Hitler’s Secret Backers

CONTENTS 

Page 

Publisher’s Note………………………………………………..iv 

Editor’s Introduction…………………………………………….v 

Who’s Who in the Book…………………………………….vii 

Translator’s Affirmation………………………………………ix 

Text as Translated From German to English…………..1 

1929……………………………………………………………….2 

1931……………………………………………………………..14 

1933……………………………………………………………..32 

Epilogue………………………………………………………….41 

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE 

The newspaper clipping that appears below appeared in many major 

papers throughout the U.S. and was received by all major TV networks. None 

of the TV networks carried the story to the best of our knowledge. 

The last line of the UPI release says the manuscript would be republished 

Dec. 1 of 1982. On Jan. 4, 1983, we received word that the publisher had 

“changed his mind” and would not reprint the document. No reason was given. 

So, in the last 50 years this book has been suppressed twice. What forces caused 

this remain unknown, but if they are that powerful, we have every reason to 

believe that we’ll be hearing from them at some future date. 

This third release of the manuscript while true to the original in verbiage 

has corrected previously unchanged errors in spelling and punctuation. 

History is now the judge of the book’s authenticity. 

San Jose Mercury News – Saturday, September 25,1982 

 

MUNICH, West Germany (UPI) — A publish- 

ing firm claimed Friday to have discovered a book 

that alleges American bankers supplied Adolf Hit- 

ler with millions of dollars to help build up his Nazi 

party. 

Droemer Knaur publishers said they received a 

copy of the book from a Dutch doctor and were 

convinced that it was authentic. 

They said the book, written by the late U.S. 

banker Sidney Warburg, disappeared during the war. 

Warburg, a joint owner of the New Yotk bank 

Kuhn Loeb and Cie. described in the book three 

conversations he held with Hitler at the request of 

American financiers, the Bank of England and oil 

firms to facilitate payments to the Nazi party, the 

publisher said. 

The book alleged that Hitler received $10 mil- 

lion from Kuhn Loeb and Cie. during 1929, further 

payments of $15 million in 1931, and $7 million 

when Hitler took power in 1933, the publishers said. 

They said Warburg described himself in the book 

as the “cowardly instrument” of his American bank- 

ing colleagues for having arranged deals with Hit- 

ler. 

The book originally was published in Holland in 

1933, shortly before Warburg’s death, but disap- 

peared during the war after its translator and pub- 

lisher were murdered, the publisher’s spokesman 

said. 

He said it was thought the Nazis carried out the 

murders and destroyed copies of the book to avoid 

being discredited. 

The book will be republished Dec. 1 under the 

title “How Hitler Was Financed,” he said. 

IV 

U.S. bankers aided Hitler, book claims

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION 

The book you are about to read is one of the most extraordinary historical 

documents of the 20th century. 

Where did Hitler get the funds and the backing to achieve power in 1933 

Germany? Did these funds come only from prominent German bankers and 

industrialists or did funds also come from American bankers and industrial- 

ists? 

Prominent Nazi Franz von Papen wrote in his MEMOIRS (New York: E.P. 

Dutton & Co., Inc. 1953) p. 229, “…the most documented account of the 

National Socialists’ sudden acquisition of funds was contained in a book pub- 

lished in Holland in 1933, by the old established Amsterdam publishing house 

of Van Holkema & Warendorf, called DE GELDBRONNEN VAN HET 

NATIONAAL SOCIALISME (DRIE GESPREKKEN MET HITLER) under the 

name ‘Sidney Warburg.’ 

The book cited by von Papen is the one your are about to read and was 

indeed published in 1933 in Holland, but remained on the book stalls only a 

few days. The book was purged. Every copy—except three accidental survi- 

vors—was taken out of the bookstores and off the shelves. The book and its 

story were silenced—almost. 

One of the three surviving copies found its way to England, translated into 

English and deposited in the British Museum. This copy and the translation 

were later withdrawn from circulation, and are presently “unavailable” for 

research. The second Dutch language copy was acquired by Chancellor Schus- 

snigg of Austria. Nothing is known of its present whereabouts. The third Dutch 

survivor found its way to Switzerland and in 1947 was translated into German. 

This German translation was in turn found some years ago by this editor in the 

Schweizerischen Sozialarchiv in Zurich, along with an affidavit by the three 

Dutch-to-German translators and a critique of the book. This editor made cop- 

ies of the German text and commissioned an English translation. It is this 

translation that you will read here. Even allowing for the double translation 

from Dutch to German and German to English, the original lively style is 

essentially retained. The book is not by any means dull reading. 

The original book FINANCIAL ORIGINS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM 

was branded a forgery. However, since 1933 numerous pre-war German gov- 

ernment files have become public information, including the captured German 

Foreign Ministry files and the Nuremburg Trial documents. These confirm the 

story at key points. 

For example, in the book, Sidney Warburg claims to have met with an 

obscure banker von Heydt in 1933. We now know in 1982 from the German 

records that in 1933 the Dutch Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V. was a 

channel of funds for the Nazis. The earlier name for this bank was the von 

Heydt Bank. Coincidence? How would Sidney Warburg know in 1933? 

There are other links. We now know that the German combine of I.G. 

Farben was a financier of Hitler, and Paul Warburg was a director of American 

I.G. Farben. Further, Max Warburg was a director of the German I.G. Farben. 

Max Warburg also signed the document appointing Hjalmar Schaht to the 

Reichsbank—and Hitler’s signature appears alongside that of Max Warburg. 

Yet the Warburg family denied any link to Hitler. The Warburgs branded 

the book a forgery and threatened the publisher unless it was removed from 

bookstores. In any event, the Warburgs are not accused directly. “Sidney War- 

burg” was only the courier. In fact, all the bankers named are gentiles, not 

Jewish. 

In 1949 James P. Warburg made a sworn affidavit which compounds the 

mystery. Warburg denied he had even seen the “Sidney Warburg” book, yet 

branded it as a complete forgery! Furthermore, careful reading of the James 

Warburg affidavit shows that his denial refers to another book published by 

one of the translators, Rene Sonderegger, and not the “Sidney Warburg” book. 

And just to deepen the mystery, this Warburg affidavit is published in Fritz von 

Papen’s MEMOIRS—the very same source that recommended Sidney War- 

burg as a source of accurate information on the financing of Hitler (and Papen 

was, of course, a prominent Nazi). 

Even today in 1983 a mystery surrounds the document There is a ring of 

authenticity about the original explanation for its publication—that an indi- 

vidual member of the Warburg family wanted to warn of the coming European 

war. 

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WHO’S WHO IN THE BOOK 

“Rockefeller”         John D. Rockefeller II 

“Carter” John Ridgley Carter, married Alice Morgan 

connected to Morgan interests in Paris. 

“Deterding” Henri Deterding, head of Royal Dutch Shell 

and strong Hitler supporter 

VII 

DOCUMENTATION 

Concerning 

THE FINANCING OF POLITICAL EVENTS 

For the Archives of the 

Schweizerischen Lanclesbibliothek 

February 11,1947 

EXPLANATION 

The undersigned three witnesses do verify that the accompanying docu- 

ment is none other than a true and literal translation from Dutch into German 

of the book by Sidney Warburg, a copy of which was constantly at their dis- 

posal during the complete process of translation. They testify that they held 

this original in their hands, and that, to the best of their ability, they read it 

sentence by sentence translating it into German, comparing then the content of 

the accompanying translation to the original conscientiously until complete 

agreement was reached. The original book is titled: De Geldbronnen van het 

Nationaal-Socialisme, Drie Gesprekken met Hitler, Door Sidney Warburg, 

vertaald door I.G. Shoup (sic), it has the mark of the publishing house “Vol 

Hardt En Waeckt” and appeared in the year 1933 in Amsterdam as a brochure 

consisting of ninety-nine pages of text, put out by Van Holkema & Warendorf ‘s 

Uitg.-Mij. N.V. 

Zurich, Switzerland, February 11,1947 

Dr. Walter Nelz 

born March 4,1909, citizen of Zurich 

Wilhelm Peter 

born July 28,1906, citizen of Gottingen 

Rene Sonderegger 

born January 16,1899, citizen of Heiden 

Issued in three copies for the undersigned, with an additional two copies, 

one of which is made available to the Schweizerischen Sozialarchiv in Zurich 

and the Schweizerischen Landesbibliothek in Bern. 

VIII 

Sidney Warburg: 

The Financial Sources of National Socialism. 

Three Conversations with Hitler 

Translated by J.G. Schoup 

van Holkema & Warendorf, Publishers, Amsterdam, 1933, 99 p. 

HOW IT HAPPENED… 

idney Warburg said very little, as long as the guests were present. He was 

alone with me now and he began to talk about the Sinclair scandal. 

“There are moments when I want to run away from a world of such intrigue, 

trickery, swindling, and tampering with the stock exchange. Every so often I 

mention these things to my father as well as to other bankers and brokers. Do you 

know what I can never understand? How it is possible that people of good and 

honest character—for which I have ample proof—participate in swindling and 

fraud, knowing full well that it will affect thousands. The powers in Sinclair Trust 

have brought in millions of dollars to Wall Street, but ruined thousands of savers. 

When one questions the reasons for the dishonest and morally indefensible 

practices of financial leaders one never gets an answer. Although their private lives 

are orderly and good, it can’t be that they discard their true characters as soon as they 

enter the financial world, forgetting all concepts of honesty and morality in favor 

of money, sometimes millions of dollars.” 

The struggle of conscience visible in these words of Sidney Warburg, son of 

one of the largest bankers in the United States, member of the banking firm Kuhn, 

Loeb & Co., N.Y., is the tragedy of his life. He was never able to free himself from 

his connections with that milieu, whose deepest motives he could never completely 

grasp. 

Those words, spoken in 1928, perhaps explain what I asked myself in 1933, 

why he finally decided to tell the world how National Socialism was financed. In 

doing so he dutifully did not shove his own role into the background, but confessed 

his personal participation honestly. 

When I received the manuscript from him, along with the request to translate 

it, I felt that the tragedy in the authors life had reached a final point, forcing him 

to make the honest confession contained in the following pages. This is me first step 

towards inner freedom that I wish for him from all my heart, because he has the 

courage to say in front of the whole world: “They made it possible, but I was their 

cowardly errand-boy!” 

If the “poor world” and “poor humanity” —words with which the author ends 

his work—do not understand his cry, then his admission was an act of courage, 

which was necessary to make it. To have this courage means to break with old circles 

and to expose former friends to the world as men without conscience, especially 

while revealing one’s own full, undisguised participation in the process. 

October 1933 The Translator 

1929 

oney is power. The banker knows how to concentrate and manage 

it. The international banker carries on international politics. He is 

obliged to do this by the central government of the country in which 

he is settled, because the government influences the bank of issue. In other countries 

this is called the national bank. Whoever understands what was concealed behind 

the word “national” in the last few years and what is concealed there still, also knows 

why the international banker cannot keep himself out of international politics. 

The American banking world had been developing for months at a brisk 

tempo. We were experiencing a boom, and we knew it. Pessimists predicted a 

sudden fall, but every day we wrote out larger orders, and Wall Street itself made 

fun of the pessimists. Wall Street gave money to the whole world—even the far- 

away Balkan Peninsula, whose states we had heard named in school and had long 

forgotten, received credit, their obligations were sold, speculators pounced on them 

and the rate of exchange rose. Political economists are still not in agreement today, 

1933, as to why the pessimists were right about specifically 1929, not a year earlier 

or later. 1929 was the beginning of a miserable epoch for Wall Street, which has 

still not ended. 

The rate of exchange did not collapse, the usual term for a decline, but simply 

plummeted, and in a few weeks the credit-mania in New York was completely over. 

Agents from credit-seeking European states had to go back home empty-handed. 

America seemed to have no more money. In hard times it is the custom here for men 

in power not to keep their views silent. The leading newspapers published 

interviews with Hoover, McCormick, McKenna, Dawes, Young and numerous 

others, but it didn’t help us on Wall Street. We were living in hell. 

Whenever one was called to answer the phone, upon one’s return, the prices 

for steel, Anaconda, Bethlehem, and the leading oil companies had fallen by ten to 

twenty points. The fall in share prices attracted everyone, whether they wanted it 

or not, and I know many aserious, respectable banker of excellent reputation, who 

considered speculation on the rates of exchange to be criminal, but then went ahead 

and participated himself. He would do this openly, without asking his broker to 

camouflage his orders or keep them secret from the market. 

I said already that we were living in hell, Now, 1933, one remembers those 

days, but no one can picture the actual situation without having lived through it. 

We can’t forget that the whole world looked to Wall Street, and that London, Paris, 

Amsterdam, Berlin all were involved in the tension New York lived in. For that 

reason the crash on Wall Street had international significance. 

I leave it to others to uncover the causes of the sudden crash. I only want to 

describe briefly the state of American finance in 1929. Without a look at it, the 

following would be largely incomprehensible to my readers. 

The Federal Reserve banks had huge sums standing in Germany. Credits in 

Germany had been frozen since the dissolution of the Darmstadter and National 

Bank, the crash of Nordwolle, the reorganization of the D-banks (Darmstadter, 

Deutsche, Dresden, Dusseldorf), the issue of the Young-Obligations, and the 

founding of the bank for international payments. The case was the same in Austria 

after the crisis in the Kreditanstalt. French, Belgian, Rumanian and Italian war 

debts were still being settled, but various debtor-states began to request alterations 

in annuities and rates of interest at every opportunity. Years earlier the French war 

debt had been arranged at very convenient stipulations that proved to be all too 

favorable for France. In short, the United States had in 1929 claims on foreign 

governments as well as private persons abroad amounting to 85 billiard1 dollars. 

This was in April. The American banking world had never been enthusiastic about 

Wilson. Bankers and financiers viewed his idealism as good enough for the study, 

but unsuited to the practical, international world of business. For that reason Wall 

Street had never been very happy about the Treaty of Versailles, which had been 

constructed along Wilson’s guidelines. This treaty had been formally turned down 

because France was favored in it for no reason. That was the feeling in 1920, in 1929 

it had grown into open hostility. Even though the original agreements had been 

altered in the meantime in numerous ways (Dawes—Young, etc.) the fact still 

remained that France, according to the American banking world, held the key to 

the economic recovery of Germany because of its favorable position with regard to 

reparations, and because of its claim to receive these in gold instead of in goods. As 

soon as one realizes that the well-being of America as well as Great Britain, even the 

whole world in fact, depends on this economic recovery, then it is clear why the 

Americans tried to promote the economic construction of Germany and Middle 

Europe through credit. But France threw a wrench into their plans, because what- 

ever America advanced Germany, either directly or through London, or whatever 

London itself gave directly found its way sooner or later to France in the form of 

higher reparations. Germany could not export enough to achieve a trading surplus 

that would cover its reparations to France. Therefore it had to pay its debts from 

its capital, but this capital had been advanced in the form of large credits from 

America and England. The situation became intolerable. Germany could not 

continue its unlimited acceptance of foreign currency, and America and England 

could not lend unlimited amounts. 

America’s foreign claims had been, for the most part, frozen in Germany, 

Austria and Middle Europe because of the previously described difficulties. 85 

milliard2 (sic) dollars are no trifle even for a country like America. 50 to 55 milliard 

dollars of this were, according to definite estimates, frozen and the rest was in no 

way secure, because one had reason to doubt the good will of the former allies— 

with the exception of England—regarding the repayment of debts to America. 

At this point we must go back a ways into postwar history. Ever since the first 

days after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, France regarded its stipulations as 

permanent and sacred, not because of sentimental considerations but out of 

1 One billiard = One thousand billions 

2 One milliard = One thousand millions 

comprehensible self-interest. However hard it has been in past years to convince the 

French governments and French financial experts in speech and in writing that 

more was demanded of Germany than it could give according to the stipulations 

of the treaty, this point of view never gained entry into leading circles in Paris. As 

long as the French are not convinced of this truth, international cooperation is not 

possible. A world economic conference is being held this year in London. I wouldn’t 

bet a single nickel on its success, if the French government does not substantially 

change its position. In all the negotiations that have been held since 1920 to change 

the Treaty of Versailles, France has consistendy guarded against a reduction of the 

reparations due her. Several reductions were put through in spite of this, but France 

never asked for more than she could not possibly receive, and even knew how to 

gain advantages for herself out of reductions. France, then, received, also due to the 

acceptance of the Young plan, the largest portion of the annuities without any 

conditions attached, and managed to maintain her resultant superiority over 

Germany. I do not judge France’s behavior. Politicians and financiers in France 

were subject to the belief that the possibility of a repetition of 1914 should be kept 

open and that they should try to anticipate the danger; to them a prosperous 

Germany increased the possibility of such a repetition. (The Germans were always 

the robber barons in Europe and will always be, just as in the Middle Ages.) 

Germany, according to French belief, must remain economically weak. But the 

world needs a prosperous Germany, America more than anyone else. Why? Look 

for the explanation in works on political economy, in examples of practical, 

international economy, in fat books on the subject containing much idiocy, all 

betray a complete lack of insight into reality. Political economists are, first of all, 

primarily academics. They are familiar with banks, factories, business offices, 

stockmarkets, but only from the outside. Don’t forget that when Wilson was still 

a professor at Princeton, he was known in America as the best political economist. 

But I have strayed from the subject. We must remember: France does not want a 

prosperous Germany out of concern for her own security; America and England, 

however, need a healthy Germany, otherwise both can’t be prosperous. In order to 

keep Germany down economically, France makes use of her claim to reparations, 

which everyone set at much too high a price, due to Wilson’s lack of common sense 

and to the excitement of victory from 1918-20, and they became an unbelievable 

burden on Germany. All German governments stood between the frying pan and 

the fire: demands from foreign countries (mainly France) on one side, and anger 

from within on the other. If they fulfilled the foreign demands, then the German 

people cried treason—reproaches and accusations from the people can ring very 

loudly—if they resisted, then a French military occupation threatened. The 

adventure in the Ruhr came about in this way. It proved to be unsuccessful for 

France and she gave up additional attempts, but found other ways to make 

advantageous use of her reparations claim. I cannot explain all of French political 

strategy in this brief presentation. I would only like to add that France knew how 

to fight stubbornly against every reduction of reparations, or how to accept 

reductions if they could be replaced with other advantages. As long as France could 

bring in its demands for reparations, as long as American and English loans to 

Germany did not suffice to ensure its economic reconstruction, then this recon- 

struction had to fall to pieces on the requirements of the Treaty of Versailles. 

No one will be surprised when the financial world in America looked around 

for other means to checkmate France on this issue. If the weapon of reparations 

could be knocked out of her hands, then Germany could put its economy back on 

a sound financial basis with help from America and England, and open the door 

to prosperity to the two largest countries in the world. In June, 1929 a meeting took 

place between the Federal Reserve Banks and the leading independent bankers of 

the United States. I found out only later what direction this exchange of ideas took. 

But first I will go into the international world of oil. There is, namely, an inter- 

national oil world just as there is an international banking world; that must certainly 

be known to you. Oil kings are voracious men. Standard Oil and Royal Dutch are 

good friends. Both of these enterprises have divided the world into districts, and 

each has certain numbers reserved for himself. Each enterprise is complete master 

of the territory allotted to him. These people have amassed great profits through 

the years in this way. But Soviet Russia then spoiled everything by introducing 

strong competition against Standard Oil and Royal Dutch. Since that time the 

companies make only six to seven percent profit from their capital, but that isn’t 

enough to satisfy the directors’ greed. The Russian competition was especially 

successful in Germany, because various German governments made overtures to 

the new leaders of Russia, trying through credits, etc. to allow Russian oil and gas 

easier access to the German market over any other country. Be patient for a few 

more lines, and you will understand why representatives of Standard Oil and Royal 

Dutch were present at the conferences held by the Federal Reserve Banks in 1929 

with American bankers. I will not expound any longer on international financial 

affairs, but will relate simply the part I played at the above-mentioned conference 

in 1929, what the assignment was that resulted for me, and how I carried it out. This 

confession is dry and boring for devotees of fantastic tales and they will simply throw 

it away. My narrative is even less suited to those who know that real life writes more 

thrilling and suspenseful tales than the boldest fantasy a fiction writer can invent, 

because to them only murder, manslaughter, theft, blackmail, threats, divorce and 

sex-appeal are suspenseful. My narrative is the faithful description of four conver- 

sations I had with the ‘rising man’ in Europe, Adolf Hitler. I don’t intend to write 

a work of literature because I am only relating my own experiences, everything I 

heard and learned, and I will insert my own opinions here and there so my readers 

can better orient themselves. In publishing my experiences I don’t mean to awaken 

hatred against persons, but to expose the misdeeds of a system that controls the 

world, and that can allow what I myself participated in to happen. “Can allow to 

happen” is not the right expression. What actually happened is what I mean. 

In July, 1929 I was invited to come to the offices of Guaranty Trust in New 

York the next day, to have a discussion with Carter, the President-Commissioner 

of the bank. Carter was alone and began without formalities. The next day a 

meeting was to take place among the directors of Guaranty Trust, at which the 

President-Commissioners of the other Federal Reserve Banks, as well as five 

independent bankers, the young Rockefeller and Glean from Royal Dutch would 

be present. Carter had spoken to the men about me at the earlier meeting, the one 

I knew had occurred in June, and they all agreed that I was the man they needed. 

I speak perfect German and I spent four years working in Hamburg at a banking 

firm we were friends with. Carter told me what the situation was. I knew all about 

the international financial problems, he didn’t need to say anything on that subject. 

I knew also how the New York banking world was looking around for the means 

to end France’s misuse of reparations demands. I received a short resume of what 

France had done in the field of internadonal financial politics. Carter also knew that 

London felt the same way as New York. I would then be informed as to what would 

be discussed the following day, but in any case he could depend on my presence at 

the meeting. 

Naturally I came the next day. Carter and Rockefeller dominated the proceed- 

ings. The others listened and nodded their heads. The issue of concern was—using 

Carter’s words—very simple. It was clear to every one of us that there was only one 

way to free Germany from the financial clutches of France, and that was revolution. 

The revolution could be carried out by two different political groups. The German 

Communists came into question first, but if a Communist revolution succeeded 

in Germany, then the power of Soviet Russia would be strengthened and the 

Bolshevist danger to the rest of the world would be increased. There remained a 

revolution activated by German Nationalist groups. There were actually several 

groups of this persuasion, but no political movement was radical enough to bring 

about a real overthrow of the state in Germany, if necessary with force. Carter had 

heard a bank director in Berlin speak about a certain Hitler. Rockefeller himself had 

read a short essay in a German-American leaflet about the Nationalist movement 

led by this man Hitler (he said “Heitler”). It had been decided at the earlier meeting 

to make contact with “this man Hitler” and to try to find out if he were amenable 

to American financial support. Now the question was clearly addressed to me: 

would I be prepared to go to Germany, get in touch with him, and take the necessary 

steps to arrange this financial aid? It must be taken care of quickly, because the 

sooner the Nationalist group in Germany could be built up the better. It should be 

emphasized in my negotiations with Hitler that an aggressive foreign policy was 

expected of him, he should stir up the Revanche-Idee against France. The result 

would be fear from the French side, and consequently greater willingness to ask for 

American and English help in international questions involving eventual German 

aggression. Hitler should naturally not know about the purpose of the assistance. 

It should be left to his reason and resourcefulness to discover the motives behind 

the proposal. The next topic of conversation was that I should find out from Hitler 

how much money he needed to bring about a complete revolution of the German 

state. As soon as I knew this, then I should report to Carter, in the Guaranty Trust’s 

secret code, which European bank the amount, in my name, should be sent to, so 

I could then turn it over to Hitler. I accepted the assignment. “Why? When I am 

asked this question I don’t know what to answer. In 1929 I would perhaps have said: 

because I feel the same way as Carter. But when does a man ever know if he is acting 

for good or evil? Actually that is irrelevant here. I am relating what occurred through 

my participation. 

Three days later I found myself on board the Isle de France with destination 

Cherbourg; twelve days later I was in Munich. I traveled with a diplomatic pass, 

with letters of recommendation from Carter, Tommy Walker (not yet compro- 

mised at that time), Rockefeller, Glean, and from Hoover. The diplomatic world 

was as open to me as society, the banking world, and, last but not least, government 

circles. 

