NYT 1924: Hitler “tamed by prison, no longer to be feared, will retire to private life and return to Austria”

Folks have been sending around a supposed- New York Times article from 1924 about Adolf Hitler.

The article claims that Hitler was released from prison “tamed,” and was expected to retire to Austria, a chastened man.

Yeah, not so much.

Well, I did a bit of googling, and the story is for real.

Here’s the clip:


Hitler Tamed by Prison
Released on Parole, He is Expected to Return to Austria.

Berlin. Dec. 20 (1924) — Adolph Hitler, once the demi-god of the reactionary extremists, was released from imprisonment at Fortress Landsberg, Bavaria, today and immediately left in an auto for Munich. He looked a much sadder and wiser man today than last Spring when he, with Ludendorff and other radical extremists, appeared before a Munich court charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government.

His behavior during imprisonment convinced the authorities that, like his political organization, known as the Völkischer, was no longer to be feared. It is believed he will retire to private life and return to Austria, the country of his birth.

And here’s the proof – from the NYT’s own long-term archive that I just searched:


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61 Responses to “NYT 1924: Hitler “tamed by prison, no longer to be feared, will retire to private life and return to Austria””

  1. Bill_Perdue says:

    non responsive.

  2. Badgerite says:

    You know, just making a declaratory statement does not make that statement true. You do know that?

  3. Moderator4 says:

    You are a new commenter, and perhaps you do not realize it, but we discourage commenters from linking to their own blogs unless they have received permission from site owner John Aravosis to do so.
    Thank you.

  4. Bill_Perdue says:

    Your thinking may make you feel better but it won’t stop the struggle between classes.

  5. Bill_Perdue says:

    Politics are grounded in reality.

  6. Bill_Perdue says:

    Wrong, as always. Your comment is an apologia for plutocracy.

  7. Wajahat Ali says:

    SIR i have some thing better then this lolzzzzzzzz… check and comment  http://westerncitizen.blogspot.com

  8. mirror says:

    This futile exchange has actually made me more inclined to (4), except I don’t have your faith in an ultimate truth.

  9. mirror says:

    “perennial pestilence and will be until it’s treated like smallpox and other diseases and outlawed on a global scale”

    This kind of eliminationist rhetoric that identifies people as a disease is recognizable as the same used by Hitler and Stalin to describe the groups they killed or sent to the Gulags in the millions. When you want to do some nasty shit to people, first you have to say they aren’t people.

    It is as if you don’t care about workers at all, as if you were frozen in time in the middle of some battle between Nazi and communist party street toughs in Weimar Germany in 1930 or something, and the only thing that matters is beating the other gang.

  10. mirror says:

    Wow. It took a while, but at the point where I finally tried to engage you and figure out the exact concrete steps you advocate and the form they should take, you begin to froth at the mouth.

    You may think you have answered this question, but what the rest of us are hearing is verbiage dominated by “The Nazis are coming!” and a lot of dogma that is incomprehensible to the young and reminds the old of the rhetoric used by “leaders” who talked a bunch of middle class kids out of going to grad school in 1969 so they could become “workers”, but never actually helped any “workers”.

    This is one problem with your old style dogma. Anyone who isn’t with you is fundamentally an enemy including “workers” who think what you tell them to think, just like the fascists.

  11. Bill_Perdue says:

    Because you’re unable to google I did it for you. And now you’re upset that it doesn’t contain material sufficiently worshipful of Obama, the fascist thugs in the Ukrainian government and the plans of the IMF to sink their teeth in the neck of Ukrainian workers.


  12. mirror says:

    Man, I hope you are retired, because that would make only one of us who really needs to get a job.

