Who do you think this is!

by Robert Friedland

Who do you think this is?

  1. He has: “A keen appreciation of the value of slogans, catchwords, dramatic phrases, and happy epigrams in penetrating the deeper levels of the psyche.”
  2. He has said: “ There is only so much room in a brain, so much wall space, as it were, and if you furnish it with your slogans, the opposition has no place to put up pictures later on, because the apartment of the brain is really crowded with your furniture”
  3. “He is a master of the art of propaganda…. He has a matchless instinct for taking advantage of every breeze to raise a political whirlwind. No official scandal was so petty that he could not magnify it into high treason; he could ferret out the most deviously ramified corruption in high places and plaster the town with the bad news”.
  4. “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it”.
  5. “He has a magnetic quality about him that, together with his past accomplishments, wins the allegiance of people and seems to rob them of their critical functions. It is a bond that does not easily dissolve even in the face of evidence that he is not always what he pretends to be – in fact is more often than not the exact opposite”
  6. He “…does not change. He is the same now as he was when he was a boy”
  7. He has said “I do not look for people having clever ideas of their own but rather people who are clever in finding ways and means of carrying out my ideas”.
    8.“He does not think things out in a logical and consistent fashion, gathering all available information pertinent to the problem, mapping out alternative courses of action, and then weighing the evidence pro and con for each of them before reaching a decision. His mental processes operate in reverse. Instead of studying the problem, as an intellectual would do, he avoids it and occupies himself with other things until unconscious processes further him with a solution. Having the solution, he then begins to look for facts that will prove that it is correct. In this procedure he is very clever, and by the time he presented to his associates it has the appearance of a rational judgment. Nevertheless, his thought processes proceed from the emotional to the factual instead of starting with the facts as an intellectual normally does.
  8. “He is… terrified when he is called upon to speak to intellectuals or any group in which he feels a position or the possibility of criticism.
  9. “He is not really on intimate terms with any of his associates”.
    11 “…he overhears everything that is being said and uses I later on. However, he does not give credit to the individual from whom he has learned it but simply gives it out as its own. He is always been a poseur. He remembers things that he has heard and has a
    faculty for repeating them in such a way that the listener is led to believe that they are his own”.
  10. “If you try to tell him anything, he knows everything already. Though he often does what we advise, he laughs in our faces at the moment and later does the very thing as if it were all his own idea and creation. He doesn’t even seem to be aware of how dishonest he is”
    13.” His other form of humor is mimicking. Almost everyone concedes that he has great talent along these lines, and he frequently mimics his associates in their presence much to the amusement of everyone except the victim”.
    14.” He likes to be surrounded with pretty women and usually requests the moving picture companies the send over a number of actresses whenever there is a party….”
  11. “What is known as the mastery of material was quite unimportant to him. He quickly became impatient if the details of a problem were brought to him. He was greatly averse to experts and then little regard for their opinion.”
    Extracted from
    The Mind of Adolf Hitler, the Secret Wartime Report. Walter C Langer, Basic Books Inc. 1942.
    1.P. 65 W. Langer
    2.P. 66 A. Hitler
    3.P. 68 K. Ludecke
    4.P. 68 W. Langer
    5.P. 69 W. Langer
    6.P. 69 W. Langer
    7.P. 74 A. Hitler
    8.P.74 W. Langer
    9 P. 83 L. Wagner
    10.P. 83 W. Langer
    11.P. 84 H. Rauschning
    12.P. 84 E. Roehm
    13.P. 85 W. Langer
    14.P. 88 W. Langer
    15.P. 73 Dutch report
    Robert P. Friedland, MD
    Rudd Chair and Professor
    Department of Neurology
    University of LouisvilleSchool of Medicine
    HSC BLDG A Room 120
    500 South Preston St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40292USA
    502 852 2871502 852 6344 FAX

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