third Reich.

Joseph Goebbels – Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

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A Doctor of Philosophy, Joseph Goebbels became a member of Nazi Party rather early, in 1924. Serving as party’s overseer in Berlin, he became interested in the use of propaganda. Goebbels became Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in 1933 when Hitler came to power. He remained loyal to Hitler to the end. One day after his Fuhrer committed suicide, Joseph and his wife Magda did as well, having killed their three children beforehand.

Martin Bormann – Chief of the Nazi Party Chancellery

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Martin Bormann was drafted from high school into an artillery regiment in the last days of the Great War. After the armistice, young Borman became a member of Freikorps and in 1927 he joined Nazi Party and the SS. His climb to power started in Rudolf Hess office, where Bormann worked as his secretary. After Hess’ betrayal in 1941, Bormann was transferred to Hitler’s office and soon became his secretary, a position from which he controlled all access to Hitler. He was also named Chief of the Nazi Party Chancellery. Bormann committed suicide after failed attempt to escape from Berlin in the aftermath of Hitler’s death.

Hermann Göring – Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe

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A legendary World War 1 pilot, Hermann Göring flew with the Red Baron himself and his support of the Nazi Party went a long way into bringing Adolph Hitler to power, something Fuhrer never forgot, despite many of the Göring’s failings, both in personal and professional life. Hermann was sentenced to death but cheated the hangman by committing suicide in his prison cell in 1946.

Heinrich Himmler – Reichsführer-SS

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Heinrich Himmler is often described as the evilest person in Hitler’s inner circle. While that is debatable, it can’t be denied that his anti-Semitism is largely behind the Holocaust. Himmler became Reichsführer-SS (commander of the SS) in 1929. Leading the SS proved to be a very powerful position which Himmler used to take out his opponents and increase his influence in the Third Reich. He tried to negotiate peace with the Allies in April 1945, but only managed to enrage Hitler, who issued a death warrant on him. Himmler was captured by the British and committed suicide in captivity.

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Ernst Rohm – One Of The Closest Friends Of Hitler

A hero of the World War One, Ernst Rohm was a highly decorated soldier who was wounded twice during his years in the trenches. He was awarded Iron Cross First Class and ended the war as a captain. His first wound left him a large scar on his face, something he was extremely proud of.

Just before the war ended, Rohm contracted Spanish Influenza, a virus that killed millions around the globe. Remarkably, against all odds, Rohm survived the illness. After the war, he remained in German Army and helped extinguish the Munich Soviet Republic as well as several other communist uprisings.

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In 1919, he joined German Workers’ Party, which would become National Socialist German Workers Party or the Nazi Party the following year. It was then he met Adolph Hitler and the two became very close friends and political allies. On November 9th, 1923, Hitler and Rohm were among the main organizers of the Beer Hall Putsch, which failed and they were arrested, together with other conspiracy leaders. Rohm only got a suspended sentence, while Hitler spent nine months in prison.

In 1925, they had a falling out over the future shape of Rohm’s infamous SA or Sturmabteilung. Rohm, angered by his friend, resigned all his party and public positions and spent the next three years living in seclusion. Tired of waiting for the revolution to come, he left Germany and went to South America. He took a position of an adviser in the Bolivian Army in 1928.

In 1930, Hitler called Ernst back to Germany, in preparation for his ascent to power. Rohm accepted and became SA’s new chief of staff, a position he used to reorganize the organization and fill it with his close friends. His relationship with Hitler was mended, and they continued to be close friends, with Rohm being the only person in Germany allowed to call the leader Adolph or even Adi, instead of Mein Fuhrer.

Even after 1933 and Hitler’s appointment as the Reich Chancellor, Rohm continued to push for National Socialist revolution. Soon, he clashed with Hitler again, but this time he had a full might of SA behind him. Among the senior Nazi party leadership, he was considered a grave threat and Hitler was forced to deal with him. Even the German president Hindenburg was pressuring him to resolve “the Rohm situation.”