Hitler was not easy to reach. The man was either cowardly or feared making 

himself cheap. The American counsul in Munich did not succeed in bringing me 

in contact with Hitler’s Nationalist group. I lost eight days time thereby. I decided 

to take matters into my own hands and went to the mayor of Munich, Mayor 

Deutzberg, with a recommendation from the American counsul. The mayor 

promised us that the next day I would have a report as to when Hitler would receive 

me, but I doubted his word. He hadn’t promised too much, though, because the 

next day a friendly letter from Deutzberg arrived at the porter of my hotel in the 

course of the morning, stating the day and hour Hitler would receive me in the beer 

cellar. I just had to give my name to the waiter in the cafe and I would be brought 

to Hitler. All this gave me the impression of secret Mafia methods. I went, and 

everything ran as planned. Behind the huge hall of the beer cellar is a red, old- 

fashioned room in which Hitler sat between two men at a long table. I have often 

seen the man in pictures, but even without having seen him in magazines I would 

have known that Hitler was the middle one. The three men stood up, each intro- 

duced himself, the waiter brought me a huge mug of beer and I could begin. Of 

course, I didn’t want to bring up my assignment in the presence of the two 

companions. I wanted a confidential discussion between us two. Hitler whispered 

with the two men and said to me in a sharp tone of voice: “This is not my usual 

custom, but if you show that you have references, I will consider it.” I gave him a 

few introductory letters. He delayed no longer. One look at the two men sufficed 

to make them disappear. 

I then laid all my reference letters on the table and requested Hitler to take note 

of them. After he had read the letters he asked me if I planned to report my 

conversation with him in an American newspaper. I answered negatively. That 

made a visible impression on him. “I don’t think much of journalists,” said Hitler 

immediately. “Especially American journalists.” I didn’t ask why. It didn’t interest 

me. Cautiously I posed several questions to him. I got an evasive answer to each one, 

instead of a clear yes or no. In between Hitler finished his huge beer mug and rang. 

Immediately the waiter who had led me in came and took an order. The new mug 

must have loosened his tongue, because he then took off. 

“I find the Americans the most likeable of all foreigners. They were the first to 

help us after the war. Germany will not forget that. I am speaking of a new 

Germany. What do you think of our movement over there in your country?.. .Our 

party platform is translated into English after all. Soon, time will be telling them 

what we want. The German people are suffering in slavery because of the repar- 

ations demanded by the Treaty of Versailles. Freedom no longer exists for Ger- 

mans, either at home or abroad. Our governments have consisted of cowards and 

traitors since 1918, each one is corrupt. The people believed the new leadership. 

Jews and Marxists are the masters here. Everything revolves around money. 

Discipline and order no longer exist. The German official is untrustworthy. A 

tragedy for the country… no one thrives under this rabble. Nothing can be expected 

of the Reichstag and Landtag. All the political parties carry on disgraceful, shady 

dealings. The government lets foreign countries dictate its laws, instead of showing 

its teeth and realizing that the German people are still capable of resistance. The 

people are much better than the governments… How can this be changed? We are 

carrying on an intensive propaganda campaign against treason and blackmail. We 

have no more than two daily newspapers and our local organizations are growing 

continually. They think they are hindering our movement by banning uniforms. 

Nonsense. The uniform is nothing without the spirit. We will continue to work 

on the spirit of the people, the discontent must spread, unemployment must pick 

up, only then can we make headway. The government is afraid, because we have 

proven that we know the right path to the hearts of the people. We offer work and 

bread. We can also give it, as soon as an enlightened people realizes it has a right to 

live and take its place among nations. The Reichswehr1 has developed everywhere 

by our own efforts and our divisions, through strict discipline. We are not sitting 

on a Utopia of Jewish and Marxist bastards. Our platform is German, and we will 

not give in an inch.” 

Hitler made a singular impression on me. His short, choppy lines of thought, 

his chatter, his confused rambling without serious proof made me think that this 

man was empty inside, and could bring on a wild demagogy with his inflated 

speech. I mentioned the organization of his movement. 

“As trong spirit of solidarity controls our movement. Many of the unemployed 

from the big cities have joined up, many middle-class people from smaller areas and 

many farmers from the Platten Lande. Our people give from what little they have 

to keep our movement going. Dishonesty and betrayal can’t occur because I have 

everything in my own hands. The exemplary training of our people draws all the 

finances automatically to the central point here in Munich, and I am that central 

point….” 

“Force? But that is taken for granted. A large movement practically can’t be 

developed without force. The stupid chatter of the pacifists is just laughable. Those 

people aren’t living. Life is strength. Life is force. Look at nature, look at the animal 

world, there the only law is the law of the strongest… towards foreign countries? It 

may work out no other way. I want to leave America out of consideration, but not 

other countries. Do you think Germany will get back its colonies without force, or 

Alsace-Lorraine, or the huge Polish territories, or Danzig?… Money? That is the 

crucial issue; money can only be earned when the German people are free to 

1 German National Army 

establish their economic stability, then we can grab the most favorable opportunity 

to fight for our rights with the strength of our weapons… France is our enemy, the 

other earlier allies are our competitors, that is an important distinction… Swindling 

by Jewish banks must come to an end. Speculators from Galicia are stripping away 

the income of the middle class. Huge department stores are squeezing out small 

tradesmen… Taxes and rents should be regulated and done away with ….” Hitler 

stuck his hand in the opening of his brown shirt. “Here is our platform. You can 

find everything in there that we have set before us.” 

It was time for me to bring up the purpose of my visit. He wouldn’t let me talk. 

“Difficulties? Of course there are difficulties, but they don’t hinder me. I have made 

the liberation of the German people my life’s goal, and either I will win or be ruined. 

Our biggest difficulty is that the people have become apathetic after years of neglect. 

That is why we need a forceful, persuasive propaganda, that stirs up their minds. 

Propaganda like this costs money.. .No, we can’t demand large dues from our 

members, I already had to lower them because many couldn’t afford them.. .There 

is sympathy for our movement in some circles, especially among the nobility. These 

sympathies are not pure, though, and we are not sure of them. I don’t want to be 

the servant of the monarchists’ movement in Germany. All aristocrats here are 

infected with monarchistic sentiments, and I won’t let them into the movement for 

that reason, without being certain of their conviction. Even then they are under 

strict control by our leaders…We can’t count on sympathy from the large 

capitalists yet, but they will have to support us when the movement has become 

powerful. What do people in America think of our movement?” 

The American interpretation ofhis party seemed to interest Hitler particularly. 

I gave him the same answer as before, that we in America knew too little of his efforts 

to form an opinion. Again he mentioned the difficulties. “There are many workers 

who are susceptible to our propaganda, but their own interests keep them from 

joining the movement. The Social Democratic unions have huge funds at their 

disposal. In these times it is naturally almost impossible for many to miss paying 

dues to the unions. We are looking for the means to attract sympathetic elements 

in the unions into our movement. They can perform a useful service for us by 

influencing the minds of their colleagues. At the moment I am working on a big 

plan for our own press office here in Munich, and a publishing office with branches 

in Berlin, Hamburg, and one city on the Rhine. We haven’t worked on Northern 

Germany yet, and the Rhine provinces are on the way. Bavaria is generally favorably 

disposed, as well as Saxony.” 

It became more and more difficult to carry out my assignment. Hitler seemed 

to like hearing himself talk, and when I tried to put in a small word that could lead 

to the purpose of my visit, he changed the subject to something else. He continued… 

“President Hindenburg is not sympathetic to our movement, but he will 

certainly not oppose the will of the people when the time comes. The clique of 

aristocrats surrounding him is afraid of the rising power of the German people, 

because we can demand that they be taken to account for their weak, cowardly 

position towards foreign countries and Jewish capitalists,” Suddenly he was silent, 

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watched me for a long time, then said acidly: “Are you also a Jew? No, luckily, 

certainly of German origin. Yes, I can tell from your name.” Now I had the 

opportunity to refer to the difficulties in Hitler’s movement, and came out directly 

with the plan for financial help. 

“If that were possible, there would be nothing we couldn’t achieve. Our 

movement will die without arms. They can take the uniforms away from us, but 

our principles will spread. We do need weapons, though.. .Making deals doesn’t 

bother me, and I can get weapons everywhere with money. We have set up a school 

for arms training here in Munich, and it is highly favored by the movement.” 

At this point I brought up my carefully worded proposal and asked for Hitler’s 

estimate of the amount. This seemed to perplex him. He rang. A whispered 

conversation with the waiter. Hitler played nervously with his notebook, seemingly 

deep in thought. A tall, thin man of about forty, looking militaristic in a brown 

uniform, came in. Hitler offered him a seat next to him. I was not introduced. 

Without any preface Hitler asked him how much was needed to spread the 

movement intensively all over Germany. 

“We have to take the North and the Rhine areas into account. We must 

remember that we can accomplish a great deal by helping the unemployed who are 

still members of unions, and we can’t forget how much we need to completely fulfill 

our plans for Storm-Detachments. Armaments cost a great deal, and smugglers 

demand high prices.” Von Heydt took a long pencil from the table and began to 

figure on the back of a beer plate. Hitler leaned an arm on his chair and followed 

his calculations. Then he took the plate from von Heydt and thanked him in a tone 

of voice signifying clearly that he should leave us alone. “Please remember that for 

us to make a calculation in our circumstances is not easy. First of all, I would like 

to know how far your backers are prepared to go, and second, if they will continue 

supporting us once the initial amount has been spent. Von Heydt has made a 

calculation here that I fundamentally agree with, but I first want to know what you 

think of these two points; then another problem is, that we have based our estimate 

on existing plans when there are still many others under considerations that will be 

put into effect once the first have been completed. I am thinking of, specifically, the 

training and education of our detachments in the use of gliders, as well as uniforms 

for the unemployed—the ban on uniforms is harmless—and of still other plans.” 

Of course I could not answer him, and I made it clear once again that this first 

meeting was intended primarily to establish contact. His questions as to the amount 

of financial help would depend on whether my backers would actually come up 

with the financial aid, only then could a maximum limit be determined. This didn’t 

seem to please Hitler, or he found it too complicated, because he asked me again 

anxiously if I personally had any idea of the amount to be given him. I was also 

unable to answer this one. I expected him to ask now why the Americans were 

making this offer of financial support, but he asked something quite different. 

“When could I receive the money?” I had an answer to this question—I guessed that 

as soon as New York received my telegraphed report they would quickly take steps 

to send the money to Germany if they could agree on the amount. He interrupted 

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me again. “No, not to Germany, it is too dangerous. I don’t trust a single German 

bank. The money must be deposited in a foreign bank, where I can then have it at 

my disposal. He looked again at the figures on the plate and said imperiously, as if 

he were handing down a strict order: “One hundred million marks.” 

I did not show my amazement at his greed, but promised him to telegraph New 

York and give him the response of my backers as soon as possible. He wouldn’t hear 

any of this. “As soon as you have the report from America, write to von Heydt, his 

address is Lutzow-Ufer 18, Berlin. He will contact you with further instructions. 

Hitler stood up and offered me his hand, which was a clear indication for me to 

leave. 

On my way back to the hotel I figured out that one hundred million marks was 

about twenty-four million dollars. I doubted that Carter & Co. would be prepared 

to put that much money into a European political movement. I finally concluded 

that it was up to them in New York to decide, and sent a brief summary in secret 

code of the conversation I had with Hitler. 

The following evening I went to a meeting of the National Socialist party at 

the Circus. That morning I had received an invitation to go to it. Hitler would speak 

there himself, followed by a certain Falkenhayn. I noticed again the emptiness of 

his reasoning, as I had during our conversation. Never a sign of logic, short, 

powerful sentences, abrupt and screamed out, political tactics of demagogy, 

persistent rabble-rousing. I sympathized with the journalists who were there to 

write reports for their papers. It seemed to me that no report could be made of a 

speech like that. Hitler didn’t speak about the movement, nor about the platform, 

or of reforms he and his followers expected to carry out. He attacked every govern- 

ment since 1918, the large banks, Communists, Social Democrats, Jews, big 

department stores. His speech was full of words like traitors, thieves, murderers, 

unscrupulous men, repressors of the people, those who besmirch the German spirit, 

etc. He mentioned no facts. He was always vague and general, but… it worked. 

Later I learned that after this evening about 130 people had become National 

Socialists. I had the impression that Falkenhayn’s speech was being used to calm 

the audience after Hitler’s inflammatory words. Dry and almost incomprehensible, 

Falkenhayn wanted to prove that Soviet Russia was a danger to the world, that there 

can be no talk of a union of all Socialists, and that the Hitler movement was the first 

party to bring about true socialism. His success was moderate. 

I didn’t hear from Carter until the third day. Ashort answer, also in secret code. 

Ten million dollars were made available. I only had to telegraph which bank in 

Europe I wanted the money sent to, in my name. Carter & Co. evidently felt the 

same way I did, that twenty-four million dollars was too much money to throw into 

the wind. I wrote immediately to von Heydt and the next day received a telephone 

call from him in Berlin. He arranged a meeting in my hotel. 

That same evening von Heydt came to Munich accompanied by an undistin- 

guished looking man, introduced to me under the name Frey. I received the men 

in my room and informed them that New York was prepared to donate ten million 

dollars to a European bank, in my name. I would then dispose of it according to 

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Hitler’s wishes. The payment and transfer of the money must be regulated carefully. 

Both acknowledged this without showing any sign of surprise, and added that they 

could settle nothing without having talked with the “Fuhrer,” I didn’t understand 

right away who they meant, but when I continued to say the name Hitler a couple 

of times the little Frey corrected me quite sharply, saying each time: ‘You mean the 

‘Fuhrer’.” I noticed later many times that the name Hitler was never spoken in 

National Socialists circles; he was always called the “Fuhrer.” It made no difference 

to me. The “Fuhrer” then, if that’s what they wanted. 

I waited in Munich for a report from von Heydt, and two days later a letter 

came announcing his visit. He and Frey announced themselves again at my hotel. 

The following stipulations were set before me: I was to telegraph New York, asking 

them to make ten million dollars available to me at the Mendelsohn & Co. bank 

in Amsterdam. I should go to Amsterdam myself and ask this banker to make out 

ten checks of one million each in the equivalent mark value to ten German cities. 

I would then endorse the checks, signing them over to ten different names that von 

Heydt, who would also be traveling with me to Amsterdam, would provide for me 

there. I could then return to America from Holland. I had the feeling they were 

dictating such a mode of procedure to me because they wanted me to disappear 

from Germany as quickly as possible. I raised no objection to these conditions and 

everything went as von Heydt had arranged. 

I ran into two unusual occurrences in Amsterdam. At the offices of Mendel- 

sohn & Co. I was received with unusual politeness after I had asked for an 

appointment with the director, and von Heydt, who stood next to me at the 

counter, was treated by both lower and higher officials as if he were the bank’s best 

customer. When the transaction had been taken care of and he had the ten checks 

in his briefcase, he asked me to come with him to the German consulate. There we 

were also received with a deference and obedience that proved von Heydt’s strong 

influence. From Southampton I took the Olympia back to New York. I went to the 

offices of Guaranty Trust to give Carter a report right away. He asked me if I would 

wait and return in two days to give my full report at a plenary session. The same 

men were present as in July, but this time an English representative was there sitting 

next to Glean from Royal Dutch, a man named Angell, one of the heads of the 

Asiatic Petroleum Co. 

Carter was of the opinion that Hitler was the man to take risks. They all 

thought that twenty-four million dollars was significant, but I had the impression 

that they trusted Hitler’s determination and certainty because of the size of the 

amount. Rockefeller showed unusual interest in Hitler’s statements about the 

Communists, and as I quoted a few lines from the speech I had heard in Munich, 

he said he was not surprised that Hitler has asked for twenty-four million. I was 

asked if I had learned how Hitler had intended to arm the National Socialists, and 

if he preferred to work through parliamentary channels or on the streets. I could 

only answer vaguely, but my personal opinion was that Hitler, trusting in his own 

leadership, would take anything he could, and that he regarded it his life’s work, 

either winning or failing completely. Carter asked me further about Hitler’s 

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position in relation to the monarchy, if Hitler was ultimately committed to placing 

the Kaiser back on the throne. I answered by quoting Hitler. 

I do not know if further sums of money from America were turned over to 

Hitler in 1929 and 1930; if they were, then another middleman had been hired. 

It is a fact that a few weeks after my return from Europe the Hearst newspapers 

showed unusual interest in the new German party. Even the New York Times, 

Chicago Tribune, Sunday Times, etc. carried regular short reports of Hitler’s 

speeches. Hardly any interest had been shown earlier in German’s domestic 

politics, but now the platform of the Hitler movement was often discussed in long 

articles with amazement. In December, 1929along study of the German National 

Socialist movement appeared in a monthly publication of Harvard University, in 

which Hitler was glorified as the saviour of Germany and given the title of a “rising 

name in Europe” for the first time. 

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1931 

 have sworn not to expound any longer on international financial relations. 

This oath was too hasty. I must bring up several more incidents that took 

place on the stockmarkets of London and New York, in order to give a clearer 

picture of that which follows. It is not romantic, dear reader, but complain to those 

who make history, not to me. 

In September, 1931 the Bank of England gave up the gold standard. This 

means a great deal for a country whose financial world considers gold the basis of 

its economy and consequently practices the gold theory. Since the days of the great 

Kent, England has used gold as the criterion of its financial system except for ashort 

interruption for 1915-1921. This change of principle and practice in England had 

great consequences in America. The value of the enormous gold deposits in the 

Federal Reserve Banks was considerably reduced. But that was not the worst result 

felt on the New York stockmarket. America was much more afraid of endangering 

the dollar. It was feared that the dollar would follow the same path as the pound 

sterling. The American financial world knew that the decline of the pound sterling 

was the result of French tactics, intended to weaken London financially, preventing 

further assistance to Germany. The position of New York in 1931 was not much 

different from that of London in 1929 and 1930, for that reason America was afraid 

of being left unprotected by the same French tactics in case London cooperated 

with France. French financiers have proven since 1926 that they are clever 

manipulators. Poincare is the greatest financial genius of these times. Earlier, 

American and English financiers and experts had looked down on their French 

colleagues with confident contempt. The years 1926 and 1931 plus the time in 

between have taught us that we could learn a good deal from the French financial 

world. Perhaps I will give some evidence later for any doubtful readers. This is not, 

however, within the frame of reference of this book. New York was tense. 

This tension had turned to uneasiness—the same had happened in London a 

few years earlier—enormous shipments of gold were made from New York to 

Europe, and it seemed as if these shipments were destined for the most part for 

France. This is not absolutely certain. In the beginning we were glad to see these 

gold shipments, because we had long since given up the belief in the financial legend 

that huge gold supplies mean actual well-being for a country. But the French people 

still believed this. When, at the end of September, 1931 and the beginning of 

October, 1931, berween 650 and 700 million dollars in gold had been shipped to 

Europe in three weeks, we became rather anxious. We are concerned here with so- 

called particuliers, partial shipments. The gold deposits of the French government 

still sat in the Federal Reserve Banks. They were estimated at 800 million dollars 

at the end of October. If this amount was asked for, what then? Naturally we were 

prepared to pay it, but it would have caused a panic in the States, and the flight from 

the dollar would become fact. France therefore had the key to the dollar situation 

in its hands. 

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Let us go back a few weeks. Hoover had granted an interview to an editor of 

the Chicago Tribunes, that time. Unconsciously Hoover and the editor played into 

France’s hands. Very few leaders possess international financial insight. Do you 

know that a Rockefeller, a Wanamaker, a Harding, son of the late President, and 

I will calmly say, even Hoover, are all childishly inept and naive in this field? I also 

know statesmen in European countries who know equally little about international 

finance and economy. It is not a specifically American occurrence. 

Let us go further. Hoover told the editor of his intention to make radical 

proposals very soon regarding reparations to Germany and the regulation of war 

debts between all states. One could see from the editor’s information that it was 

possible for Hoover to propose the annulment of reparations payments. Most 

people in America were astounded by the proposal. But France was on the qui-vive. 

I don’t know if in October, 1931 Hoover, on his own initiative, asked Laval to come 

to Washington, or if Laval invited himself. In financial circles on Wall Street they 

believed the latter. So Laval was coming to Washington, but unexpectedly two 

French financiers came to New York, landing on October 15, the same day Laval 

arrived. The French financiers were Farnier, Governor-Delegate of the Bank of 

France, and Lacour-Gayet, former financial attache to the French embassy in 

Washington. They contacted the heads of the Federal Reserve Banks immediately, 

who then pulled in two representatives of the Treasury Department. Many rumors 

were circulated as to what was being discussed at this meeting. I know from Carter 

what was generally brought up. He never would disclose much detail. I gathered 

from this that the negotiations were not always friendly. The French had come to 

New York to decide along with the Federal Reserve Banks what could be done in 

New York. They supposed that the French government had lost several million by 

che decline of the pound sterling and London’s renunciation of the gold standard. 

The weak position of the dollar had caused unrest in Paris, and they wanted to be 

sure they wouid not suffer further losses from the dollar. They wanted to know what 

was being done to support the dollar. Of course, the enormous gold shipments to 

Europe were mentioned, as well as the huge French deposit in the Federal Reserve 

Banks. The French were prepared to transfer the sum of 200 million dollars, a sum 

by French calculation still deposited in private American banks, to the Federal 

Reserve Banks, strengthening its position. The French, however, added conditions: 

1. The Federal Reserve Banks must guarantee a minimum rate of 

exchange on the dollar, applying to French accounts in the 

USA; 

2. The rate of interest for these sums should be raised 4.5%; 

3. A minimum sum should be determined, that France would leave 

in the States. 

Since the Americans were not immediately prepared to agree to these 

conditions, the French revealed nonchalantly that even though the agreement they, 

Lacour-Gayet and Farnier, would make with the Federal Reserve Banks was of great 

importance, it was only part of a general agreement Laval would be settling a few 

days later in Washington. They had let the cat out of the bag. It was clear that Laval 

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had to dissuade Hoover from his plans for reparations payments and regulation of 

debts, and that Laval had to make use of the government funds deposited in the 

U.S.A. to force the President to give up his plans. No one can say what the result 

of these negotiations was in New York as well as Washington. The banking world 

in New York stubbornly resisted the idea of the States selling themselves to French 

interests on international territory for the sum of 800 million dollars—the French 

funds in America. It is a fact, however, that Hoover promised Laval not to under- 

take anything pertaining to the question of reconstruction and regulation of debts 

without first consulting the French government. When Wall Street found out 

about this, Hoover lost the respect of this circle at one blow. Even the subsequent 

elections were affected—many believe that Hoover’s failure to get reelected can be 

traced back to the issue. One forgets that Hoover was in the middle of a difficult 

situation. On one side, the American banking world with the Federal Reserve 

Banks at the head,who represented the opinion that Am erica could readily dispense 

with the French deposit if it was misused by France to hold moral influence over 

the U.S. government in the field of international politics. On the other side stood 

theTreasury Department, whose leaders would do anything to avoid a dollar panic, 

pointing to the English precedent. 

In October, 1931 the situation was tense on Wall Street and the atmosphere 

was ominous. At the end of the month I received the following letter from Hitler 

in Berlin: 

Our movement is growing rapidly all over Germany, put- 

tinglarge demands on our financial organization. I have used the 

money you procured for me to build up the party and realize 

now that I will have to leave the country in a foreseeable amount 

of time if new revenue is not supplied. I do not have access to 

huge government financial sources, as do our enemies the 

Communists and Social Democrats, but am dependent com- 

pletely on parry contributions. There is nothing left of the 

amount I received. Next month I must begin the last great action 

that will bring us power in Germany. 

A great deal of money is needed. I ask you to report 

immediately how much I can count on from you. 

Two things struck me from this letter. It was the first time Hitler had used the 

word party with me. His tone in the letter was more one of command than one of 

a petitioner. Although the letter was dated from Berlin, it arrived in an envelope 

postmarked in New York with an American stamp. Hitler must already have had 

supporters in the States, specifically in New York. 

The next day I was at Carter’s, and I gave him the letter. Carter was the leader 

of the opposition to the ‘Old-Wives’ behavior of the government, as he called it, 

regarding the French demands. The report of Hoover’s reversal had angered him 

so, that he vented his fury over France to whoever would listen. Carter was a hot- 

tempered man. He read Hitler’s letter and began to laugh, then swore and called 

himself an idiot. He said to me: “We are such dopes. Since 1929 we haven’t thought 

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of ‘this man’ Hitler. All this time we had the means right in our hands to put 

France down, and we didn’t use them. Just wait, we will hold a meeting here this 

afternoon, and I will try to reach Montagu Norman from the Bank of England, who 

is here in New York. If he comes, then we can play our trumps. You must come too, 

of course.” 

The meeting at the offices of Guaranty Trust Co. was fully attended. I can only 

explain this by the fact that the tense situation of the New York stockmarket 

required the presence of its leaders, and Carter had reached them all easily. 

Opinions were divided. Rockefeller, Carter, and McBean were the Hitlerians, if I 

may call them that, and the others vacillated. First, Montagu Norman had to be 

informed of the events in 1929. He found the sum of ten million dollars to finance 

a political movement very high, an opinion not understood by the rest, since it was 

well known that political parties in England spend huge sums on propaganda. 

