Hitler’s Table Talk 1941- 1944
Beethoven (pg. 183)
Hitler was confident than they were the best in terms of industrialization, weapons and inventions. During this time, Hitler was criticizing the rival countries on their weaknesses. The Japanese were only capable of improving that which existed by gathering from right and left as long as it suited the subject. The Russians were very poor at rebuilding or even building for that matter. They were so poor in terms of management that it was hard to keep a working factory working all by itself (183). According to Hitler, the Russians licensed aircrafts were far from being as good as the Germans 107.
Hitler felt that the civilization of the Germans was far in front of that of the other countries. He compares Greeks civilization with China or Japan’s civilization within the same period and says, “It is like comparing the music of Beethoven to the screeching of a cat” (183). However, he is grateful to the Japanese because they are good at keeping. On the other hand, he feels that the Russians knowledge of the making of rockets must have been a treachery used before Hitler’s party took over.
In this section, Hitler “brags” about the establishments of his country. He feels that the other countries may have some accomplishments but not as big as German’s accomplishments. Hitler even compares the Russian’s rocket and the German’s rockets. He notes that the Russians’ rockets go off with no noise. On the other hand, the German’s heavy rockets “make such a hellish din that nobody can endure it” (pg 183).
Christianity, no Co-existence (Pgs 144 – 145)
Hitler’s religious stand has brought controversy over the years. Whether he was an atheist or not, he was definitely anti-Judaism; this was practiced by the Jews and anti-Christians. According to an entry made on 13th of December 1941, Hitler thought it was a happy inspiration that the Clergy had been kept out of the party (145). This was back in 1933 after a vote was cast on whether to vote the Church to be part or out of the party. The Church was not included. Hitler further feels that if he had coordinated with the Church, he would “be sharing a lot of the Duce” (145). He further explains that the Duce is one who can think freely but chooses to concede instead.
On the previous page (144), Hitler blames Church for conflicts held in the past. For example, he says that the Germans tore each other to pieces when fighting whether the Communion should be taken in both kinds. He also mentions that he loses respect for humanity when he sees that there are persons, of whatever category, who believe that the Germans cannot triumph without the Church’s blessings. He compares these people with small children who know nothing.
On page 145, Hitler feels that the Germans should be the only people immunized against the Christianity drug. However, he does not believe that the Spaniards and the Italian should be forced to free themselves from Christianity. Hitler further notes that Christianity was both a danger and a lie in the practical and propaganda level. However, he felt that he should have come to an understanding with the Pope; even the most criminal one, was sympathetic to him as compared to a Protestant Minister.
Justice Ministry Criticized (pg 518)
It was clear that there was no justice during Hitler’s era. He confirms that he had convinced Dr. Gurtner to deal with cases of treason with utmost severity. This was in the context within which the Department of Justice had suggested a traitor to be dealt with. According to the department, a traitor was to plead guilty on the grounds of smuggler employment and thus be treated as so. Hitler gives another example when the fortification details in Prussia were betrayed. Dr. Gurtner wanted a mild punishment to be administered since a minor natured damage had occurred. However, Hitler, put it straight to him that the extent of the damage done could not be assessed by then. What looked like a small natured damage may be of great cost in the future according to Hitler.
Such uncertainty brought by such mistakes was one of the reasons why Hitler felt that the traitors would be handed over to the SS Commando for execution. Hitler thought that being a traitor was a sign that one had a hostile mind. Consequently, whether the damage caused by a traitor was small or big, a traitor had to be executed. According to Hitler, the department of defense was too lenient.
On another agenda, Hitler felt that the department of Justice was not carrying out its task with the needed severity. He also confirms that it was not easy convincing the legislature to adapt to the State’s needs. The Cabinet jurist members took time to make their decisions. They also did it hesitatingly. In other words, Hitler made sure that the governance took place according to how he wished and he made sure that his concepts were finally adapted by the concerned parties.
Social Democracy (pgs 20, 21 & 36)
Hitler admits that he did not have a problem with the Social Democrats. In fact, the only thing that made him fear them was that the Social Democrats would “find some base abroad to support their attacks on the party” (21). Hitler did not mind the poor people who felt the communism of Hitler. However, Hitler hated those who thought that his party was for communists. He was more disgusted when he saw the intellectuals talking about communism. He felt that these intellectuals were worse because they exploited the workers and their poverty for their own advantages.
Hitler goes ahead and points out others’ mistakes and accomplishments. For example, he is grateful to Social Democracy for sweeping away the royalties (36). In addition, he blames Kaiser for demanding loyalty from his subject. This is because he had shown the Reich founder such ingratitude with the permission of the German people. This was shameful. Hitler finally puts down the duty of the Nationalism. He felt that National Socialism should allow what was best for the people to be developed without being ceased.
Theatres (pgs 320, 391, 448 & 495)
The theatres were not many then but the number and the theatres’ importance were not related. Some of the well-known theatres were the Volkstheatre, Residenztheatre and the National Theatre. The Theatre in Munich could only accommodate 5,000 spectators. There were three operas in Berlin although five were needed and another in Dresden. These places were full of comedy and Hitler admits to going to a show called Peer Gynt in Staatliche Schauspielhaus.
Hitler goes ahead and mentions the names of some of the actresses who are graceful and mostly found in Berlin. These actresses include Olga Tschechowa, Lili Dagowa and Tiana Lemnitz. These actresses and other theatre personalities were present to entertain the visitors at the operas as part of the protocol. Hitler felt that this protocol, which was only seen when visitors came to Berlin, was a kind of martyrdom.
Hitler feels that it is unfortunate that Germany only has two first-class tenors. This makes them the only source of entertainment in that category thus these singers move round the country without rest. Hitler blames the music directors for not being sufficient in recruiting new members. On a better note, Hitler affirms that the pay of the dancers in the theatres was raised so that they could devote their time to the theatre. This contributed to the performers engaging good-looking girls, further training for the performers and the theatre fostering their education.
Hitler gives an account of his actions and the reasons behind some of these actions. Through these accounts, a reader is able to retrieve some of Hitler’s characters. One thing evident is that Hitler was anti–religious. He especially did not like the Christians due to their doctrines and their beliefs. Of all the Christians, he disliked the Protestants. Hitler felts that the Christian beliefs were similar to those of an unwise child.
Hitler was also arrogant and proud. He felt that his country was the best and it could not be compared to any other countries around. He compared their inventions, weapons and facility and felt that they were on top of all the others including the Russians. He was also one who only saw other people’s mistakes but not his own. He justified his mistakes by pointing out the weaknesses of the concerned subjects. For example, he felt that the justice system in the country was not strong effective enough. This is why he had implemented some brutal punishments to those found on the wrong.
As much as he was the feared leader, he also liked entertainment. He admits to going to one of the shows shown in the theatres and raising the performers’ pay. He also felt that the music directors were not efficient in their work for not recruiting more tenor singers. More theatres were needed for the growing population and the entertainment was necessary for the Germans and the visitors. These accounts make the reader look at the world using Hitler’s eyes and thoughts. He might have made the worst decisions known in the history of man, but he sure had reasons for making those decisions. He also did one good thing or two during his leadership. The theatre dancers were grateful for their salary increment.
Hitler, Adolf and H R. Trevor-Roper. Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944: His Private Conversations. New York, NY: Enigma Books, 2000. Print.