    From what I could tell from the Kolesnik Dmitry interview, according to him there are very small numbers of citizens of Ukraine in left worker organizations. And he didn’t claim that there were right now a large number who wish they could participate in such organizations but are prevented from doing so.
    So, ultimately, are you and the Kolesnik Dmitry saying: 1) a Ukraine aligned with, and (temporarily?) dependent on and dominated by, the Russian capitalist oligarchy would eventually be more fertile ground for rebirth of the brand of Marxist workers movement you believe is the only way to better life for all, irrespective of whether life improves over the short term; or 2) a Ukraine aligned with, and (temporarily?) dependent on and dominated
    by, the Russian capitalist oligarchy would create a better life for Ukrainian workers economically, socially, and politically in the near future; or 3) the distinction between the two “imperialist” forces is insignificant (or meaningless) and, for a Ukrainian worker, the one in front of you now must be fought, both in the world and intellectually, as if it is the only one, and the new regime in Urkraine is the one, irrespective of whether life improves over the short term; or 4) saying and thinking that one choice is the lesser of two evils is so self-delusional that it prevents thought and action directly toward the only possible positive outcome; or 5) something else?

    And if it is 1), 3), or 4), do you really see AmericaBlog as a fertile ground for your efforts to arouse and organize the proletariat?

  13. Chitowngal08 says:

    Thank God the SOB is dead. DEAD.

  14. Badgerite says:

    My faith is in a system that allows you a fighting chance to overcome the worst in human tendencies. Timshel! It is always a fight. For this generation as it was for the generation in the Guilded Age. It is like life. A constant struggle. You look for some way around that through some pie in the sky ideology that in the long run only makes things worse, not better.

  15. Bill_Perdue says:

    You faith is in the system ruled by the rich. It is not democratic. It is a plutocracy.

  16. Badgerite says:

    My faith is actually in people and the system I judge to best protect them.
    The one that allows for evolution over time. What you are advocating is what?
    I’ll answer that for you. Not voting. Or voting for some obscure ‘worker’s state’ candidate who no one ever heard of and has not a ghost of a chance of gaining office or power. (Another words the equivalent of not voting) Or violent revolution which is basically war on an internal scale. And if there is one thing I can be sure of it is that in war no one has any rights. Like the man says, your rights may be self evident but they have never been self executing. And without a democratic form of government with checks and balances on power, including the power you seem to crave, I have no real rights. “Worker’s state” indeed. And how would one define a worker versus a non worker. And do “non workers” then have less human rights or no human rights. You talk nonsense. Literally. All this bullshit has been tried and it failed miserably everywhere, including in Venezuela.

  17. Bill_Perdue says:

    Putin is not a fascist, he’s a run of the mill, right-wing homophobe with an itch to create an empire. Just like Obama.

  18. mirror says:

    Of course they are fucking fascist. So is Putin. The difference is the fascist right in Ukraine is not in full dictatorial control of the state. Sheesh.

    I never said the right in the Urkraine wasn’t right-wing or fascist.

    Your long time focus on Western capitalism as the enemy is so ingrained with you that you cannot imagine a Russian Oligarchal capitalist Dictatorship might seem the worser of two evils to a majority of people in some locale.

  19. Bill_Perdue says:

    Still frightened I see. I don’t blame you one bit.

  20. Bill_Perdue says:

    The right in the Ukraine is fascist. You’re in denial because you an enabler/believer in capitalist politics.

  21. mirror says:

    You keep screaming “nazi! Nazi!” But as far as I can tell the only people who can even remotely be described as representing the Ukrainian worker are parliament members. You certainly haven’t described any forces chosen by ‘the workers” to represent them, even though I have asked you at least twice. And the parliament was not dissolved. Please describe this party of workers and peasants that you believe was overthrown and dis-empowered by the Nazis?

    Also, by affirming the term “reactionary” to describe the primary force in the Euromaidan movement, you are suggesting they are “reacting” to some left pro-worker movement. Yet all we see is Putin and his oligarchic robber barons to react to. This is why you are being accused of being pro-Putin, because you keep making this argument, when it is clear that Putin is as “reactionary” to the kind of international Marxism you profess to support as any other capitalist/oligarchic person or entity influencing these events. You sound like either a very confused older idealist/ideolog, or a hypocritical troll.

    We are now talking to only each other in this dead comment thread.

  22. Badgerite says:

    Uh huh.