Glean from Royal Dutch shared Montagu Norman’s view. He added that there was 

little aggression against France in the publications of the Hitler movement. He felt 

that Hitler was a loudmouth and would never act. He also noticed how Hitler had 

obviously changed his “movement” to a “party,” a transformation that would place 

great importance on his parliamentary efforts. Glean closed his commentary by 

saying that there had been enough talk, in Germany more than elsewhere, and a 

man like Hitler would play along with the majority of his followers in the Reichstag 

without changing anything in the existing situation. Carter and Rockefeller argued 

against this view, saying that even if Hitler achieved a majority in parliament he 

could not be dissuaded from the platform binding him to the German people, and 

was obligated to use what he had written and spoken of as the only method of 

pulling the country out of difficult times. He would have to go out on the streets 

with his followers while keeping up parliamentary efforts at the same time, if he 

didn’t want to lose his immense support. It was finally agreed that in principle 

Hitler should be assisted further, but someone should be directly informed of the 

situation in Germany and in the Hitler party before the amount was determined. 

I was asked if I was prepared to take on this assignment and to telegraph the amount 

to Carter as before, then signing it over to Europe in the same way as in 1929, or 

whatever way I thought best. 

I was not able to free myself immediately from my own affairs, so after ten days 

I traveled to Europe. 

Much had changed in Germany since 1929. The National Socialist move- 

ment, whose “Fuhrer” had received me in a beer cellar in 1929, had reached the 

upper levels of society and had his headquarters in the same city, in one of the most 

beautiful buildings in the best part of town. The National Socialists had their own 

houses everywhere, in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Koln, 

two uniformed watchmen always stood in front of each, day and night as in front 

of a barracks. 

I saw numerous passersby salute the watchmen with an arm movement similar 

to the fascist greeting, each shouting simultaneously “Heil Hitler.” It didn’t take 

much study to see that Hitler’s following had increased enormously since 1929. I 

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could cut my trip through Germany short, because I saw the same picture 

everywhere. On Saturday afternoons and Sundays the majority of the young people 

in most cities donned their uniforms and marched in formations differing little 

from military groups. It is true that there were differences between uniforms, but 

most were brown and black. Swastikas were everywhere, the emblem of the Hitler 

party. Even women had swastikas on the rims of their purses—the saleslady in the 

cigar store in Berlin, where I shopped regularly, wore a huge swastika on a thin 

necklace. This was no silly decoration, the intent to display conviction was obvious. 

I had a talk with a bank director in Hamburg whom I had known well in the past. 

He was quite taken in by Hitler and confessed that earlier he had trusted the Ger- 

man Nationalist Party more, but now he doubted their success because monarchists 

were in control of it, and the German people had not forgotten the treason of the 

imperial family in 1918. It was hard for me to take his opinion seriously, because 

he was a Jew. I needed an explanation, so I asked him how it was possible for him, 

as a Jew, to be sympathetic to Hitler’s party. He laughed. “Hitler is a strong man, 

and that is what Germany needs. The compromises and vacillations must finally 

come to an end. The German people are not mature enough for democracy. When 

the Kaiser ruled the country badly, and he alone was responsible for the adminis- 

tration, not one person objected, everyone fulfilled his tasks, understood his duty. 

The Germans are quite another story from the English and Americans. They must 

have someone they can look up to, then they will do whatever is ordered just because 

the strong man is giving the orders. They have always had basically nothing but 

contempt for an Ebert, even the Social Democrats, and regarding Hindenburg, 

they respect him, but regret that he can’t act as regent in the true sense of the word. 

Since 1918 we have had Chancellors who were commoners, who had reached the 

top of the ladder through politics. No one respected them. A prince of pure blood 

in opposition to the Kaiser would have made a good Chancellor.” I remarked that 

Hitler also came from low origins. 

“Of course, but that is a different story. Hitler worked himself up and did not 

crawl into a political party to reach his goals, but created his own party from scratch. 

You will see that Hitler is on the rise. It will only last another year, then he will be 

the man. He began in the trenches and will finish as dictator.” Again I posed my 

question of how my informant, as a Jew, could be a member of the Hitler party. 

He passed over the question with a sweep of his hand. “By Jews Hitler means 

Galician Jews, who polluted Germany after the war. He recognizes Jews of pure 

German origin as equal to other Germans, and when the time comes he will not 

bother us in any way. Also you must not forget that Jews control both the Social 

Democratic Party and the Communist Party. He will have to win these over, not 

because they are Jews, but because they are Communists or Social Democrats.” I 

interjected again that Hitler was still against Jewish bank capital, I can even say 

against banking in general. My informant thought I was very naive. He added that 

Hitler’s platform could not be fulfilled on every point, and Hitler knew that very 

well. “He has to make unrealizable demands to win over the masses, and this is 

certainly the least that should worry us. When Hitler comes to power he won’t have 

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to be so careful of the masses; then he will be strong enough to push through 

whatever he wants.” 

Two days later I spoke to an industrial magnate. He was also a follower of 

National Socialism. I also read all the newspapers, and tried to make a coherent 

summary of the political streams in the German press; I concluded that the 

National Socialist Party showed the greatest activity, had established its roots in all 

levels of the population, and that opposition from Communists, Social Democrats 

and other parties was lukewarm and definitely uncoordinated. 

I became more and more convinced that Hitler was not experimenting, but 

wanted to achieve a clearly defined goal, supported by the majority of the German 

people. It was now time for me to contact Hitler and I wrote to the Berlin address 

I had received from him, and took a room in the Hotel Adlon. The next day I was 

called to the telephone while I was reading newspapers in the hotel lobby. A voice, 

very likely a woman’s, asked me if I would be in my hotel evenings, and referred 

to a letter I had directed to the “Fuhrer.” 

I received von Heydt and a newcomer in my room. He was introduced to me 

as Luetgebrunn. After a short statement from von Heydt, Luetgebrunn began to 

speak. It was as if he was making a prepared speech, he glanced at a bundle of notes 

from time to time. 

“Our activities with the unemployed have succeeded against all expectation, 

but do cost a lot of money. Our organization is military and therefore also not 

cheap. Our houses in various cities are all set up like barracks, our people sleep there, 

cat there, everything at the cost of the party. We provide uniforms, those who have 

the money buy them, but the unemployed should not be driven away by the costs 

of equipment. For that reason we are obligated to donate free uniforms and other 

equipment to our unemployed members. Some of our transportation vehicles 

belong to party members, but we have had to provide our own trucks and other 

transportation in the areas in which we have not much following. There are party 

members who are not able to lend us their trucks because they are afraid of losing 

customers. Then there are weapons to think of. We have to buy our weapons from 

smugglers, and their demands are high. We have our buying posts on the borders 

of Austria, Holland and Belgium, but often the weapons are confiscated by the 

authorities, thousands are lost and we have to start over again. We have not 

established directcontact with weapons factories; the only one we have contact with 

is the F.N. Fabrik in Belgium, but the amount we have been guaranteed is too small. 

Our Storm-Detachments are incompletely equipped. We can’t buy machine guns. 

Revolvers and carbines are not sufficient on the streets, streams of unemployed join 

up in the cities and every new man costs money.” 

Luetgebrunn continued in this vein for quite a while. Then it was von Heydt’s 

turn, and he informed me that the “Fuhrer” would receive me the next day at eleven 

in the morning in his house on 28 Fasanenstrasse. I would just have to give my name 

to the maid. No. 28 Fasanenstrasse is an ordinary family house. I could not tell from 

the outside that the “Fuhrer” lived here, no brown uniforms, or any other sign. An 

ordinary visit to an ordinary citizen. Hitler had aged in the two years I had not seen 

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him. Yet I found him less nervous, more dignified, more carefully dressed, I could 

say he was more self-confident. He seemed pleased to see me again, because he asked 

me with interest about all sorts of details concerning myself. Then, according to his 

usual custom, he began with the main issue without introduction. 

“I don’t have much time. Luetgebrunn has informed you of everything 

already. What has America been saying? Give us one more year and we will have 

the power in our hands. Do you read the Reichstag reports? What do you think of 

our showing? When one of our delegates stands up, everyone listens, and the red 

hordes tremble and quiver. We’ll get those greenhorns. They have betrayed and 

sold out the German people, and we will punish them for it. We have prepared a 

mobilization plan that will run as smoothly as a clock. One of my best partners is 

Goring. I have entrusted this to him. Our troops can be mobilized over the whole 

country in two hours to go out on the streets. First come the Storm-Detachments, 

whose task it is to occupy the buildings, take the political leaders and members of 

the government who don’t collaborate with us prisoner. Then come our other 

people, who will occupy the buildings continuously, and our organization will be 

complete. If blood has to flow, then it will. Revolution is not made with a 

handkerchief; whether the handkerchief is red or white has nothing to do with it. 

Traitors can only be taught how to behave with force.” 

I wanted to ask here what the foreign policy would be. Hitler stood up and 

strode with large steps across the room. “Foreign countries will be divided into two 

camps. Our enemies and our competitors. Our enemies are first of all France, 

Poland and Russia, our competitors are England, America, Spain, Scandinavia and 

Holland. We have no score to settle with any of the other countries. The population 

of the Alsace-Lorraine must be brought to revolution, as well as Silesia. That is our first 

task, as soon as we can get power. If France wants war, then war it will be. We don’t 

recognize the Treaty of Versailles. I want to see Germany and the German people 

free. If we are not allowed to arm ourselves, then we will do it secretly. All German 

governments have shown all their cards to France. We won’t do this. Our divisions 

are not regiments, our weapons are not war materials. In two years I will build a 

German army strong enough to surround France. I will have the chemical industry 

adapted for war purposes. The situation with our competitors is even simpler. They 

can’t live and work without Germany. I will make demands. Wherever German 

products are turned down by high import taxes, unlimited production must still 

be kept up. The German people must be totally self-sufficient, and if it doesn’t work 

with France alone, then I will bring in Russia. The Soviets can’t miss our industrial 

products yet. We will give credit, and if I am not able to deflate France myself, then 

the Soviets will help me.” 

I must make a small remark here. When I returned to my hotel I wrote this 

conversation down word for word. My notes are in front of me, and I am not 

responsible for their incoherence or incomprehensibility. If you think his views on 

foreign policy are illogical, it is his fault, not mine. I will continue. 

“Stalin has made plans, and he will succeed because he has won over the 

Russian people. I will also make plans and hold myself strictly to them; what the 

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Russians can do we can do twice as quickly, twice as intensively. After one year of 

my government there will be no more unemployment in Germany. Jews will be 

excluded, as well as Communists and Social Democrats; the camps I will lock them 

up in are already being planned. The Reichswehr is already in our hands to the last 

man. The government hasn’t even noticed this, but I will leave them to their 

blindness—I am certain of my control. Goring and Gobbels, Streicher and von 

Heydt have been to Rome many times and have spoken to Mussolini, Rossi, 

Dumini, and other fascist leaders about the whole organization there. We are also 

building up our organization according to our own circumstances. Mussolini and 

Stalin, the first more than the second, are the only leaders for whom I have any 

respect. All others are a bunch of old wives. Stalin is a Jew, that is a shame. Did von 

Heydt tell you how much we need? When your letter came we calculated everything 

exactly. Have you any idea in America of how many difficulties we have here? If 

everything followed the usual political channels it would be easy, but there is not 

one city in Germany where I am not joyfully received. I will certainly achieve a 

political majority, but the people must be afraid, in case the NSDAP doesn’t shrink 

from using other methods to reach my goals, in case my parliamentary political 

moves don’t succeed. We can only create fear by displaying power. This is only 

possible with uniforms and weapons. If a couple of Communists should be killed 

by a group of Brownshirts, that is of the same propagandistic value for the party as 

a speech of mine. Mussolini has introduced a new period in politics. He is the first 

one to carry out domestic policy with something other than big words and 

parliamentary motions. In short, everything we need to display our party as apower 

to foreign countries and to overawe the people costs money. I wrote you at that time 

because our time is running short and the moment has arrived to take the situation 

quickly in hand. In some places we have been obliged to turn away the unemployed. 

That is regrettable at this point, because everything can be done with the 

unemployed if we can only give them uniforms and food. Are you familiar with our 

barracks? I will let you see one of our houses here in Berlin. I don’t need anything 

from wealthier people who fear for their possessions when things get rough. We 

need the ordinary worker, the proletariat, they, after all, have nothing to lose. Have 

you also spoken to Luetgebrunn? He is a lawyer, but an intellectual of the good sort. 

Generally I don’t think much of intellectuals. They always bring up science and 

historic teachings. What have they accomplished with all their knowledge? 

Nothing. Now it’s our turn, now let the fist and sword speak. Work and fight, surely 

that must be the complete life. Dreams and speeches have never accomplished 

tnything. Do you also have connections with the Reichsbank? There is supposed 

to be great confusion there. Once I get there I will clean everything up. Schacht 

seems to me to be the best of the lot, but he is a doctor, and that I don’t like. These 

people have mostly become untrustworthy because of all their fabrications. We 

must put an end to this studying and dreaming. Young people must work the land 

and be drilled so they can fight, if it should soon become necessary.” 

His pacing back and forth in the room was making me nervous. It could also 

be that his sharp words and the lack of a consistent train of thought in his 

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conversation were making me tired. But Hitler continued, “If I lived in America, 

then I would have nothing to do with politics; there the people are really free, and 

it is a privilege to be an American. It has become a disgrace to be a German in the 

last few years. We will see that it becomes an honor again. Do you know that they 

won’t give me this shameful name? I was born in Austria, so I am not a German. 

Ridiculous. They will recognize me on their knees, not as one of them, but as one 

above them. The Communists are beginning to be afraid, the Jews think it won’t 

really go on like this, and the Social Democrats still believe they can save their skins 

with parliamentary speeches and motions. The best people here in Berlin are 

Communists, their leaders complain to Moscow of their bad straits and demand 

help. But they don’t realize that Moscow can’t help. They have to help themselves, 

but are too cowardly for that. The most difficult issue now is our relationship with 

the churches. The Lutheran-German church is giving me trouble, the other 

Protestant churches will soon adapt themselves. But the Catholics. You must know 

that I am Catholic. The Center Party1 is very strong and can accomplish something 

with the support of Bavarian parties. We must neutralize this party so that we are 

the strongest. I know well that there are also scoundrels in it, but I will leave them 

alone for the time being. The Bishops are coming forward against National 

Socialists in some districts, there are priests who give no absolution to National 

Socialists and deny them communion. A good beating would change this, but that 

is not good tactics right now; we have to wait.” 

“So von Heydt mentioned no sum, nor did Luetgebrunn. No, he couldn’t, he 

didn’t know the amount. You will see, we have calculated everything exacdy, and 

will leave the choice up to your backers. There are two possibilities. Either we go 

out on the streets as soon as our Storm-Detachments are completely organized, 

which will take three months after we get the money. Or we work persistently with 

votes and keep our troops in readiness if they should be needed. The first we call 

the revolution plan, the second we call the “legal takeover” plan. As I said, the first is 

a question of three months, the second of three years. What do you think of this 

yourself?” 

I could do nothing more than show ignorance by shrugging my shoulders. 

“Naturally you Americans don’t know the situation here, and it is hard to say 

which is the best method to use. But what do you think your backers will say?” 

Again I could give no answer. Hitler continued. 

“You see I am not even clear myself, nor are my co-workers, which path we 

should take. Goring is simply for revoludon, the others more for legal takeover, and 

I am in favor of both. Revolution can put power in our hands in a few days, legal 

takeover requires long months of preparation, and a lot of underground work. Of 

course there is a reason why we haven’t been able to make a decision, and it is that 

we don’t know how much money we can count on from your backers. If you had 

been more generous in 1929 things would have been setded long before this, but 

we were barely able to carry out half our program with ten million dollars. I will 

1 Catholic Party 

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itemize our calculations for you. Revolution means we attract people by large 

donations to the unemployed, buy weapons quickly and organize our Storm- 

Detachments. Smugglers will take advantage of us and demand prices that will 

severely cut into our funds. With a lot of money we will certainly succeed in 

smuggling in machine guns, it makes no sense to open our attack without machine 

guns.” 

“Legal takeover on the other hand, when it has finally been completed, after 

we have forced different elections by obstruction in the Landtags and Reichstag, 

then the masses will be tired of voting and will be easily bluffed by our clever 

propaganda. While we take care of our parliamentary work we arm our people and 

organize the Storm-Detachments. Then a few repeated demonstrations from time 

to time against the Communists will be enough to give the people an idea of our 

armed power. In addition we will use the time to penetrate even deeper into the 

ranks of the Reichswehr. The elections, by giving us an effective majority, achieve 

the same tesult as revolution would in three or four months. I would like to have 

both ways. Everything depends on the money.” 

Hitler sat down at his table. He took out his litle notebook, looked up at me, 

and continued. 

“Revolution costs five hundred million marks, legal takeover cost two hundred 

million marks—” He waited. “What will your backers decide?” 

I couldn’t answer. I promised to contact New York and report as soon as 

possible what they had decided. Hitler took up the conversation again and began 

to ramble. 

“You people there in America must be interested in our party coming to power 

in Germany, otherwise you wouldn’t be here and ten million dollars would never 

have been given to me in 1929. Your motives don’ tinterest me, but if you understand 

the situation well you will surely realize that I can’t get anywhere without financial 

means. The Communists here get money from Moscow, I know this and can prove 

it. The Social Democrats are supported by Jewish bankers and other large banks, 

and have a huge treasury. German Nationalists get huge sums from large industry, 

and their leader Hugenberg owns several newspapers that earn big profits. The 

Center Party gets whatever money it needs from the Catholic Church, which has 

billions at its disposal, especially in South Germany. When I compare that to the 

meagre forty million marks I received from your backers in 1929, then I can hardly 

believe that we could have dared to start our planning with such limited funds. You 

must have noticed how we have progressed in Germany and here in Berlin since 

1929. Aren’t you amazed at these results? Should I tell you something else? The 

Reichswehr is National Socialist through and through. You know that already, but 

there is not one civil service our party does not have a strong following in, we are 

especially powerful in the railroads and Post Office, and when our revolutionary 

slogans are circulated in a few months we can put our hands on these state 

institutions without too much trouble. When I spoke to you in 1929 I had to admit 

that the North and Rhineland were still lukewarm. Now that is completely 

changed. We are well organized even in Frankfurt am Main, where German 

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Nationalists and Communists have a strong following. Party members are sitting 

in numerous foreign consulates, and will participate actively at the first signal from 

Berlin. Doesn’t all this mean something? Doesn’t it prove that those “paltry” forty 

millions were well invested? But everything now must go well and quickly, and our 

money is used up. Tell your backers that they should, in their own interests, send 

the five hundred million marks as quickly as possible, then we will be finished in 

six months at the latest.” 

Hitler screamed out these last sentences as if he stood at a political rally, and 

he assailed me as if I were his worstenemy. I had had enough. I repeated that I would 

report to New York and let him know as soon as I could. I telegraphed that same 

day. It took five days to receive an answer from New York. In those five days I had 

the feeling that I was never alone. Except, of course, during the hours I spent in my 

hotel. I thought I saw people everywhere who followed me. I still don’t know if it 

was reality or my imagination, but I could think of several different occasions that 

are strong proof of a continuous control hanging over me in those five days. But 

I don’t want to stir up the detective instincts of my readers. There is, however, one 

case I would like to relate. The second day after my conversation with Hitler I went 

on the Kurfurstendamm towards Wilmersdorf. An old friend of my family lived 

in a small villa there. I wanted to visit him. As I went down the Kurfurstendamm 

and turned into the street where the villa stood, I clearly saw a man pass in front of 

me whom I had noticed at least three or four times in front or behind in the last ten 

minutes. I arrived at the villa and was just about to press the electric doorbell when 

I saw a small box outside the bushes. Printed in pencil on it was the word: absent. 

I didn’t ring. That evening I telephoned my friend’s house from my hotel. I could 

get no connection, and after waiting several minutes the operator told me that no 

one was at home. This still seemed very normal and natural in Berlin, but later— 

I had written my friend a letter on my last day in Berlin and said how much I had 

regretted his absence—I received an answer from him in New York, in which he 

said he had not been away from Berlin, and could not understand my statement 

of his absence. I also didn’t understand the story until I learned at the beginning 

of this year that our old family friend in Berlin was a well-known Social Democrat 

and had flown to Switzerland. We Americans are generally only mildly interested 

in the political persuasions of our friends. I had never known earlier that he was a 

Social Democrat, but now the incident in 1931 is clear, and I believe I was not only 

being shadowed personally in those five days, but my telephone and hotel room 

were also under control. We should not forget that in 1931 Hitler was not yet 

Reichskanzler, just leader of a strong political party. 

Carter’s answer was unclear. I wired back: “Repeat,” and then received a long 

cablegram: 

Suggested amounts are out of the question. We don’t want to 

and cannot. Explain to man that such a transfer to Europe will 

shatter financial market. Absolutely unknown on international 

territory. Expect long report, before decision is made. Stay there. 

Continue investigations. Persuade man of impossible demands. 

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Don’t forget to include in report own opinion of possibilities for 

future of man. 

So Carter had no great belief in Hitler’s financial capabilities. He would wait 

for a detailed report from me before making a decision and expected me to convince 

the Fuhrer of the impossibility of his demands, and to include my own opinion on 

rhe chances for success in the report. 

I wrote Hitler ashort letter and described the content of the telegram. Two days 

later two men I hadn’t met yet, Goring and Streicher, visited me in my hotel. The 

first was an elegant-looking man, dashing in appearance, very brutal, and the 

second made a feminine impression on me. 

Goring opened the conversation by expressing his amazement that I did not 

share the opinion of the Fuhrer. It would certainly be difficult as an American to 

understand the German situation, but the Fuhrer had informed me so well of the 

plans and platform of the party, rhat I should be well on top of the situation. I 

countered immediately that my views were irrelevant, I was not the one with the 

money, but just a middleman. He didn’t seem to believe this, and continued to 

speak to me in a personal way, denying the fact that I had backers behind me. 

Streicher entered the conversation with an unctuous tone. I could not stand the 

man. I preferred Goring’s brutality a hundred times over, however unpleasant it 

was. We couldn’t agree. I explained I don’t know how many times that I could 

change none of the circumstances, that I had sent off my report to New York that 

same day and had to wait for my backers’ decision. Goring finally became furious 

and said literally: “This is all a swindle. We didn’t call on you. First you dangle a 

huge sum of money in front of our eyes, then when we tell you how much we need, 

it is much too high for you and the gentlemen don’t come up with the goods. You 

are swindlers.” This brutality made me mad and I showed Goring the door. He left 

with Streicher without saying good-bye. I immediately wrote a short letter to Hitler 

and requested him to deal with me personally in the future and not to send any more 

representatives, especially not Goring. I related briefly what had happened, and 

added that I wanted nothing more to do with Goring again. I don’t know what 

transpired between Hitler and Goring, but the next day I received a short letter from 

Goring offering his apologies and blaming his behavior on the great tension he lived 

under being a party leader along with Hitler. 

The next day, however, two men were announced again. Americans make a 

grave mistake in Europe. They receive anybody after a simple announcement. In 

America it makes no difference, everything is accomplished quickly. Superfluous 

speeches seldom take place in the business world there. I received the two men: von 

Heydt and a new figure. Introduction: Gregor Strasser. A more refined type than 

Goring, but equally brutal underneath a cover of formality. Von Heydt opened the 

conversation. I hardly listened and interrupted him. All this talk about party leaders 

made no sense at the moment. I had to wait for New York’s decision. If Herr Hitler 

wanted the opportunity to speak to me, I would gladly discuss things with him and 

attempt to make the position of my backers clear. Strasser intervened. Did I share 

their point of view? “I have no point of view in the whole situation. I am carrying 

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out an assignment. The answer they sent me was, however, left in code, and even 

though I passed it on to Hitler, it might be possible that I could explain certain 

points further. This is how my statement should be interpreted.” 

Strasser began to expound on the party platform. I had the impression that his 

job was mainly to work with the unemployed. He reproached, without being crude, 

however, the union bosses and the Social Democrats. He listed forty, fifty names 

one after the other and pointed cold-bloodedly to the wall, saying quietly: “This is 

where those fellows will be standing with ten sharpshooters in front of them.” The 

coarsest words he used were rascal and dog, but he uttered these as calmly as 

everything else. I had had enough of this chatter and asked the men to leave me 

alone, as I had still a number of letters to write. Strasser gave me an invitation to 

attend a National Socialist parade in Breitenbach the following Sunday. 

An overwhelming sight. On a field with gnarled tree stumps stood five Storm- 

Detachments in formation, listening to the priest who held the field service. I have 

remembered the following sentences from the priest’s sermon. They gave me a 

much clearer understanding of German National Socialism than all the words of 

Hitler and his leaders. 

