• Hitler, who founded the Third Reich, who ruled it ruthlessly and often with uncommon shrewdness, who led it to such dizzy heights and such a sorry end, was a person of undoubted, if evil genius. It is true that in the German people, as a mysterious Providence and centuries of experience had molded them up to that time, he found a natural instrument which he was able to shape to his own sinister ends.

    William L. Shirer, Ron Rosenbaum (2011). “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany”, p.5, Simon and Schuster