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.