  23. BigGuy says:

    If only he got into art school and had a middling career painting landscapes.

    American greed did not cause the Depression. In Europe and here in the USA, the failure of the Austrian bank Creditanstalt in May, 1931 made things much worse everywhere. The Fed responded by REDUCING the money supply to fight inflation.

    Much of Milton Friedman’s work and Ben Bernanke’s work has been devoted to explaining how the Fed messed things up.

  24. Bill_Perdue says:

    Your paytriotic faith in a banana republic ruled by the rich is misplaced because Democrats and Republicans, particularly Obama, are putting the finishing touches on a police state and gutting the Constitution you say you revere.

  25. Bill_Perdue says:

    Actually, you need to learn how the google machine works.

    “The Euromaidan movement started when the then government
    declined to sign the free-trade agreement with the European Uunion because it was attached to International Monetary Fund demands to impose austerity measures and raise prices (as the government quite reasonably was afraid of the potential social unrest it would cause). Euromaidan gained a support of some layers of society after the dispersal of protesters. In general rightwing and reactionary forces dominated there from the very beginning. Moreover, it was supported by Western-backed NGOs that tried to provide a necessary cover for the media. We should also not ignore the role of the media of some oligarchs that promoted the movement which gave attention to the real anger directed against the corrupt regime of the government.

    As for politicians and big businessmen that backed the Euromaidan
    movement — they were mostly those of the so-called “Orange” clan
    formed in the process of the “Orange revolution” but later ousted from
    power. Extreme nationalists and fascists played actually the role of the core
    that attracted ordinary people, therefore the far-right could impose its agenda on the whole movement as other groups (pro-democracy or liberal) were not so significant and served mainly as a cover helping to whitewash the image of the protests in the media. While liberal groups provided the needed “look” in coverage, the ultra-rights organised and formed their own

    I would rather admit that without extreme nationalists and Nazi paramilitaries the whole Euromaidan movement still could be a peaceful camp of protesters ignored by the authorities.” http://links.org.au/node/3784

  26. mirror says:

    Actually, the real question is why YOU think the Ukrainian workers are incapable of acting in their own interest.

    You never give details about their political activities or specific details of what is stopping those activities. And you certainly aren’t giving any details to support your contention that they aren’t making the tough decisions *on their own* that they are better off strategically going with the West instead of Putin. You just talk down to everybody from a pile of theoretical tomes and pamphlets. From the vantage point of your writing on this blog, the underlying logic of what you have been saying seems to be that you prefer a total breakdown of economy and society in order to better realize your vision, pretty much as the neocons thought they could build their fantasy country on the rubble of an Iraq they let fall into total social and economic collapse.

    You could even be right, but the initial level of misery that approach accepts is beyond me.

  27. Badgerite says:

    What of it. So you are a critic of Stalinism and Maoism. But you lump Mao and Stalin, who literally killed TENS OF MILLIONS of their own people in with Clinton because Clinton ordered some airstrikes against Saddam, (I’m guessing that is what you are referring to since your link to The Nation just went to the front page and said nothing about Clinton at all but there was an article listed on sanctions. So, If you want me to respond, could you try to be more specific.
    I have nothing against socialists, per se But the exploits of Stalin and Mao gave those ideas a bad name, whether that should have occurred or not.
    But I am a firm believer in Democracy and in particular the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution as the best way to resolve political disputes.
    Like the man said:
    “Ya say you want a revolution, well, ya know, we’d all like to change the world.” ETC.

  28. Badgerite says:

    No. Jack the Ripper had different motives and aims. Jack the Ripper killed because he enjoyed killing. Duh! Hitler sought to annihilate an entire group of people. Kind of like Milosevic in Bosnia and Kosovo.
    And putting Clinton in this group is rather ridiculous. Clinton was singularly successful in achieving international aims without engaging in any large scale war. And the war he did engage in was the civil war raging in the Balkans. And the military actions he took was what brought that travesty to an end after years of the UN running around in blue helmets not being allowed to fire a shot, while whole villages of people were being taken out and slaughtered.
    Also putting Obama in this group is ridiculous. Unless you also put Putin in that group, and who ever calls the shots in Iran in that group ( see Syria) and Mao in that group. Mao, with his Great Leap Forward, put roughly 30-33 million Chinese in their graves. No foreign invader could possibly match that. Not even the Japanese at the Nanking massacre. Another words, I don’t engage with your bullshit posts because I think they are transparently bullshit.

