Adolf Hitler left his headquarters in Russia last week to make a Memorial Day speech in Berlin. Rarely since he became Führerperhaps never before in his lifehad he shown so few Nazi and so many thoroughly German characteristics.
He showed respect for the enemy.
"Only today do we realize the full extent of the preparations of our enemies. . . . The German Army has attacked and annihilated again and again the ever renewed Russian forces, only to meet further fresh masses of men. . . ." (Later Hitler said the "annihilation" would be completed this summer.)
He minimized past successes in view of...