As an intimate portrait of Hitler and as a surprising portrait of the homoerotic nature of the early Nazi movement, The Hidden Hitler is a major and certainly controversial contribution to the biographical literature. Adolf Hitler. No other figure in contemporary history is associated with... read more
As a youth in Austria, Hitler hoped to be an artist. He led what might today be called a "slacker" lifestyle and when he ran out of money he lived in men's hostels where he made many male friends. He had many intense relationships with men usually involving shared interests in the arts. Male... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
As a youth in Austria, Hitler hoped to be an artist. He led what might today be called a "slacker" lifestyle and when he ran out of money he lived in men's hostels where he made many male friends. He had many intense relationships with men usually involving shared interests in the arts. Male homosexuality was a common feature of this underclass. Hilter later had his police records from this period destroyed, so we can only guess what they might have shown. Copies of his (later destroyed) Munich police file were said to have accused him of picking up men on the streets and taking them back to his apartment. Also a comrade from his World War I unit said that Hitler had a gay lover in the army.
As Hitler rose in power, he surrounded himself with a protective wall, but chinks in this barrier allow us to see that Hitler surrounded himself with gay and bisexual men. The crisis came when Ernst Röhm, the head of the stormtroopers (German: Sturmabteilung or SA), was outed in the press and became such an embarrassment--especially when enemies implied that if Röhm was gay then Hitler must be too--that he was eventually killed along with many of his gay fellow Nazis. By no means were all gay Nazis eliminated. Rudolf Hess, Baldur von Schirack and Hans Frank were prominent Nazis who either were definitely (Schirack) or probably (Hess) gay or bisexual. A double standard existed whereby party members in good standing were protected while unaffiliated gays and party enemies could be persecuted to the full extent of the law. Another Nazi official, Ernst Hanfstaengl, called attention to implications that he was Hitler's "boyfriend." Going against party advice to let these matters go, he sued publications in England and the United States over these slights.
Hitler had relationships with women but these were so awkward and pro forma that many concluded that they were intended to create a false impression that Hitler was heterosexual. Hitler's most famous "beard" was Eva Braun. According to Hans Severus Ziegler, a gay theater director, he would go out with Hitler and Braun, but then Hitler would take Eva home so that he and Ziegler could spend the rest of the night together. Nevertheless, Hitler and Braun married shortly before their mutual suicide at the end of World War II in 1945. Since then, many people have come forward to tell the same story about Hitler's sexuality in varying degrees of explicitness. These revelations have been discounted, ignored or taken with reservations, but they stand as a body of evidence that Hitler had a deeply hidden sexual side.
near the bottom of page 134: "Lossow... said that the was not surprised" should be "Lossow...said that he was not surprised"
near the bottom of page 185: "I also got know some people in the SA." should be "I also got to know...."
Discrepancy between translation in text and end notes hints at a mistaken translation but not which one is wrong:
Page 306 (text): "...give up this crazy litigation mania." But on page 398 (notes): "...give up your crazy persecution mania."
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