  29. Nathanael says:

    Don’t forget the “austerity” deflationary policies which the German government immediately prior to Hitler implemented, making the Depression much worse. (Here in the US, we avoided fascism because FDR implemented Keynesian “money printing” policies.)

  30. Bill_Perdue says:

    Could you explain why you thinking that Ukrainian workers are incapable of acting in their own interests?

    It’ll happen much as revolutions everywhere have happened. If you’re unfamiliar with the subject you need to spend some serious time at a library or online doing a lot of research. Start with Marx and Engels and work you way up to Lenin and Trotsky.

  31. Bill_Perdue says:

    You finally admitted that in spite of the fact that they’re all mass murderers you’re not judging the mass murders committed by the Clintons, the Bushes, LBJ, Nixon or Obama as equal to those of Hitler because they’re on a smaller scale.

    Thank you for admitting that. It clarifies things.

  32. mirror says:

    Can you explain how you envision this process happening, in real life terms, in the Ukraine? What would/could bring about the type of organization, motivation, and effectiveness that would make a Ukrainian in the current reality (or the reality before Russia was dissed) decide they were better off holding out and fighting for what you want for them, rather than deciding they are better off casting their lot with the West instead of with Putin (whose, male life expectancies are just recently getting closer to that of 1986)?

    In practical terms. Not ideological terms. What would that look like, the road to get where you say they, the Ukrainians, should go?

  33. Badgerite says:

    Oh, there was a question? Ok. It would be like comparing the guy who committed a murder because he found his wife with another man to Jack the Ripper. Hitler being Jack the Ripper.

  34. GreenEagle says:

    I think that it is only fair to point out that this was the common perception at the time- It was believed far and wide that Hitler and the Nazis were through. And in fact, despite their resurgence, they peaked in 1930 and were on a pretty steep downhill path before they were brought back to life by the depression caused by American greed.

  35. Swami_Binkinanda says:

    Hitler’s regime gave medals to Henry Ford, whose anti-Semitic newspapers in Michigan and elsewhere coupled with his industrial success in automobiles and in paternalistic worker management (in the spirit of Pullman, the railcar company) were inspirational to Hitler, and of course to trans-Atlantic flier Charles Lindbergh.
    If we accept Butler’s story, America’s industrial and financial elites had a strong liking for Hitler and Mussolini political and social programs, sufficient to fund and organize a military veteran’s coup against FDR in the 1930s. John Loftus followed up with several books on the American supporters of what became the Axis powers, including GM, Ford, Standard Oil, Brown Bros. Harriman, et al.

  36. Bill_Perdue says:

    Working people in the Ukraine will suffer greatly both from domestic right wing capitalists and fascists, who run the government, and from looting by the IMF and assorted American and German banks.

    I don’t recognize any ‘we’ when discussing the rise of fascism in the Ukraine. I approach the question like most American workers and socialists and like our Russian sisters and brothers in the workers movement.

    Our approach, which is based on the needs of the Ukrainian workers and not the interests of American or German banks, empathizes the need to eliminate the fascist threat by disarming and jailing fascists and anti-Semites, renouncing loans from Putin, Merkel, Obama or the IMF and creating a government and an economy controlled by workers.

  37. Right, and my point is that, rather than simply write off the lives of 46m Ukrainians because some bad people are involved with their govt and their movement – a move that doesn’t strike me as terribly liberal, just giving up on the freedom of millions of people – maybe we should recognize that there’s a larger problem with the resurgence of fascism in that part of the world, and maybe walking away isn’t the answer.