“You are fighters for God. Day in, day out the best blood will be spilled because 

you have heroically put up your lives as bulwarks against Bolshevism, to save 2,000 

years of Christian culture from ruin. You, you have inscribed the bitter fighr for 

German nature and race on the red flag of the people with its white field of purity 

and loyalty and the runic sign of victory, you are satisfying your own consciences 

as well as God’s. Do not let yourselves be led astray, and do not be intimidated.” 

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of conflict, against Satan and against his hell. 

The enemy that Christ wanted to conquer by his crucifixion aspires to rise again 

right at this moment, the enemy, the eternal Wandering Jew, has decided to take 

revenge. He endeavors to destroy the holiness of marriage, and to poison the purity 

of custom and the soul of the people on purpose. Christian brotherly love must be 

brought into the battle, because the existence or nonexistence of Christianity is at 

stake. Comrades, our batde is a vital defense, our nationalism is the savior of people 

and fatherland. Do not listen to the politicians who designate our fanatic 

nationalism as misdeed, condemning all nationalism. Our nationalism is the same 

as that of a Pastor Wetterle, as that of a Cardinal Mercier von Mecheln, of Cardinal 

Dubois in Palis, who with thousands of their priests inflame the French people to 

a burning love of their country and encourage stamina for victory with glowing 

enthusiasm. What is good enough for the French and Belgians is equally good for 

us Germans. In the burning world of 1914 the enemy stood at the German borders, 

today the enemy rests in the core of our country, subjugating our people and 

enslaving it. In August 1914 millions, blessed by the church and protected by the 

prayers of the church, went to the murderous battlefields to save people and 

fatherland. What was permitted then, even demanded of our priests, should now 

be forbidden as evil teaching? …Comrades, that is a lie. So I say to you, to be 

National Socialist is to be a fighter for a people that is prepared to defend its religious 

beliefs, its purity of custom, and its honor to the last breath. You are a providence 

 

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of God, because you want to banish the underworld with its deadly poison of 

dissension. The blessing of God rests on your battle. And now let us remove our 

helmets. Let us fold our hands and sing, as the Dutch Geusen did before the last 

decisive battle, so that it will ring a thousand fold all over the land: Lord make us 

free….” 

The prayer of thanks is over. The field service is at an end. Sharp commands 

ring all over the field. The brown rows line up to march off. 

Two policemen in green uniforms watch the Storm-Detachments with 

interest. The police are all at their posts. They had strict orders to watch all 

movements of the Storm-Detachments all over Germany, especially in Prussia. 

Secretary of the Interior Severing spoke last week in the Reichstag about these 

dangerous preparations for takeover by the NSDAP1. Three days later I received 

a cablegram from New York: “Report received. Prepared to deliver ten, maximum 

fifteen million dollars. Advise man necessity of aggression against foreign danger.” 

I wrote to Hitler again to arrange a meeting. I told him that I had received word 

from New York and that I preferred to inform him of its contents personally. That 

same evening von Heydt, accompanied by Strasser, visited me. “The Fuhrer is 

overworked. Upon the advice ofhis doctors, he must have at least two weeks of rest.” 

They had full powers to act in his name, for which they had proof. Reluctandy I 

described the contents of the telegram from New York. 

Von Heydtsaid: “Fifteen million dollars”—he chose the maximum immedi- 

ately—”is not much for our massive plans, but I know the Fuhrer will accept it. 

Now there can be no talk of revolution. It is not as easy as Goring and the others 

imagine. I would even gladly go out on the barricades myself. I have had enough 

of these conditions. But we can’t put foolish ideas in our heads. We would be shot 

down before we knew what happened. That would be irresponsible to our Fuhrer. 

Now we must go to Hitler with proposals to organize ourselves more efficiendy and 

to train our people. To have a revolution now would show a lack of soldierly and 

comradely spirit, provoking sacrifice is a communist idea. We will have nothing to 

do with that. Sending the Storm-Detachments to the barricades now would mean 

the destruction of our movement, would spill blood, valuable blood for nothing, 

and the flag of chaos and desperation, the flag of Bolshevism, would be planted on 

our dead bodies. In the past few weeks we have had an influx of new elements in 

our party that are even harder to handle, they come from other parties and have 

other viewpoints, and they have to adapt to our world.” 

Von Heydt, just like all other leaders of the National Socialist party I have met, 

seemed to be possessed by a mania to broadcast, either rightly or wrongly, the 

platform and tactics of the party as if he were at a political rally. 

Strasser asked me when I thought the fifteen million dollars could be payed out 

to Germany. I answered that it was a question of a few days, as soon as I knew that 

Hitler agreed with the determined amount, but I would only take the necessary 

measures to sign the amount over to Europe when I had had a discussion with 

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Hitler. Von Heydt explained to me that this was temporarily impossible because 

Hitler had to have rest. To wait for his return would mean great delay. If I insisted 

upon it then tomorrow or the next day a meeting of all party leaders could be 

organized, and I could report there what I wanted to say to Hitler personally. I kept, 

however, to my demand and said finally that I would do nothing until I had spoken 

to Hitler personally. 

The next day at noon I was called away from lunch in my hotel. A chauffeur 

awaited me in the hall and gave me a letter. It was written in Hitler’s handwriting, 

and it requested me to come to his house in the automobile waiting there. Aquarter 

of an hour later I sat in his room on the Fasanenstrasse. I noticed neither fatigue or 

sickness on him, but said nothing of his health, just carried out my assignment 

direcdy. Hitler stood up, and while he walked up and down the room he shrieked: 

“Fifteen million dollars, that is about sixty million marks. How long will it be until 

it gets here? It is much too little to really tackle the problem. You Americans don’t 

know our plans.” 

I remarked that fifteen million dollars was the maximum, and he could tell 

from the copy of the cablegram I showed him that ren million and a maximum of 

fifteen million were offered. He listened at first attentively. I took the opportunity 

to refer to the necessity of an aggressive stance towards foreign countries as 

mentioned in the cablegram. Supposedly America had the impression that his 

actions in other parts of Europe had not really had effect. I didn’t want to go any 

further. Perhaps he would realize what my backers meant. But Hitler began to 

shriek again. “Do you think I can perform miracles here with our people? Do you 

have any idea of the apathy of the Germans? This ‘pack of Jews’ has imposed a spirit 

of swindling, acquisitiveness, internationalism, and pacifism. Day in, day out we 

must fight it: first we must teach the people courage, then we can do something.” 

“There is no discipline in Germany, and we must start from the very beginning 

again. Just wait until we are finished with out work on the German people, then 

we can think about foreign policy. Read our platform. We will not stray from it one 

inch. Read points 1 through 7. Point 1. Establishment of a unified national state, 

including everyone of German origin. The explanation of this runs: we will not give 

up one single German in the Sudentenland, in Alsace-Lorraine, in Poland, in the 

League of Nations colony of Austria and in the succession states of old Austria. Read 

the explanation to point 2: we don’t want Erzberg’s and Stresemann’s servility 

towards foreign powers; soon it will be seen that foreign powers will have much 

more regard and respect for a strong representation of German interests. The result 

of our new stance will be consideration and attentiveness to German wishes on 

foreign and international territory instead of kicks and beatings. Point 3 says: 

removal of Jews and all non-Germans from all responsible positions of public life. 

And Point 4? Immigration of Eastern Jews and other inferior foreigners will no 

longer be permitted. Unwanted foreigners and Jews will be turned away from the 

country. Read Point 6 again: whoever is not German can only live in the German 

stare as a guest and is subject to laws pertaining to aliens. Point 7: rights and interests 

of Germans supersedes rights and interests of foreign citizens. Above all we have as 

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our goal the rebirth of Germany in the German spirit for German freedom. What 

more can you want? We will adhere to this program and will fulfill it to the last letter. 

I know that I will have France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, maybe also Prussia, Italy 

and Hungary on my neck because of this. That is irrelevant at this point. We will 

deal with that once our people are prepared to take on the consequences of German 

politics in the interest of the German people, with no reservations. The people have 

become bastardized and foreign customs must be driven out of them.” Hitler sat 

down again and thought. Then he spoke more calmly. 

“Good, I will take the fifteen million. We will carry out our program, but our 

tactics will change. I will choose the slow path, the path of legal takeover, but we 

will succeed. A change is already coming over President Hindenburg. I will be 

finished when I have moved the aristocratic clique that surrounds him out of the 

way. His son thinks nothing of me and incites his father against me. The president 

is an old man. He lets others influence him. Just give me the fifteen million. Von 

Heydt will make the arrangements with you as to how I will receive the money.” 

I explained further that it was possible my backers would send the fifteen 

million in two installments, one of ten million and later one of five million, and they 

would wait for information from me before doing anything. I referred once more 

to the meaning of the conditions in Carter’s telegram—a vigorous foreign policy. 

This time he didn’t preach the standard phrases about his platform, but said directly 

and quietly: “Just leave it to me. What I have achieved already is proof of what I can 

do in the future.” 

The conversation had come to an end, which pleased me very much, a 

conversation with Hitler is an exhausting thing. He yells and raves at you. 

Obviously he is so used to speaking at national assemblies, it takes hold of him so, 

that he can’t carry on a normal, quiet conversation. 

That same day I wired a detailed report of my conversation with Hitler to New 

York and referred for the moment only to his plans for foreign policy and his firm 

promise not to stray an inch from his party platform. I didn’t think this would be 

enough to satisfy Carter and his colleagues regarding an aggressive foreign policy 

by the National Socialists, and thought the deal would be closed. 

Three days later I received an answer from Carter that contradicted my 

opinion. Fifteen million dollars would be delivered upon my first request to a 

European bank indicated by me. I promptly gave this answer to Hitler. Von Heydt 

looked me up and asked me to transfer the money to Europe immediately in the 

following way: Five million dollars in my name to Mendelsohn & Co., Amsterdam, 

five million to the Rotterdamsche Bankvereinigung, Rotterdam, and five million 

to the Banca Italianna in Rome. 

I traveled to these three places with von Heydt, Gregor Strasser and Goring, 

to deposit the amounts. A huge number of checks had to be made out to many 

different names in large and small locations in Germany. The National Socialist 

leaders had long lists of names with them. In Rome we were received in the main 

building of the bank by its President-Commissioner, and while we waited in his 

office for five minutes two fascists whose uniforms obviously indicated high ranks 

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came in. Introduction: Rossi and Balbo. 

Goring opened the conversation. He spoke Italian to the men. I couldn’t 

understand what was said. We were invited to a dinner at Balbo’s house. I was the 

only one not in uniform. The National Socialist leaders wore their brown uniforms 

and the fascists their black ones. After dinner everyone danced in a huge hall, with 

open doors looking out on a magnificent garden. The brown uniforms were much 

preferred by the ladies. An old Italian, a black-shirt with many decorations, sat next 

to me and watched the dancers. He began speaking in German. “Italy should never 

have given up its alliance with Germany. Then we would be in a much stronger 

position against France. But our German friends are on the right path, and when 

revolution becomes reality then the good old days will come back. There is no better 

combination possible: Italian culture with German spirit, they will renew and 

conquer the world.” Three days later I traveled on the Savoya from Genoa to New 

York. 

Carter called a full meeting the next day after my return from Europe. 

Rockefeller asked immediately if I thought Hitler would dare an open battle with 

Hindenburg. I said that I felt Hitler to be capable of anything if it would further 

his goals. He was also no dreamer and was very aware of difficulties he faced, he 

would not experiment if he was not sure of success. I was asked to quote what was 

said in my dialogues with Hitler literally. I was also questioned on my impressions 

of conditions in Germany. When I gave the opinion of the Hamburg banker, Glean 

wanted to know if well-to-do classes in Germany feared Hitler’s financial policies 

and his “breakdown of the enslavement of finance capital” as Hitler called it. I 

answered by quoting the Berlin industrialist and the feeling of the Hamburg 

banker, that points can be found in every political platform that are only there to 

please the masses, and will never be put into practice. I formed the conclusion that 

the wealthy German classes (according to Hitler’s wishes) would not take these 

aspects of the Hitler program seriously. Carter remarked that the requested 

amounts I had wired were absurd and proved clearly how little understanding 

Hitler had of international relations. I added that in my opinion this was not only 

the case with financial relations, but I had also been amazed at his ignorance in the 

area of international politics. No one seemed to find this significant—it is quite 

common in America. Carter asked me what I thought about Hitler’s co-workers. 

I related the incident with Goring. This seemed to please him especially, andhe said 

flatly that a man of Goring’s type would be a fitting partner for a leader like Hitler. 

A full year later, in September, after the National Socialist Party in Germany 

received 107 delegates in the Reichstag on the 14th, Carter wrote me a short letter, 

recalling my two trips to Germany and the conversations I had had with Hitler. He 

asked me if I was prepared to go to Germany again to have a meeting with the Fuhrer 

in case it was necessary. After my last visit to Germany I had received letters regularly 

from von Heydt, Strasser, and Goring, along with extensive shipments of books, 

brochures, and daily newspapers. I was now very familiar with National Socialism, 

and the person of Hitler was no longer as mysterious to me through my contact with 

him as it was for others in our circles. To see these people again in Europe was not 

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the most pleasant prospect. Neither the people nor their literature or propaganda 

held much to attract me. Perhaps my German origins have faded into the routine 

of American life. My grandfather came to America ninety years ago, my father was 

born there, my mother is pure American. Perhaps for that reason I could not stand 

the inflated arrogance of the German people, which was the key to Hitler’s whole 

program, and his work and goals were completely alien to me. In fact, I had 

personally come to the conclusion that my friends were on the wrong path, that 

Hitler’s aggressive foreign policy might well make France more flexible and coop- 

erative, but it was also dangerous for the world. It is always well known where such 

a dictator begins, but no one ever knows where it all ends. I had told Glean during 

the course of the year of my viewpoint, and he tried to dissuade me with the 

information that Mussolini, an equally violent dictator of a large country, had 

cooled off after having caused anxiety in the world and especially in France with his 

big mouth and threats, which was very good in his opinion, but when the going 

began to get rough, (Mussolini) retreated calmly. It would be no different with 

Hitler, he thought. It was certainly not our intention to cause war between 

Germany and France, but just to threaten the danger of war, to make France 

cooperate more in the possible support of England and America in international 

financial affairs. 

I finally made my decision. I informed Carter that I was prepared to travel to 

Europe again and to deal with Hitler as soon as it was necessary. 

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n the sleeping car to Berlin I found an edition of a German daily newspaper. 

This was the main article on the front page; 

People are streaming in masses from the inner city towards 

the Jahrhunderthalle, and the surrounding squares and build- 

ings for the assembly on the fairgrounds. Buses, trucks, private 

cars and motorcycles are being parked in the nearest streets. To 

the left of the autos run streetcars crammed with people, and 

impatient women and men have waited since three o’clock with 

folding chairs and food parcels in front of the entrance to the 

building. By five o’clock the bridges over the Oder leading to the 

fairgrounds are black with people and autos. Traffic is being 

strictly controlled, but stoppages are still taking place. Cries of 

“Heil” keep ringing when vehicles carrying party members and 

Storm-Detachments, singing and displaying flags, arrive at the 

meeting places. Police walk around with lunch bags and water 

bottles. It is said that their squad cars are riddled with machine 

guns and tear gas bombs. Special trains run one after the other 

into the stations. Happiness, enthusiasm, bliss on all faces of 

women and men, workers, peasants, citizens, officials, students 

and unemployed, all are caught up in the excitement that adds 

to the inner suspense of the huge election campaign. Unforget- 

table, wonderful day. Hitler will speak. 

For the first time the whole SA of the province will march. 

There are Storm-Detachments among them who have sat in 

open trucks for ten hours or longer before reaching the meeting 

place. The SA columns are showered with flowers, it becomes a 

triumphal parade. Raised arms greet each other constandy. Heil 

SA, Heil.. .Drums roll, horns sound. 

A crowd of thousands mills around in the gigantic concrete 

building of the Jahrhunderthalle, the massive memorial remind- 

ing the Prussian people forever of the great days of 1813. Long 

banners are draped on the ramparts and arches of the second 

largest domed building in the world. Written there is: “We don’t 

fight for mandates, we fight for our political ideology.” “Marx- 

ism must die so Socialism can live.” There is no place in this 

world for a cowardly people.” “Attention, Attention,” sounds 

from the loudspeaker. “Everyone sit down, the SA is marching 

in.” 

And they close in. The huge building trembles. A roar like 

a hurricane breaks forth, twenty thousand people rise from their 

seats. Between shouts of joy banners and flags are raised, one 

covered with black. A mother screams. An unknown storm- 

trooper has died a hero’s death for his people. The Storm- 

troopers march in. They can already be heard singing outside: 

“We are the army of the swastika.” Enthusiasm reaches the 

boiling point. More columns keep coming. Men who know 

nothing more than duty and batde. The floor shakes under the 

marching feet, under the strength and discipline of the brown 

battalions. 

“Attention, Attention, Hitler has just arrived. Attention, 

Attention.” Excitement everywhere. “Heil, Heil.” He comes, 

thousands of eyes look for the Fiihrer. There he is. 

Sharp commands, a joyful cry: “Adolf Hitler.” Now silence. 

The Gauleiter steps up to the microphone: “My dear German 

comrades,” he begins. After a few sharp sentences he closes: “The 

Fuhrer will speak.” 

Again a giant roar, then the masses listen. Adolf Hitler 

speaks. First slowly, measured, and cool. The first applause. 

Hitler nods for silence. He continues to speak with more 

conviction, irresistible, he becomes fervent and demanding, the 

non-National Socialists are struck. What this front-line soldier 

lieutenant first class Adolf Hitler, this man of the people, says is 

all so simple, so ordinary and so right, and everything so true, 

that know-it-alls, boastful of their development, and rational 

ones with their eternal practical complaints, are all silent. They 

follow the speaker with suspense. They have trouble under- 

standing this man, whom they have come to see out of curiosity, 

but they applaud him. 

Hitler indicates silence. “Those who belong to us know that 

a turning point in the history of our people happens not every 

five or ten years, but perhaps only once in a century…” Now he 

shrieks loudly: “Party platforms are worthless.” Those people 

standing on the sidelines, the disappointed, the ones who have 

been betrayed so many times, listen carefully. 

“Thirteen years ago we were broken as a people, and a broken 

economic life followed the broken people. Once, a hundred 

years ago.. .at that time the ones who brought new prosperity 

and happiness to the German people were not those who only 

thought of the economic life, but those who gave blood and 

possessions for the honor of the German people. It cannot be 

otherwise. The German economic life is not broken, the Ger- 

man people are ….” The front-line soldier Hitler is not speaking 

of platforms, but of sacrifice, submission and work. 

Now his voice sounds like a drum roll, now he speaks of 

Germany, and how. Hearts are inflamed, what a testament, a 

will and a belief as strong as rock. Hitler loves Germany, he loves 

and fights alone for Germany, always only for Germany. 

Eyes are shining, faces are resolute. The doubtful become 

courageous, disbelievers begin to hope, the indifferent and 

apathetic are taken up with him, and old soldiers are inspired to 

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new deeds. Hitler attracts them all into the circle of his mastery 

with his glowing will to freedom. An enslaved people wakes up, 

class distinctions fall away, no class-conscious workers and 

discontented citizens, no, twenty thousand comrades believe 

and shout with joy, believe in the Fuhrer and acclaim him.— 

I read all this in the sleeping car on the way to Berlin. I also read that von Pfeffer 

had been dismissed by Hitler, that von Heydt had stepped down from the party, 

and that Strasser had been left cold because his brother had incited mutiny among 

the Storm-Detachments. 

I am almost glad that I accepted the assignment to meet Hitler for the third 

time. Things are happening in this country that we only know through reading past 

history. So very few have actually been charged with being there, standing in the 

middle of things, speaking to the Fuhrer and learning his most secret motives. 

A strange atmosphere hangs over Berlin. Whether it is the calm before a storm? 

I don’t know. No one speaks of politics. I visited the old friend in Wilmersdorf. His 

house is abandoned, this time I can tell that he was really not there. I have a 

conversation with the manager of a big department store. He reveals nothing of the 

situation. To all my questions he only answers that hard times are coming, and I 

could get no more from him. In several areas of Berlin the city looks strange, 

policemen next to stockpiles of rifles and machine guns. Open trucks full of 

Reichswehr soldiers race by at insane speeds, through the quiet streets. Motor 

brigades fly over the Kurfurstendamm, armed troops can be seen everywhere 

around government buildings near my hotel. Few brown uniforms. An odd 

phenomenon, to my mind. Hitler has, after all, been taken into the government. 

The few newspapers daring to raise the question speak of him as the chancellor of 

the future, a very near future. I had expected more demonstrations of power from 

the Hitler party in Berlin. I learned nothing from newspaper reports. A great deal 

was clarified, however, when I talked to an attache of the American embassy. He 

told me that Hitler had already put clamps on the press even though he was not yet 

chancellor, that his Storm-Detachments (SA) were mobilized to take over the city 

at the first signal, that the appearance of the Reichswehr, even though official, 

meant nothing, since the government could not use it against Hitler’s troops, 

however much it might need to, because it was unreliable and contained many 

National Socialist elements; that Hitler had added a new group of fighters to his 

Storm-Detachments and troops that he himself named Murder-troops. Nobody 

in the other political parties protested this brutal designation, which is a challenge 

to civilization. The Social Democrats are broken because they realize that all their 

years of parliamentary work have led to nothing, the Communists are becoming 

afraid even though it was they who yelled the loudest. Yesterday their Karl 

Liebknecht-house was taken by surprise and searched from cellar to attic. Officially 

it was done by police and Reichswehr, but my informant remarked that Hitler’s 

Murder-troops had a large part in the destruction of the Karl Liebknecht-house. 

Many Communist leaders had already been taken prisoner, the red flag was 

forbidden, certainly only temporarily, but it would not be appearing before the 

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elections. The Social Democrats are lukewarm in their manifestos and daily 

newspapers. Everyone feels that they axe unable to cope with the situation. The 

German people want to be impressed, they only have respect for strong speakers. 

Germans are just children, naive people. They will never be attracted by an 

important principle. 

First I received a brief summary of the political situation. My informant even 

risked a prediction. “Hitler can no longer be stopped,” he continued. “You will see, 

next week he will be Reichskanzler. A von Papen can’t fight it, a von Schleicher tried 

it with the help of the young Hindenburg, but he was unsuccessful. Hitler can be 

Reichsprasident if he wants. He will be satisfied with the chancellery only 

temporarily. But Hindenburg is old and something could happen any day, then 

Hitler will be a complete dictator without even the appearance of a constitutional 

head. Anything is possible with this man. I have spoken to him a few times and 

heard his speeches, and he does what he wants with his audience. He doesn’t let 

them think, just screams and yells so they can’t resist him any more. When I listened 

to him I always had the feeling I had to fight the power of his suggestion, to keep 

from going along with him one hundred percent. When you ask yourself later what 

he said you can’t remember it. What do you think of National Socialism?” 

I didn’t want to give him an answer, especially not a complete answer. “We 

should wait,” I said, “we Americans ultimately have nothing to do with it. If the 

German people want to think of Hitler as their savior, then that is their privilege, 

it’s not our business.” 

My confidant felt differently and tried to prove to me that Hitler was a danger 

to Europe just as Mussolini was, and that the Italian danger would be strengthened 

by the National Socialists extension of power in Germany and by a Hitler 

dictatorship. 

That same evening I wrote to Hitler’s old address in Berlin, saying I had arrived 

and requesting a meeting. That night the Reichstag building burned down. Goring 

came to my hotel at noon, more brutal than before, arrogant and authoritarian. He 

was accompanied by a newcomer, whom he introduced to me as Gobbels. Both 

were full of the burning. They swore at the Communists who had set fire to the 

building and tried to persuade me to the belief in their sacred right to wipe out the 

Communists down to the last man. I followed the same tactics as before and 

expressed no opinion. They would only answer my question of where and when 

I could speak to Hitler after they were done raging. The Fuhrer would receive me 

in the evening at eleven-thirty at the Fasanenstrasse. Goring would pick me up by 

automobile. 

Hitler was very upset. To be merely upset, for him, would mean hysteria for 

someone else. He was always upset, in the true sense of the word. His greeting was 

barely polite. He raged about the Communists who had set fire to the Reichstag, 

he accused the Social Democrats of having had a hand in the fire, he called on the 

German people as if he had thousands in front of him. I can’t reproduce the whole 

raving monologue here because I retained almost nothing of it. It had no coherence. 

He went on for a full half hour before he sat down at the table and began a more 

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or less controlled discussion with me, constantly interrupted by accusations and 

anger at the Communists. 

I had no idea what I was there at Hitler’s for. The situation was like this. Carter 

had received a letter from Hitler, requesting him to send his former middleman 

immediately to Germany for a meeting. Carter had showed me the letter, and after 

my acceptance a few months ago, had asked me to go immediately to Berlin. Now 

I sat in front of Hitler, but had no idea of what he would ask or say to me. I waited 

calmly. 

