The Hitler I Knew

The Hitler I Knew

The Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief

eBook - 2010
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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. This is his direct, personal experience of life at the heart of the Reich.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., Ă2010
ISBN: 9781602399723
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Moorhouse, Robert


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Jul 12, 2019

A shrewd assessment of Hitler by one who knew him well. Dietrich blames Hitler's indiscipline and blunders for losing the War. He especially faults Hitler's failure to forge a true alliance with the defeated French against the USSR; Hitler said it would alienate Mussolini, who would prove worthless. (The last troops to hold the Soviets back from Hitler's bunker were French volunteers of the Charlemagne Division, a fact that only added to Hitler's depression.)

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