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Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:47 PM

Usage in Hitler's psychological profile[edit]

Usage in Hitler's psychological profile[edit]

The phrase was also used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler's psychological profile:[5]

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.[6][7]

The above quote appears in the report, A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend, by Walter C. Langer,[8][9] which is available from the US National Archives. It also appears, unreferenced, in Langer's ebook by the same title[10]. A somewhat similar quote appears in Analysis of the Personality of Adolph Hitler: With Predictions of His Future Behaviour and Suggestions for Dealing with Him Now and After Germany's Surrender, by Henry A. Murray, October 1943[11]:

Never to admit a fault or wrong; never to accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time; blame that enemy for everything that goes wrong; take advantage of every opportunity to raise a political whirlwind

Murray's work is neither referenced in Langer's ebook nor in the Hitler's Source-Book[12] compiled by Langer, but it is clear Langer's work heavily depends upon that of Murray.[citation needed]Dr. Langer's work was published after the war as The Mind of Adolf Hitler, the wartime report having remained classified for over twenty years.

(I copied this from an email a friend sent but somehow the links didn't come with the cut and paste)

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Response to pdsimdars (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 07:54 PM

1. I wonder where Trump even came up with the idea of being anti-immigrant



I think he is too stupid to come up with the idea on his own and I don't think he was anti-immigrant before running for president. I was actually looking for a movie about Hitler, his life as a child and growing up, but could find none. I guess no one wants to humanize him.

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Response to Beringia (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:01 PM

2. Want a good movie about Trump's early life

Go look at the first few minutes of "The Super" with Joe Pesci (1991 movie, they made a movie a few years ago with the same name)
The start is about the guys childhood and how his father (a real estate owner) raised him. They were slum lords. It has Trump written all over it. But the Pesci story has a good ending. Too bad Trump didn't.

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Response to pdsimdars (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:28 PM

3. Thanks, I'll check it out

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Response to Beringia (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 08:52 PM

4. I'm currently reading an excellent book

by Volker Ulrich titled Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939 (2016), translated from the German. It clearly details Hitler's youth and rise to power, without hype, bombast, or hyperbole. It is a very reasonable account.

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Response to trev (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:05 PM

5. What a coincidence


I'll check it out. That was my next step, to see about a book.

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Response to Beringia (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:13 PM

7. Cool.

I think you'll like it.

As to movies (although not about his youth), did you ever see Look Who's Back?

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Response to trev (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:49 PM

8. Looks like it is in German


I don't see it on youtube. I don't get Netflix. I probably could find it on Putlocker, but not with subtitles.

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Response to Beringia (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:52 PM

9. Oh, yeah, I forgot that. I think I saw it on the Amazon channel, with subtitles. Sorry. :(

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Response to UniteFightBack (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 11:46 PM

10. From "Hitler: Ascent 1889-1938"

"Reading through Hitler's speeches from the period 1920-22, it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences with such repeated mantra-like phrases. But perhaps it was the monotonous repetition of his accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future that was the key to his success."

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