56 See Krebs, Tendenzen und Gestalten der NSDAP, who notes that among the Hamburg party adherents many voted for Goebbels as the better speaker, 'which was frequently equivalent to preferring him as the more suitable party leader'. On the other hand Hitler, evidently referring to this rivalry, expressed the following opinion: 'I am conscious that I have no equal in the art of swaying the masses, not even Goebbels. Everything that can be learnt with the intelligence, everything that can be achieved by the aid of clever ideas, Goebbels can do, but real leadership of the masses cannot be learnt' (Rauschning, Voice of Destruction); see also Picker, 'tischgesprache', entry for 18th January 1942. In his study Hitlers Weg, Theodor Heuss had remarked similarly in 1932 that Goebbels had 'the liveliest talent for coining felicitous aphorisms and slogans', and in this 'he is more than a match for the long-winded Hitler'.
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