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The Hitler I knew by August Kubizek

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Inspiration: Adolf Hitler, by August Kubizek

Postby Nayto » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:15 am

I've almost finished reading "The Young Hitler I Knew" by August Kubizek. August was Adolf Hitler's best and only friend for years and they even lived together for a while in Vienna. He wrote about their friendship from his perspective. I've read Mein Kampf as well and I must say that this short book puts certain things from Mein Kampf wonderfully into perspective.

I would just like to start -- and preempt certain thoughts -- by saying that Christ is our first example and inspiration. He was God as a man and there can be no replacement, hence the fact that Hitler could not save our race despite having given it a damn good attempt. The thing about the gospels however is that they do not give detailed accounts of Christ's character on a personal level. With this in mind -- at least for me -- it becomes hard to relate to the character of Christ especially given our sinful nature and His perfection. In this way, the more detailed account of Adolf Hitler's character becomes understandable and I'd go as far as to say that understanding him could give insight into the character of Christ. Obviously Hitler cannot claim any kind of personal strength as the reason for his incorruptibility (read: poetic; Hitler was not perfect), but rather it was the grace of God which allowed him to be such an exceptional character.

We know that he wasn't as serious about Christianity as he was more focused on the political issues, and by that I mean that he did not see a connection between Christianity and politics on an existential level. Having said that, the policies and laws he enforced were so Christian that it makes me think of Romans 2:14-15, "For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)"

Here is a quote from the book, where August talks about Adolf:

"I have dwelt so long on these plans of my friend's because I regard them as typical of the development of his character and his ideas during his sojourn in Vienna. To be sure, I realised from the beginning that my friend would not remain indifferent to the misery of the masses of the metropolis, for I knew that he did not close his eyes to anything and that it was quite contrary to his nature to ignore any important phenomenon. Yet I would never have believed that these experiences in the suburbs of Vienna would have stirred up his whole personality so enormously. For I had always thought of my friend as, basically, an artist, and would have understood if he had grown indignant in the face of the masses, who appeared to be hopelessly perishing in their misery, yet remained aloof from all this, so as not to be dragged down into the abyss by the city's inexorable fate. I reckoned with his susceptibility, his aestheticism, his constant fear of physical contact with strangers -- he shook hands rarely and then only with a few people -- and I thought this would be sufficient to keep him at a distance from the masses. This was only true of personal contacts. But with his whole, overflowing heart, he stood then in the ranks of the underprivileged. It was not sympathy, in the ordinary sense, he felt for the disinherited. That would not have been sufficient. He not only suffered with them, he lived for them and devoted all his thoughts to the salvation of these people from distress and poverty. No doubt this ardent desire for a total reorganisation of life was his personal response to his own fate, which had led him, step by step into misery. Only by his noble and grandiose work, which was intended "for everybody" and appealed to "all," did he find again his inner equilibrium. The weeks of dark visions and grave depressions were past; he was again full of hope and courage."

And another:

"In the midst of this corrupt city, my friend surrounded himself with a wall of unshakable principles
which enabled him to build up an inner freedom, in spite of all the dangers around. him. He was
afraid of infection, as he often said. Now I understand that he meant, not only venereal infection,
but a much more general infection, namely, the danger of being caught up in the prevailing
conditions and finally being dragged down into the vortex of corruption. It is not surprising that no
one understood him, that they took him for an eccentric, and that those few who came in contact
with him called him presumptuous and arrogant."


Adolf Hitler obsessively preoccupied himself with the welfare of Germans and with being moral even in his teens, which lead to people thinking he was pretentious. On some level it makes me think of our own struggle in the world, where people accuse us because of our morals and love of our race. Apart from his love of architecture and music, all his energy was spent on planning how he could make things better for everyone and improve their moral standing. On a personal level he almost never put a foot out of place. August relates certain events where girls tried to seduce a young Adolf and I always read with amusement how Adolf would get angry and storm off. He had this ideal which he called -- roughly translated to English -- "The Flame of Life" which stood for personal purity on a physical and emotional level. According to Adolf, by no means should this flame be snuffed out by whoredom or personal gain.

Here is how August described it:

"I was not quite sure what Adolf meant by this Flame of Life, and occasionally the phrase would change its meaning. But I think, in the end, I did understand him aright. The Flame of Life was the symbol of sacred love which is awakened between man and woman who have kept themselves pure in body and soul and are worthy of a union which would produce healthy children for the nation."

I don't want to waffle on too long, but rather just give an idea. If you haven't already, give Mein Kampf and The Young Hitler I Knew a read. I personally found it very inspirational. Hitler must have at a sub-conscious level restrained and taken control of every single thought. See Samuel 16:7, "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."

Sometimes even actions aren't good enough and Adolf Hitler must have understood this. We think that it is okay to think certain thoughts because they are in our heads and no-one will ever know, but God knows them and judges us by them. Our thoughts lead to actions also without us even realizing it. This is why Adolf Hitler is such a massive inspiration for me as in this way he was dead to his flesh and it showed in his unrivaled (apart from Christ) dedication to our race and moral values.
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby wmfinck » Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:00 pm

Thanks, Nayto!
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby Filidh » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:12 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. I picked up a used version for around $10 including shipping, and it was a really enlightening read.

The main thing that struck me between comparing Hitler's younger self and the life he lived later on, that later life being found in speeches, actions, and in 'Mein Kampf', was that he overcame himself. He conquered the socialconditioning that was thrust upon the German folk.

