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The only known recording of Hitler's normal speaking voice

Amelia Jones

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What does pure evil sound like? Almost 80 years since the leader of the Nazi party killed himself to escape Soviet troops storming Berlin on 30 April 1945, there is the only known recording of dictator Adolf Hitler's voice.

Considered by many to be the most evil man who ever lived due to the mass extermination of six million Jews in Europe among other unthinkable atrocities.

Footage of his public speeches at the over 5,000 rallies and other public events in the run up to World War II send a shiver down the spine.

He used wild gesticulation and sharp, angry-sounding trigger words and phrases almost spat at the crowd to whip supporters into a frenzy and get them onboard with his terrifying policies and what would ultimately become his 'Final Solution'.

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While the famous and terrifying footage of him speaking at the Nuremberg rallies are what many people bring to mind when thinking about Hitler's voice, there is scarce evidence of how he sounded in normal conversation.

In fact, the only evidence of how Hitler spoke normally was caught by a Finnish engineer in 1942.

Adolf Hitler speaking at a rally. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Adolf Hitler speaking at a rally. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

The chat is between Hitler and Finland's defence leader Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, and 11 minutes of it were recorded by the engineer before he was caught by the SS.

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What's striking about the conversation is how normal Hitler sounds, at complete odds with the fierce and rage-filled speaker he was known as in public.

It's clear that his delivery as an orator was deeply affected, with Hitler speaking in a manner designed to make him out as a fearful and dominant leader.

In comparison, this clip sees him in far more conversational manner.

The tragedies of World War Two are now around eight decades old, but there remain a few survivors, some of whom feature in Luke Holland's chilling 2020 documentary, Final Account, available on Apple TV.

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It took Holland, who passed away after filming was completed, an entire decade to track down his elderly interviewees to speak to them about the Holocaust.

Hitler in 1933. Credit: INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo
Hitler in 1933. Credit: INTERFOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

Kurt Sametreiter, who was part of the SS, says in the documentary: "The Waffen-SS had nothing to do with the terrible and brutal treatment of Jews and dissidents and the concentration camp.

"We were front-line soldiers... I have no regrets, and I will never regret being with that unit. Truly not.

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"A camaraderie like that... You could rely on every man 100 percent. There was nothing that could go wrong. That was the beauty of it."

Sametreiter goes on in the documentary to refute the number of Jewish people killed at the hands of the Nazis.

Karl Hollander, who worked as a lieutenant and was part of the SS, was also interviewed and said he still 'honours' Hitler.

He said: "I still do. The idea was correct... I don't share the opinion that they should be murdered.

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"They should have been driven out to another country where they could rule themselves. This would have saved a great deal of grief."

This commitment to the German dictator so many years on, truly shows the power that Hitler and his words had over his disciples.

Topics: News, World War 2

Amelia Jones
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