Adolf Hitler - 1933-1945 - The Psychopathic God
Hitler was an extraordinarily complex and complicated person. There are probably few people about whom more words have been written than Adolf Hitler. Hitler's Germany almost ruled the entire world, and has remained the subject of innumerable books, movies, and television programs. The career of Adolf Hitler was an unparalleled demonstration of the acquisition, use, and abuse of power. Hitler's personality structure, may be described as of the paranoid type with delusions of persecution and of grandeur. But Hitler was not simply a psychopathic maniac; rather, he was a compelling speaker and visionary who was able to to stir German nationalism, draw on its conservative base, and stoke the Germans' smoldering emotional fires. The populace believed in Hitler.
Without going into detail, it may be said, with hindsight, that by ordinary psychiatric standards Hitler would be diagnosed as insane. The outstanding characteristic of Hitler which dominated all others was that he was a man of most violent passions. Even as a child he had to have his way and as he matured, the temper tantrums, which most normal children outgrow, became in the man-ever more virulent. His frenzies, his bstterness and hates, his rages and crying jags were legendary, and one of the major causes of his phenomenal rise to power.
Two different character traits can be analysed in Hitler's personality: on the one hand the typical premorbid personality of parkinsonian patients with uncorrectable mental rigidity, extreme inflexibility and insupportable pedantry. On the other an antisocial personality disorder with lack of ethical and social values, a deeply rooted tendency to betray others and to deceive himself and uncontrollable emotional reactions. This special combination in Hitler's personality resulted in the uncritical conviction of his mission and an enormous driving for recognition.
Adolf Hitler was a lifelong hypochondriac, with largely false teeth, and chronic digestive ailments. Hitler did not smoke or drink, nor would he allow anyone to do so in his presence. Antitobacco activists pointed out that the two other fascist leaders of Europe, Franco and Mussolini, were also nonsmokers, and that all three Allied leaders smoked (Churchill smoked cigars; Roosevelt and Stalin enjoyed cigarettes). The Nazis were among the first to initiate health-based bans on smoking in public buildings, and possessed the world's strongest antitobacco movement. While there was considerable opposition to smoking in Nazi Germany, there was no consistent Nazi policy to combat smoking, and what did exist built on pre-existing policies.
For the last nine years of his life, Hitler had as his physician Dr Theodor Morell. Hitler's mood swings, Parkinson's disease, gastro-intestinal symptoms, skin problems and steady decline until his suicide in 1945 are documented by reliable observers and historians, and in Morell's diaries. The bizarre and unorthodox medications given to Hitler, often for undisclosed reasons, include topical cocaine, injected amphetamines, glucose, testosterone, estradiol, and corticosteroids. In addition, he was given a preparation made from a gun cleaner, a compound of strychnine and atropine, an extract of seminal vesicles, and numerous vitamins and 'tonics'. It seems possible that some of Hitler's behaviour, illnesses and suffering can be attributed to his medical care.
The evidence that Adolf Hitler might have suffered from incapacitating syphilis is not persuasive. Rumors that he acquired syphilis from a prostitute at the age of 20 years, with possible re-infection during World War I, can no longer be verified. Evidence is that he was sexually rather inactive throughout his life. Suggestions that Hitler's cardiac lesion and complaints such as transitory blindness, tremor of his left arm and leg, recurring abdominal pain and a skin lesion of the leg were of syphilitic aetiology cannot be supported. Hitler's progressive mental and physical deterioration after 1942, his growing paranoia, fits of rage, grandiosity and symptoms of possible dementia would fit in neurosyphilis. There are, however, also other explanations for his terminal syndrome, and evidence that repeated clinical examinations did not show the characteristic signs of dementia paralytica or tabes dorsalis, swings the balance of probability away from tertiary syphilis.
It is a fact however, that Hitler did have a deep-seated aversion, an obsessive horror of this disease since he devotes an extensive passage to this affliction - he calls it a Jewish disease - in Mein Kampf (pp 336-352). He considers this disease to be one of the consequences of the failure to maintain the racial purity of the Aryans - a condition he regards as the God-given duty of his Party to correct.
It has been proved that Adolf Hitler suffered from idiopathic Parkinson's disease. No indication for postencephalitic parkinsonism was found in the clinical symptoms or the case history. Professor Max de Crinis established his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in Hitler early in 1945 and informed the SS leadership, who decided to initiate treatment with a specially prepared 'antiparkinsonian mixture' to be administered by a physician. However, Hitler never received the mixture, this implies that the SS intended to remove the severely diseased 'Leader'.
