• Germany edition
 
Hitler's rise to power remembered 80 years on
Photo: DPA

Hitler's rise to power remembered 80 years on

Published: 30 Jan 2013 07:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Jan 2013 07:43 GMT+01:00

In a black-and-white photo, visitors can make out the Führer saluting the crowd from the chancellery window on the evening of January 30, 1933, after earlier having been made chancellor and been charged by president Paul von Hindenburg with forming a new government.

The picture is on display at "Berlin 1933. On the Path to Dictatorship", due to be opened by Merkel in the German capital on Wednesday, on a site charged with history as the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the secret police of the Nazi regime.

It now houses The Topography of Terror, an open-air documentation centre whose exhibition will trace Hitler's first months in power through photos, newspapers and posters.

"The hour has come! We are at Wilhelmstrasse (the site of the chancellery at the time). Hitler is chancellor of the Reich. Like in a fairytale," wrote Joseph Goebbels, who was to become Nazi propaganda chief, in his diary on January 31, 1933.

Posters go on to show images of the Reichstag going up in flames the following month and then the first measures taken against the Jews on April 1, with the start of a boycott of Jewish shops, doctors and lawyers.

"Germans, defend yourselves! Don't buy from Jews," a poster states.

Andreas Nachama, director of The Topography of Terror, said the arrival of the failed painter from Austria at the helm of power in Germany was an "incision" in history, although nobody at the time thought he would last.

However the parliamentary system of the Weimar Republic failed to find a stable majority and Hitler, on the back of over-simplified themes, rallied millions of unemployed and people who had lost everything in the economic crisis.

According to Nachama, the exhibition shows the "daily erosion of democratic institutions" as the Nazi regime began to build up steam, eventually leading to World War II and the deaths of 40 to 60 million people, including six million Jews.

The 80th anniversary has sparked much interest in Germany - a novel that imagines Hitler's return to modern-day Berlin entitled "He's Back" (Er Ist Wieder Da) has become a bestseller here.

Another two exhibitions are also due to open - one on Berlin and the Nazis at the German Historical Museum and the other offering a thematic tour of Berlin's symbolic sites from the Third Reich.

Just ahead of the anniversary, Merkel said in her weekly podcast that Germany had "an everlasting responsibility for the crimes of National Socialism, for the victims of World War II, and above all, for the Holocaust".

"We're facing our history, we're not hiding anything, we're not repressing anything. We must confront this to make sure we are a good and trustworthy partner in the future, as we already are today, thankfully," Merkel said.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:50 January 30, 2013 by Sastry.M
Also it is an everlasting responsibility of all humanity to note that daily events are reported in news media as created presently in destitution and distress by human beings struggling to earn daily bread for a living and becomes a subject matter of history to posterity to be studied in comfort to acquire educational qualifications.

Crimes committed in the past can only be redeemed by inculcating virtue and righteous conduct among the people who committed atrocities against humanity according to sacred scriptural injunctions proclaimed by Religious Faith and Divine Order. There followed the ¦#39;de-Nazification programs¦#39; instituted by allied victors among German population immediately after ww2. If this has instilled democratic virtues impressed by the ¦#39;programs¦#39; resulting in the miraculous economic recovery and reconstruction of Germany, although a former enemy, glory be to God, Christianity and human Victory to the virtuous Allies.

Is it worth the while all along 67years up to the present, even after the atrocious Nazi period which began 80 years ago and lasted a brief 12 years resonantly rising high and resulted in ruins of rubble, to create monuments of remembrance, institutions of study and recollection of the ghastly crimes assiduously in a religious manner and causing greatest embarrassment of shame as well as stirring up feelings of retaliation even among the progeny of grand children?

