Adolf Hitler was nominated Germany’s Chancellor on January 30th 1933. Not long thereafter, Hitler, together with his NAZI party took total control of Germany.
Germany will hold an Adolf Hitler remembrance exhibition in Berlin on Jan 30 2013. Photo Credit: Photo News
Today’s Chancellor for Germany, Angela Merkel, will be in Berlin on January 30th to initiate an exhibition devoted to Hitler’s first days as a Nazi dictator.
The exhibition will be held at the Berlin museum of ‘Topographie des Terrors’ – Topography of Terror – which now stands at the spot that once was the headquarters to the SS and the Gestapo.
The exhibition displays the end of the democratic Weimar Republic, the unstable follow up to the German Empire.
Photos and documents show how quickly Hitler dismantled the Weimar Republic within a few months after taking leadership of Germany.
A life-size photo displays how the SA, the Nazi’s assault division, forces opponents of Hitler to stand up against a wall on March 6 1933 which arms raised high.
A telegram written by then French Ambassador states that Hitler managed to accomplish in just a few short months what had taken the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini five years.
The exhibition also addresses 36 civilians who were spied on by the Hitler regime only two weeks after Hitler came to power in Germany.
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was nominated Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. The Nazi party was at that moment the largest political party in Germany, which was bending under the pressure of left and right winged extremists, the aftermath of World War I and the onset of the ‘Great Depression’.
Hindenburg had first refused to name Hitler as Chancellor of Germany but relented despite he despised the ex-corporal of Austria.
Hitler, who had tried a coup attempt before but failed, took his chance once again. This time, he succeeded and new elections activated a law giving the Hitler dictatorship full powers.
For the next 12 years, the Nazi regime spied on and persecuted minorities, invalids and political opposition, murdering them on a large scale. From 1939 to 1945 millions of people were killed under Adolf Hitler’s leadership.
For Germany, this gruesome past is still a difficult part of the country’s history and the nation still struggles with the Nazi tale.
The country was brought to international shame in 2011 because of a series of racial murders conducted by neo-nazis. Germany has been trying to abolish the Neo Nazi Party for many years but without success.
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