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Hitler: Memoirs of A Confidant
Hitler: Memoirs of A Confidant
By Otto Wagener, edited by Henry Ashby Turner, Jr.
Yale University Press, 1985, 333 pp

A close associate of Hitler from 1929 to 1933, Wagener wrote these recollections of his conversations with Hitler while he was in British captivity in 1946. Written from memory, but with undiminished adulation, Wagener's memoirs constitute an important source concerning Hitler's private life and political style, his self-assessment and his considerable pseudo-learning. There are some surprises (he had thought of a Polish-German pact long before coming to power) but mostly it is a record of often manipulative conversations that confirm received opinion about Hitler and his entourage.