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    Could Hitler Speak English?

    Could Adolf Hitler speak english or norsk? Is this something he would hide from the public? Do you think he knew magyar?

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    Only German. Considering his social class & the era that he was raised this wouldn't be unusual.

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    I believe he spoke only German, and to be honest I don't think he'd have been particularly bothered about learning a second language. In some ways, him putting hard work into learning a foreign language might in some way have been seen as contradictory to his cause.

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    His knowledge of only one language would can be explained in several straight-forward terms:

    - His social background (lower middle class?) would not have called for a knowledge of another language, that was up to the higher classes, even then oft only to the noble families and the diplomats. I understand that some of the leading group of NS, who were of upper middle class background, such as Rudolf Heß would have spoken English.

    - There was no "single world language" back then, and Germany's power and importance meant that German was one of the languages at the forefront. You got by in world politics by knowing either German, French, English or Russian. Italian and Spanish previously too, but they were already on the decline in that period. Much like the Englishman in this day and age gets by with just using his mother tongue, there would have been no call for Hitler to learn another - his own was prevalent enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by MetallicPain View Post
    In some ways, him putting hard work into learning a foreign language might in some way have been seen as contradictory to his cause.
    Why would it have been seen as contradictory? The Nationalist seeks to uphold his own kind rather than demean the other. For the most part, Hitler was no different. I am certain he had an ardent interest in numerous cultures, antique and modern and the implications their existence and contributions meant.

    If his family'd had come from a higher social standing and/or he'd had the time, I am sure he would have learnt another language. Since leading a country, especially in times of strife and/or war, usually means business and busy-ness - if this realisation only came to him when he was in power, then he clearly wouldn't have had the time.

    Before that, he would not have needed it --- and after coming to power he'd a) not have needed it and b) not had the time for it.

    or norsk? [...] magyar?
    Why would he? These languages were hardly important languages of the day, so there would be no call to learn them. Especially Norwegian, since it was neither a major player in the world, nor that proximate either...

    Hungarian was never important to know for the Austrian. Not even in the dual Monarchy.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I figured europeans knew a fair deal about their neighbors. I'm not surprised, I don't know spanish or french and I live in america. Hell I can't even understand negroids when they are talking together in a group.

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    I´ve heard that Hermann Göring was fluent in English language. He was able to communicate with English politicians and, later (when he was jailed in Nuremberg right before the famous tribunal started), allied overseers very well and was even capable to convince one of the US-soldiers to smuggle things into his cell - including a pill for his suicide.

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    Göring was fluent in English and even in Swedish

    Yes Göring was fluent in English and even in Swedish, but he unlike Hitler belonged to upper class: his father was governor of Namibia, where it was a German colony.

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    According to "Hitler's Table Talks" by Henry Picker, Hitler at least spoke French well enough to communicate with POWs and the local people in Flanders and France during WW1.
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    I would think since Europe is so close its neighbors that he probably knew a few languages, just he didn't know them fluently. Maybe I am just thinking about Europe now, but I really do believe that Hitler knew some other language.

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    English and French

    As I read in "Hitlers Tischgespräche" by Henry Picker, Hitler understood English and French quite well.

    In the type of High School he attended (Realschule) he learned French.

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