Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Chilling Photos of Nazi Germany


Through the skillful and sustained application of propaganda, flamboyant pageantry, fiery rhetoric, parades and marching bands Hitler mesmerized the German people into believing the economic depression, hunger and poverty they were suffering after World War I were glorious and the prelude to paradise on earth.
Looking back at photos of the Third Reich, it’s difficult to comprehend being indoctrinated by Nazi Party propaganda, not to mention complicit in the crimes against humanity committed during their regime.
While we may forget the brutal, regimented  nature of their propaganda machinery, these chilling images, taken by Hitler’s personal photographer and re-rendered in colour, bring the harrowing reality of Nazi Germany back to life.

Nazi rally, 1937.
Nazi and Italian flags draped from balconies to welcome Adolf Hitler during state visit to Italy, 1938.
Adolf Hitler salutes troops of the Condor Legion who fought alongside Spanish Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, during a rally upon their return to Germany, 1939.
Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, near Wolfsburg, 1938.
Nuremberg, Germany, 1938.
Crowds cheering Adolf Hitler's campaign to unite Austria and Germany, 1938.
Scene along roadway to the Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, Germany, 1938.
Nazi officials on their way to Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, 1938.
Adolf Hitler at the swearing-in of SS standard bearers at the Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg.
Reich Party Congress, Nuremburg, Germany, 1938.
1937 Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, Germany.
Reich Veterans Day, 1939.
Berlin illuminated at midnight in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday, April 1939.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels (in box) at Charlottenburg Theatre, Berlin, 1939.
Adolf Hitler makes keynote address at Reichstag session, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, 1939.
Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels speaking at the Lustgarten in Berlin, 1938.
Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, near Wolfsburg, 1938.
Adolf Hitler speaking at the Lustgarten, Berlin, 1938.

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