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Adolf Hitler
1889 - 1945

Leader of the socialist/fascist German Nazi party. Elected during the depression of 1932, Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and subsequently assumed dictatorial powers. Calling his government "The Third Reich", and making horrible progress on his "Final Solution" to eliminate Jews from the earth, he was finally stopped by Allied forces in World War II and committed suicide.


The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.

 I want everyone to keep the property he has acquired for himself according to the principle: benefit to the community precedes benefit to the individual. But the state should retain supervision and each property owner should consider himself appointed by the state. It is his duty not to use his property against the interests of others among his own people. This is the crucial matter. The Third Reich will always retain its right to control the owners of property.

1931
The streets of our country are in turmoil. The universities are full of students rebelling and rioting. Communists are seeking to destroy our country. Russia is threatening us with her might and the Republic is in danger. Yes, danger from within and without. We need law and order. Without law and order our nation cannot survive. Elect us and we shall restore law and order.

1932 - from a speech
The art of leadership...consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention...The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.

1925 - from Mein Kampf
 Let them own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the Party, is supreme over them regardless of whether they are owners or workers.

from a letter to Herman Rauschning, quoted in Why Does Socialism Continue to Appeal to Anyone?, by Robert Hessen
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them more easily prey to a big lie then a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.

What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

 The higher interests involved in the life of the whole must here set the limits and lay down the duties of the interests of the individual.

1933 - from a broadcast speech
 Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings.

from a letter to Herman Rauschning, quoted in Why Does Socialism Continue to Appeal to Anyone?, by Robert Hessen
 This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!

 It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole ... that above all the unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual. ... The greater the readiness to subordinate purely personal interests, the higher rises the ability to establish comprehensive communities ... This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture ... we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man.

1925 - from Mein Kampf
All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself.

1925 - from Mein Kampf