“I would like to inform you of the progress in our ranks. Since 1931 our party 

has tripled in size. There are detachments in which the number of unemployed far 

exceeds the number of employed. Various electoral campaigns have taken their toll 

of our funds. Now we are on the brink of electoral victory, I have had to clean up 

the party. Certain elements, even in leading positions, were unreliable. But that is 

all over now. Now we are concerned with being successful in our last step. The 

Communists have played their last card with the burning of the Reichstag. The 

Social Democrats have been more difficult to defeat in our latest assault. Also, we 

can’t forget the German Nationalists, and they have money. We can’t come into 

Berlin with our troops because although we feel secure of the Reichswehr, we are 

not certain of the general populace there, especially in the north and the Jewish 

quarter. We have drawn a ring around Berlin and I have concentrated three quarters 

of our party’s troop strength in it. Just a few more days and the big day will be here, 

election day. We have to win this last initiative. Either by elections or by force. In 

case the outcome of the elections is not favorable, my plan is definite: to arrest 

Hindenburg, his son, von Schleicher, von Papen and Bruning, and keep them 

prisoner. We will also take the Social Democratic leaders prisoner. Everything has 

been calculated up to the smallest detail. But half of our Storm-Detachments have 

only billy clubs, and the troops have old-fashioned carbines. Near the German 

border in Belgium, Holland and in Austria there are huge weapons supplies. 

Smugglers give no credit. They demand scandalous prices. Of course they are aware 

of what is happening here and are prepared for eventualities. You can’t negotiate 

with those fellows. They want hard cash, nothing else.” 

“I thought you would be here in Berlin sooner, then I could have calculated 

everything accurately. Now, at the last moment, we must act quickly. Long 

discussions won’t help. What do you think your backers will do? Our money is 

gone. Will you continue to support us or not? Don’t forget that we are fighting 

against Moscow, against the whole German heavy industry, against the Catholic 

Church and against the International. These are no enemies to underestimate. Our 

party funds have barely risen, although I did raise the membership fee to two marks 

and dues to one mark. There are too many unemployed persons we maintain for 

free and who have to be provided with uniforms and weapons. Things are better 

in the flat lands, there our people have carbines and hunting rifles. In the cities it 

is more difficult. What do you think? How much will your people give us?” I 

couldn’t answer. Especially since I was not prepared for this question and had not 

discussed it with Carter before my departure. 

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“I have made no calculation, we had no time, and I don’t trust my colleagues 

any more, but for a few exceptions. Our party has grown so much in such a short 

time that it has become more and more difficult for me to keep the leadership 

completely in my hands. That is absolutely necessary, since reliable leaders are very 

rare. The monarchists are beginning to come over to our side. Every day members 

of the Stahlhelm join up, sometimes in masses, and we can do nothing but welcome 

them, but we have to control the leaders who come along with them very stricdy. 

I trust no one these days, I have finally made personal contact with Hindenburg. 

The conversation was anything but pleasant, the old man was very reserved, but I 

pretended not to notice it. I have time. He will know soon enough with whom he 

is dealing. When the day arrives he will either play along or disappear. I don’t make 

compromises. You are no Jew are you? No, I remember, your name is German, yes, 

German origin. It is better for you to travel in Germany with a German pass. 

Gobbels can take care of it. You know him, surely. He, along with Goring, is one 

of my best partners. Von Heydt is no longer with us, you know that. Neither is von 

Pfeffer. The Strassers are laughable. A mutiny in the SA against me, a full meeting 

of all the Gauleiter, and the incident was over. Strength, quick action, daring, are 

everything. Instead of acting quickly and not waiting, the Strassers and their people 

prepared and conspired in secret, and I was informed of all their activities when I 

stepped in at the last moment. They are weak brothers, overly politicized, with 

manners they took from the red rabble. What are they saying in America about the 

burning of the Reichstag?” Obviously he forgot that I was already here when the 

building burned. “But we know who the guilty ones are. We can prove everything. 

The Communist set fire to it, but behind him are both Communists and Social 

Democrats. They will regret it ….” Hitler had slowly worked himself up to a 

frightening temper again and was now walking up and down in the room. Suddenly 

he ran to the door, pulled it open wide and looked into the hall. He began to rage 

and swear at someone who must be standing on the step. But I could see no one. 

I don’t know what he was trying to do with his yelling. First I thought he wanted 

to prevent someone in the hall from hearing our discussion. But that wasn’t the case, 

because when he came into the room again he continued to rage against the invisible 

person over something that was not clear. Perhaps it was the long wait for unim- 

portant details, or over his inability to trust his subordinates. 

He sat down again and said to me: “You have not mentioned the sum of money 

yet.” There are moments when Hitler gave the impression of a sick man. It was 

always impossible to carry on a normal conversation with him. Sometimes his 

jumps from A to Z were such a hindrance and so stupid that his mental balance was 

doubtful. I think he has a hypernervous nature. In the last few years his mind has 

been occupied with a single idea. He has lived under constant tension. Many would 

have broken down, but Hitler seems to have an incredibly strong nature. I don’t 

believe, though, that he has great understanding. When I try to summarize all the 

conversations I have had with him, I come to the conclusion that he is not intelli- 

gent, but unusually self-centered and tenacious. That is, I believe, his strength. We 

can all recognize a person of this type in our own circles, who, often dumb and 

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barely developed, sacrifices everything for an idea or a possession, and either wins 

or perishes because of it. This is how I see Hitler. Whether he will be a blessing or 

a curse for a people like the Germans, only the future will tell, but I do think the 

German people are the only ones in the world to tolerate a man with such massive 

influence. There are so many weak points in his person and his behavior that the 

man himself as well as his party would have long been mocked and ridiculed in other 

countries. Knowing the man after various conversations I had with him, I also 

understand now why he can no longer be tolerated after his final victory, neither 

by Germans nor by foreign journalists. He is actually a danger to himself and to his 

party because he cannot control himself, he reveals everything, babbling about his 

plans without the slightest hesitation. This had struck me even at our first 

conversation. Of course, I had had the strongest references, my identity was secure, 

he could tell from every detail that he was dealing with someone who represented 

the strongest financial group in the world, but for me it was no proof of his 

statesmanship and political insight to be informed so straight-forwardly of his most 

secret intentions. 

In 1933 this was certainly less dangerous than 1929 or 1931. But in both those 

years he was equally frank with me as in 1933. Also he couldn’t get away from the 

Jewish problem. That was the central issue for him, the problem of the greatest 

importance for the German people. His ideas on this subject would be considered 

laughable by an American high school student. He absolutely denies all historical 

fact, and I believe he knows nothing about the modern concept of “race.” 

After his question, or actually his reproach, “You have mentioned no sum of 

money,” he began to speak of the Jewish problem, and by God, he began to 

compare the German problem with the Negro problem in America. That was 

enough for me to form an impression of Hitler’s understanding and insight. Both 

problems are in no way comparable. I will spare you these nonsensical comparisons 

of his. 

It was already three o’clock in the morning and I still did not actually know 

what he wanted of me. So I made use of a small pause in his incoherent speech to 

ask him: “You spoke of a sum of money?” 

“Yes, that is the problem. We don’t have much more time. This is the situation. 

Are your backers prepared to continue supporting us? What amount can you get 

for me? I need at least one hundred million marks to take care of everything, and 

not to miss my chance of final victory. What do you think?” 

I tried to make it clear that there could be no talk of such a sum, first of all 

because he had already received twenty-five million and second because the transfer 

of such a large amount in a few days from New York to Europe would certainly 

disturb the stockmarket. Hitler didn’t understand this, and he said so directly. He 

was not familiar with such complicated details in banking. “If you have the money 

in America, then certainly it can be turned over to Germany. Telegraphically or 

something, it seems very simple to me.” It was hopeless and a complete waste of 

breath to enlighten him in international finance. I concluded by promising to 

report our conversation to my backers and then to wait and see what their decision was. 

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“You will telegraph, won’t you? Do it here, then your telegram will be handled 

more quickly. Code? We can also help you, I will just telephone for you.” Now I 

had to explain that I corresponded with Carter in a secret code and he demanded 

to know whether nobody could read this cablegram, not even the directors of the 

telegraph company? He was amazed and thought it was bad that private persons 

could telegraph each other without the government of the different countries being 

able to decipher their reports. He admitted that he had never heard of such a thing. 

It was about four-thirty when I got back to my hotel and I immediately began to 

construct my code telegram to Carter. 

It was very strange to read the German press in those days. Of course, one was 

told that Social Democratic and Communist weeklies were still available, but the 

hotel boy that I sent out for them kept coming back with the well-known Berlin 

papers. The burning of the Reichstag building was believed to be without exception 

a Communist misdeed. I was never able to learn other opinions, even if they were 

available. I read other explanations in America and elsewhere, but if it is true that 

the Hitler party had a hand in the burning, then Hitler is the best actor I have met 

in five continents. 

Goring and Gobbels are almost as good. His anger, his frenzy about the 

burning were either completely genuine or incredibly well put on, and even now, 

just thinking of that conversation, I can still feel the influence of those wild feelings. 

I noticed another strange thing in those days about Berlin. At street corners and 

squares I often saw ten or twenty brown uniforms with swastikas standing in acircle. 

For a quarter of an hour they cried: “Clear out the manure! Vote National Socialist!” 

Then they walked on, formed another circle and cried: “The latest egg the Jews have 

laid, that is the German State’s Party!” At noon time I saw out of my hotel window 

forty brown uniforms standing in a circle, a half hour long they yelled in constant 

rhythm: 

Proletarian, wake up! 

If to fight for the freedom of German work 

Is what you want, 

If bread for wife and child 

Is what you want, 

Then 

Defend yourself, defend yourself 

Worker with mind and fist 

Vote List Nine. 

I always had to think of Hitler when I saw these people. In Berlin they were 

called the propaganda “speaking-choruses.” 

Everything Hitler. Short sentences. Just speak, scream, yell, without protest 

from anyone. No one could get a word in edgewise. Certainly a new propaganda 

method. They have discovered new methods here at home in the area of voting 

propaganda, but I have never seen anything as suggestive as this, anything that has 

such an effect on the masses, and the first party to use it naturally gets control of 

the streets, because even if another party holds a speaking chorus in the same area 

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it results in a scuffle—it can’t be otherwise. 

The rhythm and the constant repetition of the same words puts the speakers 

in a kind of ecstasy, and in this ecstasy they are capable of anything. I have seen these 

brown people, how they look up over the heads of the crowds, as if they see a better 

world and they revel in this image. The ecstasy could be seen right on their faces. 

Can a person still think logically in ecstasy? Psychologists are the ones to ask. 

Yesterday I read somewhere in a dissertation that fascism and National Socialism 

were a sickness, perhaps a sickness of the soul. But I am just rambling. 

Carter wired me that he could give seven million dollars at most, that means 

five million would be turned over from New York to Europe to the given banks and 

two million would be paid personally to me in Germany by the Rhenania Joint 

Stock Co. Rhenania is the German branch of Royal Dutch in Dusseldorf. I sent this 

answer to Hitler and waited. The next day Gobbels was announced very early in 

the morning. He brought me to the Fasanenstrasse. 

Hitler received me in the same room, Goring was with him. The conversation 

was very brief. Almost abrupt. I had the impression that the three men were not 

satisfied with the stipulations, and that they had to force themselves not to lash out 

against me. Everything went well, however. Hitler asked me to sign over the five 

million dollars to the Banca ltaliana in Rome again, and Goring would accompany 

me. The two million had to be transferred in fifteen checks of equal value, in 

German money, all in Gobbels’ name. The meeting was then at an end. I left. 

I carried out my assignment strictly down to the last detail. Hitler is dictator 

of the largest European country. The world has now observed him at work for 

several months. My opinion of him means nothing now. His actions will prove if 

he is bad, which I believe he is. For the sake of the German people I hope in my heart 

that I am wrong. 

The world continues to suffer under a system that has to bow to a Hitler to keep 

itself on its feet. 

Poor world, poor humanity! 

For translation faithful to the original 

Zurich, February 11, 1947 

Rene Sonderegger 

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EPILOGUE 

he preceding report appeared in the period after the dating of the 

Forward, after October, 1933 (as a Dutch translation of the English 

original) in the form of a ninety-nine page book published by an old, 

respected, still existent firm in Amsterdam. This book did not reach a wide public, 

however, since it disappeared after a short time forever from the book market, if it 

had ever been on sale publicly at all. Only isolated copies seem to have reached the 

hands of a third person. The existence of the book is not disputed. What is disputed 

is its authenticity. The firm explains that this book represents a huge falsification, 

or forgery: 

The translator, Schoup, came to us with an original letter from 

Warburg, therefore we believed the book as well as its author to 

be genuine. After the book came out we learned from various 

sources that a Mr. Sidney Warburg, from the house Warburg in 

New York, did not exist and that the book was a massive 

deception. We immediately called back all copies from book 

dealers and destroyed the whole edition. We don’t know if 

Schoup still lives: unfortunately he was never pursued. 

The preceding German text is the exact word for word translation of the Dutch 

book edition. 

Today, at the end of 1946, thirteen years after 1933, after the second World 

War and the downfall of the Third Reich, after the complete subjugation of the 

German people and after the Nurnberg trials against the highest ranking surviving 

Nazi leaders, and faced now by the threat of World War III, we feel obligated to 

publicize this text, unedited and uncut, in order to make way for an exact analysis 

of its contents and origin. 

It is possible that this report is forged and that its contents are substantially 

untrue. It is possible that the report is forged, but that its contents are substantially 

true. It is possible that the report presents a mixture of fiction and truth. But it is 

equally possible that he report is genuine, or that it is substantially genuine, yet 

contains several deceptions that testify against its authenticity. Anything is possible. 

It is important to establish the truth about contents and origin. 

We pose the question of the truthfulness of the report. What evidence is there 

that it is a forgery, i.e. that its contents are substantially false? If it is false, in whose 

interest and by whom was this forgery created? Can it be proven that the contents 

of the report are substantially authentic therefore true? Can it be ascertained what 

is true and what is false in it? 

In any case it can be established that the report can be authentic and true, that 

its authenticity and accuracy cannot immediately be disputed. This proof will be 

demonstrated by the following facts available to us. The report names many 

concrete, commonly known occurrences and facts that are relatively easy to verify. 

It is supposed that Sidney Warburg is the New York banker and writer James 

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Paul Warburg, son of Paul Warburg, who was Secretary of State under Wilson. 

Sidney can be a pseudonym. James P. Warburg was born in Hamburg in 1896. In 

1902 he came to America with his father. As a young man he is said to have spent 

several years in his uncle’s business in Hamburg, mentioned in the report on p. 6. 

At the time of his supposed trips to Germany he was 33 to 37 years old. James P. 

Warburg was an American delegate to the London World Economic Conference 

in 1933, mentioned on p. 4. James P, Warburg wrote a great deal about economics 

and politics. For example a book of his appeared in 1940, after many precedents, 

called Peace In Our Time?, one year later another, Our War and Our Peace, in 1944 

another, Foreign Policy Begins at Home. In 1942 a book of his verse appeared entitled 

Man’s Enemy and Man. Ferdinand Lundberg calls him “politically aggressive” in 

his well-known book America’s Sixty Families. James P. should dispute the 

authorship of the report ascribed to him. The American Warburgs came from the 

old Hamburg banking family of Warburg. Felix Moritz Warburg, the promoter of 

Zionism, was born in 1871 in Hamburg, went to the U.S.A. in 1894 and married 

there in 1895 a daughter of Jacob Schiff from the banking house Kuhn, Loeb and 

Co. Felix had four sons who can eventually come into question as authors of the 

report, if the evidence of Warburg authorship is actually accurate. The case is 

improbable, however, because nothing seems to predestine them for this role. Paul 

Moritz Warburg, father of James Paul, his only son, was born in 1868 in Hamburg, 

married a daughter of Salomon Loeb from the banking house Kuhn, Loeb & Co. 

in 1895 and settled, as mentioned above, in the U.S.A. in 1902. A relatively short 

time later he sat in Wilson’s government. The oldest brother of Paul and Felix, Max 

M. Warburg, was born in Hamburg in 1867 and remained head of the Hamburg 

firm. With the marriage of the Warburgs into the New York bank Kuhn & Loeb, 

the Warburgs became the most important Jewish financial capitalist power. 

The Warburg report contains several inaccuracies and errors that, at first 

glance, strengthen doubt in its authenticity. We would like to point out these 

places. On p. 2 the author wants to “describe briefly the state of American finance 

in 1929.” But then he goes on to refer to incidents in the following years. The 

dissolution of the Darmstadt and National Bank, the Nordwolle crash, the crisis 

of the Austrian Kredit-Anstalt all took place in 1931, the payment of Young- 

Obligations in 1930. The amount of outstanding credits abroad the U.S.A. has, is 

given as 85 milliard dollars. This figure is much too high. American outstanding 

credits abroad were actually only 18 milliard dollars. 

The title runs Three Conversations With Hitler. On p. 5 the author speaks of 

“four conversations.” There were exactly three trips and five separate conversations 

with Hitler. 

On p. 24 Carter’s answering telegram reads: “Explain to man that such a 

transfer (of 200 to 500 million marks) to Europe will shatter financial market. 

Absolutely unknown on international territory.” On p. 38 the author writes that 

“the transfer of such a large amount in a few days (one hundred million marks) from 

New York to Europe would certainly disturb the stockmarket.” Without knowing 

too much about these financial transactions, this fear seems to us improbable. 

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On p. 30 the author mentions that the Nazis had received 107 delegates in the 

Reichstag on September 14,1932. That is wrong. TheNazis received 107 delegates 

in the Reichstag on September 14,1930, in 1932 they already had many more. On 

the same page the author writes: “My grandfather came to America ninety years 

ago, my father was born there.” The father of the supposed author, Paul Warburg, 

was born in Hamburg and settled with his family in the U.S.A. in 1902. 

The Nazi rally described on p. 32 applies to the Breslau election rally on March 

1, 1933. Therefore it took place after the burning of the Reichstag and after 

Warburg’s conversations with Hitler. The author must have read the report on his 

return trip from Berlin, not on the way there. 

On p. 34 the author is reading in a German newspaper in February 1933 that 

“von Pfeffer had been dismissed by Hitler and that (Gregor) Strasser had been left 

cold because his brother (Otto) had incited mutiny among the Storm-Detach- 

ments.” On p. 37 he has Hitler saying at the same time—”von Pfeffer is no longer 

with us. The Strassers are laughable. A mutiny in the SA against me, a full meeting 

of all the Gauleiter, and the incident was over.” The reader gets the impression that 

the cases of von Pfeffer and Otto Strasser had occurred very recendy. Instead they 

happened in 1930. It is possible, however, that they took effect afterwards, and were 

mentioned again in conjunction with the Gregor Strasser crisis of early December 

1932. 

Perhaps the most obvious error is found on p. 34, where the author writes that 

Hitler has already been taken into the government, but is not yet Reichskanzler. 

The text on p. 35 also implies that in February 1933 according to the author von 

Papen, not yet Hitler, is chancellor. One can conclude from a sentence on p. 24 

(“We should not forget that in 1931 Hitler was not yet Reichskanzler, just leader 

of a strong political party”) that the author knows as he is writing the report in the 

summer of 1933 that Hitler is chancellor. The same can be taken from the phrase 

on p. 38 “after his final victory.” Every school child in Europe knew in 1933 that 

Hitler became Reichskanzler immediately when he entered the government at the 

end of January, 1933 and he remained so until his death. Perhaps what helped 

create the error was the author’s lively and accurate memory that Hitler was at first 

only nominally Reichskanzler, that von Papen & Co. did not want to give up actual 

power, and that the struggle for power within the government witnessed from up 

close by the author continued on until Hitler first seized total power in the summer 

of 1933. In general, the tension of the German struggle for power in February of 

1933 is absolutely correctly described by the author. 

It is possible that the report contains additional errors and inaccuracies like 

these. It is, however, doubtful that they speak for the forgery of the report as a whole. 

If we accept that the report is falsified, then it originates from a very clever forger who 

has deep insight into actual facts. Such a clever forger would not allow clumsy 

mistakes like that of the Reichskanzler or the misdating of the number of delegates, 

all of which could make the reader mistrustful from the beginning. Perhaps some 

of these mistakes were made on purpose so the authorship could be denied if 

necessary, like, for example, the assumption that the author’s family had been in 

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the U.S.A. for 90 years. In fact these errors and superficialities speak more 

convincingly for authenticity than for forgery. An American banker, belonging to 

the circle of men of the world, who is at the same time not lost in inner European 

affairs, does not twist and turn every word seventeen times over before setting it 

down, as a German professor would. He writes off the top of his head, freely from 

memory, unhindered by larger or smaller exactitudes in side issues. As long as the 

main points emerge sharply and clearly, and it cannot be disputed that they do. 

Finally the report contains not only these and perhaps other errors, but also a 

large number, a majority, of accurate and provable statements. In addition, it 

contains many profound and excellent observations that prove the author to be not 

an ordinary shoemaker but a well-read, experienced and knowledgeable mind with 

insight, explicable only by either high theoretical training or collected personal 

experiences from top levels. The report contains predictions that sounded improb- 

able in 1933, but were confirmed by events since that time. Finally there is a 

marvelous admission from one who participated. Naturally Gobbels couldn’t keep 

his big mouth shut. So he writes in his dairy “Von Kaiserhof zur Reichskanzlei” on 

February 20,1933: “We are raising ahuge sum for the election (Reichstag election 

of March 5, 1933) that disposes of all our financial problems at one blow.” Even 

if we don’t know, of course, if Gobbels’ jubilant exclamation applies to the 

supposed American money to be sent by Warburg, the timely coincidence of both 

events is still remarkable. 

The Warburg report as a whole gives an extremely serious impression, genuine, 

lively and unbelievable. Descriptions of Hitler and the content of his conversations 

seem especially authentic and true, they agree with everything we know otherwise 

about the subject. After the errors have been pointed out, several especially relevant 

facts will be mentioned, along with comment. 

From the beginning, the reference in the Forward to the conflict within the 

capitalist, the mixture of honesty, decency and corruption, proves great awareness, 

Marx, in Das Kapital, spoke clearly of this economic role, the double role of the 

capitalist. 

The great businessman, who won’t let himself be deceived by any phrase, 

appears in short, brief sentences like: 

Money is power. The banker knows how to concentrate and 

manage it. The international banker carries on international 

politics.. .Whoever understands what was concealed behind the 

word “national” in the last few years and what is concealed there 

still also knows why the international banker cannot keep 

himself out of international politics. (p. 3) 

The American banking world had never been enthusiastic 

about Wilson. Bankers and financiers viewed his idealism as 

good enough for the study, but unsuited to the practical, 

international world of business. (p. 4—5) 

Look for the explanation in works on political economy, in 

examples of practical, international economy, in fat books on 

the subject containing much idiocy, all betray a complete lack of 

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insight into reality. Political economists are, first of all, primarily 

academics. (p. 6-7) 

Is he not right? 

Carter and Rockefeller dominated the proceedings. 

Carter is Morgan’s representatives. Guaranty Trust belongs to the Morgan 

group. Morgan and Rockefeller, the uncrowned kings of the world, give the orders 

and hold the Hitlers like puppets on a string with their millions. Carter (father and 

son) are official figures in the leadership of the Morgan bank in Paris, which played 

a very large role in the financing of World War I and in the regulation of debts and 

reparations in the period between the wars. Is the man mentioned here perhaps 

identical with John Ridgley Carter, born in 1865, who married an Alice Morgan 

in 1887, was attached until 1911 to the American diplomatic service and since 1912 

belongs to the leadership of the Morgan Bank in Paris? It fits rather well. 

On p. 9 Hitler says: :’We can’t count on sympathy from the large capitalists 

yet, but they will have to support us when the movement has become powerful.” 

According to other widely held opinions that statements completely accurate. 

Hitler received the first large sums of money from foreign capitalists like Ford, 

Deterding, etc. Wealthy German capitalists treated him with reserve for a long 

time. Only after he had already come to power did the majority follow him. But 

it was decisively foreign capital that made Hitler. 

The views on foreign policy that Hitler held in 1931, according to the 1933 

report, were substantiated by later events, as were, incidentally, his other predic- 

tions. His prediction of the Russian pact is the most amazing of all. On p. 20 Hitler 

says in 1931: 

The German people must be totally self-sufficient, and if it 

doesn’t work with France alone, then I will bring in Russia. The 

Soviets can’t miss our industrial products yet. We will give 

credit, and if I am not able to deflate France myself, then the 

Soviets will help me. 

This seemed completely crazy to Warburg at the time. That is why he added 

immediately: 

I must make a small remark here. When I returned to my hotel I wrote 

this conversation down word for word. My notes are in front of me, and I am not 

responsible for their incoherence or incomprehensibility. If you think his views on 

foreign policy are illogical, it is his fault, not mine. 

