A document discovered in Britain more than 60 years after it had been produced claims that Adolf Hitler, the late fuehrer of Nazi Germany, had horrible table manners and chronic intestinal gas.
The UK's Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday that the document, currently up for auction in Britain, says the Nazi dictator would bite his nails and twist his moustache incessantly during mealtimes, but that he truly believed that he was the "greatest military genius of all time," as Josef Goebbels had written of him.
The document consists of an interview with a Nazi official held by a British agent, and is dated three days after the fuehrer's death. Its heading orders the document to be destroyed within 48 hours, but the British agent kept them in his home for over sixty years, where they were discovered before the house was sold.
The final days of Hitler's life are recorded in vast detail in the interview and his reported homosexual inclinations are mentioned, as well as his overt fondness for Rudolph Hess. He is also said to have fraternized with women in a manner characterized by "passive masochism".
The Nazi official interviewed said he believes Hitler was crazy, basing his opinion on at least 30 dinners the two shared. In his journal the official is said to have written, "Hitler eats rapidly, mechanically, for him food is merely an indispensable means of subsistence."
He adds that Hitler "abstractedly bites his fingernails, he runs his index finger back and forth under his nose, and his table manners are little short of shocking."
The document also states that Hitler "ate prodigious amounts of cake," responsible for his digestive disorder, and that "quite often he would retire into his privacy with some women whom he esteemed very much," but that "it is not believed that in these sessions with women Hitler's attitude intensified to any more than a platonic relationship."
Regarding reports of Hitler's latent homosexuality the Nazi official claims, "The rumors about his homosexuality and other abnormal obsessions were rumors and nothing more. If there was any such streak in him, it was a touch of passive masochism in his relationship with women."