Hyde, Hitler and why our first president fascinated press around the world
Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30
It had been a busy few days for Adolf Hitler, but Douglas Hyde had not slipped his mind.
It was Saturday, June 25, 1938 and, as Ireland's President-Elect prepared to leave the newly named Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin's Phoenix Park for his inauguration ceremony, the German Fuhrer was beginning a weekend of relaxation in the Berghof, his Alpine retreat, near Berchstegaden.
The previous week had seen Hitler juggle a number of competing demands on his time. His Nazi regime were currently in the process of finalising a decree forbidding Jewish doctors from treating Aryan patients and, days earlier, Hitler had personally ordered the destruction of Munich's Great Synagogue because it was situated next to the German Art Museum.