History and a Historian

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     The Second World War began to wreck havoc on Germany from 1940 on.  In the 1930s, however, every nation in the world was gripped by the Great Depression, and Germany was Nazi in the 1930s and it was led by Adolf Hitler.  He was smart, tricky and stuck to internal affairs for much of the time up to around 1937.  Some say he was guided by powers of Lucifer.  The churning wheels of democracy did not turn after he took office. Gone were the economic boom that had hit most countries from just a decade before.  Roaring gay twenties, the jazz age, a domestic boom was over, even for the third largest city in the world then, Berlin; note the headgear the women wore—an international style of the 20s, courtesy of glamourdaze.
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 Twin dictators: Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. 

 

     Not many know of Hitler’s method’s of attaining wealth.  One part during the height of der Fuehrer’s career was the secret of his licensing of his portrait as a business venture.  What that means is that everything, from the propaganda front to entertainment, and every time his likeness was conveyed, from a postage stamp to a gigantic poster, wherever his image appeared, the German State was issued a fee payable to him.  That enabled him to own, by the mid-thirties, one of the most beautiful mountain chalets in the Berchtesgaden valley of Germany, up in the Bavarian Alps.  Another financial venture for him was that every newlywed couple were given a copy of his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) which the government paid for, and which royalty sales went to der Fuehrer.  For him and his State, there were other attractive financial additives, whatever was confiscated from German Jews, turned into an accumulated wealth for the Third Reich.   That expanded considerably into unbelievable riches when Nazi Germany started conquering peoples of other nations, at first called lebenstraum, in English, they needed breathing space.  By that idea repeated in the 1930s, it was the poor Depression-era Germans who were the “unequal, deprived Germans” and they only needed a way to expand.  His propaganda office, led by Goebbels, was clever and it used all media technology at their disposal to propagate that idea. With the Second Antichrist as leader, as Nostradamus called him, Hitler at first seemed unstoppable. 

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When an economic depression hits, it disables many things a country normally does.  Nazi Germany was nationalistic and independent, and that included the oil factor because for the most part, it had no need for extra oil as it had not yet begun to expand worldwide and it had enough oil.

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A Glimpse Into The Past

     Individuals who live in a Fascist State (and Communist State) mean little.  The citizens have little or no rights. The nation state is the highest form of society, and one must not battle against the state.   Such was the way of life in those dictator-controlled worlds.  Economically, with the magnified rights of the state, the government communicates about prosperity and strength. 
     Unlike the community-controlled classless society of Communism, Fascism permits a class different society. (Both believe in a class struggle, but the commies want to rid it altogether.) Historians call the 1936 Olympics a most political sporting event, or as one writer put it, “an epic clash between proponents of barbarism and those of civilization.” Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany, was used by Hitler as a model of both Aryan efficiency and Aryan power. Not just a model of Fascism in the general sense, but to show the world how life for people inside Germany progressed and how strong they were.  Nazi leaders also cleaned up their act so that when the world came to see the summer Olympics–less people were thrown into jail and concentration camps,–it looked like it was not so anti-semitist or anti-internationalist–at that time, they wanted to show how social security, economics, industry, labor were getting along “nicely”.  This was a facade, but the leaders of Germany were no dummies.  An excellent study of the 1936 Olympics is found here, narrated by the astute Indy Newdell in a 20 minute educational video, courtesy of TimeGhost History.

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     On August 22, 1936, the world went to Berlin to participate in the Summer Olympics.  The city of Berlin, Germany welcomed the world and the 49 participating nations–albeit it was a Nazi Germany of the Third Reich.  Despite a Great Depression, the Third Reich promised to showcase a rebuilt Germany.  In 1936, Hitler was not annexing lands all over Europe and the world, for the most part because, this was a time when Hitler concentrated on internal affairs.  Change had taken place in Germany, especially compared to the mid-1920s when Germany had angled towards “skid row”, or, in 1931-1932 and the height of the economic Depression. Dissidents, trouble-makers, dirty streets, were “picked up”. 
The facade was the job of the Reich Ministry for Propaganda and the police. The
opening ceremonies of the Olympics, narrated by Jesse Owens; it was full of pageantry to symbolize a new Germany, but it had its hidden facades. May we suggest using your headphones when listening to the videos. In one event, Hitler met a Gold medalist from the 1896 Olympics and offered him an olive branch from Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, as a symbol of peace. Five years later, Greece fell to German invasion and peace meant nothing.  (upper right) Silver medalist from the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, Hideko Maehata was the first Japanese woman to earn a gold medal in an Olympics, defeating reigning German national champion Martha Genenger in a dead heat in the 200 m breaststroke. (educational videos courtesy of Beny Lope and elcrystal).

