The Hidden Hitler

The Hidden Hitler

The Hidden Hitler

The Hidden Hitler

Synopsis

Lothar Machtan makes a compelling case that Adolf Hitler was homosexual, and that one cannot begin to understand him, his entry into politics, and the early Nazi movement without a clear understanding of this aspect of his identity. Recent books on the Nazi movement have argued that the Third Reich was a fundamentally sordid regime. Machtan provides powerful new evidence in support of this view. This side of Hitler and his "Munich clique, " as Goebbels put it, has never been so vividly evoked. As an intimate portrait of Hitler and as a surprising portrait of the homoerotic nature of the early Nazi movement, The Hidden Hitler is a major and certainly controversial contribution to the biographical literature.

Excerpt

Anyone writing about Hitler takes on a great responsibility. But however daunting the task, historians must continue to tackle the subject for as long as mysteries remain. One would think that the existing literature on Hitler, which fills miles of bookshelves, would be a store of intellectual capital which historians could draw ad libitum, but I have found this a handicap to be mentally discarded before making progress of my own. Discovering something new about Hitler entails the courage to form one's own opinion. What Hitler did in history has been amply documented in the literature. Who Hitler was, however, is a question on which I hope to shed light.

A DEMON, A "CENTENNIAL MONSTER"?

Adolf Hitler. No other German politician is associated with such far‐ reaching historical changes and such monstrous crimes. His name . . .

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