Hitler’s Table Talk consists of notes of the German leader’s casual lunch and dinnertime conversations with his close friends and colleagues.
Copied down by adjutants and edited for accuracy by his private secretary Martin Bormann, these discussions reveal Hitler’s wartime thoughts on his enemies, friends, and a variety of topics including art, science, history, religion, nature, Europeans, non-Europeans and a vast number of other topics which reveal his astonishingly wide general knowledge.
The topics under discussion varied greatly, as the reader will discover.
Hitler’s remarkable general knowledge serves as a testament to his self-education, and his ability to talk with authority on almost any topic was remarked upon by many observers.
The main recurring themes of the manuscript, can however be pinpointed:
- Caustic comments on his prime enemies, the Russians; Americans, the English and of course, Jews;
- His plans for Germany and the occupied territories after a German victory in the conflict; and
- A pronounced dislike of Christianity and that religion’s influence in Germany and elsewhere.
This is an indispensable aid for anybody wishing to gain a full, uncensored, insight into one of the most traumatic episodes of European history.
This completely reformatted edition contains a brand new introduction which provides a history of the manuscript and an important discussion of its main themes and controversies outlined above—including how Hitler ultimately changed his views on Russians in particular—and is fully indexed.
About the author: Martin Bormann (1900–1945) is most famous for his position as head of the NSDAP Chancellery office under the Third Reich, and served as Adolf Hitler’s private secretary. He joined the NSDAP in 1927 after serving in the Freikorps after the First World War, and was transferred in July 1933 to the office of party deputy leader Rudolf Hess, where he served as chief of staff. He was officially appointed as Hitler’s personal secretary in 1943, but had long since been working directly with Hitler, especially after 1941 when he took over most of the administrative duties formerly performed by Hess. He remained with Hitler to the end, and committed suicide while trying to flee Berlin after Hitler’s death. His remains were identified by DNA tests in 1998.