The Meaning of Hitler German : Anmerkungen zu Hitler is a book by the journalist and writer Raimund Pretzel, who published all his books under the pseudonym Sebastian Haffner. Journalist Sir Max Hastings called it 'among the best' studies of Hitler;  Edward Crankshaw called it a 'quite dazzlingly brilliant analysis'. The book analyzes the life and work of Adolf Hitler and is divided into seven chapters, each treating a different aspect of the man. According to Sebastian Haffner, whereas Hitler's father made a modest success of life, Hitler, uniquely, failed drastically, then succeeded, then failed again.
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Him leaving — or dying — would make an end to it all. Quite something I would say, and one of the pillars under his popularity.
But his biggest gaffe was after having crushed France not to offer them peace — and instead offering it to England, that refused. He had always counted on convincing the Britons to side with him, or at least to talk them into a neutral position. He showed no interest whatsoever to avoid defeat, politically nor military. He stayed in and hardly spoke in public. His last program was the annihilation of the German people.
There were no more enemies that would take offense in mass murder, since all countries, and especially England, had sided against Germany. To make matters worse, as if he wanted to be sure to lose, he declared war on the US. The politician Hitler had stepped down and given way to mass murderer Hitler.
No details on the killing of Jews, nor a description of Auschwitz in this book. Not because he finds them unimportant — quite the contrary — but because it had been described in other books. He does do an effort to assess the lasting geopolitical impact of Hitler on the world. Most notably: without Hitler no Israel and the UK lost its empire. View all posts by dpvd. Twitter linkedin. Share this: Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window. Like this: Like Loading Published by dpvd.
Anmerkungen Zu Hitler. English
The Meaning of Hitler/ Anmerkungen zu Hitler – Sebastian Haffner (1978)