Still wearing (contrary to Berlin reports) the special soldier suit he had sworn on Sept. 1 to clothe himself in "until victory or death," Adolf Hitler rose one night last week before his rubber-stamp Reichstag. He had just returned from a one-day tour of his latest prize of war, the ruined city of Warsaw (see p. 45). He was now about to launch his well-heralded peace offensive.

But Herr Hitler did not begin by talking peace. In fact for almost an hour of his 80-minute address—a loosely knit discussion with few of the...

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