Originally posted by smw6869
"Hitler became somewhat physically intimate with
her (stroking her hair and pinching her), and she seemed pleased that she
could have aroused him to desire her as a woman.:
Anyone else need a cigarette?
While he was responsible for many terrible crimes, Hitler can be better
understood if we accept that he had some normal human desires and
needs rather than being cartoonishly stereotyped as a completely inhuman
monster from outer space. Hitler did not grow up in a historical vacuum.
A 1938 British intelligence (MI6) report concluded of Princess Stephanie:
"She is frequently summoned by the Fuehrer (Hitler) who appreciates her
intelligence and good advice. She is perhaps the only woman who can
exercise any influence on him."
Princess Stephanie was proud of her apparently close relationship with
Hitler, and some prominent Britons (such as Lord Rothermere, a press
baron with pro-Fascist sympathies) admired and envied her for it.
While there's no evidence that she ever slept with him, I suspect that
Princess Stephanie would not have protested if Hitler had desired it because
that would have been an additional way she could use to influence him.
How could a woman of Jewish heritage be proud of being close to Hitler?
First of all, Princess Stephanie did not really consider herself Jewish
(though Nazi racial laws did) because she was, if anything, Christian rather
than Jewish in her religious beliefs. Also, we should keep in mind that
she became intimate with Hitler when the Second World War in Europe
and the Holocaust had yet to occur. Indeed, there were some German
Jews who rationalized that Hitler's anti-Semitism was largely a tactical
expedient intended to placate more extreme anti-Semites in the NSDAP.
If Hitler could ignore the facts of Princess Stephanie's Jewish ancestry
and enjoy being with her, then she also could have ignored the facts
about his anti-Semitism and enjoyed being with him. When two persons
become close, each tends to see only what one wishes most to see.