Hitler, after the downfall

Posted on February 1, 2010


I did this one for a commentary of a book by Prof. Richard Bessel on the post-war Germany. As you can guess, I took inspiration from the wonderful characterization by Bruno Ganz in “The Downfall”.

On a more personal side, from many years ago I was intrigued by this watercolor by the young Hitler when he tried to be admitted in the Vienna’s School of Arts:

I find a remarkable contrast between the detailed treatment of the building (according to his sister he aspired to become an architect) and the rude, even clumsy one of the human figures. I wonder if this is a sign of a particular “blindness” to figure out the place of human social complexity in an idealized, perfect architectural environment.

Many have speculated with the contra-factual development of History if Hitler wasn’t rejected to enter the School. I find this speculation futile. To anyone with a minimum knowledge of the traumatic period of the Weimar Republic should be evident that Hitler was an accident. In the polarized, chaotic politics of Germany after years of inflation and war payments to France all the Capitalist establishment was akin to hail anyone aimed to crush the Communist menace and regain its due place to German capitalists. An so they did.