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    Paul Schmidt(Author) Roger Moorhouse(Foreword)
As an interpreter in the German Foreign Ministry, Paul-Otto Schmidt (1899–1970) was in attendance at some of the most decisive moments of twentieth-century history. Fluent in both English and French, he served as Hitler’s translator during negotiations with Chamberlain, the British declaration of war and the surrender of France, as well as translating the Führer’s infamous speeches for radio.

Having gained favour with the Nazi Party – donning first the uniform of the SS then that of the Luftwaffe – Paul Schmidt was given ‘absolute authority’ in everything to do with foreign languages. He later presided over the interrogation of Canadian soldiers captured after the 1942 Dieppe Raid.

Arrested in May 1945, Schmidt was freed by the Americans in 1948. In 1946 he testified at the Nuremberg Trials, where conversations with him were noted down by the psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn and later published. After the war he taught at the Sprachen und Dolmetscher Institut in Munich.

Hitler’s Interpreter presents a highly atmospheric account of the bizarre life led behind the scenes at the highest level of the Third Reich.

Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Berlin at War, Killing Hitler and The Devil’s Pact. He has contributed to He Was My Chief, I Was Hitler’s Chauffeur, With Hitler to the End and Hitler’s Last Witness.

Paul Schmidt (1899-1970) was an interpreter in the German foreign ministry, in 1923 45. Roger Moorhouse is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of "Berlin at War," " Hitler Triumphant," "Killing Hitler," and "The Devils' Alliance.""

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  • By Ray Macdonald on 15 September 2016

    What drama this man must have seen. No wonder so many historians draw on his memoirs for first-hand accounts of so many events. Pity he didn't see much of Stalin - what a tale that would have been/ Again I'm struck by how firm a character Neville Chamberlain was in his dealings with Hitler and far removed form the weak, brolly-waving man of popular legend. No one in the UK wanted war and when it came who better to blame than Chamberlain, a man whose personality made him easy to dislike.

  • By Lochinvar on 27 October 2008

    A fascinating and credible account of Hitler's meetings with heads of state. The only man in the room with Hitler and Neville Chamberlain. Gives an idea of how the Nazi leaders thought and felt and of Hitler's true beliefs and intentions when he dealt with foreign leaders. Tells how, after the fall of France, Hitler pondered leaving the British Empire alone, since he considered it to be a force for stability in the world. It's a pity that American leaders did not share this opinion after the fall of Germany.

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