Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital.
Considered to be a Fremde – a stranger – (he was after all Austrian and from the despised South), he must have been aware of this sentiment and stayed away from Berlin as much as he could.
Here´s a little line that the street sang when the SA and later the Gestapo were not listening:
“‘Heil Hitler’ ist der deutsche Grüss
dass alle Deutsche sagen müss’;
aber eines Tages kommt der Krach,
dann sagen wir wieder, ‘Juten Tach!'”
(“Heil Hitler” is the “German greeting”
that all Germans have to say;
but one day the crash will come
and we’ll say again “Good day!” [in Berlin accent])
The text and the translation come from a great text Helene Lohe, my Trümmerfrau, a story of a relationship between an American employer and her German babysitter who lived through Weimar Republic and WW2 in Berlin. Found at LA en vie blog.