Hitler exhausted his Italian host by spending four hours in the Uffizi. Mussolini, trailing behind, was heard to murmur in exasperation, "Tutti questi quadri... [All these pictures...]." Their guide, the anti-Nazi director of the German Art Institute, Dr. Friedrich Kriegsbaum, tried to keep the Führer moving along, fearing that Mussolini might give Hitler something he particularly admired, such as Cranach's famous Adam or Eve....and if you don't think this is funny, we don't have the same sense of humor.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Hitler and Mussolini in Florence, 1938
From Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa (Vintage pbk., 1995), p.42: