Revelations from the Memoirs of Otto Wagener

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Below are passages from Hitler, Memoirs of a Confidant, published by Yale University Press in 1976. These memoirs were written by Otto Wagener, a political associate, frequent travel companion and personal confidant of Adolf Hitler from 1929-1933. He was also the chief of staff of the SA and head of the Economic Policy Section of the National Socialist party.

Unlike the memoirs of Hermann Rauschning, which were cited as evidence in the Nuremberg trials but have since been exposed by revisionists as a complete fraud (Rauschning apparently never had even one private conversation with Hitler), the authenticity of Wagener’s memoirs has never been questioned.

Wagener kept a detailed diary of his many private conversations and other meetings with Hitler, given that conversation and discussion were Hitler’s preferred approach to the formulation of policy. Wagener reconstructed this diary from memory in 1946, while held in custody by the British, filling thirty-six…

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