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In the series of events that would later become known as The Night of the Long Knives, on June 30th, 1934, Hitler used SS (until then a detachment of SA), German police and even some army units to eliminate the entire SA leadership and kill a majority of its senior leaders. Rohm was arrested and placed in prison. Hitler was reluctant to order his death, but finally caved in under pressure and offered him a suicide. Rohm refused and was killed in his cell by Theodor Eicke and Michael Lippert. Lippert was trialed for his part in Rohm assassination in 1957 and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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Geli Raubal, Hitler’s first love

When police arrived at Prinzregentenplatz 16 in Munich on the afternoon of the September 23rd, 1931, they found a young woman lying in the pool of her own blood. She was quickly identified as Geli Raubal, Adolph Hitler’s niece. The apartment in Prinzregentenplatz 16 was registered to Hitler and the gun lying next to the dead body was also his.  The rumors of murder after a lovers’ spat started circulating Munich almost immediately.

Angela Maria “Geli” Raubal was a daughter of Adolf’s half-sister, Angela. Her father died when Geli Raubal was three years old. She, together with her mother and brother, moved to Hitler’s Berghof villa near Berchtesgaden in 1928, where Angela started working as a housekeeper. Angela was the only relative Hitler kept in touch with and also the only of his siblings he mentioned in Mein Kampf. Angela was visiting him while he was in prison in the 1920s and it would seem that they kept their relationship cordial afterward. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Hitler adored Geli.

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Hitler soon took fancy of young Geli and she moved to his apartment in Munich. Although it is unclear whether their relationship was intimate, it was definitely a romantic one. Hitler enjoyed her company and the couple was often seen visiting Munich posh establishment, like restaurants and theaters.

Both Hitler and Geli had a jealous streak and fights were a frequent occurrence in Prinzregentenplatz. Geli was accusing Adolf of having an affair with a 17-year old model named Eva Braun. Hitler, not to be outdone, discovered that Geli was secretly dating his chauffeur, Emil Maurice. After this, Maurice was fired and the relationship ended abruptly.

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While Hitler’s part of the life that includes relationships and intimacy with women remains a mystery to this day, there are some accounts of his activities in this field with Geli Raubal. Wilhelm Stocker, an SA officer, wrote about one of them: ‘She admitted to me that at times Hitler made her do things in the privacy of her room that sickened her but when I asked her why she didn’t refuse to do them she just shrugged and said that she didn’t want to lose him to some woman that would do what he wanted.’

Apparently, living with Hitler proved to be too much for Geli, and she was desperate to regain her freedom. After the Maurice incident, Adolf watched her like a hawk and forbade her visits from her male friends altogether, just to be on the safe side. Geli planned to escape to Vienna and study music there, something Hitler vehemently opposed.

She was never to leave the apartment alone and was always accompanied by either Hitler or a member of his entourage. It was revealed later that she met a man from Linz she wanted to marry, but Hitler put a stop to that as well, trying to keep her all for himself.

On September 18, 1931, Hitler was scheduled to depart for Hamburg, after lunch with Geli. The lunch didn’t go as planned as the two got into an argument, which ended with Adolf storming out of the apartment. Tomorrow morning, he was recalled to Munich, as Geli Raubal’s dead body was discovered. The police ruled it as a suicide, committed with Hitler’s Walther pistol.

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Hitler was devastated and have spent the next few days alone in a house at Tegernsee lake. He didn’t even attend the funeral but did visit the grave two days later.

The grief, however, was short-lived and he continued his relationship with Eva Braun as if nothing happened. Geli’s mother Angela, who was a strong opponent of this relationship, soon left Berghof and moved to Dresden. Hitler never forgave her objections.

Despite the claims made by Hitler’s political opponents, no further investigation into the death of Geli Raubal was made, and it remained officially a suicide. It is worth noting that the first police officer on scene was Heinrich Muller, who took the unfinished letter from Geli’s desk, which never made it to the evidence locker. Muller was later named the chief of the Gestapo and became one of the highest-ranking Third Reich officials.

Incidentally, he is the only senior Nazi official whose fate remains a mystery, as his body or evidence of his death were never found, yet no trace of him after the war was discovered. He was last seen in Hitler’s bunker on May 1st, 1945. After that, he fell off the face of the Earth.

There are several theories claiming that Hitler lost his temper and shot Geli in a fit of rage and left the apartment on September 18th only afterward, to provide an alibi. There is no evidence to support this claim and the fact that a note was found, but never shown to the public makes it highly doubtful one.

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