1938 Time Man of the Year

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Written at the very peak of his political successes, this Time magazine article conferring on Adolf Hitler its coveted “Man of the Year Award” for 1938 offers a fascinating contemporary perspective of the Fuhrer prior to the outbreak of WW II.

While acknowledging that in less than six years he had accomplished a remarkable transformation of the German spirit – he is “applauded wildly and ecstatically by most Germans” – there are no false illusions about the dangers he posed – “Hitler became in 1938 the greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom – loving world faces.”