May 6, 2013
Husky librarian lectured members of historical society about vast news and photo archives and then discussed college background, emphasizing in grad school had researched paper about nineteenth century French anti-Semitism. As author of “Hitler Here” I approached and said, that’s obscure subject.
Yes, but fascinating, he replied. I focused on Edouard Drumont, Adolf Hitler of eighteen nineties. Like Hitler he was son of civil servant, rabid anti-Semite, narcissistic, owned newspaper, pushed for legislation against Jews, and accused of planning to ruin country and more. But unlike Hitler he was excellent writer and horrible speaker.
That explains Drumont’s political irrelevance, I said. Hitler knew writing irrelevant since politician just needs to talk, talk, talk.