I know that may of you will be scratching your head thinking”Where is he going with this?” when you look at the title.
But please bear with me.
Last night I was watching a documentary about the early days of the Nazi party and mainly about the relationship between Dietrich Eckart and Adolf Hitler.
Eckart who had been a play writer prior to WWI and had far right political views and was a fervent anti-Semite.After World War I, Eckart edited the antisemitic periodical Auf gut Deutsch (“In plain German”).
In 1919 he founded with Hermann Esser, Gottfried Feder and Karl Harrer, the German Workers Party.
Harrer was appointed Chairman but Eckart knew they needed a front man to lead the party.A worker who knew how to talk,who did’t need much brains and was preferably a bachelor so they also could attract women to the party. In fact the term Eckart used was ‘Messiah’ he stated that Germany needed a new ‘Messiah’.
He met this man on September 12 1919, Adolf Hitler, Hitler who had been part of a team of agents and informants hired Karl Mayr, head of the Education and Propaganda Department.Mayr worked closely with Ernst Röhm, the Chief of Staff of Colonel Franz Epp, the leader of the Freikorps in Munich. Ernst Röhm, suggested that Adolf Hitler should be recruited as an informer.
Hitler was sent to spy on the German Workers Party who were meeting in a Munich Beer Hall.
Rather then spying on Eckart and his friends,Hitler liked what he heard and got up on a table and started a speech.
When Eckart heard the speech he was convinced he found the man they needed. He took Hitler to meetings and fund raising events. He bought a suit for Hitler and a trench coat. Hitler wasn’t very sophisticated, He would sometimes ramble on about his own ideas during fund raising events, his eating habits were appalling and he would often talk with his mouth full. Eckart decided to become his mentor.
This where my idea of the comparison to “My Fair Lady” arose from, The musical is based on a play by the Dublin born George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion. The plot line of the play and musical is.
“Professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society”
Hitler eventually became the leader of the party with the new name NSDAP (The National Socialist German Workers’ Party -German: Nationa lsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei).
I know this blog is probably a bit unusual but I do think it is important to show frauds and charlatans for what they really are. There was nothing original about Adolf Hitler.
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