The once sociable Fuehrer became an isolated hermit, with all the psychological repressions inherent in that dismal condition. He was isolated from persons, isolated from events. Convinced that only he could lead the German people out of defeat to victory, and that his life was therefore of cardinal importance and yet convinced that every man's hand was against him, and assassination awaited him around every corner; by a logical consequence, he seldom left the protection of his underground headquarters or the banal society of his quack doctor, his secretaries, and the few spiritless generals who still paudered to his inspiration.
Fuehrer's personal dentist, Johannes Blashke, revealed Hitler's phobia. Due to this dentist phobia, Adolf Hitler had big problems with teeth, suffering from several teeth abscesses, gum infections and had a very bad breath. This information regarding oral hygiene of the fuehrer's was published in book about his personal dentist, named "Dentist of the Devil" writen by Menevse Depre-Hennen. Hitler's Leibarzt or personal physician, Dr Theodor Morell, was a quack who was at least partly responsible, thanks to his benzedrine and morphine cocktails, cocaine eyedrops and barbiturate sleepers, for the lamentable physical state of his patient. Hitler was probably also taking low-dose strychnine to ease flatulence. Hitler celebrated his 56th birthday in the bunker 8 days before his suicide, but it was a far older-looking and undisguisedly ill man who walks out into the chancellery gardens, left hand flapping behind his back, to decorate the boys who were defending Berlin. That was to be his last public appearance. The Russians were less than 20 miles away.
As Trevor-Roper wrote: "In his last days, in the days of Radio Werewolf and suicidal strategy, Hitler seemed like some cannibal god, rejoicing in the ruin of his own temples. Almost his last orders were for execution; prisoners were to be slaughtered, his old surgeon was to be murdered, his own brother-in-law was executed, all traitors without further specifications were to die. Like an ancient hero, Hitler wished to be sent with human sacrifices to his own grave; and the burning of his own body, which had never ceased to be the centre and totem of the Nazi State, was the logical and symbolic conclusion of the Revolution of Destruction."
Hitler committed suicide on April 30 at about 3:30 PM. after having selected Admiral Karl Doenitz as his successor. Bunker personnel like Baur, Linge and Kempka all have small discrepancies in their narratives, but the fact remains that Hitler shot himself shot himself through the mouth and simultaneously took cyanide while Eva Braun took cyanide.
The failure to discover the remains was used to throw doubt on the fact of Hitler's death. After the war there were persistent rumors that Hitler might have somehow escaped. Soviet intelligence took great pains to confirm Hitler’s death amid persistent rumors that he was still alive, as did Allied investigators. When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, “No.”
In 1945, the Stars and Stripes newspaper quoted then Eisenhower as believing that the real possibility existed of Hitler living safely and comfortably in Argentina. As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: “We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death.”
In a Los Angeles letter to the FBI in August 1945, an unidentified informant agreed to exchange information for political asylum. The informant not only believed that Hitler was in Argentina, but the informant claimed to be one of the four confirmed men who had met the German submarine. It was claimed that two submarines had landed on the Argentine coast, with Hitler and Eva Braun aboard the second submarine. The informant claimed the Argentinian government not only welcomed Hitler, but also assisted in hiding Hitler. No one investigated the leads.
In 1945, the US Naval Attache in Buenos Aires reported to Washington that there was a high likelihood that Hitler and Eva Braun had just arrived in Argentina, which coincided with the sightings of the submarine U-530. There were local newspaper articles that detail the construction of a Bavarian styled mansion in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Additionally, architect Alejandro Bustillo wrote about his design and construction of Hitler’s new home. Previous wealthy German immigrants reportedly financed the new home.
Another piece of evidence with respect to Hitler’s escape to Argentina comes from Russia. In 1968, a book entitled "The Death of Adolph Hitler: Unknown Documents from the Soviet Archives" provided additional data. The Russians found a number of bodies underneath the ruins of the Chancellery, when they occupied this area of Berlin on May 5, 1945. Among them were two partially burned corpses, that of a man and a woman. The two partially burned bodies were autopsied and on the basis of the observations made were presumptively identified as those of Adolph Hitler and his newly wedded wife, Eva Braun.
A program on the History Channel, called MysteryQuest, dispatched teams of experts around the world to try to solve “some of mankind’s strangest and most persistent mysteries.” The premiere episode 16 September 2009 – “Hitler’s Escape” – featured three UConn faculty: Nicholas Bellantoni, Linda Strausbaugh, and Dawn Pettinelli. Together they investigated what became of Adolf Hitler’s remains. They examined and gained DNA evidence from blood and bone fragments the Russians have said for decades belonged to the Nazi dictator. The results of these tests showed definitively that the skull fragments did not belong to Hitler.
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