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Hitler & Germany

Form of Authority

photo: Nazi rally photo: women with Hitler portraitNazism (1933-1945) was both an individual and a mass phenomenon. In 1936, the masses celebrated their identification with the Führer Hitler, in intricately staged rallies. Alternately, Hitler's portrait hung on the walls of private homes as he kept watch over the German family. Here two women in a shop lovingly admire his image.

Death & Transition

photo: Hitler's teethHitler and his mistress Eva Braun married on April 30, 1945 before poisoning themselves, after which their assistants burned their bodies. Soviet military doctors identified the presumed corspes and moved them around before transporting them to Moscow. The most convincing evidence that these were indeed Hitler's remains is the photograph of his teeth.


photo: Berlin wall dismantledIncreased tensions between the allied occupiers led to the division of Germany into two states in 1949 and to a Cold War. The Wall, built in 1961 through and around Berlin, came to symbolize this division of the world into capitalist and communist states. As a result of the November Revolution of 1989, the East German state quickly dissolved, followed by German political unification in October 1990. The Wall was then dismantled and chopped into souvenirs.

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Prepared by John Borneman & Linda Fisher, April 1998