Analysis of the Hitlers Table Talk 19411944

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The special importance of this book is that shows what Hitler was like when he was off guard, and in the last years of his life, when many of his early ideas had largely been enacted upon. He was not speaking here to huge assembled crowds, and in the more intimate setting of the dinner table, he may have revealed some of his innermost thoughts, including ideas, fears, and wishes that he would have hesitated to make known in a more public setting.
The first paragraph selected (Paragraph A, p. 298) shows just how impressed Hitler was with one of the greatest British politicians of the twentieth century, the Welshman Lloyd George. People tend to forget that Hitler was an admirer of the British and that he retained this admiration even through the war years when pursued a bitter conflict against them. It is interesting that he admires the speaking style of Lloyd George, and contrasts this with the repulsive, affected type of English spoken by Anthony Eden who was British foreign secretary at that time. It is true that Lloyd George quite rightly believed that the Treaty of Versailles amounted to an unjustly harsh repression of Germany after the First World War and that this was bound to be popular with Hitler, who did everything in his power to evade the conditions of that treaty. The intriguing message in this paragraph is, however, that Hitler stresses it is not just what a man believes that is important, but also the way that he conveys his message to others. Lloyd George and Hitler were both charismatic speakers, who declaimed their views in a loud and manly way, not mincing their words, and saying even things that were unpopular with conviction and pride.