The Press: Report from Madrid

In the days when it was proper for U.S. newsmen to be on good terms with Adolf Hitler, William Randolph Hearst's high-strung, highly paid and highly touted Karl H. von Wiegand led the pack. Publicity handouts called him the "personal acquaintance of Chancellor Adolf Hitler for more than 17 years [who] has had more interviews and discussions with the German Chancellor than any other American. . . ." When Hitler swept across France in 1940, Von Wiegand, with his thick spectacles and his gold-handled walking stick, was flown by the Germans to Paris.


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