Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


On January 30, 1933,  Reichspräsident Hindenburg signed the official document naming Adolf Hitler,  “that little Bohemian corporal”,  the new Chancellor of the German Reich. 
To celebrate, a torch parade of Nazi troops took place at the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. However,  because the photos taken that night were less than impressive and the powerful yet festive mood aimed at by Goebbels wasn’t reflected in them the way the party wished it to have been, in the summer of 1933 the event was staged and filmed / photographed again. 
The pictures below show the original as well as the staged events. It is not difficult to recognise which is which. 
Just like some newly elected world leaders, the then newly elected German government wanted the people to believe that “the crowd was great,  just great,  huge. It was the biggest crowd ever.”  Alternative Facts are not a modern invention… 
How did Berliners react to the Nazi march that night? One of them, famous painter Max Liebermann, who watched the parade from the windows of his house in Pariser Platz, right next to the Brandenburger Tor,  famously said: “I could never eat as much as I’d like to be able to throw up right now!” 
But as the next couple of years were to show, there were enough of those who did not share his view.

The staged parade (image through Köllnische Zeitung, AFP) 

Image through Bundesarchiv: Bundesarchiv Bild 102-02985A

2 comments on “ALTERNATIVE FACTS AD 1933

  1. Gary Costello
    Jan 30, 2017

    Dan posted an article on the same theme this morning and as I mentioned to him, I find that the translation of Liebermann’s famous utterance leaves him sounding less disgusted than the original German.
    As you so subtley managed to avoid mentioning the name of the new world leader, based on the alternative facts I would imagine that Mr Trump would also cause Max Liebermann to famously say “ich kann gar nicht so viel fressen wie ich kotzen möchte“

    • notmsparker
      Feb 4, 2017

      One day Dan and I will write a book together 😁

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