Time Essay: The Hitler Revival: Myth v.Truth

THE spring of 1973 has brought a worldwide revival of interest in a mustachioed, vegetarian nonsmoker. An artist and architect, he was a firm believer in astrology and, though a speed freak, surrounded himself with people who preferred cocaine and morphine. His appeal to youth was legendary: he could hold an auditorium spellbound for hours with a vocal solo. He died underground, committing suicide in protest against a social climate that he found oppressive.

All the same, Adolf Hitler's presence never vanishes. His career is still the fundamental trauma of the century, the wound...

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