Adolf Hitler, during 14-years of leadership, was acclaimed by the greatest intellects of the 20th Century.
Lord Rothermere, proprietor of Associated Newspapers:
He has a supreme intellect. If one puts a question to Hitler, he gives an immediate, brilliant clear answer. There is no human being living whose promise on important matters I would trust more readily.”
The two-word term used by the English media magnate summed up Hitler perfectly.
Lord Rothermere’s remarks were commonplace at the time.
David Lloyd George considered to be Britain’s greatest ever statesman:
.. he is truly a great man. I have never met a happier people than the Germans and Hitler is one of the greatest men among the distinctly great men that I have ever encountered.
Belgian General Léon Degrelle in 1993 explained what lay behind the remark that Europe’s most popular leader in history possessed a supreme intellect:
Hitler was self-taught and he made no attempt to hide the fact. The smug conceit of intellectuals, their shiny ideas packaged like so many flashlight batteries, irritated him at times. His own knowledge he had acquired through selective and unremitting study, and he knew far more than thousands of diploma-decorated academics.
General Degrelle, whose wartime exploits are legendary, was a confidant of the Reich leader:
I don’t think anyone ever read as much as he did. He normally read one book every day, first reading the conclusions and the index in order to gauge the work’s interest for him. He had the power to extract the essence of each book and then store it in his computer-like mind. I had heard him talk about complicated scientific books with faultless precision even at the height of the war.
His intellectual curiosity was limitless. He was readily familiar with the writings of the most diverse authors, and nothing was too complex for his comprehension. He had a deep knowledge and understanding of Buddha, Confucius and Jesus Christ, as well as Luther, Calvin and Savonarola; of literary giants such as Dante and Schiller, Shakespeare; and analytical writers such as Renan and Gobineau, Chamberlain and Sorel.
He trained himself in philosophy by studying Aristotle and Plato. He could quote entire paragraphs of Schopenhauer from memory, and for a long time carried a pocket edition of Schopenhauer with him. Nietzsche taught him much about willpower.
His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. He spent hundreds of hours studying the works on Tacitus and Mommsen, military strategists such as Clausewitz, and empire builders such as Bismarck. Nothing escaped him; world history or the history of civilisations, the study of the Bible and the Talmud, Thomistic philosophy and all the masterpieces of Homer, Sophocles, Horace, Ovid, Titus Livius and Cicero. He knew Julian the Apostate as if he had been his contemporary.
His knowledge extended to mechanics. He knew how engines worked; he understood the ballistics of various weapons; and he astonished the best medical scientists with his knowledge of medicine and biology.
The universality of Hitler’s knowledge may surprise or displease those unaware of it, but it is nonetheless a historical fact. Hitler was one of the most cultivated men of this century. Many times more so than Churchill, an intellectual mediocrity, or than Pierre Laval, who had merely a cursory knowledge of world history; or of Roosevelt or Eisenhower, who never got beyond detective novels.
Hans Grimm, father of the Volk ohne Raum (lebensraum) or living space concept was no devotee of National Socialism and was never an NSDAP member. But, even such a critic felt obliged to concede:
I witness with awe and admiration, that he, as nearly the first in the world, caused multitudes without force or any personal benefits to follow him of their own free will and volition.
Mark Twain was also a journalist. America’s most universally popular writers were scathing of his profession:
Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honour. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
Today’s hapless self-declared mainstream media and palace publishers’ scribblers often remark that Adolf Hitler was a buffoon. Only buffoons could make or believe such a view.
A Supreme Intellect