“I see nothing heroic about the photos of Hitler but in my opinion a heroic photo of Hitler does not exist."
A German newspaperman, in Portland on a visit to his wife's relatives after an assignment in Alaska and Canada, reacted on a Reuters dispatch in The Oregonian from Frankfurt today.
It was a story reporting that German magazines and newspapers are reviving the "myths of the Nazi regime" and it particularly charged that his pictorial magazine, Revue, with a circulation of 573,000, was leading the parade.
The Newspaperman is Peter Bock-Schroeder of Munich, who last May in Portland married Joan Brewster, whom he met in Greece when she was working for the Marshall plan and he was covering stories for his paper.
The story that set off the Reuters dispatch was one of the life of Hitler which Bock-Schroeder declared was an anti-Nazi article, coldly setting out to give the facts and explode the myths of the Hitler regime. The German writer declared that after the war no one in Germany wanted to hear any more about Hitler. "He was not only dead physically but his legend had been killed,"he said.
But the revival of the myths which has come about was started by the representatives of the foreign press, he said and later taken up by some of the German papers. To meet this, the Revue undertook a deflation of the Nazi myths, he said.
Bock-Schroeder declared the representatives of, the foreign press could always be counted on to come up with a story on "Hitler alive in submarine or "Eva and Hitler seen in Spain” when "they had no atom bomb sensation or Barbara Hutton romance" But the stories fell flat in the German press until the occupation granted more freedom and then the subject got into the headlines even in Germany.
"Revue is I believe particularly justified in bringing this series, for one of its publishers was for many years imprisoned in a concentration camp as an Anti Nazi, as were many other staff members including a colleague friend of mine who, as a half-Jew suffered at the hands of the Nazis,he said: "These people have the right to publish the truth about an era which they know only too well from experience. What they are publishing is not sensation, but a documented history of the rise to power and rule of the German people of the little man who was not a German citizen himself until 1932.
“I see nothing heroic about the photos of Hitler but in my opinion a heroic photo of Hitler does not exist. The article itself bears strong resemblance to Konrad Heiden's 'Hitler,' published in several languages in 1934-5, although the Revue is brought it up to date and is much more anti Hitler"
The German writer said he had hoped at the end of the war never to hear of Hitler again but he felt "more good than harm can be done by putting into black and white today the factual story of Hitler's regime as a warning not only to Germans but to the whole world.
"As I always said in the pre-war Nazi days, it is one of the grotesque tragedies of the world that Hitler could not have kept his real name for it would certainly never have been possible for millions of human beings to shout enthusiastically en mass 'Heil Schicklgruber.”
The pictorial magazine, said the visitor, gives Hitler's real family tree, not the one he cooked up for public consumption after his rise to power, and how his name changed through the years from Hiedler to Schicklgruber to Hitler. The last item on the trees showed him to have been born in Braunau, Austria, April 20,1889, and to have died. in Berlin May 2, 1945.