Thomas Weber, in his "Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi," writes:
That's not true; the NYT reported it as rumors from Germany, not facts. And the rumors were discredited during the libel suit. But it gets even better.As the New York Times reported in December 1922,
“The wall beside his desk in Hitler’s private office is decorated with a large picture of Henry Ford.”
The newspaper also reported that the office’s antechamber was full of copies of the German translation of The International Jew.
and the source is "Hitler, Monologue, 255, monologue of February 2, 1942."Even during the Second World War, Hitler would still refer in his monologues at his military HQ to Henry Ford’s work on anti‐Semitism.
So Hitler was reading Ford's books on manufacturing (and he wrote several of them), not on anti‐Semitism.The great success of the Americans consists essentially in the fact that they produce quantitatively as much as we do with two-thirds less labor. We’ve always been hypnotized by the slogan: “the craftsmanship of the German worker.” ... That’s merely a bluff of which we ourselves are the victims.
American cars, for example, are made with the least possible use of human labor. ... In this respect, we are far behind the Americans. Moreover, they build far more lightly than we do. A car of ours that weighs eighteen hundred kilos would weigh only a thousand if made by the Americans.
I was reading Ford’s books that opened my eyes to these matters. ...
In America everything is machine-made, so that they can employ the most utter cretins in their factories. Their workers have no need of specialized training, and are therefore interchangeable.
Gerhard L. Weinberg. Hitler's Table Talk 1941-1944: Secret Conversations (p. 212)