  38. Sandbur says:

    He wrote “Mein Kampf” while he was in prison there. Rather he dictated it to Rudolph Hess who acted as his secretary as both we imprisoned.

  39. Bill_Perdue says:

    1. Putin is a capitalist, and a very rich one at that.

    2. The USSR was destroyed by former Stalinists like Putin on the 26th of December, 1991. Do try to keep up.

    Are you the person who said that “Democracy is once again leading to mob rule.” That’s a common theme on the right but it makes no sense at all because the US is not a democracy, it’s a plutocracy.

  40. Bill_Perdue says:

    You’re correct – a series of economic crises and imposed austerity has led to a rise in fascist movements across Europe. Here the Libertarians, the remnants of the Dixiecrats and the Tea Party type membership will be the political shock troops of a fascist movement when it gets started.

  41. Bill_Perdue says:

    What makes you shy away from answering the question?

  42. ktrimbach says:

    Spoken like a true Soviet/Putin puppet

  43. angryspittle says:

    Did Bill Kristol’s grandfather write that?

  44. silas1898 says:

    “It is believed he will retire to private life and return to Austria, the country of his birth.”
    Believing doesn’t make it true. Sounds like Bill Kristol.

  45. Was it that early? Interesting.

  46. And in France, and in Greece, and in Sweden, and in Hungary…

  47. Badgerite says:

    Uh Huh!

  48. Bill_Perdue says:

    Why not compare them, and add LBJ, Nixon, Obama and the Clintons, as well. All are mass murderers, all of them worked to bust unions and all of them attacked civil liberties.

    Is the scale of what they can currently get away with, or what they could get away with, a determining factor in deciding to compare them with Hitler or Stalin.

  49. Bill_Perdue says:

    And now his followers are playing a big role in the utterly corrupt Ukrainian Rada. Fascism is a perennial pestilence and will be until it’s treated like smallpox and other diseases and outlawed on a global scale.

  50. Badgerite says:

    I have no admiration for them, but I don’t think I would compare them to Hitler.

  51. Indigo says:

    Interesting. That was 90 years ago. I wonder how many years will pass before wondering readers will speculate over how it came to pass that early 21st century war criminals like Bush and Cheney were never prosecuted.

  52. S1AMER says:

    One of the great pleasures of a NY Times subscription is being able to roam through the archives all the way back to 1851.

  53. perljammer says:

    He wrote “Mein Kampf” during that little prison stint. Anyone who read that book would have trouble swallowing what the Times wrote.

  54. Ugh. It’s still doing it? There’s basically no way to dog this unless I see it, I’m sorry. It requires inspect the html using “inspect element” in your browser, and far more technical things. We are sadly at the mercy of these ad companies, and advertisers, who simply don’t care what kind of damage they do to our sites. It’s incredibly frustrating.

  55. HereinDC says:

    John, FYI, I’m actually trying to type a comment and the add is covering uyp my space sio I don’t know what I am typing for most of this sentence.

  56. HereinDC says:

    John. FYI, More than one add on this page has covered up the article or comments.

  57. Naja pallida says:

    Hitler was a common name in American papers, and not just big ones like the New York Times, as early as 1922, when they were talking about the growing movement inside Germany to reject the Treaty of Versailles, because the reparations and restrictions placed on their international banking was preventing any growth of the German economy. He was frequently compared directly to Mussolini. The attempted coup in 1923 was pretty big news, for anyone who paid attention to international reporting. So it’s not like he just stepped onto the world stage one day, surprising everyone. His extreme political views, and anti-semitic beliefs, were common knowledge well before he actually came to power.

  58. It is interesting that he was important enough that his release got mentioned. I found that surprising too. It bothers me how people just send these things around thinking they’re real – I actually thought it was a fake, that’s why I didn’t send it, and decided to google first.

  59. annetteboardman says:

    Yeah, not so much. Thanks for checking that. I need to be more proactive, too.
    I appreciate that you did the research. What this indicates to me is that he was a bit more important so early in his career. I mean, most of the world NEVER gets written up in the NY Times!

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