"Interviews and autobiographical reflections", Norbert Elias, 1990

When Hitler made a speech in Franckfurt, I went along. That must have been at the end of 1932 or early 1933. A big speech by Hitler was announced, and I was burning with curiosity to see him in the flesh. But that was dangerous, because I was recognisable as a jew. On the other hand, with a suitable disguise my features could pass as aristocratic. If I took off my spectacles, wedged a monocle in my eye, put on a little hunter’s hat and diffrent clothes, I was a different person. And so, accompanied by two towering, very Aryan-looking students, I walked between the row of SS. It was fascinating…
I went to such meetings to orientate myself, to gain understanding and to see with my own eyes.