Note 008
by Joachim C. Fest

August Kubizek, The Young Hitler I Knew (British title: Young Hitler. The Story of Our Friendship), on Hitler's relationship to Richard Wagner. Parts of Kubizek's books have not stood up to serious original research such as Jetzinger's. Apart from purely technical discrepancies, one can discern in its psychological emphasis the author's continuous attempt to reassess along demonic lines the former friend for whom he still had a naive, unreasoning devotion, and to project his later image of Hitler into his description of Hitler's early years. Nevertheless Kubizek provides important insights into this very significant phase of Hitler's development. I have incorporated them in so far as they are substantiated elsewhere or fit into the picture supplied by other descriptions or research. Kubizek is sometimes involuntarily sincere, out of the simplicity of his own character.

From Chapter 1 ,The Incubation Period , Part 1 of The Face Of The Third Reich by J.C. Fest
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