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Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the Collection of General William J. Donovan

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Volume 004
Subdivision "Subdivision 8 / Hitler"
Part Not applicable
Section 8.01
Title A Contribution to the Personality of Hitler's / Extract of My Study = The Fuehrer's Headquarters = Written and Submitted to the U.S. Authorities (G2) at Oberursel in August 45.
Pages 4
Pages Supplemental None
Date 1945-10-26
Language English
Author W. Warlimont
Witness Not applicable
Other Names Hitler; Bismarck; Moltke; Hindenburg; Ludendorff; Nietzsche; Rundstedt; Keitel
Other Dates 1939; 1940; 1942
Abstract Warlimont's account is little more than a character sketch and is limited to superficial traits. It credits Hitler with having possessed a vast amount of military and technical knowledge and a peerless memory, an obdurate will, a self-indulgent and possibly self-revivifying verbosity, and an arrogant, perhaps delusional, autodidactism. Warlimont also observes certain hypocrisies or contradictions in Hitler's character. This document seems to have been written in English by Warlimont; the handwritten corrections made to the typed text are consistent in appearance with Warlimont's signature at the bottom of page 4. Also, the prose is awkward and often ungrammatical, as if the author were only casually acquainted with the tenors and registers of standard written English. The existence of document 8.21 tends to bear out this supposition: that document, which identifies itself as the work of W. Warlimont, is handwritten in English in a style and with pen and ink that appear consistent with the signature and handwritten emendations displayed in the present document. Apart from the signature and emendations, the present document, 8.01, is typewritten in capital letters on very fragile and browning paper. Given the handwritten emendations, and the recurrent error of "J" being typed for "I," Warlimont's extract is probably an original document. Because of their extreme brittleness, these pages have become detached from the book and for the present reside in a folder placed inside Volume IV.
Keywords Autodidactness"; Insanity; Verbosity; Memory; Monologue; Will