It matters because viewing the Nazi leaders on the human scale — as fathers, lovers and husbands — is what makes their activities more repellent than ever. The media ridicule became so widespread that Hitler decided to do something drastic to change public perceptions. Ernst Hanfstaenglone of the members of Hitler's inner circle in the early years in Munich, wrote that "I felt Hitler was a case of a man who was neither fish, flesh nor fowl, neither fully homosexual nor fully heterosexual Putnam's Sons. Cambridge,
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The respected German historian Lothar Machtan even claims in his book that Hitler ordered the deaths of several high-ranking Nazis to prevent the secret of his homosexuality from surfacing. The Third Reich at War. Life with Hitler.
Steel sums up the chapter in this closing flourish:.