“If Hitler had succumbed to an assassination or an accident at the end of 1938, few would hesitate to call him one of the greatest of German statesmen, the consummator of Germany’s history”
Joachim C. Fest, Hitler’s biographer
“The German working class positively benefited from Hitler`s rule, under which the standard of living was raised till it became the highest in Europe.”
Hugh Trevor-Roper, British historian
“Adolf Hitler was probably the last of the great adventurer-conquerors in the tradition of Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon, and the Third Reich the last of the empires which set out on the path taken earlier by France, Rome and Macedonia”
William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
“There was nothing conservative about Adolf Hitler. He was an artist and a revolutionary. He wanted to completely upend and remake German society”
A.E. Samaan, Investigative Historian
“Hitler not only established his power from the very beginning with masses of people who were until then essentially nonpolitical; he also accomplished his last step to victory in March of 1933 in a legal manner, by mobilizing no less than five million nonvoters, that is to say, nonpolitical people.”
Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism
“Hitler was calling upon Almighty God to give him courage and strength to save the German people and right the wrongs of Versailles… and then to settle down and govern the county in the interest of those millions of oppressed “little people” for whom he spoke so eloquently”
“Who is the true friend of the people? Fascism is. Who has done the most for the working man? The USSR or Hitler? Hitler has… Who has done the most for the small businessman? Not Thorez but Hitler!”
“Let those disbelieve it who will, Adolf Hitler has done more for Germany since he came to power than any other statesman at any other time”
Heinz A. Heinz,”Germany’s Hitler”
When you think about it, Adolf Hitler was the first pop star.
I am not saying that Hitler was a choir boy. But I am saying, let him who was innocent in the Second World War cast the first stone.
Hitler’s dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law [of March 1933].
“I think that it must be admitted that National Socialism has done a great deal for Germany. It has undoubtedly cleaned up Germany in the ordinary moral sense of the word. The defeatism, the corruption so manifest a characteristic in the days after the war has disappeared, at any rate from public view. It has given discipline and order and a sense of purpose to the great majority of young people who in earlier days did not know where to go or what they were living for.”
Philip Kerr, British Ambassador to Washington
“I have never met a happier people than the Germans and Hitler is one of the greatest men. The old trust him; the young idolize him. It is the worship of a national hero who has saved his country.”
David Lloyd George
“When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”
Jesse Owens, black Olympic Champion, 1936
“When I came home, somebody asked me, ‘How did those dirty Nazis treat you?’ I replied that I didn’t see any dirty Nazis, just a lot of nice German people. And I didn’t have to ride in the back of the bus over there”
Archie Williams, black Olympic Champion, 1936
“In fifteen years that have followed this resolve, he has succeeded in restoring Germany to the most powerful position in Europe, and not only has he restored the position of his country, but he has even, to a very great extent, reversed the results of the Great War . . . . the vanquished are in the process of becoming the victors and the victors the vanquished. . . . whatever else might be thought about these exploits they are certainly among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world”
“If our country were defeated I should hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.
In 1939, Princeton’s freshmen again have chosen Adolf Hitler as “the greatest living person” in the annual poll of their class conducted by The Daily Princetonian. Ninety-three votes were given to the German Chancellor, as compared with twenty-seven to Albert Einstein in second position and fifteen to Neville Chamberlain in third. [The vote was taken in November – after Germany invaded Poland]
“I found a Germany which has advanced miraculously from the point of 1933. I found political solidarity, a wholesome tone in the life of city dweller and country dweller alike. I found living costs materially reduced and an unmistakable optimism on every hand. In every quarter I found the same answer to my questioning: Profound belief in the genius of the Leader, love and admiration for him as an individual. My observations have covered a wide range of social classification. I have talked with the humblest type of laborers, with merchants, professional men. I have yet to discover a dissenting voice to the question of loyalty to the Fuehrer. My two young daughters are attending German public schools and are receiving an education which in thoroughness could be equaled in few countries.”
James Louis Garvin, British journalist
“It was evident that Germany needed only a resolute and clear-headed leader to denounce the Treaty; declare her determination to assert her full equality with the Powers, and refuse to be disarmed, plundered and chastised under the pretext of reparations and ‘war guilt’, to rally to him every living soul whose native language was German”
George Bernard Shaw
“That Hitler’s conquest of the hearts and minds of all classes of Germans is now so complete that even if all his Brown Shirts… were to be disbanded tomorrow he would still be easily the strongest man in Germany, and on any appeal to the electorate would be confirmed in power by a quite overwhelming majority of votes…. Hitler is recognized by the whole of the political and official intelligentsia as an exceedingly able man….”
Clifford Sharp, former editor of the New Statesman
“After visiting these two places [the town of Berchtesgaden and Obersalzberg] you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He had in him the stuff of which legends are mad”
John F. Kennedy, 1945
I know for a fact that this idea of the Jews causing the war and the Jews being so all important is nonsense. But that was Hitler’s idea, and it was a pure fantasy
Joachim von Ribbentrop
The religious appeal, however, by giving men a higher, impersonal purpose, sets humanity at one stroke above the market-place, above considerations of merely individual gain, with all that these mean in internecine and suicidal struggle. And to have given his nation such a purpose, to have persuaded them that such a purpose can be worthwhile, is the secret of the Fuehrer’s magic. To my mind, this constitutes his chief importance to the German nation.
Anthony M. Ludovici
I am not worthy to speak loudly of Adolf Hitler, nor do his life and deeds call for sentimental arousal. He was a warrior, a warrior for mankind and a herald of the gospel of justice for all nations. He was a reformer of the highest order, and his historical fate was that he lived in a time of unequalled cruelty, which in the end brought him down.
Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer and Nobel Prize-winner