Friday, February 1, 2013

The Bodies Behind The Third Reich

Adolf Hitler is undisputedly the most historically influential and best known dictator of the 20th century. No other person has been the subject of as many books, discussions and films. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989, records in the Russian archives have been made available to historians for the first time since the end of the war. These records shed light on the character and hobbies of this highly talented and unusual individual. Unbeknownst to many, Hitler was a muscular and athletic man of immense proportions. Indeed, he was a man who cared just as much about his physical body as his political vision. Adolf is often regarded as a hypocrite; a small and physically weak man who preached the greatness of Aryan superhumans. These new documents prove that he was, on the contrary, a fiercely dedicated man who practised what he preached. This short documentary attempts to delve into the world of physical splendour that is Adolf Hitler, affectionately known to his friends as "The Fuehrer".
Adolf Hitler in the Alps in the early days, shortly after his release from Landsberg prison.
The Early Years
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria in 1889. After a short and miserable career as an unemployed painter in Vienna, Hitler entered the Bavarian political scene with a storm. Following a failed coup in 1923 ("The Beerhall Putsch"), he was sentencted to five years of imprisonment in the Landsberg penal facility. He enjoyed considerable privileges during this period of incarceration due immense political popularity. Unsurprisingly, it was in Landsberg that he first discovered the joy of body building. With so much time on his hands, he started taking great interest in the development of his musculature. This interest eventually led to regular workouts in the prison gym, where Hitler spent up to six hours a day while serving out his sentence.
During this time, Hitler also wrote his famous book Mein Kampf or "My Battle". Hermann Goering, Hitler's loyal friend and assisstant, writes the following in his memoirs:
"Adolf liked to dictate for his masterpiece, Mein Kampf, while bench pressing. He would lift up to 400 lbs. while simultaneously discussing Aryan Theory and the Subjugation of the Slavs. It was really amazing. Adolf is the only man I know who has the strength of character to do something as demanding as that."
Hitler did not limit his literary endeavours to Aryan Theory. He also wrote a staggeringly comprehensive guide to pectoral muscle development, which he called Meine Muskeln or "My Muscles". This guide enjoyed a brief period of intense popularity in Germany. Hitler used the profits from the sale of this bestselling book to finance the Nazi Party's publication, the Volkische Beobachter.
Adolf Acclaimed For Physical Beauty
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