If you’ve ever watched any shows about Hitler, you’re aware of a voice that is very different from his regular speaking voice.
Adolf Hitler knew the power of oration. In his book Mein Kempf, he even said: “I know that men are won over less by the written than by the spoken word, that every great movement on this earth owes its growth to great orators and not to great writers.”
In more than 5,000 speeches, Hitler spoke in an altered and very much rehearsed voice that always approached yelling. People, even historians, describe his voice in speeches as “mesmerizing,” “powerful” even “moving.”
You can nearly see his gestures in the voice he put on for show, but what about his regular voice?
It turns out that hardly anyone outside of Hitler’s close circles even knew what his normal voice sounded like.
Lucky for us, in 1942 a Finnish sound engineer secretly recorded a conversation between Finland’s defense leader Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and Hitler. Now, you can hear what the Nazi leader really sounded like.
This audio clip has only recently emerged, and you are lucky enough to hear history-in-the-making!