German propaganda album

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German propaganda album

This is an official NSDAP cigarette card album entitled 'Adolf Hitler - Bilder Aus Dem Leben Des Furer', which translates as 'Pictures from the life of the Furer'. The photographs were collected and then stuck into the album and show Hitler before he had taken power. The album shows just how the cult of personality had grown up around Hitler and how he had captured the imagination of the German people.

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  • 1. At 19:24 on 1 August 2010, voice_germany wrote:

    The question when speaking of the incredible disaster of WWII is "Why?" -
    the 1st of September in 1939, the beginning of WWII, is closely connected with the 30rd of January, when Hitler came to power as chancellor.

    This album stands in an exemplified way for the approach of the Nazi Party to gain the public:

    Their aim from the very beginning has been to fight the "Republic of Weimar" with its political instability and fragile constitution. Political agitation and an aggressive style of propaganda that claim that minorities are supposed to be responsible for economic and social problems are characteristic in order to gain supporters and voters from conservative, civil and militaristic parts of society on the background of the worse economic and social situation.

    The economic situation after the worldwide crisis of 1929 changed the social situation dramatically: extreme inflation and high unemployment. The financial demands of the "Treaty of Versailles" were firstly extremely overdone, but they could be reduced little by little by German diplomacy in the 1920s. Lost and economical important territory in WWI (Rhineland) contributed to this worse situation and this provided the ground for the Nazi Party to claim that this "unjustified actions" are said to humiliate the nation.

    In comparison to the society in the UK that has an experience for centuries with democratic parlamentarism, the shattered and distrusted new system of the "Republic of Weimar" in Germany that was not fully backed - namely by national-conservative groups - has been finally abolished when Hitler came to power as chancellor in 1933 by the follwing legislation.

    The fact that Germany has not been able to deal with the rules of democracy in the end of the "Republic of Weimar" on the background of extreme fragile political, social and economic implications seems to be the main reason why Germany slipped into the disaster of the Nazi dictatorship and finally into the starting of WWII.

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