Friday, December 2, 2011

The Third Reich in 6 photographs

This one demented man (shown in 1924) ...

Inspired these all too eager boys ...

To pave the way for this ...

And, worst still, help perpetrate this ...

But who ended up, broken, like this ...

All for his delusions (a coward who killed himself 4 days after this photo was taken):

Photo 1: Adolf Hitler, age 35, on his release from Landesberg Prison, on December 20, 1924. Eight years later, Hitler would be sworn in as Chancellor of Germany, in 1933. (Library of Congress)

Photo 2: Thousands of young men flocked to hang upon the words of their leader, Reichsfuhrer Adolf Hitler, as he addressed the convention of the National Socialist Party in Nuremberg, Germany on Sept. 11, 1935. (AP Photo)

Photo 3: A view taken from Dresden's town hall of the destroyed Old Town after the allied bombings between February 13 and 15, 1945. The resulting firestorm killed more than 22,000. (Walter Hahn/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo 4: This photo shows a German soldier shooting a Ukrainian Jew during a mass execution in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, sometime between 1941 and 1943. This image is titled "The last Jew in Vinnitsa", the text that was written on the back of the photograph, which was found in a photo album belonging to a German soldier. (AP Photo/USHMM/LOC)

Photo 5: These German soldiers stand in the debris strewn street of Bastogne, Belgium, on January 9, 1945, after they were captured by the U.S. 4th Armored Division which helped break the German siege of the city. (AP Photo)

Photo 6: Adolf Hitler decorates members of his Nazi youth organization "Hitler Jugend" in a photo reportedly taken in front of the Chancellery Bunker in Berlin, on April 25, 1945. That was just four days before Hitler committed suicide. (AP Photo)

(Caption credits: The Atlantic, World War II in Photos.)

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