Falsification!?! 

Hitler’s evaluation of the German “Communists” on p. 22 is to the point: 

The best people here in Berlin are Communists, their leaders 

complain to Moscow of their bad straits and demand help. But 

they don’t realize that Moscow can’t help. They have to help 

themselves, but are too cowardly for that. 

The position of Jewish capitalists in relation to Hitler and his antisemitism, as 

it is described in the report, has also been proven by other sources. 

I had a talk with a bank director in Hamburg whom I had known 

well in the past. (Very likely Warburg’s uncle) He was quite 

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taken in by Hitler…It was hard for me to take his opinion 

seriously, because he was a Jew. I needed an explanation, so I 

asked him how it was possible for him, as a Jew, to be sympa- 

thetic to Hitler’s party. He laughed. “Hitler is a strong man, and 

that is what Germany needs.” (p. 18) 

Again I posed my question of how my informant, as a Jew, could 

be a member of the Hitler party. He passed over the question 

with a sweep of his hand. “By Jews Hitler means Galician Jews, 

who polluted Germany after the war.” 

Warburg’s comic dismay when Hitler rightfully compared the Jewish question 

in Germany with the Negro question in America is equally believable, (p. 38) 

An important sphere of fact, that can strengthen adequately the real possibility 

of the Warburg report’s authenticity by analogy concerns numerous, uncontested 

statements about moral, political and financial support and promotion of Hitler 

and German National Socialism by foreign and especially American capitalists, 

scattered about in the literature of these times. 

First of all, the case of Henry Ford can be mentioned. The American auto- 

mobile king was known in the twenties as the richest man in the world. At the 

beginning of the twenties he carried on an open, well-known alliance with the 

German anti-semites as their patron-saint, supported by the book The International 

Jew, illustrated by him and written by White Russian anti-semites. This book 

appeared in German published by the anti-semitic Hammer-Verlag. In a publisher’s 

announcement he writes: 

This book has long since taken its place in the armoury of every 

mentally alert German person. No other publication of similar 

scope that treats the Jewish question with intellectual reasoning 

can claim a wider circulation. 

On January 19, 1923, the Hasler Nachrichten reports: 

Henry Ford is perhaps the biggest anti-semite of our time. 

On September 13, 1923 the Judische Pressenzentrale Zurich (Central Jewish 

Press, Zurich) writes: 

The anti-semitic International is organizing itself. As the JOB 

representative discovered, this (anti-semitic) agitation (in Czecho- 

slovakia) started about two years ago: immediately after the 

negotiations Henry Ford conducted with German politicians in 

Czechoslovakia. The kind of agitation going on in Czechoslo- 

vakia strengthens the suspicion that there is acentral location for 

international anti-semitic propaganda, seeking to systemati- 

cally, according to definite plan, incite an anti-semitic world 

movement. 

On November 9, 1923, shortly after Hitler’s beer hall putsch, the Vienna 

Arbeiter-Zeitung (Workers Newspaper) wrote that “it was well known that Henry 

Ford was spending large sums to stir up the anti-semitic movement in Europe.” 

The Judische Pressenzentrale Zurich reported on March 24,1924: —”Attacks 

on Henry Ford in the American Congress.” 

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In one of the last sessions of Congress, Congressman La Guardia 

delivered a sharp speech attacking Henry Ford, accusing him of 

spreading anti-semitism in Europe. La Guardia explained: 

“Henry Ford’s wealth, along with his ignorance, have made it 

possible for malicious people to conduct a vile campaign against 

the Jews. This is not only true in America, but in the whole 

world. This inhuman, unchristian, and evil campaign has 

reached the other shores of the ocean and we see its consequences 

in the pogroms of innocent, helpless Jews in various parts of 

Europe. Refute this if you can!” 

On April 25, 1924 Crispin wrote in the Berlin Vorwarts (Forward) under the 

tide: “Ludendorf and the Jews” — 

To complete Ludendorf s character profile, the source of his 

wisdom about the Jews will be revealed. The source of his 

wisdom is, according to his own testimony, the book circulated 

under Ford’s name: The International Jew. 

In 1927 an attack appeared against the anti-semites by C.A. Loosli: “The Evil 

Jews!” The author polemicizes mainly against the two literary leaders of anti- 

semitism, Ford and Rosenberg. He uses the expressions “Ford and his swastika- 

confederates” (p. 57), “the German anti-semites in alliance with Ford” (p. 60), “Mr. 

Ford and Mr. Rosenberg” (p. 33). 

The following appeared in Upton Sinclair’s book about Ford, the automobile 

king, that came out in German in 1938 published by Malik-Verlag, London: 

The former editor of the Dearborn Independent (belonging to 

Ford) who had written the anti-semitic article, was now Ford’s 

private secretary and press chief, controlling all his public 

relations. William J. Cameron had not changed his views one 

iota; on the contrary, he was in contact with numerous anti- 

semitic agents in the whole world and connected them with 

Henry Ford.. .Ford’s millions surrounded him like a prisoner 

with Nazi agents and fascist slanderers. They had already begun 

to work on him when the Hitler movement was still young, and 

had received $40,000 from him for a German edition of the anti- 

semitic brochure, the names of Hitler and Ford appearing 

together in the prospectus. Later on a grandson of the ex-Kaiser 

joined up with Ford, and by his help $300,000 flowed into the 

Nazi party. Henry Ford had huge factories in Germany, and it 

was no Utopian idealism that prompted him to fight the strikes 

in that country. —Then Fritz Kuhn entered the picture, Hitler’s 

primary agent in America, the uniformed head of the German- 

American Bund, a semi-military organization. He moved his 

headquarters to Detroit and received a post in the laboratories 

of the Ford works. A new anti-semitic campaign was begun and 

the Ford factory swarmed with Nazis. (p. 248—249) 

The German Hitler movement grew and took strength from 1920 on under 

the direct, open and close participation of Ford. Only when Ford’s public support 

was no longer necessary did he separate himself from anti-semitism. He continued 

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to aid Hitler, however. The latter conferred an order on him after his takeover. The 

Volksrecht (People’s Rights) reported on September 19, 1945: 

The Ford works are accused of furnishing supplies regularly to 

the Nazis. The correspondent from TASS Agency in New York 

reports: “Documents discovered in Germany, as well as thor- 

ough investigation have proven that the American Ford Co. 

produced war materials for the Nazis and assisted German 

armaments before and during the war up to 1944. Before Pearl 

Harbor, Henry Ford himself approved the contracts between his 

factories and the Hitler government.. .In 1939 a gift of 50,000 

marks is said to have been turned over to Hitler from represen- 

tatives of the Ford works.” 

The American origin of European fascism is also evident in a report from the 

Judische Pressezentrale Zurich of December 22, 1922: 

One of the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan explained in a conversa- 

tion with journalists that the KKK had made all the preparations 

to expand into a world organization…in a very short time a 

branch organization would be founded in Canada, while trusted 

agents were being sent at the same time to Europe to create a 

KKK organization in various European countries. It would not 

last long and the movement would cover the whole world. 

The European KKK did come to life in the form of fascism and National 

Socialism. 

Occurrences in Bavaria in 1923 provide very interesting and significant 

information about foreign financial sources of the Nazis. Foreign impetus and 

interests behind the Nazis are easier to pinpoint in the beginnings of the movement 

because they were not as pronounced then, and methods of disguise were not yet 

well-developed. Events in Bavaria prove that foreign powers and interests were 

involved in the fascist movement from the very beginning, wishing to guide it 

according to their desires. 

In March, 1923 a monarchist takeover in Bavaria was attempted by Fuchs, 

Machhaus & Co. The Vienna Arbeiter-Zeitungwrote on June 24, 1923: 

The trial (against Machhaus & Co.) has, to begin with, estab- 

lished with completely unshakable evidence the French 

government’s financing of the fascist movement. It was incon- 

testably proven and confirmed by all witnesses that more than 

one hundred million marks were given by the French agent 

Richert to the fascist organizations in the second half of last 

year… France has invested its money well in the German Nazis, 

Millerand and Hitler are playing conveniently into each other’s 

hands! 

On July 10, 1923 the same newspaper writes on the affair again: 

In clarifying the verdict it was explained that.. .the money at his 

(Richert’s) disposal was intended to finance a takeover in Bavaria 

and the overthrow of the German Reich.. .Richert was working 

under assignment to the French government, and if his power 

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seizure had succeeded he would have had to appear in court as 

the primary defendant along with the French government.. .The 

attempt to overthrow the German government by Richert- 

Fuchs-Machhaus was a highly official destructive undertaking 

by the French government against the political stability of the 

German nation and thereby against the national unity of the 

German people. The French government planned to carry out 

this overthrow in close coordination with the other French 

actions in the Ruhr. French armies on the Rhine and on the 

Ruhr had orders to begin marching from Frankfurt to Hof at the 

moment of the Bavarian putsch, thereby dividing the German 

north from the German south. The Bavarian overthrow would 

then be the pretext for the occupation of the Main river through 

France, and the French government would hope for further 

advantages from the success of separatist campaign efforts in 

Bavaria. 

This is the plan of action of World War II in a nutshell. Only the real model 

for Fuchs-Machhaus is Hitler, for France is America and for Richert is Warburg. 

Hitler also had French money in 1923. His leader of the Storm-Troopers, 

Ludecke, had armed and invested one Storm-Detachment of the Munich Hitler- 

Guard with uniforms at French costs, but soon afterwards, to Hitler’s sorrow, was 

discovered by the police with huge sums in franks and exposed. (See Vienna 

Arbeiter-Zeitung) of March 19, 1923). But Hitler not only had franks, he had 

surprising amounts of dollars in the inflationary times of 1923. Was his unusual 

strength perhaps the result of the possession of so many dollars? The Vienna 

Arbeiter-Zeitung asked on April 15, 1923: “Shouldn’t names like Ford, the 

American patron of anti-semitism, be found under the gift-happy German Nazis 

living abroad?” 

On February 17, 1923, the Vienna Arbeiter-Zeitung reported the following 

story under the title: “The Hitler with the Dollars” — 

What a shame for the Nazis. First it was proven that they received 

money from the French. Then one of their leaders is unmasked 

as a French spy and arrested. Now the Munchner Post is in a 

position to prove that even Hitler, well-known Nazi general, is 

in possession of a surprisingly large number of dollars. Our 

Munich party newspaper writes: Shordy before the National 

Socialist Parteitag Hitler appeared at a Munich business office in 

the company of his ‘bodyguard’ to buy furniture for the editorial 

offices of the Volkischer Beobachter (People’s Observer) a new 

Nazi sheet. After the Parteitag the business owner went person- 

ally to the offices of the Volkischer Beobachter to collect the 

amount. Hitler was in the process of opening the mail. He 

removed huge sums in dollars from several envelopes sent to 

him. He payed the amount of five million from a briefcase 

stuffed with dollar bills. The somewhat amazed face of the 

businessman obviously must have prompted him to give an 

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explanation for this, after all, quite unusual situation. He said off 

the top of his head: “The old fuddy-duddies always want to 

know where we get our money. You see, Germans living abroad 

support our movement. If we had to rely just on contributions 

from industrial magnates, then we would have needed long ago 

to get help from Germans living abroad.” Mr. Hitler, then, has 

as you can see large amounts of money in foreign values at his 

disposal. The twisted explanation he felt he owed to the busi- 

nessman, that the money came from Germans living abroad, is 

just a way out of an embarrassing situation. The money comes 

from abroad, and the hardly contested fact that the National 

Socialist party is fed through foreign channels is thereby firmly 

established. 

In the Munich Hitler trials of 1924 it was determined that Hitler received 

$20,000 from Nurnberg industrialists for his putsch. Nothing annoyed Hitler as 

much as the accusation that he was being financed by foreign capitalists. For that 

reason, during the course of his rise to power in 1933 he would bring libel actions 

against those who aired such opinions. Since the accused could naturally not 

produce receipts and written corroborations, and the courts protected Hitler, and 

since in addition former participants and witnesses who had turned against the 

Nazis were cruelly persecuted by their former friends, Hitler emerged regularly as 

the victor from these trials, if he didn’t prefer just to let them run themselves out. 

Such a trial took place in 1923 in Munich. The Vienna Arbeiter-Zeitung wrote 

on June 23, 1923: 

Lantag delegate Auer declared as witness he had received the 

information that sums of money, one of them thirty million 

marks, had been transferred three times from the Saar territory 

to the Deutsche Bank, and had reached the possession of people 

who had otherwise not had any money to dispose of. There had 

been evidence proving that the money originated from Ford, the 

automobile factory owner, who played a large role in the 

National Socialist Workers Party, and was one of the authorities 

in the French iron syndicate. —Shopkeeper Christian Weber, 

member of the National Socialist party leadership, declared that 

the party certainly did get money from abroad, largely from 

party members in Czechoslovakia and from friends in America. 

A similar trial took place against the writer Abel in Munich in the summer of 

1932, therefore shordy before Hitler’s power takeover. The Imprekoor ot June 14, 

1932 reported the following: 

Hitler and some of his people who entered the battle as witnesses, 

tried their best to be vague and reveal nothing. The courts even 

came to Hitler’s assistance in these efforts. Yet the trial did, in 

certain ways, explain things.. .The focal point of the trial was the 

interrogation of Hitler, which took place under sensational 

circumstances. The leader of the Brown House was obviously 

concerned with exploding the proceedings, to avoid embarrass- 

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ing questions. He actually succeeded in slipping away at the right 

moment thanks to a true attack of delirium (even with foam on 

the mouth!)… He escaped scot-free when the question of for- 

eign financial sources came up. He did, though, condescend to 

the ambiguous admission that the NSDAT had always been 

supported by its members abroad; therefore Germans abroad 

and naturally also Nazi patrons in Germany could be the 

channels through which money from Deterding, Schneider- 

Creuzot and Skoda could have flowed. But when the lawyers 

asked Hitler completely straight forward questions, he began to 

scream like one possessed, to insult the lawyers and refuse 

testimony. Even the Munich court, normally so favorable to 

him, could not get away from fining him 1,000 marks for 

“abusive behavior” and refusal of testimony, which could hurt 

Hitler. —Hitler’s denials and raging are highly transparent. He 

has already been exposed on the one issue to which he re- 

sponded, and he can even be suspected of perjury. He explained 

that he had never seen or spoken to the Italian Migliarati, who, 

according to Abel’s assertion, is suspected of turning over sums 

of money to him. Meanwhile it was already proven in the 

Bayrischen Courier that Migliarati publicized an interview with 

Hitler at a critical point. It is now completely understandable 

why Hitler let it come to a denial of testimony and then left 

Munich in a hurry. Answers to numerous, very precise questions 

from the defense would have shed a great deal of light on Hitler’s 

financial sources, on actions a leader can actually get away with, 

but which the rank and file will not tolerate. 

The Neue Zurcher Zeitung also felt the same way, that Hitler verified Abel’s 

accusations rather than disproved them by his unusual behavior in court. 

The strong financial connections between Sir Henry Deterding, head of the 

Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., and Hitler are well known and still fresh in the 

memory so that it is enough just to mention the name here. Konrad Heiden writes 

on this matter in his Hitler biography: “Direct and indirect financial connections 

to Henry Deterding.. .the great inspiration and donor to anti-bolshevist campaigns 

were not denied.” 

Hitler received many millions of dollars from Deterding, Deterding’s last 

residence was an estate in Germany, and a representative of the Hitler government 

spoke at his graveside. 

There are numerous allusions and evidence in contemporary literature 

concerning Hitler’s foreign financial sources, from which those previously quoted 

are but a few examples, and the following additional ones will be mentioned: 

The Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote in their daily edition of October 18, 1929, 

as the Nazi movement was beginning to grow to huge proportions, under the title 

“Non olet!” (Money doesn’t smell!): 

The unusual amount of propaganda released today by the 

National Socialists all over Germany, their costumes and sol- 

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dier-games, all items costing large sums of money, demand the 

question: where is the money coming from? It can’t possibly 

originate just from the organization itself, considering how the 

whole structure is put together. Where is it coming from? The 

Badische Beobachter, leading organ of central Baden.. .has very 

interesting information about financial sources flowinginto the 

Hitler movement. They form a conclusion as to where the 

money for the extensive, costly apparatus of National Socialist 

agitation originates.. .Noteworthy for these inheritors of patrio- 

tism, who make daily accusations of treason against their 

opponents, and who estimate themselves especially highly for 

their absolute German-ness, is that the money behind their 

movement is mainly procured from abroad, A Dr. Gausser dealt 

with Swiss donors, the Munich art dealer Hanffstangel with the 

Americans, an engineer Jung and Dr. Krebs with Chechoslova- 

kians, the university Professor Freiherr von Bissing collected 

money for the Hitler movement in Holland. The correspon- 

dence was treated with great care and took place only under 

disguised addresses. The name Hitler was never mentioned. He 

was always called “Wolfi” in the letters… money came also from 

Ford and large sums were given by big industrialists in Czecho- 

slovakia — Along with the foreign source of the money goes, 

according to this report, its capitalistic origin, a characteristic 

that still plays the most substantial role in the financing of the 

National Socialist Party today, in addition to everything else 

known or suspected of the movement. 

Finally the fact must be mentioned that on February 11, 1932 the Socialist 

delegate Paul Faure proved in the French Chambers that the Czech Skoda Works 

together with the European Industry and Finance Union, which works in 

connection with Schneider-Creuzot, payed out huge sums to Hitler’s German 

National Socialist Party. 

At the end of 1931 Hitler gave an explanation of foreign policy to the English- 

American press that fits perfectly with his opinions in the Warburg report. The 

Imprekoor of December 8, 1931 remarked under the title: “Hitler on His Knees 

Before World Finance.” 

The Nazis believe in the old illusion that they can rely upon 

England and America for support when faced with French 

imperialism. That is why in this speech Hitler assumed the 

English-American thesis of the “priority” of private over political 

debts. That is why he spiced up his explanations of the tribute 

question with several attacks on Paris, by speculating on growing 

anti-French sentiment especially in England.. .That is why he 

made an especially strong admission concerning the payment of 

English-American loans and credits. 

The valuable testimony of Dodd will now be cited here. Dodd was the 

American ambassador in Berlin from 1933 – 1938. In this position he met many 

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highly-placed American and German personalities. His notes were published by his 

children in 1943 as a book which became famous. Hitler’s support by American 

capital appears with unusual clarity in Dodd’s diary. American bankers who were 

anxious about their investments in Germany supported Nazism without excep- 

tion. After Hitler had come to power, American and English armament industries 

delivered war materials to him. Also rich Jews tolerated and assisted Hitler, among 

them the Warburgs. A few especially noteworthy remarks in Dodd’s sketches are 

enough to illustrate the point. 

Dodd writes of a rich New Yorker: 

He was very strongly against the Russian Revolution and 

enthusiastic about Hitler’s regime in Germany. He hates Jews 

and hopes to see them treated accordingly. Naturally he advised 

me to let Hitler go his own way. (p. 24) 

Professor John Coar wished to speak with complete frank- 

ness. He told me that he had been a personal friend of Adolf 

Hitler’s and in 1923 had advised him against his putsch in 

Bavaria. (So Hitler had American advisors among his circle 

already in 1923!) Hitler continued to give him interviews all the 

time and he was intending to go to Hitler’s summer house in 

Bavaria in several days. He offered to bring me back an exact 

report of his conversation with Hitler, if I would give him a letter 

for President Roosevelt, to whom he wished to bring a final 

report. (p. 34) 

Schacht is the real master here, and government officials 

don’t dare order him to do anything. (Entry of January 3,1934) 

(p. 82) 

One evening my wife visited Baron Eberhard von Oppen- 

heim, who lives splendidly and quietly near us. Many German 

Nazis were present. It is said that Oppenheim gave the Nazi 

party 200,000 marks, and that he had received a special party 

dispensation, declaring him to be an Aryan. (p. 86) 

Ivy Lee and his son James came to lunch at 1:30. Ivy Lee 

proved to be both a capitalist and advocate of fascism at the same 

time. He told stories of his battle for the recognition of Russia, 

and was inclined to give credit for it. His sole endeavor was to 

raise American business profits, (p. 87) 

Lazaron (an American rabbi) is here to gain information 

about possibilities for the Warburgs, who regret Rabbi Wise’s 

extreme stand (against the Nazis), (p. 148) 

The prominent Hamburg banker Max Warburg, brother of 

Felix Warburg in New York, came to the embassy to see me at 

the request of Rabbi Lazaron. The troubled life he had led in the 

last few years showed on him, and he was now in danger of losing 

his life if his views were ever made known to the government. He 

stayed one hour. He thinks Rabbi Wise and Samuel Untermyer 

in New York have severely jeopardized Jews living in the United 

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States as well as in Germany with their public outcry. He said 

Felix Warburg was of the same opinion. These two men are in 

complete agreement with Colonel House, who tries to ease the 

Jewish boycott (against Nazi Germany) and to reduce the 

number of Jews in high places in the United States. (p. 155) 

I visited Eric Phipps and repeated confidentially a report that 

Armstrong-Vickers, the huge British armaments concern, had 

negotiated the sale of war materials here last week.. .Last Friday 

I told Sir Eric that British armament people were selling massive 

amounts of war materials here. I was frank enough—or indis- 

creet enough—to add that I understood representatives of 

Curtiss-Wright, from the U.S. were here to negotiate similar 

sales. (p. 186) 

I told Lewis that Hearst has supported and visited Mussolini 

for five or six years. I informed him of Hearst’s visit to Berlin last 

September and his deal with Gobbels that the German Propa- 

ganda Ministry should have all European Hearst-newspapers at 

the same time as the United States, (p. 221) 

Poor Lazaron was very upset because so many rich Jews have 

capitulated to the Nazi leadership and are influential financial 

aides to Dr. Schaft, who finds their support in the present 

situation very important, (p. 236) 

Even the Nurnberg Trials could not suppress the evidence of the once close, 

friendly and good relations between English-American capital, its governments 

and Hitler, in spite of the efforts of the court to guard zealously that this side of the 

issue was never raised, by declaring statements about it “irrelevant and immaterial.” 

Schacht in particular mentioned this critical subject. 

When Schacht brought up again the relations of foreign powers 

to the National Socialist regime and the assistance they bestowed 

upon it, the court decided that this information had nothing to 

do with the issue, and was therefore inadmissible.. .Schacht had 

let representatives of foreign powers convince him they should 

support the National Socialist government in its infancy. The 

court refused to admit all these statements. (NZZ no. 758, May 

2, 1946) 

Funk wrote a report (on the financial aid Hitler received from capitalists) that 

shed light on the early history of the Third Reich in an interesting way. The role 

of the donors must be given great importance, because their gifts and the assistance 

they otherwise granted promoted Hitler’s rise extraordinarily. For that reason a 

heavy historical burden rests on the bankers and industrialists concerned. Along 

with Schacht, von Papen and Hugenberg they belong to the “steps of the ladder,” 

that group of influential men who made important contributions to the final 

success of National Socialism. (NZZ no. 805, May 8, 1946) 

Baldur von Schitach spoke more than an hour long about his 

youth and said, among other things, that it had been Henry 

Ford’s book The International Jew that had converted him to 

anti-semitism. (NZZ no. 916, May 24, 1946) 

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These are several illustrations of Hitler’s support through foreign capitalists. 

This collection could go on forever. The examples mentioned are enough for our 

purposes. 

Hitler was made not only by German capital, but primarily by international 

and especially America capital that intervened decisively from the beginning, from 

ca. 1920, in the battle for power in Germany. If this German battle for power had 

been decided within the Weimar Republic by German means only, then Hitler 

would never have won. Hitler became the strongest man in Germany because he 

had access to the strongest international assistance. His strength and success can 

only be understood at all when this fact is taken into account. 

The Warburg report can be genuine. We do not assume that is genuine because 

we lack absolute proof (incidentally proof is also lacking to assume forgery). So the 

Warburg report remains a problem for the time being. One can certainly assume 

that the Warburg report is symbolically true, since it describes in a simple, generally 

understood and plain way the actual relations Hitler and American and 

international capital, evidence which has been proven a thousand times over. Hitler 

used American and international capital to cause World War II, to destroy and 

finally occupy Germany and Europe. 

Who is worse, the instruments or their instigators, who subsequently wash 

their hands in innocence, and damn their own instruments and creations, disposing 

of them as dangerous witnesses in the end? An “order” that needs such instruments 

and means must be condemned. 

The Warburg report, should it be genuine, is one of the most interesting and 

important documents of our epoch as it illuminates that whole area of darkness in 

which Hitler and the second World War were made, and because it proves that the 

core of international capital, American capital, is war criminal number one. 

