[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
Goebbels' Personal Diary Notes of Meeting Gareth in February, 1933
In the summer of 2010, Dr Toby Thacker of Cardiff Uniiversity, an historian specialising in Goebbels came accross and kindly informed me of his discovery of Goebbels' cross-reference of meeting Gareth on the 24th February 1933.
According to Dr Thacker, Goebbels was often self-opinionated in his diary entries and rarely mentioned th opinions of others. So, Gareth must have made r\ther an impression upon Goebbels as they dined privately in a Frankfurt hotel after Gareth had earlier in the day flown with Goebbels & Hitler from Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and then attended a Nazi Rally in Frankfurt.
The translated text reads as follows:
“Long conversation with Lloyd George's Secretary. Is in Germany for study purposes. An intelligent young man. Tells me terrible things about Soviet Union .”
The precise text in German is as follows:
"Zum Flugplatz mit Magda im neuen Wagen. Ein fabelhaftes Stück. Ganz begeisternd. Magna erzhalt mir vom Abend bei Frau v. Dirksen. Auch Hitler war da und die « Kaiserin ».
Hinauf in die Wolken, In 2 Stunden nach Franfurt. Großer Empfang. Festhalle überfüllt. Ich spreche eine gute Reportage. Hitler spricht ganz groß. Das haut die ganze Provinz hin.
Im hotel Abschied von Hitler. Er ist sehr nett. Fleigt nach München.
Langes Parlaver mit dem Sekretar von Lloyd George. Ist zu Studienzwecken in Deutschland. Ein kluges Kopflein. Erzahlt schaurige Dinge von Sowjet-Rußland."
Citation from: Elke Fröhlich (Ed.) - Die Tagebücher von Joseph Goebbels, Teil I Register 1923–1941 [The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels,Volume 2/ Part III: Register, 1923-1941]:
"To the airport with Magda in new car. A fabulous item. Really inspiring. Magda tells me of the evening with Frau von Dirksen. Hitler was also there and the 'Kaiserin'.
Up in the clouds to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Big reception. The festival hall over-flowing. I deliver a good reportage Hitler speaks really well. That raises the whole province up.
In the hotel Hitler takes his leave. He is very nice. Flies to Munich. Long conversation with Lloyd George's Secretary. Is in Germany for study puposes. An intelligent young man. Tells me terrible things about Soviet Union."
To cross-reference Goebbels diary notes with Gareth's own of the same meeting, then please CLICK HERE
With many thanks to Dr Toby Thacker for this sharing this discovery.
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