It is a wonder what a leader with an obsession and fiery oratory can do to the masses.
This is after the Germans had overrun Poland. German soldiers listen with scorn on their faces as a Polish Jew talks. Such humiliation! No wonder Israelis are the way they are. Who wouldn't be after such an mass ordeal?
Great allies. Hitler pays Mussolini a visit. Florence, Italy, May 1938. The place is swarming with Italian fascists.
Hitler lays the foundation stone of the Munich-Salzburg autobahn (German motorway) at Salzburg. March 1938.
Hermann Goering greets other Nazi top brass as he arrives at the 1938 Reichs Party Congress at Adolph Hitler Platz.
The German officers on their way to the Balkans don't seem too impressed with the Hungarian policemen
The Brandenburg gate preens at the height of Nazi glory. Berlin illuminated at midnight in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday. April 20, 1939.
Nazi culture: The play "Night of the Amazons" in progress at Nymphenburg Castle park, Munich. 1939.
WHAT IS "NIGHT OF THE AMAZONS"?
This original musical drama is based on the Bread Riots of the French Revolution, when women marched from Paris to Versailles, stormed the palace, and killed the Swiss Guards. The Night of the Amazons tells of the climactic night in the lives of five of the women who occupied the palace overnight before bringing Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to Paris to stand trial.
THE BOOK "NIGHT OF THE AMAZONS"
The Night of the Amazons
by Herbert Rosendorfer, Translated by Mike Mitchell
Original title: Die Nacht der Amazonen
Original language: German
Published in early 1990s
The Night of the Amazons is the blackest of black satires on Nazi Germany. It charts the rise of Christian Weber, one-time groom and pub bouncer, who exploits his status as one of the ‘Grand Old Soldiers’ of the ‘Movement’ (i.e. the Nazi Party), and certain compromising facts he knows about Hitler, to a position of power and influence and an immense fortune. Weber’s breathtakingly complete lack of any moral sense gives him total self-assurance and he proceeds to gratify his appetites in episodes of self-indulgence which are both chilling and grotesquely comic.
The absolute control the Nazis exerted gave figures like Weber the means to act out their own private fantasies at public expense and, often, in public, presenting them as concerns of ‘national importance’. In Weber’s career this culminates in the ‘Nights of the Amazons’, grotesque Wagnerian pageants financed by the City of Munich, in which well-developed members of the Bund Deutsche Madeln (the Nazi girls’ squad) parade naked, apart from cardboard helmets and the odd sash, on horseback before an audience of tens of thousands.
Military demonstration at Hitler's 50th birthday celebration in Berlin. April 20, 1939.
Hitler with Robert Ley and Mrs Ley in 1939.
WHO WAS ROBERT LEY?
Dr. Robert Ley was a Nazi politician and head of the German Labour Front from 1933 to 1945. He committed suicide while awaiting trial for war crimes.
Gathering of the great Nazi warriors. Annual midnight swearing-in of SS-men in Feldherrnhalle, Munich. 1938. These men were the backbone of Nazi Germany.
Rare color pictures, Nazi Germany, Part 1