In the wake of the failed Weimar Republic, Adolf Hitler swept into the chancellorship of Germany and his Third Reich began to take shape. As a totalitarian movement, Hitler’s Germany made use of grand-scale propaganda to solidify its hold on the minds of its citizens.
Yet despite its infamous place in history, not many people have actually seen what Nazi Germany actually looked like—let alone in full color—until now…
1. The League of German Girls dance at the Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, 1938.
2. A Nazi Party rally, 1937.
3. Nazi and Italian flags hang together in Italy to welcome Hitler, 1938.
4. Hitler salutes the troops of the Condor Legion—who supported Spanish Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War—after they returned to Germany, 1939.
5. Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, 1938.
6. Nuremberg, 1938.
7. People cheer Hitler’s plan to unite Germany and Austria, 1938.
8. Crowds stand by the road for the Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, 1938.
9. Nazi officials on their way to the same ceremony.
10. Hitler at the swearing-in of SS standard bearers at the Reich Party Congress.
11. Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, 1938.
12. Reich Party Congress, 1937.
13. Reich Veteran’s Day, 1939.
14. Berlin lights up at midnight to celebrate Hitler’s 50th birthday, April 1939.
15. Hitler and Joseph Goebbels at the Charlottenberg Theatre, Berlin, 1939.
16. Midnight swearing-in ceremony for SS troops at Feldherrnhalle, Munich, 1938.
17. Hitler gives the keynote address at the Reichstag session, Kroll Opera House, Berlin, 1939.
18. As the Reich Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels speaks at the Lustgarten, Berlin, 1938.
19. Volkswagen Works ceremony, Wolfsberg, 1938.
20. Hitler speaks at the Lustgarten, 1938.
21. Reich Party Congress, Nuremberg, 1938.
Those photos are as fascinating as they are chilling. It’s crazy to see all of those images put into color… but also pretty scary, too.
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