By Konrad Heiden

As a employees reporter at the Frankfurter Zeitung Heiden used to be one of many first writers to take a stand opposed to Naziism, and his is the one modern rfile to provide the complete tale of Hitler's upward push to energy from the very commencing to the day in 1934 whilst the Blood Purge eradicated the final competition, leaving hom absolute dictator of Germany. As Heiden states: "his course of homicide and violence was once, according whit Hitler's ideals, the precise route to greatness".

This new version of Heiden's paintings indicates it to be not just a profound and revealing narrative yet an immense historic record necessary to either historian and layman for a better realizing of the calamitous occasions that ruled the 20 th century.

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The officers were out to find a demagogue, of whom it could be said that he was a worker. They would cry out to him: Leader, command us, we shall follow. In their class struggle the officers were forced by circumstances to create a workers' army; they found their leader in the lowest mass of their subordinates, and commanded him to command. The spirit of history, in its fantastic mockery, could not have drawn an apter figure. It was the man who had sent his comrades to the slaughterhouse wall after the overthrow of the Munich soviet.

At that time perhaps he felt something akin to consciousness of guilt. He had dodged this diploma, had shunned work, learned nothing, and not even attempted his final school examination, but had regarded himself as an artistic genius, far above hard work and sweat. This was the same mistaken idea of genius that idlers have always had. And this was the punishment. In the judgment of these people, he was no artistic genius. They consoled him, he says, by telling him that he was gifted for architecture — yes, if he had only studied more!

But the lieutenants and captains saw no place for advancement in the tiny army of a hundred thousand men; they saw themselves reduced to the level of armed elite proletarians; many, with no official position at all, marched through the land at the head of mercenary bands, subsidized by heavy industrialists and landowners to protect their factories or estates from the specter of communist revolution. This seemed the end of the lordly life to which the German in- THE ARMED INTELLECTUALS 29 tellectual youth had grown accustomed during the war.

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