GERMANY: Mess's Successor

Adolf Hitler appointed a successor to Rudolf Hess as second in the Nazi line of succession, following porcine Hermann Goring. The world had heard little of the appointee, Martin Bormann, but he was soundly qualified for the job.

Short, crop-haired, 42-year-old Martin Bormann was a schoolboy bully in Halberstadt near the Harz Mountains. After World War I he studied agriculture in Mecklenburg, where he joined a murderous anti-Republican gang whose pastime was beating workmen as they left their beer halls. This connection led him into the German Workers Party, predecessor of the...

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