Hitler’s psychological instability is a definite counterpart of the political instability of Germany, Dr. Richard H. Paynter, professor of psychology at Long Island University, declared yesterday in an address before Summer semester students.
Dr. Paynter said he did not regard the close parallel between Hitler’s personality and the German situation as an accident.
“On the contrary, Hitler never would have been received by the masses if he had not reflected in large measure their own bewilderment as to a solution of their tragic problem,” the professor declared.
Germany herself is in the same abnormal condition, he continued. Her foreign policies, her dissatisfaction with either a definitely left or right position, her indiscriminate attack upon religion and educationâ€”all these are signs that she does not understand her own place in the present historical scene. Hitler’s policies simply manifest this hopeless situation.