Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

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Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

Post by Patrick » Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:53 pm

I hope this question doesn't come across as glib, but...

Who (if anyone) amongst Hitler's inner circle addressed his as "du" rather than "sie"?

(We'll leave Eva Braun out of this one.)
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Re: Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

Post by Prosper Vandenbroucke » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:09 pm

The only one who said "Du" when he adressed him to A.Hitler was Ernst Röhm.
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Re: Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

Post by Hans » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:59 pm

"Röhm in fact is the only political associate known to have called Hitler by the familiar 'du'".

Source: James Taylor and Warren Shaw, A Dictionary of the Third Reich, Grafton Books, 1987, p. 276.

Must say that it didn't do him much good.

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Re: Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

Post by sawman » Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:34 pm

Albert Speer mentioned something about this on page #120 in his book Inside the Third Reich. He states "When Eckhart died in 1923 there remained four men with whom Hitler used the Du of close friendship: Herman Esser, Christian Weber, Julius Streicher, and Ernst Roehm. In Esser's case he found a pretext after 1933 to reintroduce the formal Sie; Weber he avoided; Streicher he treated impersonally; and Roehm he had killed." Cass

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Re: Hitler, his inner circle, and grammar

Post by Patrick » Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:21 pm

Thanks to all for your replies!
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