ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. A most important historical manuscript, Adolf Hitler's autograph notes headed 'A Victory,' penned for his speech following the Nazi Party's stunning success in the September 14, 1930 German federal elections. The seven 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. pages are the rough notes from which Hitler delivered his important address in Munich two days after the elections, celebrating the huge success the Nazi Party had gained in the general elections. This election constituted: 'one of the turning points in the history of the Weimar Republic. It signified the end of the reign of democratic parties, and announced the initial death throes of the republic...With a single step the Nazi party had advanced into the anteroom of power. Adolf Hitler... had become one of the key figures on the political scene...' (Joachim Fest, 'Hitler', New York, 1974, p. 287). In the space of only two years, the party had increased its presence in the Reichstag from 12 seats to 107 seats, and had become the second largest party in the country. Hitler was of course one of the most brilliant orators of modern times; this was the original source of his immense presence and political power. These notes confirm his well-known abilities as an extempore speaker, able to express his ideas and beliefs with his audience using an outline of his topic and then very ably and rapidly reacting to his audience's response. The notes are clearly written in a bold hand, laid out in a graphic fashion and often linked by lines, some thoughts boxed or circled and others heavily underlined for special emphasis. The strings of concepts, catchwords and fragmentary sentences includes: '...First: People then the State new World-view new thought from that new action old Method (Parliamentary?) No Means and Purpose Path and Goal...' Page 5: '...we are on the attack against this mentality. The parliamentary victory Our victory...The people don't live for the state...Value -- Organization -- Spirit...Blood -- Personal Authority -- Battle...The Revolution of an Idea...The fight goes on? How? in all ways! In Parliament Amongst the people The end? The regaining of our Honor Attaining justice Freedom and Bread Out of a 'Party' a Nation will arise Out of six million one people...' A detailed account of this speech is given by N. Baynes, 'Speeches of Adolf Hitler'. Hitler 'said that the hardest part of their struggle was now behind them, for in the past the bitterness of their fight lay in the fact that no one listened to them, that no one took any notice of them...An alien race [Jews] had seized the leadership of the people with the aim of destroying the German State and the German people...political serfdom had been transformed into economic slavery which entailed the distress of millions of individual Germans. Out of this distress there had come the uprising [the National Socialist movement]...This election means that the circle is now complete...For us Parliament is not an end in itself, but merely a means to an end...we are a parliamentary party by compulsion, under constraint, and that compulsion is the Constitution..First will come honor and then freedom, and from both of these, happiness, prosperity, life: in a word, that state of things will return which we Germans perhaps dimly saw before the War, when individuals can once more live with joy in their hearts because life has a meaning and a purpose. And so this victory which we have just won is nothing else than the winning of a new weapon for our fight.... It is not for seats in Parliament that we fight, but we win seats in Parliament in order that one day we may be able to liberate the German people.... Do not write on your banners the word 'Victory': to-day that word shall be uttered for the last time. Strike through the word Victory and write one more in its place the word which suits us better-the word 'Fight'...' Compelling content in this most important and historic manuscript.

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