Dr Edmund Forster

The Man Who Invented Hitler: The Making of the Führer

The Researches of Professor Rudolph Binion

 

Professor Rudolph Binion

Professor Rudolph Binion

The first historian to recognise the significance of Karl Kroner’s statement to the OSS in March 1943 was Rudolph Binion, Professor of History at Brandeis University outside Boston.

It was his 1973 article, in The History of Childhood Quarterly, which I came across while researching an article for International History Magazine, that first aroused my interest in Forster.

Professor Binion, who speaks fluent German, made a risky trip to Greifswald – then under communist control – without having been granted the necessary travel documents. During his stay he gained access to the University’s archives as well as managing to talk to several employees who had known Forster personally. He discovered a transcript of the 1933 investigation into Forster written in an archaic form of administrative short-hand. Fortunately two of the elderly University archivists were still able to read these documents – probably among the very few who could have made sense of them and provided him with a typescript copy in German.  But for this timely intervention, it seems almost certain that their precious contents would have gone unnoticed for ever.

Later he interviewed Professor Balduin Forster and Walter Mehring (both of whom are now deceased) so confirming details of the story.


Forster-Related publications by Rudolph Binion
 Hitler’s Concept of Lebensraum: The Psychological Basis,” in History of
 Childhood Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 1973), pp. 187-215, 249-58; 
”Foreword,” in Ernst Weiss, The Eyewitness, tr. by Ella R. W. McKee
(Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977), pp. v-viii.
 Hitler among the Germans (1976) New York: Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company.