ABROAD, ALL WAS CHAOS AS EUROPE ADvanced to her Gethsemane. Breathlessly we listened to Hitler's tirades on the radio.
Ray and I had seen and heard Hitler address 40,000 frenzied Germans in Berlin in 1937. We knew something of his fanatical appeal to the German people. Our taxi that night had driven from the Adlon Hotel through miles of soldiers with drawn bayonets on guard along the streets through which Hitler was to pass to the Sportspalast. We passed through tight battalions of guards to enter. The aisles inside the building were lined with still more armed soldiers. Military bands played stirring martial music as only the Germans can play it. We sat in press seats in the balcony very near the stage. All of Nazidom's big shots were there-- Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, Hess. The excited audience seethed with heiling and guttural noises. A crimson carpet down the great center aisle threw a red glow upon the faces of Hitler's own elite guard standing shoulder to shoulder in ankle-length black greatcoats and black steel helmets.