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     Hitler greeting Spyridon Louis, Greek Gold medalist marathoneer from the 1896 Olympics. These Olympics were covered by more newsmedia than ever before. It may not be nice to also say but, it drew record crowds as well as athletic records before it was all over.

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     America’s fastest sprinter in the pre-war era, Jesse Owens (794, courtesy of NBC Sports) won the final of the 100 meters in 10.3 seconds in Berlin.  Basketball was first an official event at the Summer Olympics of 1936.  In soccer, or as the world calls it football, Italy 2.  Austria 1 in the Gold medal championship

Gold medalist from New Zealand.

John Lovelock after his 1500 meters.

Gold medalist in the modern pentathlon Gotthard Handrick (center). Charles Leonard-USA (2nd place). Sivano Abba-Italy (3rd place). Pentathlon included swimming, shooting, steeplechase, running and fencing.  Men’s artistic gymnastics. Alois Hudec, Czechoslovak gold medalist in rings.  Leni Riefenstahl, acclaimed pioneer of film and photographic techniques, used an 85-sec clip of his performance in her documentary Olympia. But, within 2 years after the Olympics, Czechoslovakia was gobbled-up in a series of conquering moves by Hitler, courtesy of Andrew Widmer and 何旭龙. 

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Gold. Six foot 3 John Woodruff, grandson of former Virginia slaves, hits the tape at 1:52.9 and before the Olympics was over, the U.S. had won Olympic gold, after a 24 year absence in the 800 meters. The closing ceremony along with the opening, courtesy of Bernd.

     Hitler reaffirmed the old idea of a Germanic empire ruled by an Aryan elite.  Dictatorial powers were first felt in Germany. The books written by author Valentine are not just a set of books with a splatter of dates.

Each book is a growing account of World War II and the American people, on a journey across continents and blue oceans. Into Cassino, Tunisian wastelands, the cockatoo jungles of Guadalcanal and the Philippines. Into the capitals like London, Rome, Paris. The mysterious shores of countless islands, from Ascension to Hawaii, from long names like the Marianas and Berchtesgaden (Berghof) to short names like Hitler's Bunker, or Accra, 9,000 miles away from Guadalcanal.

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     Before Adolf Hitler assumed power, politicians were sure they could bend him to their will.  Despite back door deals, back stabbing, political lies, dirty tricks, he beat them all. Above, Hitler at his holiday home, walking high in the small Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. It led to the Berghof, (15 mins) a gigantic estate with beautiful furniture, cinemas, pools and libraries plus an elevator took a guest to the Eagle’s Nest. (two photos)

     Each volume shows the actual divisions who participated in each theater of operation. Plus all navies and air forces. (Uppermost right) 3rd Infantry Div GIs on a tank in Berchtesgaden.   Inside the book you will learn much that will captivate your imagination.  The Second World War was not conducted each year the same, as people on every continent fought to survive and defeat the Axis; the individual was capable, more often than not, of pushing things to their limit–in failure or in victory. Their remembrances are many and varied, such as this intriguing return to the Eagle's Nest, courtesy of zeljavalybi.

     Inside each book you will learn of desolation, agony, bravery, joys and dreams.

     SS units set the Berghof on fire. The first U.S. units to reach Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg were 3rd Infantry Div troops the afternoon of May 4, 1945, just before the 101st.   It was still smoldering when the first GI's arrived amidst light snow.  Before 1941, however, world events did not really concern the average American. People under the governmental dominion of the Triple Axis–so called because of the alliance of these three evil regimes of that era–Nazi Germany, Italy and Imperial Japan–were always living nights of terror, persecution and the watchful eyes of the secret police.  They controlled people who lived the so-called one world order.

     When Hitler rose to power in the 1930s many people believed he was fulfilling ancient prophecies of an Antichrist. German military and the SS swore loyalty to Hitler. They reinforced the old idea of a Germanic empire ruled by an aryan elite who would cleanse the Earth of the immoral and undesirables. Many people banked all their assets on Nazi philosophy, occult power, political rule, economic takeover. Dictatorial powers first in Germany, then Europe, then the world.

     A closer examination reminds one, despite being socialist, Nazis believed art, science, culture and world history were determined by a new Christian movement that would supersede all the other religions.

     People under the Triple Axis lived constant nights of terror, however.  They had to be crushed.

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Before Adolf Hitler assumed power,