All this, however, was merely giving a taste of plunder to the little fellows to help the war morale. Those higher up were looking for bigger game. They began systematically to take over one business after another, one factory after another, one plant after another in the conquered areas.

It is too early to estimate how much of Europe's substance the Nazis have arrogated to themselves. Shortly after my return from Gestapo internment, one of America's largest financiers, a man whose word carries great weight in Wall Street, said to me:

"The largest task of economic and financial. unscrambling of an omelette in human history faces us at the end of this war. What Nazi aggrandisement has done to the economy of Europe nobody can estimate."

I believe him implicitly.


IX: Heil Hitler!

THERE is no greater showmanship to-day than that revealed in the build-up of a Hitler mass meeting to a peak of excitement and mob hysteria.

For hours before the meeting begins the faithful have been streaming to the scene of the demonstration. The factories, the party headquarters, the government offices must all "spontaneously" furnish an allotted quota of participants. Everyone in Germany is catalogued from the cradle to the grave and his attendance at a demonstration is checked, so there is no chance that the hall or arena or stadium will not be packed while thousands stand outside to listen to the loudspeakers.

The crowd is put in a receptive mood by stirring marches. In strategic parts of the hall gigantic posters hammer away at the slogan of the evening, "We demand colonies," or "The Jew is our Misfortune," or "We want a New Order under Adolf Hitler," or "One People, One Reich, One Führer," depending on the occasion.

After this build-up has gone on for a while, one suddenly hears excited heils at the end of the hall, and people begin to crane their necks. The first of the groups of leaders has arrived; the district Führer; for instance, the chief of police, the head of the local S.A.

After another ten minutes or so there are more hails and commotion. Now the top hierarchy -- a Goering or Goebbels or Himmler

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  • Title Page 3
  • Foreword 6
  • Contents 8
  • Illustrations 10
  • I: the Modern Genghis Khan 11
  • Ii: Why Hitler? 19
  • Iii. Preparing the Ground 26
  • Iv: Why Wasn't Hitler Stopped? 36
  • V: "Terror is a Wholesome Thing" 44
  • Vi: the Nazis in Control 52
  • Vii: Fat Years Follow the Lean 60
  • Viii: the Birds of Prey 69
  • Ix: Heil Hitler! 77
  • X: Der Führer in Person 84
  • Xi: Observing the War Machine in Action 96
  • Xii: Lessons Learned from the Enemy 112
  • Xiii: More Lessons from the Enemy 120
  • Xiv: the Westwall 132
  • Xv: Bottlenecks 138
  • Xvi: Hitler's Headaches 149
  • Xvii: is There Another Germany? 161
  • Xviii: the Relapse into Barbarism 177
  • Xix: the Secret Press Instructions 191
  • Xx: the Battle of Words 197
  • Xxi: Shaping a People's Mind 208
  • Xxii: the War of Nerves 218
  • Xxiii: the Foreign Press Gets into Trouble 226
  • Xxiv: Sugared Bread and the Whip 234
  • Xxv: Fishing in Troubled Waters 244
  • Xxvi: A Better Place to Live In 253
  • Xxvii: An Abrupt End to a Long Stay 262
  • Xxviii: What Can Topple Hitler? 272
  • Index 281
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