One molecule of the deadly poison of ¦#39;hate¦#39; with a space created to store it in heart can destroy the whole of humanity within a period of a few decades what it took God to wait for many million years to create one virtuous human being.
14:52 January 30, 2013 by tdog1964
When will it end for Germany. Stalin killed millions , but the Ruusians do not have any guilt. Germay is allied with Israel . They belong to NATO . They seem to have the strongest economy in Europe. Let the past fade away.
17:51 January 30, 2013 by Reader75
Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. - - Edmund Burke
23:53 January 30, 2013 by RainerL
I agree with tdog. I amongst many also think this> Lets not forget the British, the French, the Turks, the Romans, Russians, Chinese Americans > Shall I go on??? Yes! Why don't we have aniversaries for of them too and remember THEIR cruelties? I guess Germans are greatly singled out. Lets move on and stop justifying all in keeping a Nazi stgma going in order to keep any German freedom of speech. Perhaps it is an ongoing punishment and FEAR that drives this? Lets move on!!!!
00:10 January 31, 2013 by pedro-777
Easy answer tdog1964, nowadays all the media is owned by jews.
19:36 January 31, 2013 by guliver
pedro

I wish it was the situation if it was true people like you would not be able to expose their racial hate on this Media.
12:22 February 1, 2013 by zeddriver
The rise of Hitler was one of the rare events in the rise of a dictator that was fully documented from within and outside of the subject country.(Germany in this case) Even in so far as to go all the way back to the treaties of WWI to see how the good people of Germany could have mistakenly seen Hitler as a savior of Germany. And that is why it is looked at so much. In other countries similar situations were not so well documented. And thus the true nature of how such things can happen are then lost or are misinterpreted.

In the USA we do not shy away from or pretend that slavery did not exist in our past. We look at it to learn and remind ourselves to never let that happen again.
Today's headlines
Size does matter in this case, rules judge
Photo:Shutterstock

Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism. READ  

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll
Ukrainian soldiers near Luhansk, Ukraine. Photo: DPA

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll

Almost two thirds of Germans fear Russia plans further land grabs in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll released on the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the conflict-torn country. READ  

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany
Actress Natascha Ochsenknecht gets doused. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany

German football players, German tennis players, German TV characters and Germany's latest Topmodel winner are on it, but is it actually making a difference? READ  

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen tries on military body armour. Photo: DPA

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip

Amid heated debates over arms for Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, and Germany's foreign military involvement despite its WWII legacy, defence chief Ursula von der Leyen stirred a debate of her own on Friday after a dud World Cup gag. READ  

Expat Dispatches
He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!
He says "I will!" Photo: DPA

He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!

A quick and uncomplicated conversation between a recently engaged couple concluded that the husband-to-be would take on his fiancee's surname. However, no one was more surprised by people's reactions than Australian expat Liv Hambrett. READ  

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus
Photo:DPA

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus

Four white lions born into the Krone Circus during its stop in Magdeburg yesterday find themselves in a Germany reliving a decades-old fight over exotic animals displayed for profit. READ  

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list
A donor heart gets delivered to the DHZB. Photo: DPA

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list

UPDATE: The German Heart Institute of Berlin (DHZB) is under investigation for attempted manslaughter after evidence showed a doctor manipulated patient data to get them a new heart faster. READ  

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks
Julius Bär bank. Photo:DPA

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks

Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday. READ  

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin
The scene of the crime. Photo: DPA

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin

The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. READ  

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?
Coffins awaiting incineration in a crematorium. Photo: DPA

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?

An Erfurt court has decided not to force a 56-year old man to pay damages for more than 31 kilos of gold teeth taken from the crematorium in Hamburg where he worked between 2003 and 2011. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Society
A German journalist shares the story of his US arrest in Ferguson
Photo: DPA
National
Berlin's senate puts the brakes on Über
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: DPA
Culture
How I deal with my German Hausmeister
Photo: Ingrid Eulenfan/flickr
Gallery
Nine German treats you'll want to eat right now (and one you won't)
Photo: DPA
Society
Who's getting German citizenship?
Photo: DPA
Culture
How World War I changed Germany forever
Photo: APA/DPA
Gallery
The 12 best words in Austrian German
Photo: DPA
Society
'Look at those German shanty towns!'
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should.
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,365
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd