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Hitler never allowed anyone to see him while he is naked or bathing. He refused to use cologne or scents of any sort on his body

No matter how warm he felt, Hitler will never took off his coat in public

In 1923, Nazi press secretary Dr. Sedgwick tried to convince Hitler to get rid of his trademark mustache or grow it normally. Hitler answered: "Do not worry about my mustache. If it is not the fashion now, it will be later because I wear it!"

While dining with the others, Hitler would allow the conversation to linger on general topics, but after a couple of hours he would inevitably begin one of his many monologues. These speeches were flawless from start to finish because he rehearsed them any time he got a moment.

His favorite topics included: "When I was a soldier," "When I was in Vienna," "When I was in prison," and "When I was the leader in the early days of the party."

If Hitler began speaking about Wagner and the opera, no one dared interrupt him. He would often sermonize on this topic until his audience fell asleep.

Hitler had no interest in sports or games of any kind and never exercised, except for an occasional walk.

He paced frequently inside rooms, always to the same tune that he whistles to himself and always diagonally across the room, from corner to corner

Hitler’s handwriting was impeccable. When famous psychologist Carl Jung saw Hitler’s handwriting in 1937, he remarked: "Behind this handwriting I recognize the typical characteristics of a man with essentially feminine instinct."

Nearly every night Hitler will see a movie in his private theater, mainly foreign films that are banned to the German public. He loves comedies and will often laugh merrily at Jewish comedians. Hitler even liked a few Jewish singers, but after hearing them he would remark that it was too bad he or she wasn’t Aryan.



His Nazi Rallies were Inspired by Harvard Cheerleaders:

Hitler’s good friend, Ernst Hanfstaengl, had been sent to study at Harvard by his parents. When he returned, he described the cheerleaders to Adolf, who became obsessed with the idea of stirring blind enthusiasm in this way. “‘Rah, rah, rah’ became “Sig Heil, Heil Hitler,” Hanfstaengl recalled later. “That is the origin of it, and I suppose I must take my part of the blame.”


He was a chronic hypochondriac:

He feared disease, and diagnosed himself with numerous conditions, mostly intestinal disorders. He treated these with medications containing poisonous wood alcohol, atropine and strychnine, and bacteria cultivated from human feces. He resorted to leeches to lower his blood pressure. And near the end of the war, he became increasingly concerned about “fresh air poisoning.”



Hitler enjoyed playing practical jokes on his staff:

One of his favorite targets was his foreign minister. He would have a staffer call the minister with the news that Hitler was furious with something he had said. Hitler would listen on the phone, providing further instructions to drive the minister to a nervous breakdown. One prank famously backfired, when he sent Ernst Hanfstaengl into Spain on a plane full of Gestapo, and made him think he was being set up for a suicide mission. Hanfstaengl took an opportunity while refueling to board a train to Switzerland, and before anyone could let him in on the joke, he turned himself in to the Allies, becoming an invaluable source of information.



Hitler was an accomplished whistler

He experimented briefly with playing the harmonica and flute, and sang occasionally, but whistling was his best talent. He could whistle loudly and on pitch, and could even reproduce long passages from Wagner with incredible accuracy.



He was a fan of cinema

Having been inspired to a life of oratory prowess by the 1910 film The Tunnel, Hitler was a lifelong fan of movies. After gaining power, he regularly held private screenings for his inner circle. His favorite actresses were Greta Garbo and Shirley Temple. He didn”t care for Charlie Chaplin, even before he made The Great Dictator, and it’s doubtful he ever saw it. He also enjoyed King Kong, even taking to celebrating victories by pounding his chest.



He had a sweet tooth

Hitler regularly ate up to two pounds of chocolate a day, in addition to pastries and hot chocolate with copious amounts of whipped cream. He generally took his tea with seven teaspoons of sugar, and Ernst Hanfstaengl once witnessed Hitler adding spoonfuls of sugar to a glass of red wine.



In February 1926, Hitler, having finished working on Mein Kampf, made a sudden return to party affairs and soon disabused the northerners of any illusions about where he stood. He summoned about 60 gauleiters and other activists, including Goebbels, to a meeting at Bamberg, in Streicher’s Gau of Franconia, where he gave a two-hour speech repudiating the political program of the "socialist" wing of the party. For Hitler, the real enemy of the German people was always the Jews, not the capitalists. Goebbels was bitterly disillusioned. "I feel devastated," he wrote. "What sort of Hitler? A reactionary?" He was horrified by Hitler’s characterization of socialism as "a Jewish creation", his declaration that the Soviet Union must be destroyed, and his assertion that private property would not be expropriated by a Nazi government. "I no longer fully believe in Hitler. That’s the terrible thing: my inner support has been taken away."

Hitler, however, recognized Goebbels’ talents. In April, he brought Goebbels to Munich, sending his own car to meet him at the railway station, and gave him a long private audience. Hitler berated Goebbels over his support for the "socialist" line, but offered to "wipe the slate clean" if Goebbels would now accept his leadership. Goebbels capitulated completely, offering Hitler his total loyalty – a pledge which was clearly sincere, and which he adhered to until the end of his life. "I love him ... He has thought through everything," Goebbels wrote. "Such a sparkling mind can be my leader. I bow to the greater one, the political genius. Later he wrote: "Adolf Hitler, I love you because you are both great and simple at the same time. What one calls a genius."


"When Goebbels learned that Hitler had committed suicide, he was very depressed and said: 'It is a great pity that such a man is not with us any longer. But there is nothing to be done. For us, everything is lost now and the only way left for us is the one which Hitler chose. I shall follow his example'.



The disaster before Moscow in December 1941 led him to dismiss his Commander-in-Chief von Brauchitsch, and many other key commanders who sought permission for tactical withdrawals, including Guderian, Bock, Hoepner, von Rundstedt and Leeb, found themselves cashiered. Hitler now assumed personal control of all military operations, refusing to listen to advice, disregarding unpalatable facts and rejecting everything that did not fit into his preconceived picture of reality. His neglect of the Mediterranean theatre and the Middle East, the failure of the Italians, the entry of the United States into the war, and above all the stubborn determination of the Russians, pushed Hitler on to the defensive. From the winter of 1941 the writing was on the wall but Hitler refused to countenance military defeat, believing that implacable will and the rigid refusal to abandon positions could make up for inferior resources and the lack of a sound overall strategy.

Convinced that his own General Staff was weak and indecisive, if not openly treacherous, Hitler became more prone to outbursts of blind, hysterical fury towards his generals, when he did not retreat into bouts of misanthropic brooding. His health, too, deteriorated under the impact of the drugs prescribed by his quack physician, Dr. Theodor Morell. Hitler's personal decline, symbolized by his increasingly rare public appearances and his self-enforced isolation in the "Wolf's Lair," his headquarters buried deep in the East Prussian forests, coincided with the visible signs of the coming German defeat which became apparent in mid-1942.


Because of their close assciation and Göring's background as a World War I pilot, Hitler gave him the task of building the new German air force (1935). He was spectacularly successful and the new Lufwaffe played a prominent role in early Nazi successes, most prominetly at Munich (1938). Göring basked in the glory. Hitler made him his deputy and legal heir. Göring became rich through various activities, including investments in aircraft companies. The Luftwaffe when war broke out (1939) played key roles in the initial Nazi victories: Poland (1939), Norway (1940), and France (1940). His pledge to destroy the British at Dunkirk was his first major failure. This was followed by the Luftwaffee's defeat in the Battle of Britain (1940). This seriously affected his relationship with Hitler. The Luftwaffe performed brilliantly in the opening phase of Barbarossa (1941), but the Eastern Front was too large to exert the decisive impact that it played in the West. Attempting to regain his lost influence, Göring pledged to supply the Stalingrad pocket without any consulation with his staff (1942). Hitler used this to refuse pleas from Wehrmacht geneals to order a breakout. The Luftwaffe airlift proved a disaster and ednded any creditibility and influence Göring had with Hitler. The expanding Allied stategic bombing campaign even widenened the breach. 

