Alexander Moritz Frey
Alexander Moritz Frey (1881–1957) was a German author known for his fantasy books. He was also known for his satirical columns in the press.
World War I
Frey, a pacifist, served as a medic in the same regiment as Adolf Hitler during WWI. According to Frey, in an essay called "The Unknown Private—Personal Memories of Hitler" that was not discovered until decades after his death, Hitler adopted his famous style of moustache after being ordered to have his original full one trimmed when it caused problems in getting his gas mask on.
Frey was featured in an exhibition in Berlin in 2011 dedicated to writers whose books were burned at an event organised by the German Student Union on 10 May 1933. Joseph Goebbels gave a speech at the event praising it as "a breakthrough in the German revolution."
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- Paterson, Tony (6 May 2007). "Hitler was ordered to trim his moustache". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Shapira, Avner (19 April 2012). "Unburning books in Berlin". Haaretz. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Smith, David Gordon (30 April 2007). "Eye-Witness Account of Hitler's WWI Years Found (part 2)". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- Ernsting, Stefan (2007). Der phantastische Rebell Alexander Moritz Frey oder Hitler schießt dramatisch in die Luft [The Fantastic Rebel Alexander Moritz Frey or Hitler shoots dramatically into the air]. Zürich: Atrium Verlag. ISBN 3-855-35120-1.