Hitler's place in history is under threat after he was described as 'a bit shouty' in a recent BBC broadcast.
George Galloway made the comment on Radio 4's Today programme in a discussion about the oratorical skills of past and present world leaders. 'He's a bit shouty,' Mr Galloway said when it was suggested that Hitler was a great orator.
But secretary of the Adolf Hitler Fan Club, David Irving, said that he found Hitler to be 'a mellifluous speaker whose dulcet tones were far superior to the growlings of Churchill. And I say that as an unbiased historian of the Second World War.’
And Hitler supporter Nick Griffin pointed out that Hitler should be judged on other criteria 'such as the invasion of the Sudetenland and single-handedly starting the Second World War. You can't achieve great things if you're not prepared to raise your voice now and again,' Mr Griffin said. The BNP leader successfully utilised Hitler's speaking techniques when he appeared last year on BBC TV's Any Questions.
Hitler historian Dr Hugh Taylor suggested that Hitler's sometimes high-pitched voice could have been the consequence of 'the Fuhrer's troubles down below when he got a bit overexcited.'
But Mr Irving - a well-known denier that Hitler was genitally challenged - dismissed the theory. Accompanied by his wife Eva von Irving on the balcony of his London flat just a short-range rocket distance from Golders Green, he described Dr Taylor's suggestion as ‘if not total, certainly partly balls.’