He's a very inspirational man indeed.
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby Nayto » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:19 am

Indeed! He overcame that conditioning in his kinsfolk as well, which is probably more impressive.
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby brucebohn » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:10 am

Thanks so much Nayto. An important read & indeed fascinating...
Link for PDF.....http://archive.org/details/TheYoungHitlerIKnew
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby Filidh » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:11 pm

One note: the PDF link just posted is to the 1955 edition which was censored heavily. The newly-published edition of the 2000s is an unabridged translation.
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Re: Inspiration: Adolf Hitler

Postby Lang » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:24 pm

Great post. I personally liked the Flame of Life thing. It's annoying how perverted people became nowadays. Instead of marrying and after this start sexually knowing your mate, now we have a whole new and disgusting process, which is totally opposed to the old system. First you "know" the person for one night, then you start seeing her from time to time, then you start dating and after five years you marry LOL

This new system is obviously wrong. People can't build a solid relationship anymore and the divorces rates are high. With the old system we (the society) had more and in more quality relationships.

With the new system everything revolves around promiscuity and we forgot romantism, the little things which people only experienced back in time.

Good was the time of my parents, when people still married pure, had a strong relationship built through the time and a lot of sons.
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The Hitler I knew by August Kubizek

Postby worms » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:50 am

This is an absolutely amazing book which is surely the best first-hand account of what Hitler was like as a person. August Kubizek was Hitler's best friend, in fact his only friend from 1906 to 1910 and it's only by reading an unfiltered, extensive account of Hitler that you realize what a righteous, courage and intelligent man he was. He was truly unique, from the age of just 16 he already displayed an innate moral code which drove his every thought and action, he showed no consideration for pleasuring himself, he only cared about the Germanic people. Not only that but he was clearly a genius and he had the unfathomable discipline to use all of his energy towards pursuing noble causes.





Adolf Hitler was clearly blessed by our creator, that becomes clear after reading this book. Here is possibly my favorite extract:

"Now we were in the theatre, burning with enthusiasm, and living breathlessly through Rienzi's rise
to be the Tribune of the people of Rome and his subsequent downfall. When at last it was over, it
was past midnight. My friend, his hands thrust into his coat pockets, silent and withdrawn, strode
through the streets and out of the city. Usually, after an artistic experience that had moved him,
he would start talking straight away, sharply criticizing the performance, but after Rienzi he
remained quiet a long while. This surprised me, and I asked him what he thought of it. He threw
me a strange, almost hostile glance. "Shut up!" he said brusquely.
The cold, damp mist lay oppressively over the narrow streets. Our solitary steps resounded on
the pavement. Adolf took the road that led up to the Freinberg. Without speaking a word, he
strode forward. He looked almost sinister, and paler than ever. His turned-up coat collar
increased this impression.
I wanted to ask him, "Where are you going?" But his pallid face looked so forbidding that I
suppressed the question.
As if propelled by an invisible force, Adolf climbed up to the top of the Freinberg. And only now
did I realize that we were no longer in solitude and darkness, for the stars shone brilliantly above
us.
Adolf stood in front of me; and now he gripped both my hands and held them tight. He had never
made such a gesture before. I felt from the grasp of his hands how deeply moved he was. His
eyes were feverish with excitement. The words did not come smoothly from his mouth as they
usually did, but rather erupted, hoarse and raucous. From his voice I could tell even more how
much this experience had shaken him.
Gradually his speech loosened, and the words flowed more freely. Never before and never again
have I heard Adolf Hitler speak as he did in that hour, as we stood there alone under the stars, as
though we were the only creatures in the world.
I cannot repeat every word that my friend uttered. I was struck by something strange, which I had
never noticed before, even when he had talked to me in moments of the greatest excitement. It
was as if another being spoke out of his body, and moved him as much as it did me. It wasn't at
all a case of a speaker being carried away by his own words. On the contrary; I rather felt as
though he himself listened with astonishment and emotion to what burst forth from him with
elementary force. I will not attempt to interpret this phenomenon, but it was a state of complete ecstasy and rapture, in which he transferred the character of Rienzi, without even mentioning him
as a model or example, with visionary power to the plane of his own ambitions. But it was more
than a cheap adaptation. Indeed, the impact of the opera was rather a sheer external impulse
which compelled him to speak. Like flood waters breaking their dikes, his words burst forth from
him. He conjured up in grandiose, inspiring pictures his own future and that of his people.
Hitherto I had been convinced that my friend wanted to become an artist, a painter, or perhaps an
architect. Now this was no longer the case. Now he aspired to something higher, which I could
not yet fully grasp. It rather surprised me, as I thought that the vocation of the artist was for him
the highest, most desirable goal. But now he was talking of a mandate which, one day, he would
receive from the people, to lead them out of servitude to the heights of freedom.
It was an unknown youth who spoke to me in that strange hour. He spoke of a special mission
which one day would be entrusted to him, and I, his only listener, could hardly understand what
he meant. Many years had to pass before I realized the significance of this enraptured hour for
my friend.

His words were followed by silence."



Here is a link to the free online E-book :

https://ia700408.us.archive.org/27/item ... KnewJr.pdf
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Re: The Hitler I knew by August Kubizek

Postby Filidh » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:10 pm

i second the recommendation of this book, its a really good read. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4867
was a thread on it, so maybe a mod could merge these two threads?
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Re: The Hitler I knew by August Kubizek

Postby wmfinck » Mon May 05, 2014 7:30 am

Filidh wrote:i second the recommendation of this book, its a really good read. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4867
was a thread on it, so maybe a mod could merge these two threads?



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