[It’s Hitler day on the blog today I guess.]
Hitler was chosen by international capital to lead the European counterrevolution. He worked for the intelligence wing of the German Army after the war and he infiltrated the workers’ councils in Bavaria and fingered particpants after its socialist government was overthrown by the Freikorps. And if Guido Preparata is correct (Conjuring Hitler), had a hand in the Kapp Putsch.
To understand who Hitler was it is necessary to understand just how threatened capital was by the ascendant working class in that era. For that I cannot recommend R. Palme Dutt’s Fascism and the Social Revolution strongly enough. It’s the best thing I’ve ever read on the subject, a must-read for socialists.
As for Hitler himself, and what he was really up to before he became “der Fuehrer,” Konrad Heiden’s The Fuehrer is the best thing I’ve come across. It’s written in a sensationalist style, but don’t let that put you off. It’s well documented and it has stood the test of time far better than most Hitler biographies. The standard histories written by palace historians like Manchester, Toland, Kershaw, Keegan et alia are worthless.
Here we see Hitler working on his act. Worth a look.