It is over and above a sociological and political “textbook” of the first order, 

because it presents relations between economy and politics of our time concretely, 

as living testimony, giving the reader a look into the secret inner chambers of the 

capitalist empire. At the same time it is a shattering document, because it is made 

abundantly clear that the unbelievable suffering and sacrifice of humanity in the last 

fifteen years were brought about and suffered in the interests of international and 

especially American high finance. It is an obligation to general power and to 

humanity to discover the truth about this report and to publicize and circulate it 

to this purpose. 

October 1946. 

 

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  1. Hitler’s Secret Backers CONTENTS Page Publisher’s Note………………………………………………..iv Editor’s Introduction…………………………………………….v Who’s Who in the Book…………………………………….vii Translator’s Affirmation………………………………………ix Text as Translated From German to English…………..1 1929……………………………………………………………….2 1931……………………………………………………………..14 1933……………………………………………………………..32 Epilogue………………………………………………………….41 iii PUBLISHER’S NOTE The newspaper clipping that appears below appeared in many major papers throughout the U.S. and was received by all major TV networks. None of the TV networks carried the story to the best of our knowledge. The last line of the UPI release says the manuscript would be republished Dec. 1 of 1982. On Jan. 4, 1983, we received word that the publisher had “changed his mind” and would not reprint the document. No reason was given. So, in the last 50 years this book has been suppressed twice. What forces caused this remain unknown, but if they are that powerful, we have every reason to believe that we’ll be hearing from them at some future date. This third release of the manuscript while true to the original in verbiage has corrected previously unchanged errors in spelling and punctuation. History is now the judge of the book’s authenticity. San Jose Mercury News – Saturday, September 25,1982 MUNICH, West Germany (UPI) — A publish- ing firm claimed Friday to have discovered a book that alleges American bankers supplied Adolf Hit- ler with millions of dollars to help build up his Nazi party. Droemer Knaur publishers said they received a copy of the book from a Dutch doctor and were convinced that it was authentic. They said the book, written by the late U.S. banker Sidney Warburg, disappeared during the war. Warburg, a joint owner of the New Yotk bank Kuhn Loeb and Cie. described in the book three conversations he held with Hitler at the request of American financiers, the Bank of England and oil firms to facilitate payments to the Nazi party, the publisher said. The book alleged that Hitler received $10 mil- lion from Kuhn Loeb and Cie. during 1929, further payments of $15 million in 1931, and $7 million when Hitler took power in 1933, the publishers said. They said Warburg described himself in the book as the “cowardly instrument” of his American bank- ing colleagues for having arranged deals with Hit- ler. The book originally was published in Holland in 1933, shortly before Warburg’s death, but disap- peared during the war after its translator and pub- lisher were murdered, the publisher’s spokesman said. He said it was thought the Nazis carried out the murders and destroyed copies of the book to avoid being discredited. The book will be republished Dec. 1 under the title “How Hitler Was Financed,” he said. IV U.S. bankers aided Hitler, book claims EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION The book you are about to read is one of the most extraordinary historical documents of the 20th century. Where did Hitler get the funds and the backing to achieve power in 1933 Germany? Did these funds come only from prominent German bankers and industrialists or did funds also come from American bankers and industrial- ists? Prominent Nazi Franz von Papen wrote in his MEMOIRS (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1953) p. 229, “…the most documented account of the National Socialists’ sudden acquisition of funds was contained in a book pub- lished in Holland in 1933, by the old established Amsterdam publishing house of Van Holkema & Warendorf, called DE GELDBRONNEN VAN HET NATIONAAL SOCIALISME (DRIE GESPREKKEN MET HITLER) under the name ‘Sidney Warburg.’ The book cited by von Papen is the one your are about to read and was indeed published in 1933 in Holland, but remained on the book stalls only a few days. The book was purged. Every copy—except three accidental survi- vors—was taken out of the bookstores and off the shelves. The book and its story were silenced—almost. One of the three surviving copies found its way to England, translated into English and deposited in the British Museum. This copy and the translation were later withdrawn from circulation, and are presently “unavailable” for research. The second Dutch language copy was acquired by Chancellor Schus- snigg of Austria. Nothing is known of its present whereabouts. The third Dutch survivor found its way to Switzerland and in 1947 was translated into German. This German translation was in turn found some years ago by this editor in the Schweizerischen Sozialarchiv in Zurich, along with an affidavit by the three Dutch-to-German translators and a critique of the book. This editor made cop- ies of the German text and commissioned an English translation. It is this translation that you will read here. Even allowing for the double translation from Dutch to German and German to English, the original lively style is essentially retained. The book is not by any means dull reading. V The original book FINANCIAL ORIGINS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM was branded a forgery. However, since 1933 numerous pre-war German gov- ernment files have become public information, including the captured German Foreign Ministry files and the Nuremburg Trial documents. These confirm the story at key points. For example, in the book, Sidney Warburg claims to have met with an obscure banker von Heydt in 1933. We now know in 1982 from the German records that in 1933 the Dutch Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V. was a channel of funds for the Nazis. The earlier name for this bank was the von Heydt Bank. Coincidence? How would Sidney Warburg know in 1933? There are other links. We now know that the German combine of I.G. Farben was a financier of Hitler, and Paul Warburg was a director of American I.G. Farben. Further, Max Warburg was a director of the German I.G. Farben. Max Warburg also signed the document appointing Hjalmar Schaht to the Reichsbank—and Hitler’s signature appears alongside that of Max Warburg. Yet the Warburg family denied any link to Hitler. The Warburgs branded the book a forgery and threatened the publisher unless it was removed from bookstores. In any event, the Warburgs are not accused directly. “Sidney War- burg” was only the courier. In fact, all the bankers named are gentiles, not Jewish. In 1949 James P. Warburg made a sworn affidavit which compounds the mystery. Warburg denied he had even seen the “Sidney Warburg” book, yet branded it as a complete forgery! Furthermore, careful reading of the James Warburg affidavit shows that his denial refers to another book published by one of the translators, Rene Sonderegger, and not the “Sidney Warburg” book. And just to deepen the mystery, this Warburg affidavit is published in Fritz von Papen’s MEMOIRS—the very same source that recommended Sidney War- burg as a source of accurate information on the financing of Hitler (and Papen was, of course, a prominent Nazi). Even today in 1983 a mystery surrounds the document There is a ring of authenticity about the original explanation for its publication—that an indi- vidual member of the Warburg family wanted to warn of the coming European war. vi WHO’S WHO IN THE BOOK “Rockefeller” John D. Rockefeller II “Carter” John Ridgley Carter, married Alice Morgan connected to Morgan interests in Paris. “Deterding” Henri Deterding, head of Royal Dutch Shell and strong Hitler supporter VII DOCUMENTATION Concerning THE FINANCING OF POLITICAL EVENTS For the Archives of the Schweizerischen Lanclesbibliothek February 11,1947 EXPLANATION The undersigned three witnesses do verify that the accompanying docu- ment is none other than a true and literal translation from Dutch into German of the book by Sidney Warburg, a copy of which was constantly at their dis- posal during the complete process of translation. They testify that they held this original in their hands, and that, to the best of their ability, they read it sentence by sentence translating it into German, comparing then the content of the accompanying translation to the original conscientiously until complete agreement was reached. The original book is titled: De Geldbronnen van het Nationaal-Socialisme, Drie Gesprekken met Hitler, Door Sidney Warburg, vertaald door I.G. Shoup (sic), it has the mark of the publishing house “Vol Hardt En Waeckt” and appeared in the year 1933 in Amsterdam as a brochure consisting of ninety-nine pages of text, put out by Van Holkema & Warendorf ‘s Uitg.-Mij. N.V. Zurich, Switzerland, February 11,1947 Dr. Walter Nelz born March 4,1909, citizen of Zurich Wilhelm Peter born July 28,1906, citizen of Gottingen Rene Sonderegger born January 16,1899, citizen of Heiden Issued in three copies for the undersigned, with an additional two copies, one of which is made available to the Schweizerischen Sozialarchiv in Zurich and the Schweizerischen Landesbibliothek in Bern. VIII Sidney Warburg: The Financial Sources of National Socialism. Three Conversations with Hitler Translated by J.G. Schoup van Holkema & Warendorf, Publishers, Amsterdam, 1933, 99 p. HOW IT HAPPENED… idney Warburg said very little, as long as the guests were present. He was alone with me now and he began to talk about the Sinclair scandal. “There are moments when I want to run away from a world of such intrigue, trickery, swindling, and tampering with the stock exchange. Every so often I mention these things to my father as well as to other bankers and brokers. Do you know what I can never understand? How it is possible that people of good and honest character—for which I have ample proof—participate in swindling and fraud, knowing full well that it will affect thousands. The powers in Sinclair Trust have brought in millions of dollars to Wall Street, but ruined thousands of savers. When one questions the reasons for the dishonest and morally indefensible practices of financial leaders one never gets an answer. Although their private lives are orderly and good, it can’t be that they discard their true characters as soon as they enter the financial world, forgetting all concepts of honesty and morality in favor of money, sometimes millions of dollars.” The struggle of conscience visible in these words of Sidney Warburg, son of one of the largest bankers in the United States, member of the banking firm Kuhn, Loeb & Co., N.Y., is the tragedy of his life. He was never able to free himself from his connections with that milieu, whose deepest motives he could never completely grasp. Those words, spoken in 1928, perhaps explain what I asked myself in 1933, why he finally decided to tell the world how National Socialism was financed. In doing so he dutifully did not shove his own role into the background, but confessed his personal participation honestly. When I received the manuscript from him, along with the request to translate it, I felt that the tragedy in the authors life had reached a final point, forcing him to make the honest confession contained in the following pages. This is me first step towards inner freedom that I wish for him from all my heart, because he has the courage to say in front of the whole world: “They made it possible, but I was their cowardly errand-boy!” If the “poor world” and “poor humanity” —words with which the author ends his work—do not understand his cry, then his admission was an act of courage, which was necessary to make it. To have this courage means to break with old circles and to expose former friends to the world as men without conscience, especially while revealing one’s own full, undisguised participation in the process. October 1933 The Translator S 2 1929 oney is power. The banker knows how to concentrate and manage it. The international banker carries on international politics. He is obliged to do this by the central government of the country in which he is settled, because the government influences the bank of issue. In other countries this is called the national bank. Whoever understands what was concealed behind the word “national” in the last few years and what is concealed there still, also knows why the international banker cannot keep himself out of international politics. The American banking world had been developing for months at a brisk tempo. We were experiencing a boom, and we knew it. Pessimists predicted a sudden fall, but every day we wrote out larger orders, and Wall Street itself made fun of the pessimists. Wall Street gave money to the whole world—even the far- away Balkan Peninsula, whose states we had heard named in school and had long forgotten, received credit, their obligations were sold, speculators pounced on them and the rate of exchange rose. Political economists are still not in agreement today, 1933, as to why the pessimists were right about specifically 1929, not a year earlier or later. 1929 was the beginning of a miserable epoch for Wall Street, which has still not ended. The rate of exchange did not collapse, the usual term for a decline, but simply plummeted, and in a few weeks the credit-mania in New York was completely over. Agents from credit-seeking European states had to go back home empty-handed. America seemed to have no more money. In hard times it is the custom here for men in power not to keep their views silent. The leading newspapers published interviews with Hoover, McCormick, McKenna, Dawes, Young and numerous others, but it didn’t help us on Wall Street. We were living in hell. Whenever one was called to answer the phone, upon one’s return, the prices for steel, Anaconda, Bethlehem, and the leading oil companies had fallen by ten to twenty points. The fall in share prices attracted everyone, whether they wanted it or not, and I know many aserious, respectable banker of excellent reputation, who considered speculation on the rates of exchange to be criminal, but then went ahead and participated himself. He would do this openly, without asking his broker to camouflage his orders or keep them secret from the market. I said already that we were living in hell, Now, 1933, one remembers those days, but no one can picture the actual situation without having lived through it. We can’t forget that the whole world looked to Wall Street, and that London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin all were involved in the tension New York lived in. For that reason the crash on Wall Street had international significance. I leave it to others to uncover the causes of the sudden crash. I only want to describe briefly the state of American finance in 1929. Without a look at it, the following would be largely incomprehensible to my readers. The Federal Reserve banks had huge sums standing in Germany. Credits in M 3 Germany had been frozen since the dissolution of the Darmstadter and National Bank, the crash of Nordwolle, the reorganization of the D-banks (Darmstadter, Deutsche, Dresden, Dusseldorf), the issue of the Young-Obligations, and the founding of the bank for international payments. The case was the same in Austria after the crisis in the Kreditanstalt. French, Belgian, Rumanian and Italian war debts were still being settled, but various debtor-states began to request alterations in annuities and rates of interest at every opportunity. Years earlier the French war debt had been arranged at very convenient stipulations that proved to be all too favorable for France. In short, the United States had in 1929 claims on foreign governments as well as private persons abroad amounting to 85 billiard1 dollars. This was in April. The American banking world had never been enthusiastic about Wilson. Bankers and financiers viewed his idealism as good enough for the study, but unsuited to the practical, international world of business. For that reason Wall Street had never been very happy about the Treaty of Versailles, which had been constructed along Wilson’s guidelines. This treaty had been formally turned down because France was favored in it for no reason. That was the feeling in 1920, in 1929 it had grown into open hostility. Even though the original agreements had been altered in the meantime in numerous ways (Dawes—Young, etc.) the fact still remained that France, according to the American banking world, held the key to the economic recovery of Germany because of its favorable position with regard to reparations, and because of its claim to receive these in gold instead of in goods. As soon as one realizes that the well-being of America as well as Great Britain, even the whole world in fact, depends on this economic recovery, then it is clear why the Americans tried to promote the economic construction of Germany and Middle Europe through credit. But France threw a wrench into their plans, because what- ever America advanced Germany, either directly or through London, or whatever London itself gave directly found its way sooner or later to France in the form of higher reparations. Germany could not export enough to achieve a trading surplus that would cover its reparations to France. Therefore it had to pay its debts from its capital, but this capital had been advanced in the form of large credits from America and England. The situation became intolerable. Germany could not continue its unlimited acceptance of foreign currency, and America and England could not lend unlimited amounts. America’s foreign claims had been, for the most part, frozen in Germany, Austria and Middle Europe because of the previously described difficulties. 85 milliard2 (sic) dollars are no trifle even for a country like America. 50 to 55 milliard dollars of this were, according to definite estimates, frozen and the rest was in no way secure, because one had reason to doubt the good will of the former allies— with the exception of England—regarding the repayment of debts to America. At this point we must go back a ways into postwar history. Ever since the first days after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, France regarded its stipulations as permanent and sacred, not because of sentimental considerations but out of 1 One billiard = One thousand billions 2 One milliard = One thousand millions 4 comprehensible self-interest. However hard it has been in past years to convince the French governments and French financial experts in speech and in writing that more was demanded of Germany than it could give according to the stipulations of the treaty, this point of view never gained entry into leading circles in Paris. As long as the French are not convinced of this truth, international cooperation is not possible. A world economic conference is being held this year in London. I wouldn’t bet a single nickel on its success, if the French government does not substantially change its position. In all the negotiations that have been held since 1920 to change the Treaty of Versailles, France has consistendy guarded against a reduction of the reparations due her. Several reductions were put through in spite of this, but France never asked for more than she could not possibly receive, and even knew how to gain advantages for herself out of reductions. France, then, received, also due to the acceptance of the Young plan, the largest portion of the annuities without any conditions attached, and managed to maintain her resultant superiority over Germany. I do not judge France’s behavior. Politicians and financiers in France were subject to the belief that the possibility of a repetition of 1914 should be kept open and that they should try to anticipate the danger; to them a prosperous Germany increased the possibility of such a repetition. (The Germans were always the robber barons in Europe and will always be, just as in the Middle Ages.) Germany, according to French belief, must remain economically weak. But the world needs a prosperous Germany, America more than anyone else. Why? Look for the explanation in works on political economy, in examples of practical, international economy, in fat books on the subject containing much idiocy, all betray a complete lack of insight into reality. Political economists are, first of all, primarily academics. They are familiar with banks, factories, business offices, stockmarkets, but only from the outside. Don’t forget that when Wilson was still a professor at Princeton, he was known in America as the best political economist. But I have strayed from the subject. We must remember: France does not want a prosperous Germany out of concern for her own security; America and England, however, need a healthy Germany, otherwise both can’t be prosperous. In order to keep Germany down economically, France makes use of her claim to reparations, which everyone set at much too high a price, due to Wilson’s lack of common sense and to the excitement of victory from 1918-20, and they became an unbelievable burden on Germany. All German governments stood between the frying pan and the fire: demands from foreign countries (mainly France) on one side, and anger from within on the other. If they fulfilled the foreign demands, then the German people cried treason—reproaches and accusations from the people can ring very loudly—if they resisted, then a French military occupation threatened. The adventure in the Ruhr came about in this way. It proved to be unsuccessful for France and she gave up additional attempts, but found other ways to make advantageous use of her reparations claim. I cannot explain all of French political strategy in this brief presentation. I would only like to add that France knew how to fight stubbornly against every reduction of reparations, or how to accept reductions if they could be replaced with other advantages. As long as France could 5 bring in its demands for reparations, as long as American and English loans to Germany did not suffice to ensure its economic reconstruction, then this recon- struction had to fall to pieces on the requirements of the Treaty of Versailles. No one will be surprised when the financial world in America looked around for other means to checkmate France on this issue. If the weapon of reparations could be knocked out of her hands, then Germany could put its economy back on a sound financial basis with help from America and England, and open the door to prosperity to the two largest countries in the world. In June, 1929 a meeting took place between the Federal Reserve Banks and the leading independent bankers of the United States. I found out only later what direction this exchange of ideas took. But first I will go into the international world of oil. There is, namely, an inter- national oil world just as there is an international banking world; that must certainly be known to you. Oil kings are voracious men. Standard Oil and Royal Dutch are good friends. Both of these enterprises have divided the world into districts, and each has certain numbers reserved for himself. Each enterprise is complete master of the territory allotted to him. These people have amassed great profits through the years in this way. But Soviet Russia then spoiled everything by introducing strong competition against Standard Oil and Royal Dutch. Since that time the companies make only six to seven percent profit from their capital, but that isn’t enough to satisfy the directors’ greed. The Russian competition was especially successful in Germany, because various German governments made overtures to the new leaders of Russia, trying through credits, etc. to allow Russian oil and gas easier access to the German market over any other country. Be patient for a few more lines, and you will understand why representatives of Standard Oil and Royal Dutch were present at the conferences held by the Federal Reserve Banks in 1929 with American bankers. I will not expound any longer on international financial affairs, but will relate simply the part I played at the above-mentioned conference in 1929, what the assignment was that resulted for me, and how I carried it out. This confession is dry and boring for devotees of fantastic tales and they will simply throw it away. My narrative is even less suited to those who know that real life writes more thrilling and suspenseful tales than the boldest fantasy a fiction writer can invent, because to them only murder, manslaughter, theft, blackmail, threats, divorce and sex-appeal are suspenseful. My narrative is the faithful description of four conver- sations I had with the ‘rising man’ in Europe, Adolf Hitler. I don’t intend to write a work of literature because I am only relating my own experiences, everything I heard and learned, and I will insert my own opinions here and there so my readers can better orient themselves. In publishing my experiences I don’t mean to awaken hatred against persons, but to expose the misdeeds of a system that controls the world, and that can allow what I myself participated in to happen. “Can allow to happen” is not the right expression. What actually happened is what I mean. In July, 1929 I was invited to come to the offices of Guaranty Trust in New York the next day, to have a discussion with Carter, the President-Commissioner of the bank. Carter was alone and began without formalities. The next day a meeting was to take place among the directors of Guaranty Trust, at which the 6 President-Commissioners of the other Federal Reserve Banks, as well as five independent bankers, the young Rockefeller and Glean from Royal Dutch would be present. Carter had spoken to the men about me at the earlier meeting, the one I knew had occurred in June, and they all agreed that I was the man they needed. I speak perfect German and I spent four years working in Hamburg at a banking firm we were friends with. Carter told me what the situation was. I knew all about the international financial problems, he didn’t need to say anything on that subject. I knew also how the New York banking world was looking around for the means to end France’s misuse of reparations demands. I received a short resume of what France had done in the field of internadonal financial politics. Carter also knew that London felt the same way as New York. I would then be informed as to what would be discussed the following day, but in any case he could depend on my presence at the meeting. Naturally I came the next day. Carter and Rockefeller dominated the proceed- ings. The others listened and nodded their heads. The issue of concern was—using Carter’s words—very simple. It was clear to every one of us that there was only one way to free Germany from the financial clutches of France, and that was revolution. The revolution could be carried out by two different political groups. The German Communists came into question first, but if a Communist revolution succeeded in Germany, then the power of Soviet Russia would be strengthened and the Bolshevist danger to the rest of the world would be increased. There remained a revolution activated by German Nationalist groups. There were actually several groups of this persuasion, but no political movement was radical enough to bring about a real overthrow of the state in Germany, if necessary with force. Carter had heard a bank director in Berlin speak about a certain Hitler. Rockefeller himself had read a short essay in a German-American leaflet about the Nationalist movement led by this man Hitler (he said “Heitler”). It had been decided at the earlier meeting to make contact with “this man Hitler” and to try to find out if he were amenable to American financial support. Now the question was clearly addressed to me: would I be prepared to go to Germany, get in touch with him, and take the necessary steps to arrange this financial aid? It must be taken care of quickly, because the sooner the Nationalist group in Germany could be built up the better. It should be emphasized in my negotiations with Hitler that an aggressive foreign policy was expected of him, he should stir up the Revanche-Idee against France. The result would be fear from the French side, and consequently greater willingness to ask for American and English help in international questions involving eventual German aggression. Hitler should naturally not know about the purpose of the assistance. It should be left to his reason and resourcefulness to discover the motives behind the proposal. The next topic of conversation was that I should find out from Hitler how much money he needed to bring about a complete revolution of the German state. As soon as I knew this, then I should report to Carter, in the Guaranty Trust’s secret code, which European bank the amount, in my name, should be sent to, so I could then turn it over to Hitler. I accepted the assignment. “Why? When I am asked this question I don’t know what to answer. In 1929 I would perhaps have said: 7 because I feel the same way as Carter. But when does a man ever know if he is acting for good or evil? Actually that is irrelevant here. I am relating what occurred through my participation. Three days later I found myself on board the Isle de France with destination Cherbourg; twelve days later I was in Munich. I traveled with a diplomatic pass, with letters of recommendation from Carter, Tommy Walker (not yet compro- mised at that time), Rockefeller, Glean, and from Hoover. The diplomatic world was as open to me as society, the banking world, and, last but not least, government circles. Hitler was not easy to reach. The man was either cowardly or feared making himself cheap. The American counsul in Munich did not succeed in bringing me in contact with Hitler’s Nationalist group. I lost eight days time thereby. I decided to take matters into my own hands and went to the mayor of Munich, Mayor Deutzberg, with a recommendation from the American counsul. The mayor promised us that the next day I would have a report as to when Hitler would receive me, but I doubted his word. He hadn’t promised too much, though, because the next day a friendly letter from Deutzberg arrived at the porter of my hotel in the course of the morning, stating the day and hour Hitler would receive me in the beer cellar. I just had to give my name to the waiter in the cafe and I would be brought to Hitler. All this gave me the impression of secret Mafia methods. I went, and everything ran as planned. Behind the huge hall of the beer cellar is a red, old- fashioned room in which Hitler sat between two men at a long table. I have often seen the man in pictures, but even without having seen him in magazines I would have known that Hitler was the middle one. The three men stood up, each intro- duced himself, the waiter brought me a huge mug of beer and I could begin. Of course, I didn’t want to bring up my assignment in the presence of the two companions. I wanted a confidential discussion between us two. Hitler whispered with the two men and said to me in a sharp tone of voice: “This is not my usual custom, but if you show that you have references, I will consider it.” I gave him a few introductory letters. He delayed no longer. One look at the two men sufficed to make them disappear. I then laid all my reference letters on the table and requested Hitler to take note of them. After he had read the letters he asked me if I planned to report my conversation with him in an American newspaper. I answered negatively. That made a visible impression on him. “I don’t think much of journalists,” said Hitler immediately. “Especially American journalists.” I didn’t ask why. It didn’t interest me. Cautiously I posed several questions to him. I got an evasive answer to each one, instead of a clear yes or no. In between Hitler finished his huge beer mug and rang. Immediately the waiter who had led me in came and took an order. The new mug must have loosened his tongue, because he then took off. “I find the Americans the most likeable of all foreigners. They were the first to help us after the war. Germany will not forget that. I am speaking of a new Germany. What do you think of our movement over there in your country?.. .Our party platform is translated into English after all. Soon, time will be telling them 8 what we want. The German people are suffering in slavery because of the repar- ations demanded by the Treaty of Versailles. Freedom no longer exists for Ger- mans, either at home or abroad. Our governments have consisted of cowards and traitors since 1918, each one is corrupt. The people believed the new leadership. Jews and Marxists are the masters here. Everything revolves around money. Discipline and order no longer exist. The German official is untrustworthy. A tragedy for the country… no one thrives under this rabble. Nothing can be expected of the Reichstag and Landtag. All the political parties carry on disgraceful, shady dealings. The government lets foreign countries dictate its laws, instead of showing its teeth and realizing that the German people are still capable of resistance. The people are much better than the governments… How can this be changed? We are carrying on an intensive propaganda campaign against treason and blackmail. We have no more than two daily newspapers and our local organizations are growing continually. They think they are hindering our movement by banning uniforms. Nonsense. The uniform is nothing without the spirit. We will continue to work on the spirit of the people, the discontent must spread, unemployment must pick up, only then can we make headway. The government is afraid, because we have proven that we know the right path to the hearts of the people. We offer work and bread. We can also give it, as soon as an enlightened people realizes it has a right to live and take its place among nations. The Reichswehr1 has developed everywhere by our own efforts and our divisions, through strict discipline. We are not sitting on a Utopia of Jewish and Marxist bastards. Our platform is German, and we will not give in an inch.” Hitler made a singular impression on me. His short, choppy lines of thought, his chatter, his confused rambling without serious proof made me think that this man was empty inside, and could bring on a wild demagogy with his inflated speech. I mentioned the organization of his movement. “As trong spirit of solidarity controls our movement. Many of the unemployed from the big cities have joined up, many middle-class people from smaller areas and many farmers from the Platten Lande. Our people give from what little they have to keep our movement going. Dishonesty and betrayal can’t occur because I have everything in my own hands. The exemplary training of our people draws all the finances automatically to the central point here in Munich, and I am that central point….” “Force? But that is taken for granted. A large movement practically can’t be developed without force. The stupid chatter of the pacifists is just laughable. Those people aren’t living. Life is strength. Life is force. Look at nature, look at the animal world, there the only law is the law of the strongest… towards foreign countries? It may work out no other way. I want to leave America out of consideration, but not other countries. Do you think Germany will get back its colonies without force, or Alsace-Lorraine, or the huge Polish territories, or Danzig?