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Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the May 12-13, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Sane economic and racial principles - the racial problems in Prussia must be addressed;
Discussion with Gauleiter Forster and Reichsleiter Bormann on Germanising Poles ... or not;
Hitler says the origin of the Czechs is Mongolian, the Bulgarians are Turkoman, and each case of potential Germanization must be examined on its own merits;
Marriage is sanctified by the birth of a child and it is the duty of men to marry;
Frederick the Great's racial policy was on a par with the National Socialist policy;
The choices France now faces, Marshal Petain old but honorable, German construction on the French Channel coast.
Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the May 3-11, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode
Importance of spreading artistic treasures to the provinces, not allowing Berlin to hog all resources;
Bayreuth, Linz and Nuremberg as important symbols of the Reich;
Why the Duce's entourage constantly changes and the difficulty of finding first-class men for every job;
Hitler praises certain youth leaders and says he is not a Messiah;
Infiltration of Jews into the media contrasted with the independent National Socialist newspapers;
British hypocrisy vs German respect for truth and a national sanctuary for the burial of Germany's great men.
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the April 25 - May 3, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Considerations on the escape of a French General and more of Hitler's thoughts on diet - importance of raw food;
On the competition between art museums and his plans to make Linz the most beautiful city on the Danube, surpassing Budapest;
Hitler continues to talk about his plans for the Eastern territories, says roads are better than inland waterways;
The German opera, and his opinion of various conductors;
Architectural problems - artistic cities vs political/military cities - art for all the people and school children too;
How he avoids the assassin's bullet - too much police protection a negative.
Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the April 12-24, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Cost/benefit of the Olympic Games in Berlin;
Elementary schooling, schoolmasters vs schoolmistresses, "Reich Schools";
Installing Dr. Schacht as head of the Reichsbank over Dr. Luther was a complicated process;
Why the Metropolitan Opera House in New York has just closed its doors;
The SS contribution to good German blood and babies - importance of who carries arms;
Praise for the Duce, dislike of the Italian aristocracy;
Decisive events of the war so far reveal the weakness of German High Command in 1st WW - the build-up of the new navy;
No sanction for soldiers to marry foreign women - the importance for children of true affection between marriage partners - domestic trouble in marriages of National-Socialist leaders.
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the April 5 - 11, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
German diplomatic corp and the giving of awards to foreign dignitaries;
Too much money going to churches - defends the Reich Bishop against Niemöller;
NSDAP vs the bourgeoisie;
Standardization of the motor car industry;
German-Italian friendship and good relations have been helpful;
Japanese religion compared to Christianity, and more opinions on the Church and its dogma;
Rosenberg's The Myth of the Twentieth Century is published and Hitler comments on it;
The correct German policy in the Eastern territories.
Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the April 1st-5th, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Hitler praises Tsar Ferdinand and his son Boris, Tsar of Bulgaria;
Criticism of existing German protocols for visiting dignitaries -prefers the French and Italian way of treating visitors;
Terrorism of the Jews - cowardice of our monarchs - laws of inheritance - the necessity of struggle - rulers should come from soldiers;
Protecting German patents - lands of the North, Finland & Russia - Leningrad;
Whether and how to incorporate Germanic peoples into the Reich - schools for politcal education - problems of the Poles, Czechs;
The treachery in Germany after 1918 - getting around the disarmament diktat of the Versailles Treaty.
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the March 29-April 4, 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by aide Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Honesty in trade set by the Hanseatic League for over 500 years, which only turned to "Buyer Beware" when Jews got involved;
The sorry state of the Judiciary, and Hitler's intention for judges to put the interests of the State first;
Hitler sees the mentality of the Russians revealed in their Feb. 24th attempted assasination of Amb. Franz Von Papen in Turkey;
Explains why the Turks are better allies than the Bulgarians ;
Long exposition of the Policy of the Reich in the East, with historical perspective, including Charlemagne and Frederick the Great;
Why Frederick the Great was a better man than Napoleon and the weakness of hereditary monarchies;
Hitler concludes that the future Germany must be a republic with a Fuehrer at the head, chosen by a specially selected Senate.
Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the March 7-24, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aides. On March 21st the note-taker switches from Heinrich Heim to Henry Picker. Included in this episode:
Jealousy among women explained as result of prehistoric period when female protection depended on one man;
Hitler compares men and women to the detriment of women at 3 different mealtimes;
Hitler on smoking and why/when he quit the habit--(Who knew he had ever smoked?!);
Questions of the Wehrmacht, private property vs the State, lotteries and gambling, Capitalism and monopolies;
Stafford Cripps a more threatening figure than Churchill to the health of the Empire;
The disastrous influence of Jews on the Arts--the genuine artist and the fake.
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the Feb. 27 to March 7th 1942 lunch and dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aide, attorney Heinrich Heim. Included in this episode:
Hitler's planned response to the housing crisis - to build a million standardised houses a year for five years "after the war";
His treasured experiences at Bayreuth and with the Wagner family;
Stories about the NSDAP printer Müller and his women;
Criticisms of women's vanities, followed by men's, followed by marriage and his acceptance of single mothers;
How to treat the Eastern territories, plus school curriculums in Germany;
The virtues and faults of the German language compared with others and usefulness of "borrowed words".
Ray Goodwin and Carolyn Yeager read and comment on the February 22-27, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aide Heinrich Heim. Included in this episode:
The success of the NSDAP newspaper empire;
Importance of laughter and fun;
How to carry out a revolution and Hitler's dislike of Christian dogma;
The weakness of King Michael of Romania and how to handle German minorities in the Balkans;
Hitler expresses happiness the winter is over (almost) and admits the losses the Wehrmacht endured because of it;
Long talk on God, religion and Truth.
Govenors in the occupied countries in the West, and the nuisance of old monarchs;
Thoughts on German expansion.
SHOW NOTES: This specific episode is, “Have You Already Peaked (is it downhill from here)?”
Is the best of your life already over?
Back in the Good Ole Days…
I used to be…
Those who live in the past are prevented from experiencing the present. The challenge is that the past does not exist. It is a memory, a shared story, a photo, a memento; yet it is not tangible today. It is part of who we are but it does not define who we are.
When our past had wonderful, extraordinary accomplishments it presents an additional opportunity for us to challenge ourselves to redefine our present day value. If a person is publicly known (and identified) by their past accomplishments it presents a unique situation. On one hand, the person is proud of the past accolades yet they understand that it is their burden to craft a broader, richer, updated and more sophisticated identity than a shorthand public image. In many ways this is similar to the burden we all share to cut through shorthand stereotypes and force ourselves (and other people) to see us as a multi-faceted individual and not a simple caricature.
We are not simply “former homecoming queen,” “woman,” “Olympic medalist,” etc. We are more than our past and our particular identifiers. We have dreams, goals, fears, hopes, favorite foods, stupid jokes and an array of yet to be discovered talents. New adventures await us.
We must take up the mantle of our own value and fight to redefine ourselves. The past shackles many people in apathy and disappointment. (“I’ll never live up to that again.”) We are susceptible to tha
Carolyn Yeager and Ray Goodwin read and comment on the Feb. 17-22, 1942 dinner table monologues by the German Leader, as taken down in shorthand by trusted aide Heinrich Heim. Included in this episode:
Country estates in Hungary compared to Wagner's Wahnfried and his own Berghof, and the stories of Karl May compared to American classics;
Hitler's preference for Bavarian-Austrian lederhosen (leather shorts for men) and why he had to give them up;
Wrong to shower too much care on colonial subjects, plus not enough theaters in Germany;
Why Hitler plans for his great observatory to be built at Linz, and the importance of teaching the people the wonders of the physical universe;
The privilege of playing the role of patron to the arts and sciences;
Ferdinand Porsche is the greatest engineering genius in Germany at the time, and Hitler sees continued success for the Volkswagen;
Praise for Schwartz and Amman as great talents who served the NSDAP, plus strong words against the "Jewish virus."
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