Hitler’s Interpreter

Paul Schmidt

As Adolf Hitler's official interpreter, Paul Schmidt's account of the events from 1935 to 1945 is a classic contribution to the knowledge of what took place at the highest level in the Third Reich in its relation with England, France and beyond.
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
black and white photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781555163
Pages : 248
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$32.95

Overview
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As the main interpreter for Adolf Hitler during the key prewar moments, such as the Munich Agreement, the British Declaration of War and the surrender of France, Paul-Otto Schmidt was well placed to record his impressions of events from 1935 up to 1945.

He was an interpreter working in the German foreign ministry where he served from 1923 to 1945, and being fluent in English and French he gained respect and was Hitler’s usual first choice for the important meetings. During the war years he served as Hitler's interpreter during his meetings with Marshal Philippe Pétain and Francisco Franco.

After the 1942 Dieppe Raid resulted in thousands of Canadian soldiers captured, Schmidt was in charge of their interrogations. Schmidt’s book is helpful in gaining an insight into the minutiae of Third Reich thinking and planning—as much as planning went beyond Hitler’s will. One classic nugget is from the early morning of 3 September 1939 when Britain issued its ultimatum to Germany, for it was Schmidt who had to hand the translation to Hitler: ‘After an interval which seemed an age, he turned to Ribbentrop, who had remained standing by the window. “What now?” asked Hitler with a savage look, as though implying that his Foreign Minister had misled him about England’s probable reaction.’

About The Author
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Paul-Otto Schmidt, (1899-1970) was an interpreter working in the German foreign ministry where he served from 1923 to 1945. He was fluent in English and French and was the main interpreter for Adolf Hitler during the key pre-war moments, such as the Munich Agreement, the British Declaration of War and the surrender of France. During the war years he served as Hitler's interpreter during his meetings with Marshal Philippe Pétain and Francisco Franco. After the 1942 Dieppe Raid resulted in thousands of Canadian soldiers captured, Schmidt was in charge of their interrogations. Schmidt joined the NSDAP in 1943. Arrested in May 1945, Schmidt was freed by the Americans in 1948. In 1946 he testified at the Nuremberg Trials, where conversations with him were noted down by psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn and later published. In 1947, he testified for the prosecution against the directors of I. G. Farben. He later taught at the Sprachen and Dolmetscher Institute in Munich, and he retired in 1967.

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