… Money? That is the crucial issue; money can only be earned when the German people are free to 1 German National Army 9 establish their economic stability, then we can grab the most favorable opportunity to fight for our rights with the strength of our weapons… France is our enemy, the other earlier allies are our competitors, that is an important distinction… Swindling by Jewish banks must come to an end. Speculators from Galicia are stripping away the income of the middle class. Huge department stores are squeezing out small tradesmen… Taxes and rents should be regulated and done away with ….” Hitler stuck his hand in the opening of his brown shirt. “Here is our platform. You can find everything in there that we have set before us.” It was time for me to bring up the purpose of my visit. He wouldn’t let me talk. “Difficulties? Of course there are difficulties, but they don’t hinder me. I have made the liberation of the German people my life’s goal, and either I will win or be ruined. Our biggest difficulty is that the people have become apathetic after years of neglect. That is why we need a forceful, persuasive propaganda, that stirs up their minds. Propaganda like this costs money.. .No, we can’t demand large dues from our members, I already had to lower them because many couldn’t afford them.. .There is sympathy for our movement in some circles, especially among the nobility. These sympathies are not pure, though, and we are not sure of them. I don’t want to be the servant of the monarchists’ movement in Germany. All aristocrats here are infected with monarchistic sentiments, and I won’t let them into the movement for that reason, without being certain of their conviction. Even then they are under strict control by our leaders…We can’t count on sympathy from the large capitalists yet, but they will have to support us when the movement has become powerful. What do people in America think of our movement?” The American interpretation ofhis party seemed to interest Hitler particularly. I gave him the same answer as before, that we in America knew too little of his efforts to form an opinion. Again he mentioned the difficulties. “There are many workers who are susceptible to our propaganda, but their own interests keep them from joining the movement. The Social Democratic unions have huge funds at their disposal. In these times it is naturally almost impossible for many to miss paying dues to the unions. We are looking for the means to attract sympathetic elements in the unions into our movement. They can perform a useful service for us by influencing the minds of their colleagues. At the moment I am working on a big plan for our own press office here in Munich, and a publishing office with branches in Berlin, Hamburg, and one city on the Rhine. We haven’t worked on Northern Germany yet, and the Rhine provinces are on the way. Bavaria is generally favorably disposed, as well as Saxony.” It became more and more difficult to carry out my assignment. Hitler seemed to like hearing himself talk, and when I tried to put in a small word that could lead to the purpose of my visit, he changed the subject to something else. He continued… “President Hindenburg is not sympathetic to our movement, but he will certainly not oppose the will of the people when the time comes. The clique of aristocrats surrounding him is afraid of the rising power of the German people, because we can demand that they be taken to account for their weak, cowardly position towards foreign countries and Jewish capitalists,” Suddenly he was silent, 10 watched me for a long time, then said acidly: “Are you also a Jew? No, luckily, certainly of German origin. Yes, I can tell from your name.” Now I had the opportunity to refer to the difficulties in Hitler’s movement, and came out directly with the plan for financial help. “If that were possible, there would be nothing we couldn’t achieve. Our movement will die without arms. They can take the uniforms away from us, but our principles will spread. We do need weapons, though.. .Making deals doesn’t bother me, and I can get weapons everywhere with money. We have set up a school for arms training here in Munich, and it is highly favored by the movement.” At this point I brought up my carefully worded proposal and asked for Hitler’s estimate of the amount. This seemed to perplex him. He rang. A whispered conversation with the waiter. Hitler played nervously with his notebook, seemingly deep in thought. A tall, thin man of about forty, looking militaristic in a brown uniform, came in. Hitler offered him a seat next to him. I was not introduced. Without any preface Hitler asked him how much was needed to spread the movement intensively all over Germany. “We have to take the North and the Rhine areas into account. We must remember that we can accomplish a great deal by helping the unemployed who are still members of unions, and we can’t forget how much we need to completely fulfill our plans for Storm-Detachments. Armaments cost a great deal, and smugglers demand high prices.” Von Heydt took a long pencil from the table and began to figure on the back of a beer plate. Hitler leaned an arm on his chair and followed his calculations. Then he took the plate from von Heydt and thanked him in a tone of voice signifying clearly that he should leave us alone. “Please remember that for us to make a calculation in our circumstances is not easy. First of all, I would like to know how far your backers are prepared to go, and second, if they will continue supporting us once the initial amount has been spent. Von Heydt has made a calculation here that I fundamentally agree with, but I first want to know what you think of these two points; then another problem is, that we have based our estimate on existing plans when there are still many others under considerations that will be put into effect once the first have been completed. I am thinking of, specifically, the training and education of our detachments in the use of gliders, as well as uniforms for the unemployed—the ban on uniforms is harmless—and of still other plans.” Of course I could not answer him, and I made it clear once again that this first meeting was intended primarily to establish contact. His questions as to the amount of financial help would depend on whether my backers would actually come up with the financial aid, only then could a maximum limit be determined. This didn’t seem to please Hitler, or he found it too complicated, because he asked me again anxiously if I personally had any idea of the amount to be given him. I was also unable to answer this one. I expected him to ask now why the Americans were making this offer of financial support, but he asked something quite different. “When could I receive the money?” I had an answer to this question—I guessed that as soon as New York received my telegraphed report they would quickly take steps to send the money to Germany if they could agree on the amount. He interrupted 11 me again. “No, not to Germany, it is too dangerous. I don’t trust a single German bank. The money must be deposited in a foreign bank, where I can then have it at my disposal. He looked again at the figures on the plate and said imperiously, as if he were handing down a strict order: “One hundred million marks.” I did not show my amazement at his greed, but promised him to telegraph New York and give him the response of my backers as soon as possible. He wouldn’t hear any of this. “As soon as you have the report from America, write to von Heydt, his address is Lutzow-Ufer 18, Berlin. He will contact you with further instructions. Hitler stood up and offered me his hand, which was a clear indication for me to leave. On my way back to the hotel I figured out that one hundred million marks was about twenty-four million dollars. I doubted that Carter & Co. would be prepared to put that much money into a European political movement. I finally concluded that it was up to them in New York to decide, and sent a brief summary in secret code of the conversation I had with Hitler. The following evening I went to a meeting of the National Socialist party at the Circus. That morning I had received an invitation to go to it. Hitler would speak there himself, followed by a certain Falkenhayn. I noticed again the emptiness of his reasoning, as I had during our conversation. Never a sign of logic, short, powerful sentences, abrupt and screamed out, political tactics of demagogy, persistent rabble-rousing. I sympathized with the journalists who were there to write reports for their papers. It seemed to me that no report could be made of a speech like that. Hitler didn’t speak about the movement, nor about the platform, or of reforms he and his followers expected to carry out. He attacked every govern- ment since 1918, the large banks, Communists, Social Democrats, Jews, big department stores. His speech was full of words like traitors, thieves, murderers, unscrupulous men, repressors of the people, those who besmirch the German spirit, etc. He mentioned no facts. He was always vague and general, but… it worked. Later I learned that after this evening about 130 people had become National Socialists. I had the impression that Falkenhayn’s speech was being used to calm the audience after Hitler’s inflammatory words. Dry and almost incomprehensible, Falkenhayn wanted to prove that Soviet Russia was a danger to the world, that there can be no talk of a union of all Socialists, and that the Hitler movement was the first party to bring about true socialism. His success was moderate. I didn’t hear from Carter until the third day. Ashort answer, also in secret code. Ten million dollars were made available. I only had to telegraph which bank in Europe I wanted the money sent to, in my name. Carter & Co. evidently felt the same way I did, that twenty-four million dollars was too much money to throw into the wind. I wrote immediately to von Heydt and the next day received a telephone call from him in Berlin. He arranged a meeting in my hotel. That same evening von Heydt came to Munich accompanied by an undistin- guished looking man, introduced to me under the name Frey. I received the men in my room and informed them that New York was prepared to donate ten million dollars to a European bank, in my name. I would then dispose of it according to 12 Hitler’s wishes. The payment and transfer of the money must be regulated carefully. Both acknowledged this without showing any sign of surprise, and added that they could settle nothing without having talked with the “Fuhrer,” I didn’t understand right away who they meant, but when I continued to say the name Hitler a couple of times the little Frey corrected me quite sharply, saying each time: ‘You mean the ‘Fuhrer’.” I noticed later many times that the name Hitler was never spoken in National Socialists circles; he was always called the “Fuhrer.” It made no difference to me. The “Fuhrer” then, if that’s what they wanted. I waited in Munich for a report from von Heydt, and two days later a letter came announcing his visit. He and Frey announced themselves again at my hotel. The following stipulations were set before me: I was to telegraph New York, asking them to make ten million dollars available to me at the Mendelsohn & Co. bank in Amsterdam. I should go to Amsterdam myself and ask this banker to make out ten checks of one million each in the equivalent mark value to ten German cities. I would then endorse the checks, signing them over to ten different names that von Heydt, who would also be traveling with me to Amsterdam, would provide for me there. I could then return to America from Holland. I had the feeling they were dictating such a mode of procedure to me because they wanted me to disappear from Germany as quickly as possible. I raised no objection to these conditions and everything went as von Heydt had arranged. I ran into two unusual occurrences in Amsterdam. At the offices of Mendel- sohn & Co. I was received with unusual politeness after I had asked for an appointment with the director, and von Heydt, who stood next to me at the counter, was treated by both lower and higher officials as if he were the bank’s best customer. When the transaction had been taken care of and he had the ten checks in his briefcase, he asked me to come with him to the German consulate. There we were also received with a deference and obedience that proved von Heydt’s strong influence. From Southampton I took the Olympia back to New York. I went to the offices of Guaranty Trust to give Carter a report right away. He asked me if I would wait and return in two days to give my full report at a plenary session. The same men were present as in July, but this time an English representative was there sitting next to Glean from Royal Dutch, a man named Angell, one of the heads of the Asiatic Petroleum Co. Carter was of the opinion that Hitler was the man to take risks. They all thought that twenty-four million dollars was significant, but I had the impression that they trusted Hitler’s determination and certainty because of the size of the amount. Rockefeller showed unusual interest in Hitler’s statements about the Communists, and as I quoted a few lines from the speech I had heard in Munich, he said he was not surprised that Hitler has asked for twenty-four million. I was asked if I had learned how Hitler had intended to arm the National Socialists, and if he preferred to work through parliamentary channels or on the streets. I could only answer vaguely, but my personal opinion was that Hitler, trusting in his own leadership, would take anything he could, and that he regarded it his life’s work, either winning or failing completely. Carter asked me further about Hitler’s 13 position in relation to the monarchy, if Hitler was ultimately committed to placing the Kaiser back on the throne. I answered by quoting Hitler. I do not know if further sums of money from America were turned over to Hitler in 1929 and 1930; if they were, then another middleman had been hired. It is a fact that a few weeks after my return from Europe the Hearst newspapers showed unusual interest in the new German party. Even the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sunday Times, etc. carried regular short reports of Hitler’s speeches. Hardly any interest had been shown earlier in German’s domestic politics, but now the platform of the Hitler movement was often discussed in long articles with amazement. In December, 1929along study of the German National Socialist movement appeared in a monthly publication of Harvard University, in which Hitler was glorified as the saviour of Germany and given the title of a “rising name in Europe” for the first time. 14 1931 have sworn not to expound any longer on international financial relations. This oath was too hasty. I must bring up several more incidents that took place on the stockmarkets of London and New York, in order to give a clearer picture of that which follows. It is not romantic, dear reader, but complain to those who make history, not to me. In September, 1931 the Bank of England gave up the gold standard. This means a great deal for a country whose financial world considers gold the basis of its economy and consequently practices the gold theory. Since the days of the great Kent, England has used gold as the criterion of its financial system except for ashort interruption for 1915-1921. This change of principle and practice in England had great consequences in America. The value of the enormous gold deposits in the Federal Reserve Banks was considerably reduced. But that was not the worst result felt on the New York stockmarket. America was much more afraid of endangering the dollar. It was feared that the dollar would follow the same path as the pound sterling. The American financial world knew that the decline of the pound sterling was the result of French tactics, intended to weaken London financially, preventing further assistance to Germany. The position of New York in 1931 was not much different from that of London in 1929 and 1930, for that reason America was afraid of being left unprotected by the same French tactics in case London cooperated with France. French financiers have proven since 1926 that they are clever manipulators. Poincare is the greatest financial genius of these times. Earlier, American and English financiers and experts had looked down on their French colleagues with confident contempt. The years 1926 and 1931 plus the time in between have taught us that we could learn a good deal from the French financial world. Perhaps I will give some evidence later for any doubtful readers. This is not, however, within the frame of reference of this book. New York was tense. This tension had turned to uneasiness—the same had happened in London a few years earlier—enormous shipments of gold were made from New York to Europe, and it seemed as if these shipments were destined for the most part for France. This is not absolutely certain. In the beginning we were glad to see these gold shipments, because we had long since given up the belief in the financial legend that huge gold supplies mean actual well-being for a country. But the French people still believed this. When, at the end of September, 1931 and the beginning of October, 1931, berween 650 and 700 million dollars in gold had been shipped to Europe in three weeks, we became rather anxious. We are concerned here with so- called particuliers, partial shipments. The gold deposits of the French government still sat in the Federal Reserve Banks. They were estimated at 800 million dollars at the end of October. If this amount was asked for, what then? Naturally we were prepared to pay it, but it would have caused a panic in the States, and the flight from the dollar would become fact. France therefore had the key to the dollar situation in its hands. I 15 Let us go back a few weeks. Hoover had granted an interview to an editor of the Chicago Tribunes, that time. Unconsciously Hoover and the editor played into France’s hands. Very few leaders possess international financial insight. Do you know that a Rockefeller, a Wanamaker, a Harding, son of the late President, and I will calmly say, even Hoover, are all childishly inept and naive in this field? I also know statesmen in European countries who know equally little about international finance and economy. It is not a specifically American occurrence. Let us go further. Hoover told the editor of his intention to make radical proposals very soon regarding reparations to Germany and the regulation of war debts between all states. One could see from the editor’s information that it was possible for Hoover to propose the annulment of reparations payments. Most people in America were astounded by the proposal. But France was on the qui-vive. I don’t know if in October, 1931 Hoover, on his own initiative, asked Laval to come to Washington, or if Laval invited himself. In financial circles on Wall Street they believed the latter. So Laval was coming to Washington, but unexpectedly two French financiers came to New York, landing on October 15, the same day Laval arrived. The French financiers were Farnier, Governor-Delegate of the Bank of France, and Lacour-Gayet, former financial attache to the French embassy in Washington. They contacted the heads of the Federal Reserve Banks immediately, who then pulled in two representatives of the Treasury Department. Many rumors were circulated as to what was being discussed at this meeting. I know from Carter what was generally brought up. He never would disclose much detail. I gathered from this that the negotiations were not always friendly. The French had come to New York to decide along with the Federal Reserve Banks what could be done in New York. They supposed that the French government had lost several million by che decline of the pound sterling and London’s renunciation of the gold standard. The weak position of the dollar had caused unrest in Paris, and they wanted to be sure they wouid not suffer further losses from the dollar. They wanted to know what was being done to support the dollar. Of course, the enormous gold shipments to Europe were mentioned, as well as the huge French deposit in the Federal Reserve Banks. The French were prepared to transfer the sum of 200 million dollars, a sum by French calculation still deposited in private American banks, to the Federal Reserve Banks, strengthening its position. The French, however, added conditions: 1. The Federal Reserve Banks must guarantee a minimum rate of exchange on the dollar, applying to French accounts in the USA; 2. The rate of interest for these sums should be raised 4.5%; 3. A minimum sum should be determined, that France would leave in the States. Since the Americans were not immediately prepared to agree to these conditions, the French revealed nonchalantly that even though the agreement they, Lacour-Gayet and Farnier, would make with the Federal Reserve Banks was of great importance, it was only part of a general agreement Laval would be settling a few days later in Washington. They had let the cat out of the bag. It was clear that Laval 16 had to dissuade Hoover from his plans for reparations payments and regulation of debts, and that Laval had to make use of the government funds deposited in the U.S.A. to force the President to give up his plans. No one can say what the result of these negotiations was in New York as well as Washington. The banking world in New York stubbornly resisted the idea of the States selling themselves to French interests on international territory for the sum of 800 million dollars—the French funds in America. It is a fact, however, that Hoover promised Laval not to under- take anything pertaining to the question of reconstruction and regulation of debts without first consulting the French government. When Wall Street found out about this, Hoover lost the respect of this circle at one blow. Even the subsequent elections were affected—many believe that Hoover’s failure to get reelected can be traced back to the issue. One forgets that Hoover was in the middle of a difficult situation. On one side, the American banking world with the Federal Reserve Banks at the head,who represented the opinion that Am erica could readily dispense with the French deposit if it was misused by France to hold moral influence over the U.S. government in the field of international politics. On the other side stood theTreasury Department, whose leaders would do anything to avoid a dollar panic, pointing to the English precedent. In October, 1931 the situation was tense on Wall Street and the atmosphere was ominous. At the end of the month I received the following letter from Hitler in Berlin: Our movement is growing rapidly all over Germany, put- tinglarge demands on our financial organization. I have used the money you procured for me to build up the party and realize now that I will have to leave the country in a foreseeable amount of time if new revenue is not supplied. I do not have access to huge government financial sources, as do our enemies the Communists and Social Democrats, but am dependent com- pletely on parry contributions. There is nothing left of the amount I received. Next month I must begin the last great action that will bring us power in Germany. A great deal of money is needed. I ask you to report immediately how much I can count on from you. Two things struck me from this letter. It was the first time Hitler had used the word party with me. His tone in the letter was more one of command than one of a petitioner. Although the letter was dated from Berlin, it arrived in an envelope postmarked in New York with an American stamp. Hitler must already have had supporters in the States, specifically in New York. The next day I was at Carter’s, and I gave him the letter. Carter was the leader of the opposition to the ‘Old-Wives’ behavior of the government, as he called it, regarding the French demands. The report of Hoover’s reversal had angered him so, that he vented his fury over France to whoever would listen. Carter was a hot- tempered man. He read Hitler’s letter and began to laugh, then swore and called himself an idiot. He said to me: “We are such dopes. Since 1929 we haven’t thought 17 of ‘this man’ Hitler. All this time we had the means right in our hands to put France down, and we didn’t use them. Just wait, we will hold a meeting here this afternoon, and I will try to reach Montagu Norman from the Bank of England, who is here in New York. If he comes, then we can play our trumps. You must come too, of course.” The meeting at the offices of Guaranty Trust Co. was fully attended. I can only explain this by the fact that the tense situation of the New York stockmarket required the presence of its leaders, and Carter had reached them all easily. Opinions were divided. Rockefeller, Carter, and McBean were the Hitlerians, if I may call them that, and the others vacillated. First, Montagu Norman had to be informed of the events in 1929. He found the sum of ten million dollars to finance a political movement very high, an opinion not understood by the rest, since it was well known that political parties in England spend huge sums on propaganda. Glean from Royal Dutch shared Montagu Norman’s view. He added that there was little aggression against France in the publications of the Hitler movement. He felt that Hitler was a loudmouth and would never act. He also noticed how Hitler had obviously changed his “movement” to a “party,” a transformation that would place great importance on his parliamentary efforts. Glean closed his commentary by saying that there had been enough talk, in Germany more than elsewhere, and a man like Hitler would play along with the majority of his followers in the Reichstag without changing anything in the existing situation. Carter and Rockefeller argued against this view, saying that even if Hitler achieved a majority in parliament he could not be dissuaded from the platform binding him to the German people, and was obligated to use what he had written and spoken of as the only method of pulling the country out of difficult times. He would have to go out on the streets with his followers while keeping up parliamentary efforts at the same time, if he didn’t want to lose his immense support. It was finally agreed that in principle Hitler should be assisted further, but someone should be directly informed of the situation in Germany and in the Hitler party before the amount was determined. I was asked if I was prepared to take on this assignment and to telegraph the amount to Carter as before, then signing it over to Europe in the same way as in 1929, or whatever way I thought best. I was not able to free myself immediately from my own affairs, so after ten days I traveled to Europe. Much had changed in Germany since 1929. The National Socialist move- ment, whose “Fuhrer” had received me in a beer cellar in 1929, had reached the upper levels of society and had his headquarters in the same city, in one of the most beautiful buildings in the best part of town. The National Socialists had their own houses everywhere, in the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Koln, two uniformed watchmen always stood in front of each, day and night as in front of a barracks. I saw numerous passersby salute the watchmen with an arm movement similar to the fascist greeting, each shouting simultaneously “Heil Hitler.” It didn’t take much study to see that Hitler’s following had increased enormously since 1929. I 18 could cut my trip through Germany short, because I saw the same picture everywhere. On Saturday afternoons and Sundays the majority of
  2. Hoff,
    The book: ” Hitler’s Secret Backers ” has the stench of joo propaganda about it that I can smell from my computer.
    The joos have promoted the fiction that Adolf Hitler was a joo, that Adolf Hitler was the cause of WW2, that Adolf Hitler was responsible for the extermination of 6,000,000; and the joos today promote the the fiction that a congenital retard joo whose name I can’t remember but can be found on the web, is a direct relation of Adolf Hitler.
    The reference to Franz von Papan should alert you to the fact the book ” Hitler’s Secret Backers ” is dis-information to focus attention away from the political connection between The Vatican, The National Socialist Party and Germany, together with Italy and Japan as joint signatories to the Anti-Comintern Pact.
    Franz von Papen was a staunch Roman Catholic and he played a leading part in securing The Concordat (contract) between The Vatican and Germany; the Concordat (contract) was official recognition of The National Socialist Party/Government as: Catholic Swastika Christi – the political and military instrument of The Vatican as the restoration of The Holy Roman Empire against joo Soviet Communism.
    Adolf Hitler and The National Socialist Party/Government were financed by The Vatican and Catholic interests in Europe together with Germanic interests in Britain which included the Germanic British Monarchy and the City of London because, as confirmed by Viktor Surovov in the book: ” Icebreaker,” “had Stalin succeeded in his plans for the invasion and conquest of Western Europe, including Britain, the consequences for Western Europe ( Catholic Europa ) would have been un-imaginable.”
    The above mentioned parties had a vested interest in financing Adolf Hitler and The National Socialist Party/Government in order to preserve their own positions and to preserve 3000+ years of European History.
    The symbolism and insignia of National Socialism point in one direction:The Vatican and Roman Catholic Europa.

    Hoff, just be aware of the fact that the joos would brainwash humanity into believing that they created the universe, created all life on earth, invented the arts of civilisation and ceded every known civilisation on earth and that without the joos the universe and life as we know it simply would not exist.
    Adolf Hitler explained everything that he needed to explain about the joos in the book: ” Mein Kampf.”
    I am quite certain that the joos would take the credit for Mein Kampf if they could.

    Saintclair


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