January 1934

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


A German journalist compared FDR to Adolf Hitler: “Two statesmen, who between them run a large part of the world, both are self made. Roosevelt made himself by conquering an infirmity of the body, Hitler by conquering the infirmity of the German people.” The quote is attributed to Ernst Hanfstaengl, chief of the foreign press section of the Nazi party, and a German-American from New England. He was introduced to Hitler by the U.S. military attache in Berlin in 1920. He became friends with Hitler and was a close adviser, but slowly lost favor and defected by 1937. He was a Harvard graduate who, after graduation, met a young FDR when he was a New York state senator. Later, as a prisoner of war, that connection allowed him to advise the U.S. during World War II.