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Paranoid Hitler had 'messiah complex'

2012-05-04 11:06

London - Adolf Hitler had a "messiah complex" and became increasingly obsessed with the perceived Jewish "enemy within" as World War II turned against Germany, according to a secret 1942 assessment unveiled on Friday.

The British intelligence report, which lay apparently unread from the war until its recent rediscovery, found that the Nazi dictator turned to "Jew-phobia" as the likelihood of defeat increased.

The wartime analysis, now made public by the University of Cambridge, was commissioned by social scientist Mark Abrams and written by his colleague Joseph MacCurdy, a Cambridge academic.

Abrams, a world-renowned pioneer of market research and opinion polling, worked with the BBC's Overseas Propaganda Analysis Unit and the Psychological Warfare Board during World War II.

"At the time that it was written, the tide was starting to turn against Germany," said Cambridge historian Scott Anthony, who led research into Abrams which resulted in the paper being unearthed in a family collection.

"In response, Hitler began to turn his attentions to the German home front.

State of mind


"This document shows that British intelligence sensed this happening.

"MacCurdy recognised that, faced with external failure, the Nazi leader was focusing on a perceived 'enemy within' instead - namely the Jews.

"Given that we now know that the 'final solution' was commencing, this makes for poignant reading."

Abrams thought that transcripts of Hitler's broadcasts could be close-read for propaganda and intelligence purposes, revealing hidden "latent content" and subconscious insights into the enemy's state of mind.

His work was fed directly into Allied counter-propaganda.

The newly re-aired analysis covered a radio speech Hitler gave on 26 April 1942.

"Its content would presumably reflect his morbid mental tendencies on the one hand and special knowledge available to him on the other," the opening lines said.

An earlier report found three such tendencies, termed "shamanism", "epilepsy" and "paranoia".

Worrying tendency


"Shamanism" referred to Hitler's hysteria and compulsion to feed off whipped-up crowds, which was in decline. MacCurdy's report pointed to the "dull flatness" of delivery in Hitler's broadcast.

The other two were developing characteristics.

"Epilepsy" covered his cold and ruthless streak, combined with a tendency to lose heart when ambitions failed. MacCurdy's analysis found Hitler's speech showed him to be "a man who is seriously contemplating the possibility of utter defeat".

"Paranoia" was the third and most worrying tendency, exposed through the dictator's "Messiah complex", in which Hitler thought he was leading a chosen people on a crusade against evil incarnate in the Jews, the paper said.

It notes an extension of the "Jew phobia" and says that Hitler now saw Jews not just as a threat to Germany, but as a "universal diabolical agency".

It is now known that weeks before the speech, senior Nazis had set plans in motion for the "final solution": The attempted extermination of the entire Jewish population.

Incarnation

"Hitler is caught up in a web of religious delusions," MacCurdy concluded.

"The Jews are the incarnation of evil, while he is the incarnation of the spirit of good.

"He is a god by whose sacrifice victory over evil may be achieved. He does not say this in so many words, but such a system of ideas would rationalise what he does say that is otherwise obscure."

The document has been added to an archive on Abrams' work held at Cambridge and is now available to researchers.

Comments
  • Leon - 2012-05-04 11:21

    And people still want to say Hitler was an atheist. LOL

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-05-04 12:14

    Waarheid maak seer

  • Frank - 2012-05-04 12:15

    Leon some people thought he was a homosexual too. Always a lot more to the story.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-04 12:23

      Don't know about that - Eva Braun would have known. It was also claimed he suffered from syphilis but I have never seen verification of this.

  • illegalflowa - 2012-05-04 12:15

    what a bunch of BS!!

      Mark - 2012-05-04 15:07

      What is? Please clarify your statement.

  • Gerd - 2012-05-04 12:18

    British academia is still too obsessed with WWII and Hitler - time to move on.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-04 12:59

      Well they did win. And if they had not you might well be speaking German in a forced labour camp. Perhaps you would not even have to learn the language.

      Gerd - 2012-05-04 14:04

      Well, what's wrong with German - half the world has been forced to adopt English.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-04 14:36

      Aha - thought so. You have the desire to be the camp Komandant. Sorry. We won so it ain't going to happen.

  • Jaba - 2012-05-04 14:49

    The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodriguez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008. It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world. ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth?Europe died in Auschwitz . . . We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

      Jaba - 2012-05-04 14:51

      They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs. What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe . Approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population. The Jews are NOT promoting brain washing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non Muslims. The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants. There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church. There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people.

      Jaba - 2012-05-04 14:53

      General Eisenhower Warned Us?It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now ?get the films?get the witnesses?because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.’ Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

      Jaba - 2012-05-04 14:56

      In memory of the, 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated’ while the German people looked the other way. Maybe Hitler was born Catholic - but he was not a believer. Never Again

      zaatheist - 2012-05-04 15:42

      "Maybe Hitler was born Catholic - but he was not a believer." The evidence is against you. As for the rest of you racist anti-Muslim rant - it is if the same quality. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice. http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html

      Jaba - 2012-05-04 16:05

      Freedom of speech is not racist. All I did was translate the original article (in Spanish) which can be found here: http://www.gentiuno.com/articulo.asp?articulo=1865 zaatheist sometimes the truth can sound like an insult when you are not used to hearing it. But the good news is, thanks to the internet and advanced technology you soon will be.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-04 16:14

      @Jaba See you ignored my refutation about Hitler. I don't care if the original was in Greek - it is still racist claptrap.

  • Pietor Houlen - 2013-05-31 18:09

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I see people with Boer names and no idea why the Brits got into the Boer Wars and why your ancestors were put into concentration camps. Look into what motivated the Boer Wars. Look into the non-African members of the ANC (e.g., Slovo) and you'll see they all had something in common.

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