The Hitler I Knew: The Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 242 pages
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“Up to the last moment, his overwhelming, despotic authority aroused false hopes and deceived his people and his entourage. Only at the end, when I watched the inglorious collapse and the obstinacy of his final downfall, was I able suddenly to fit together the bits of mosaic I had been amassing for twelve years into a complete picture of his opaque and sphinxlike personality. If my contemporaries fail to understand me, those who came after will surely profit from this account." —Otto Dietrich

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. His direct, personal experience of life at the heat of the Reich makes for compelling reading.

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Review: The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief

User Review  - Andrew Lord - Goodreads

Great insight to the demonic genius that was Adolf Hitler. Very interesting to see how the traits that helped Hitler gain so much power were the exact same traits that had completely doomed Germany (apart from the war, even) by early 1942. Read full review

Review: The Hitler I Knew: Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief

User Review  - Angela Gebhardt - Goodreads

This was a very good book but was very hard to read night after night. I had to take my time with it for sure. The one thing that I found interesting was there were only two sentences that even ... Read full review

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Character and Talent
From Popular Leader to Gambler with Destiny
Hitlers Foreign Policy During the War
Hitler the Soldier
The Leader StateChaos in Leadership
The Führers Will and the Will of the People
Scenes from Hitlers Life
Appendix 2

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About the author (2010)

Otto Dietrich was Hitler's press secretary and confident. He was imprisoned for war crimes after the Nuremberg Trials in 1949 and was released in 1950. He wrote The Hitler I Knewwhile imprisoned for his crimes in Landsberg Prison. He died in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1952.

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