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I knew Hitler. The Story of a Nazi who escaped the Blood Purge
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,, 1937. Octavo. Original brown cloth, title in silver to the spine and upper board, swastika in blind across upper board and spine. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece and 18 other plates, full-page map to the text. Endpapers browned, text lightly toned, otherwise a very good copy in the fragile and uncommon jacket, sunned at the spine and with chips head and tail, some chips and splits to both panels and the folds, but largely complete, textually and pictorially. First edition. An insider's view of the rise of Hitler. Over the years Ludecke's veracity has been questioned, Orlow advising in his 1969 History of the Rise of the Nazi Party that it should be used only with "extreme caution" (p.323). However, in view of the importance of I knew Hitler as one of the very few examples of Nazi "defector literature", Roland V. Layton carried out a "systematic check of its contents against independent information" ("Kurt Ludecke and I knew Hitler: An Evaluation", in Central European History, XII, 4, pp.372-86), concluding that " … there is much that is true in it. Ludecke clearly moved in the highest circles of Nazidom. He was, the documents show, often where he said he was, doing the things he claims to have been doing in his book. At the same time, it can hardly be denied that much is exaggerated. We may adduce in closing the observations of von Ranke: "Reading is both the easiest and the most difficult thing. To grasp the opinion of the author, where he tells the truth, that is the most demanding skill [our translation]". Ludecke's memoir is important enough, one must say, for us to make the effort".
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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