When World War II wasn’t going too well anymore for Germany, Hitler’s private secretary Bormann had his Führer’s dinner conversations recorded and typed up. These “Table Talks” are now available in a new edition:
Hitler’s Table Talk consists of notes of the Führer’s casual lunch and dinnertime conversations with his close friends and colleagues assembled from the stenographic record ordered by his private secretary Martin Bormann. Copied down by adjutants and edited for accuracy by Bormann, these discussions reveal Adolf Hitler’s wartime thoughts on his enemies, friends and a variety of topics ranging from art, his childhood years, his thoughts on religion, nature, science, technology and a host of other topics that reveal his astonishing intellect. Hitler’s ability to talk with authority on almost any topic was remarked upon by observers, leading many to call him a genius. He allowed his thoughts to wander, never failing to provide his own opinion on every subject.
The main recurring themes of the manuscript are: 1) caustic comments on his prime enemies—the Russians; Americans, English and, of course, the Jews; 2) his plans for Germany and the occupied territories after a German victory in the conflict; and 3) discussions of organized religion and its influence in Germany and elsewhere.
This completely reformatted edition contains a brand new introduction which provides a history of the manuscript and an important discussion of its main themes and a controversy outlined above—including how Hitler ultimately changed his views on the Russian people in particular. The book is fully indexed.
These texts remain the classic collection of Hitler’s verbal interaction with his entourage and remain an indispensable aid for anybody wishing to gain a full, uncensored insight into one of the most traumatic episodes of European history.
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