|Utter humility by Hitler as he bows before the WW1 legend Hindenburg: HITLER BECOMES CHANCELLOR OF GERMANY. 1933|
|The day Reichstag burned. It only tightened the grip of Hitler on Germany|
HOW THE NAZIS USED THE REICHSTAG FIRE
On February 27, Hitler was enjoying supper at the Goebbels home when the telephone rang with an emergency message: “The Reichstag is on fire!” Hitler and Goebbels rushed to the fire, where they encountered Hermann Goering, who would later become Hitler’s air minister. Goering was shouting at the top of his lungs,
This is the beginning of the Communist revolution! We must not wait a minute. We will show no mercy. Every Communist official must be shot, where he is found. Every Communist deputy must this very day be strung up.
The day after the fire, the Prussian government announced that it had found communist publications stating,
Government buildings, museums, mansions and essential plants were to be burned down... . Women and children were to be sent in front of terrorist groups.... The burning of the Reichstag was to be the signal for a bloody insurrection and civil war.... It has been ascertained that today was to have seen throughout Germany terrorist acts against individual persons, against private property, and against the life and limb of the peaceful population, and also the beginning of general civil war.
So how was Goering so certain that the fire had been set by communist terrorists? Arrested on the spot was a Dutch communist named Marinus van der Lubbe. Most historians now believe that van der Lubbe was actually duped by the Nazis into setting the fire and probably was even assisted by them, without his realizing it.
Why would Hitler and his associates turn a blind eye to an impending terrorist attack on their national congressional building or actually assist with such a horrific deed? Because they knew what government officials have known throughout history — that during extreme national emergencies, people are most scared and thus much more willing to surrender their liberties in return for “security.” And that’s exactly what happened during the Reichstag terrorist crisis.
|The Reichstag fire gave the Nazis a pretext to arrest German communists|
|Hitler at Day of Potsdam|
|The Night of Long Knives|
NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES
One of Adolf Hitler's most brutal and dramatic exterminations came half a decade before the sins of the Holocaust.The SA was Hitler's army of thugs but the head of the SA Ernst Roehm was threatening Hitler's rule.On June 29th 1934 Hitler ordered the SA leadership to appear for a meeting at the Hotel Hanselbauer. Without warning the SS burst in beginning 48 hours of bloodshed in which 1000 of the leading SA including Roehm were rounded up and slaughtered.This murderous deed became an ominous warning of what was to come. It is the single most significant episode in Hitler's rise to absolute power and the set the stage for World War and the Holocaust.
|A German poster proudly flaunts its expressways, the autobahn|
The best possible way to bring the German people back into work is to set German economic life once more in motion through great monumental works... This is not merely the hour in which we begin the building of the greatest network of roads in the world, this hour is at the same time a milestone on the road towards the building up of the community of the German people.
-- Adolf Hitler
|The Nazis burn all 'dangerous' and 'useless' books|
|Hitler at the 'decadent' art exhibition|
|Hitler's strength: Jugend. Hitler Youth|
|That is what Nazi Germany expected from German women: Give birth to healthy white Nordic children|
Hitler wanted more German babies to be born as quickly as possible. To fulfil the demand for more fighting men
|Hitler on the cover of TIME magazine|
|German troops enter Rhineland|
|Hitler enters Austria after the Anschluss|
|Hitler looking very reasonable at Munich. He fooled Chamberlain|
|The naked Nazi aggression seen. German soldiers removing the barrier to enter Poland. September 1, 1939|
The documentary Germany at War 1918-1941 details the events inside that country that led from the defeat in World War I to the rise of Hitler an the beginning of World War II. The film utilizes archival footage that has rarely been seen outside of Germany. The film touches on such historically important events as the Reichstag Fire, the occupation of Czechoslovakia, the surrender of Poland, and Hitler's collaboration with Mussolini.
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