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Book Review: Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944

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Introduction

For posterity the text was preserved for hidden conversations in his headquarters. He talks in a relaxed atmosphere about his early childhood and the new German state. Bormann retained the complete text of the conversation. Having stopped appearing and speaking in public, few descriptions are available of his thought process. The notes show that he relaxed, but he controlled his utterances very well. Many individuals are interested and work at various periods at relatively complex history. In different cases, efforts are shielded.

I believe that the man, who in his wide open eye interplies with the world, is not in a religious sense the most natural piety. At the end of this century, the advancement of scientific and technological growth misleads populism, which will soon rule space, to assert superiority of nature.

For posterity, the discussion was well documented, the exceptional text is the product of the inner circle where he spoke regarding the aspirations of his early life and ambitions for the invasion of the world and the creation of the new German empire. There are some instances in the full table of discussions regarding his method , particularly during the war when he started talking to the public and showing. They display high comfort, but he casually proposes killing civilians without any trial and committing thousands to death camps in charge of his utterances, which exposed the cruel and barbaric features of his personality.

Book Review Hitler's Table Talk, 1941-1944

Hitler is calm, yet at the same moment, the utterances he creates are under spite of him. He speaks about a number of things, from his pet pets to his attempts to assassinate the Jewish people. These are all chronologically published. Since they were held throughout his inner circle, these discussions became confidential and casual. These interviews, written in first hand , offer a profound glimpse into Hitter’s emotions and his character in general. In learning politics or culture, this is important since it provides a clearer interpretation of Hitter ‘s views, perspectives and ideas. For researching the workings of his subconscious, the book offers an open path. It’s often insightful, but still troubling.

We need the common mindset of individuals who want to live and handle them. We have to remember the common movements of the Fascist and Russia. The Fascist movement is a spontaneous return to ancient Rome ‘s traditions; the Russian movement is a basic tendency to anarchy. Russland does not incline to high society . People should live in a way that does not make a whole social structure a family collection unit. Russia does not.

The effects of constraints which we call education will bear upon each product of human culture, endowed with beauty. The talk was recorded in his inner company circle the talk included culture, religion and philosophy. In his views about Christianity raised by a catholic father and a devoted mother, he ceased to participating in sacraments after his childhood. During the public statement, he always spoke positively about the Christians in the German culture and also during his belief in an Aryan Christ.

His private statements were often conflicting his intimates such as Joseph Speer and Albert suggest that he had a negative opinion about Christianity. It was Goebbels opinion that he was deeply a Christian but anti-Christian. He reveals his brutal and violent nature when he recommends shooting people without trial in a casual manner. Hitler also thinks of English language as inferior to German. His reason is that English does not sufficiently expresses ideas and thoughts that go beyond the order of tangible items. His hatred for idealism is evident. From the conversations Hitters, mind is one capable of genocide. He says he found it okay to burn the bodies of his political prisoners and uses the ashes to manure the gardens of his Social Security guards.

Hitler in this book is knowledgeable on many subjects such as economics, ecology, bureaucracy, culture and even modernization. His views on ecology and economics are particularly compelling. At that time, the topic of the environment was not much of an issue. Although he was brilliant, it is evident that he used his abilities for destruction and repression instead of advancement of the German society.

Hitler also makes some predictions in these chronicles which come to pass. He predicts the breaking up of the old British Empire and how Czechoslovakia would dissolve. He also predicts the push for attaining a more united Europe. All of these have eventually come to pass. It is a bit weird though, how accurate he was about these. Hitler just like Mao Tse-tung did not view failure as an option, but would pursue success even if millions of lives were claimed in the process (Trevor and Gerhard, 89).

Hitters religious views are also present in this record of his transcribed conversations. Hitler believed in God and Jesus though he disliked the catholic and the Russian orthodox Churches. The idea that Hitler was an atheist is contrasted by these views in these conversations. He believed that he was equal with Jesus who he believed was Aryan and as such the Right-hand of God. He believed he was taking over where Jesus left off. He does not deny Jesus Christ, but he takes the title for himself (Trevor and Gerhard, 123).

Hitler had a hostile attitude towards Christianity. He criticized priests and the church. In this table talk though, Hitler does not denounce Jesus Christ or his Christianity anywhere in his conversations. These conversations on the contrary, aim to show that the church religion is a source of lies and that the original Christianity was, from St.Paul’s falsification of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, an incarnation of Bolshevism. When Hitler speaks of Christ though, he shows admiration. From the conversations, Hitler does not advocate for atheism. He states that he does not want to educate anyone in atheism. It is also evident that he was not a pagan either.  He says the Ten Commandments have no refutation as a code of living. He claims he was not committed to these commandments. In these conversations, Hitler avoids trouble. He does not talk as an insider but an outsider when addressing given issues especially those touching on religion. He gives his statements on the conflicts between science and fiction. In these statements, science triumphs over religion. He states that science is the real source of truth. He suggests that as people learn to accept the truth, Christianity will die a slow death and science will triumph (Trevor and Gerhard, 343).

Hitler opposes women involvement in the rough world of combat and politics. He however praised creative women who were involved in non-traditional roles of child bearing and housekeeping. He praised interior decorator Frau Troost and Leni Riefenstahl who was a film maker. He insisted that they received a regular wage package instead of the little pocket-cash they received formerly. They had to be paid in accordance with their qualifications. He thought this would free these creative women from their need of being dependent on a man for their existence.

In the introduction of this book, Trevor writes about the contradiction between Hitters visionary and his trivial chatter. His mind raged over mankind’s history, the crucial stages of this history and the men who have been agents of this change over the years.

Work Cited
  • Hitler, Adolf, Norman Cameron, R H. Stevens, H R. Trevor-Roper, and Gerhard L. Weinberg. Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944: His Private Conversations. New York: Enigma Books, 2008. Print.

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