Was Hitler physically able to bear this massive load that he had placed upon his own shoulders? Evidence would suggest that, as early as 1944 he had lost all energy and purpose. Here is an account of the Fuhrer in mid 1944, given by General Frido von Senger und Ellerlin, who had just received the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross award from his leader:

The ceremony for those who were to be honored was far from impressive. Hitler made a really horrifying impression, and in spite of myself I wondered how the young officers and sergeants who were being decorated with me would react . . .

His unattractive figure, with his short neck, appeared more slovenly than ever. The skin of his face was flaccid, his complexion pale and creased by lack of sleep. The look in his blue eyes, which was said to have completely fascinated so many people, was vacant, possibly as a result of the stimulants which he was continually given. His handshake was floppy. His left arm hung limp and trembling.

This presents a less than flattering physical portrait of the Fuhrer. Recent evidence would suggest that he was, in fact, suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. By 1944 he had been put on an absurd diet by his personal physician, Dr Morrell. Morrell was also responsible for prescribing a massive amount of prescription drugs for Hitler. After the bomb blast that nearly took his life on July, 20 1944 Hitler’s physical decline was even more speedy. Hitler’s way of life was not conducive to good health and this took a great toll on him towards the end. He would spend all day dealing with military matters, screaming his commands at his generals and allowing them to make only cursory responses. Then he would be up until the early hours of the morning chastising his party faithful. A few hours sleep, induced by sleeping pills, would follow. In the morning Dr Morrell would revive his Fuhrer with a strychnine injection, after which Hitler would have a boiling hot bath. Immediately after that he would be back to the war with a study of the war situation map, which had been updated overnight. 



Hitler was very proud of his German Shepherd named Blondi. He spent countless hours training her, and would even interrupt meetings with generals to practice her tricks. The generals realized that if Blondi did well, Hitler was in a better mood, and more likely to take their advice. If she did poorly, he would become sullen and stubborn. One of the officers later said, “I sometimes had the impression that the outcome of the Russian campaign depended more on Blondi than the German general staff.


Geli Raubal, the daughter of Leo Raubal and Angela Raubal, was born in Linz on 4th June, 1908. When Adolf Hitler rented a house in Obersalzberg he asked his half-sister, Angela Raubal, now a widow, to be his housekeeper. She agreed and in August 1928 brought Geli with her to stay with Hitler.

Hitler, who had now turned forty, became infatuated with Geli and rumours soon spread that he was having an affair with his young niece. Hitler became extremely possessive and Emil Maurice, his chauffeur, who also showed interest in Geli, was sacked.

The couple lived together for over two years. The relationship with Geli was stormy and they began to accuse each other of being unfaithful. Geli was particularly concerned about Eva Braun, a seventeen-year-old girl who Hitler took for rides in his Mercedes car.

Geli also complained about the way Hitler controlled her life. On September 8, 1931, Hitler left for Hamburg after having a blazing row with Geli over her desire to spend some time in Vienna. Hitler was heard to shout at Geli as he was about to get into his car: "For the last time, no!" After he left Geli shot herself through the heart with a revolver.

When he heard the news Hitler threatened to take his own life but was talked out of it by senior members of the Nazi Party. One consequence of Geli's suicide was that Hitler became a vegetarian. He claimed that meat now reminded him of Geli's corpse.


-- Raubal killed herself following a "flaming row" with Hitler, who had discovered that she was pregnant by a Jewish art teacher in Linz

-- Since she was killed by a bullet fired from Hitler's gun, a Walther, it was rumoured that Hitler had shot her (or had ordered her to be shot) for infidelity or other reasons.

-- In the 1944 US propaganda movie The Hitler Gang Raubal is portrayed by Poldi Dur. Her suicide is depicted as the consequence of having been raped by Hitler (there is no evidence that this really happened).

-- It was said that Geli had been badly beaten up by Hitler before she shot herself. 

-- Another story involved Geli committing suicide because she was expecting Hitler's child. 

-- Some people claimed she was murdered by Heinrich Himmler because she was threatening to blackmail Hitler. 

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