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Did Adolf hate snow… or ginger beer
00:41 GMT, 27 December 2012
Pick out the fibs from what really made the Fuhrer furious
My New Year Quiz may seem a trifle unfestive. I have recently been browsing through Hitler’s Table Talk, transcripts of the Fuhrer’s dinner conversations, or rather monologues, dutifully recorded by his colleague Martin Bormann.
Hitler’s conversation is, for the most part, deathly dull, but, now and then, he will make one of his confident pronouncements on an unexpected topic. Your job is to say which of these pronouncements is by Hitler and which I have made up.
Quiz: Hitler's conversation is, for the most part, deathly dull, but, now and then, he will make one of his confident pronouncements on an unexpected topic. Can you guess which of these are his
1. ‘I never met an Englishman who didn’t speak of Churchill with disapproval. Never one who didn’t say he was off his head.’
2. ‘I have always dreamed of visiting the English music hall. There is nothing half so funny as a man dressed up as a woman, or a woman dressed up as a man.’
3. ‘I detest women who dabble in politics. And if their dabbling extends to military matters, it becomes utterly unendurable.’
4. ‘If only animals could speak, I would elevate them to the highest positions in government. The decisiveness of the wolf; the appeal to the emotions of the little canary; the resilience of the horse: imagine the qualities these could bring to any administration.’
5. ‘Why do our young men not wear bibs When I was young, I would always wear a bib. It is the only way to prevent unsightly stains on one’s shirt or jacket. Nowadays, you see young men, and women too, their clothes soaked in blood and gravy.’
True or false 'One of my greatest delights has always been to picnic quietly somewhere on the roadside'
6. ‘I suggested to Himmler that he might dress two or three guards units in leather shorts. Obviously they would have to be handsome chaps, and not necessarily all from the South.
‘Apart from all that, leather shorts have the advantage that one’s not afraid of getting them dirty. On the contrary, they’re ennobled by stains, like a Stradivarius by age. In Germany nowadays all the young men are wearing leather shorts.’
7. ‘I’ve always detested ginger beer. No true German could ever like ginger beer.’
8. ‘I’ve always detested snow.’
9. ‘I’ve always detested ponds. Why have they not the courage to be lakes’
10. ‘The Anglo-Saxons have no interest in horoscopes. They cannot read the omens. That is why they are doomed. Yes, they are blind to what is happening.’
11. ‘The horoscope, in which Anglo-Saxons in particular have great faith, is another swindle whose significance must not be underestimated.’
12. To Albert Speer: ‘You are a typical Gemini. Always in two minds about everything, always dreaming!’
13. ‘The treatment of the Duke of Windsor was an evil omen; to topple over so fine a pillar of strength was wicked and foolish.’
14. ‘The Duchess of Windsor is a fine figure of a woman. And her dress sense! Such dignity! Such style! If only all American women dressed like her, the so-called United States would not have sunk so deep into moral turpitude.’
15. ‘Queen Elizabeth is an attention-seeker. All that waving. “Look at me!” What does she hope to achieve by it’
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16. ‘I have read a book on Stalin; I must admit, he is a tremendous personality, an ascetic who took the whole of that gigantic country firmly in his iron grasp.’
17. ‘When Mussolini shakes my hand, I can hear the bones crack. What does he mean by it If a man behaves like this to his ally, what can he be like to his enemy’
18. ‘People who insist on eating great quantities of meat always lay themselves open to the charge of breaking wind.
‘Take Goring; he is always breaking wind, and thinking that no one has noticed. It is all that beef he eats. It would not surprise me if he ended up with horns and a tail. Horns and a tail, I tell you! But I for one will not be clearing up after him. That is no work for me.’
19. ‘Whenever I have to make a speech of great importance I am always soaking wet at the end, and I find I have lost four or six pounds in weight…when I gave up eating meat, I immediately began to perspire much less, and within a fortnight to perspire hardly at all. Vegetarian diet, therefore, has some obvious advantages. I shall be interested to see whether my dog eventually becomes a complete and confirmed vegetarian.’
20. ‘One of my greatest delights has always been to imitate bird noises. They say I am very good at it! I can caw like a rook!’
21. ‘One of my greatest delights has always been to picnic quietly somewhere on the roadside.’
22. ‘Women will always go after a man with a moustache. It is a love born of envy.’
23. ‘In the eyes of a woman, the finest of dresses at once loses its charm — if she sees another woman wearing one like it.’
Hitler said 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 19, 21, and 23. He did not say 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20 and 22.