“Little Maniac, What Now?”

“Little Maniac, What Now?” (1942)
by unknown
9 x 10 in., ink on paper
Coppola Collection

Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill never met, and who knows how it might have changed the course of history in the 20th century if the Nazi had made a different decision in the spring of 1932…

Churchill had come to Munich to conduct research for a new book, and while he was there, he wanted to use the opportunity to meet the notorious Hitler, whose supporters were in the process of destroying the Weimar Republic.

Churchill’s son and Hitler’s foreign press agent arranged for the two men to meet over dinner. The evening progressed without Hitler. After the dessert, Hitler’s agent saw Hitler standing in the lobby. The Nazi had coincidentally met with a benefactor there. He said: “Mr. Hitler, you should come. It’s truly important.” But the party leader remained obstinate, and said: “You know perfectly well that I have a lot to do at the moment and that we plan to get an early start tomorrow. So — good night.”

Hitler berated his rival as a “lunatic,” “paralytic” and “world arsonist.” Churchill shot back, calling Hitler a “wicked man,” the “monstrous product of former wrongs and shame” and said “Europe will not yield itself to Hitler’s gospel of hatred.”

In 1942, the prime minister told the cabinet that he would have Hitler put to death if he were captured — without a trial and in the electric chair, like a “gangster.”

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