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I found little mistake in this wiki article[edit]

Hello, my nick name is Blackknight and I am a Czech wiki writer. I am writing a Czech article about Ernst Hanfstaengl and I am using the en wiki article as a source (one of several). My second source for my article is the book (in Czech translation) that was used as a source in the en article too (Peter Conradi Carroll & Graf. Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl, Confidante of Hitler, Ally of FDR, 2004 ISBN 0-7867-1283-X).

found mistake[edit]

In the en article it is written that Ernst Hanfstaengl was born February 2, 1887, while the date is February 11, 1887 in the book.

I know that it is a small mistake but an encyclopedia, like the Wikipedia, has to be accurate, right? Therefore I would like to know who is in the right. I won't edit the en article and I would like some wiki writers to send me (email:; or to my discussion page) an answer to my question.

I would like to apologize for my English and I hope that you can understand my contribution to this discussion, although my English isn't the best.

Have a nice day.

My page on Wikipedia:

Note: My Czech article about Ernst Hanfstaengl isn't in cz Wikipedia yet. I will publish the paper after I have finished it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 22 August 2007‎

The Tie[edit]

That is the worse tie I have ever seen V. Joe (talk) 17:35, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

In the 1930s, it was the style to have a short tie. Lestrade (talk) 03:31, 4 February 2009 (UTC)Lestrade
I don't care. That tie is quite simply unacceptable. This is supposed to be a first-class operation, not a clown show. Herostratus (talk) 02:13, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Lead section[edit]

"Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstaengl worked for both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler."
I believe this lead section is somewhat ambiguous and insufficient. Is he just simple man who polished Roosevelt and Hitlers shoes or what...? (or is this vandalism?)

It's not vandalism, but it could and should be improved. Something along the lines of "American-educated German businessman who was an intimate of Adolph Hitler before World War II" more or less describes what he is known for and is notable for. "Harvard-educated German who was an intimate of Adolph Hitler before falling out of favor and defecting" also might work, something like that. Herostratus (talk) 02:26, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
It would be even more improved with a correct spelling of "Adolf Hitler".

Winston Churchill[edit]

Winston Churchill in what he terms a "personal digression" in Chapter 5 of "The Gathering Storm" speaks of meeting Hanfstaengl at the Regina Hotel in Munich in 1932. Interestingly he relates a story where Hanfstaengl offers to setup a meeting between Hitler and Churchill which never occurred plausibly because of a pointed question Churchill asked Hanfstaengl about Hitler's attitudes toward the Jews.


How is "Hanfstaengl" pronounced? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:33, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Pronounce it like "Hunfshtangle". By the way, his family name means "hemp stem" in German, and his nickname "Putzi" is even more funny, because you would rather associate a cute little chubby kindergarden boy with this nickname, not some Nazi-leader. --El bes (talk) 09:26, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

...and that's where his name is coming from. He was called "Putzi" when he was a child. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AnnieBodyElse (talkcontribs) 23:35, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Rename article "Putzi Hanfstaengl"?[edit]

I've basically never heard him referred to as other than "Putzi Hanfstaengl". I'd suggest that the article should me moved to Putzi Hanfstaengl. Herostratus (talk) 02:22, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

More on Helene[edit]

We need more info on his wife Helene, for now it has been barely mentioned.Farmanesh (talk) 21:02, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

other article about same person[edit]

Why is there another article in Wikipedia under that is almost the same as this one but starts out: Pat James Gundlah (February 2, 1887 – November 6, 1975), was a Harvard-educated German businessman — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:43, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

The article is a little unclear as to which version of Hanfstaengler's escape is correct. It reads mostly like Speer's version is not correct. If so I think this should be made clearer. If the truth is actually unknown this was not made clear — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:13, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

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