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Nazi Leadership and English?

Post by jmh8300 » 29 Dec 2005 03:35

I'm curious about which members of the Nazi leadership spoke or understood English.

I think Speer was fluent, as evidenced by his post war TV interviews.
Ribbentrop although per-war ambassador to the UK was not I understand proficient.
Goering was intelligent but I do not know his fluency, and the same applies to Goebbles.
Hitler and Himmler I'm not at all sure about. I suspect they had no facility and little experience with the language.
I think Hess may have had some English - he had a long time to learn.

I'd be most grateful if some of the more knowledgeable members would fill in the gaps of my knowledge.

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Post by Helly Angel » 29 Dec 2005 06:32

Baldur von Schirach´s mother was american.

Walter Darre was argentinian I think.

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Post by Can Balcioglu » 29 Dec 2005 18:29

Correct me if I am wrong but did Hitler speak any other language then German?

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Post by jmh8300 » 30 Dec 2005 03:42

Thank you Helly and Pentanov for the information.

It doesn't surprise me that Goering was fluent and put it to his best possible advantage.

I had not heard of Ernst Wilhelm Bohle before now but a quick search of the forum and wikipedia reveals that he spend time in the UK and South Africa. I was going to say that it would have been strange to hear a Gruppenführer with a Yorkshire accent, but his family emigrated to RSA when he was only three. Presumabely he would have spoken English with a South African accent.

@Can: Good question.

Did Hitler pick up some French during WW1?

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Nazi Leadership and English

Post by jv » 30 Dec 2005 06:24

Wouldn't the world have been a better place if they had all spoken English?
(Aussie proverb)
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Post by Mehmet Fatih » 01 Jan 2006 12:30

jmh8300 wrote:I think Hess may have had some English - he had a long time to learn


Hess spoke fluent English according to the memoirs of Eugene Byrd, the commandant of Spandau Prison. Byrd also mentions that Baldur von Schirach was really proud to be able to speak English.

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Post by Can Balcioglu » 03 Jan 2006 14:42

Ofcourse Hess spoke English he escaped to England for heavens sake :D

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Post by Mehmet Fatih » 09 Jan 2006 16:09

Can Balcioglu wrote:Ofcourse Hess spoke English he escaped to England for heavens sake :D


In fact he did not escape to England. He flew there with fantasies of negotiating peace with the Brits.

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Post by Boby » 09 Jan 2006 16:12

Hitler spoke English, French and Italian (but, very poor)

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Post by Beppo Schmidt » 23 Feb 2006 01:59

It was said that Magda Goebbels was known for her proficiency with a number of languages, but I don't know specifically which ones they are. Ribbentrop, Goering, Speer, and Hess all spoke English.

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Post by Grubendagger » 23 Feb 2006 12:18

Boby wrote:Hitler spoke English, French and Italian (but, very poor)


Do you have a source? If Hitler did a lazy effort at heightening his skills at painting, so that his chances at the Art Academy would better, why should he then feel like learning French in France? Or Italian for that sake.

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Post by Phil Nix » 24 Feb 2006 11:45

Ernst Wilhelm Bohle spoke English being born in Bradford in Yorkshire
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