The Boys in the Boat

Fascist dictator who ruled Germany from the 1930s to 1945, and was responsible for leading his country into war with Europe, triggering the start of World War Two. Hitler’s murderous racist beliefs also resulted in the Holocaust, and the death of millions of Jews and other non-Aryan people. While Daniel James Brown offers relatively little information about Hitler’s personal life in The Boys in the Boat, Hitler is an important character in the book: a master of propaganda who recognized that the 1936 Olympic games, hosted in Germany, could be “spun” to make Germany seem like an enlightened, egalitarian society, instead of the nightmarish police state it was rapidly becoming.

Adolf Hitler Quotes in The Boys in the Boat

The The Boys in the Boat quotes below are all either spoken by Adolf Hitler or refer to Adolf Hitler. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Boys in the Boat published in 2014.
Chapter 1 Quotes

And Hitler, as he listened to Goebbels, and knowing full well what he had planned for Germany in the days, months, and years ahead, had slowly begun to recognize the value in presenting a more attractive face to the world than his brown-shirted storm troopers and his black-shirted security forces had displayed thus far. At the very least, an Olympic interlude would help buy him time—time to convince the world of his peaceful intentions, even as he began to rebuild Germany's military and industrial power for the titanic struggle to come.

Related Characters: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels
Page Number: 21
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Epilogue Quotes

When Hitler watched Joe and the boys fight their way back from the rear of the field to sweep ahead of Italy and Germany seventy-five years ago, he saw, but did not recognize, heralds of his doom. He could not have known that one day hundreds of thousands of boys just like them, boys who shared their essential natures—decent and unassuming, not privileged or favored by anything in particular, just loyal, committed, and perseverant—would return to Germany dressed in olive drab, hunting him down.

Related Characters: Adolf Hitler
Page Number: 368
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Adolf Hitler Character Timeline in The Boys in the Boat

The timeline below shows where the character Adolf Hitler appears in The Boys in the Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...him a radical. In the 1933, there was also a new leader in Germany, Adolf Hitler. Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party, was vocal about his desire... (full context)
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...sat in his office in Berlin. March had traveled to the Berlin countryside with Adolf Hitler to survey the old Deutsches Stadion, built for the 1916 Olympic Games. Germany was renovating... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...farming impossible and forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their farms. Also in late 1933, Hitler pulled Germany out of the League of Nations treaty, signifying Germany’s bid for power. German... (full context)
Chapter 6
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There was a young woman working in the German film industry, a close friend of Hitler, who would go on to “shape the destiny of the Nazi movement.” Her name was... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...her new film, Triumph of the Will. Joseph Goebbels continued to envy Riefenstahl’s friendship with Hitler, and Riefenstahl later claimed that he tried to sabotage her. Nevertheless, Triumph of the Will... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...that migrant workers were coming out to California and Seattle. Also in April, news of Hitler’s brutality reached American newspapers. And yet the vast majority of Americans ignored the dark news... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...of which were exclusively Jewish, and some of which allowed both men and women—but under Hitler, such clubs had been banned. In 1935, workers built a grandstand from which the most... (full context)
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...the event, although she never assembled the footage into a feature film. At the rally, Hitler announced three new laws: first, that the swastika would become the official flag of Germany;... (full context)
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...the Olympics. This was a victory for Olympic hopefuls in America, but also for Adolf Hitler, “who was rapidly learning just how ready the world was to be deceived.” While there... (full context)
Chapter 14
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On April 20, Hitler turned forty-seven. In the past month, he’d violated the Treaty of Versailles by occupying the... (full context)
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...black boxer, and one of the first black athletes to become acclaimed among white Americans. Hitler was overjoyed with Schmeling’s victory, since it seemed to confirmed his racist theories of Aryan... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...perfected,” so that journalists and statesmen would return to their own countries singing praises for Hitler’s country. Goebbels arranged for international journalists attempting to interview Berlin’s Jews about their lives to... (full context)
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...performed badly, and then spent afternoons exploring Berlin. When Germans greeted them by saying, “Heil, Hitler!”, they answered, “Heil, Roosevelt!” Then, Gordy Adam and Don Hume fell ill. Meanwhile, George Pocock... (full context)
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...unsafe. Reifenstahl refused to move until Goebbels allowed her to place her camera close to Hitler; the conflict only ended when Hermann Göring, the Marshal of the Reichstag (and Hitler’s second-in-command),... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Adolf Hitler made his way to the stadium. He arrived at the stadium at exactly 4 pm,... (full context)
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...the president of the German Olympic Committee read a long, boring speech, and then introduced Hitler, who promptly announced the games open. The orchestra swelled, and the Olympic flag was raised... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...as the hour of the race approached, German spectators shouted “Sieg Heil!”, signaling that Adolf Hitler had arrived. The afternoon began with the shorter events, working up to the eight-man, four-mile... (full context)
Epilogue
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After the 1936 Olympics, the Nazis resumed their persecution of the Jews; Hitler abandoned any efforts to seem tolerant and open-minded for the sake of the international Olympic... (full context)
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...talents on the water. As he looked out, it occurred to him that in 1936, Hitler had seen a prophecy of his own doom, even if he didn’t realize it: just... (full context)