He was two meters tall, but his nickname was Putzi, „little man“. An art dealer in bohemian New York at the beginning of the 20th century, a musician in his spare time, Ernst Hanfstaengl became Hitler's confidant and pianist. This eccentric, jealous of the Nazis, was charmed by their leader, to whom he offered money, his family and Wagner songs at all hours of the day and night. He dreamed of the honor and alliance of Germany and the United States, his two homelands. Appointed in 1933 as head of the foreign press of the Reich, he believed in his destiny. He got nothing but contempt. His incredible exile led him to Roosevelt, who made him his chief informant on the Führer during World War II. For many he was a traitor or an insignificant buffoon, for others one of the creators of evil. His tragic, burlesque, mysterious life story, in which we meet Goebbels, Göring and the Mitford sisters, but also Thomas Mann, Carl Jung and Romy Schneider, is worthy of the story of the hero of this novel.
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Enjoying the respect of a man whom you admire is a true happiness bordering on a miracle, because you are always afraid of losing it. During this period, Putzi was chosen and was ready to do anything to make his luck last. He adored Hitler and knew very well what was expected from him, starting with a relationship in Munich's high society, which only an old family can have.
That high society was won over by Hitler's speech, his charisma and false modesty. He met them most often in traditional Bavarian clothes, which he also wore in front of the photographers who immortalized his stay in the prison in Landsberg. They all believed in the sincerity of the man who represented the embodiment of the nation they wanted to see reborn. They forgot that they themselves were the cause of the disappearance of the values that Hitler wanted to restore.
Without Putzi, the Führer would not have experienced such a rise.
- ISBN: 978-953-369-012-4
- Dimensions: 142x205 mm
- Number of pages: 264
- Cover: paperback
- Year of the edition: 2022
- Original title: Putzi. Le pianiste d'Hitler
- Original language: French
- Translation: Dubravka Celebrini