hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of Cornell University Library using Archive-It. This page was captured on 07:23:29 Jun 08, 2013, and is part of the Cornell University Archives Web Archive collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information
Death of the Father
Media Sources: Hitler & Germany


Image: Hitler giving an address in the Sportpalast, Berlin
(used by arrangement with Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart)

Sound: excerpt from Hitler address to 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg
--Load time: ~20 sec.
(credit: National Archives, USA); translation:

"Comrades, we stand firmly together for Germany, and we must stand firmly together for Germany. I am handing you the new insignia, knowing I place it in the most loyal hands in Germany. In the past you have proven your loyalty to me a thousand times. In the future it cannot and will not be any different!"

something for the home
Image: A customer in German art shop chooses a portrait of Hitler for a special Christmas gift.
(used by arrangement with Süddeutscher Verlag Bilderdienst, Munich)

Music: excerpt from The Horst Wessel Song (1927), a popular song of the Nazi era which became the official Nazi anthem (performance credit: unknown)
--Load time: ~16 sec.

"For the last time the call will now be blown;
For the struggle now we all stand ready.
Soon will fly Hitler-flags over every street;
Slavery will last only a short time longer."

'what remains'

Image: Segment of Hitler's upper teeth brought by the Russians along with other remains, back to Moscow where they were concealed until the period of Perestroika in the early 1990's when the Moscow Archive was opened to scholars. (photo credit: unknown)

excerpt from Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) by Richard Wagner, played over German radio when Hitler's death was announced. --Load time: ~17 sec.

after (dis)illusion, during unification

Image: Berlin Wall (Ehemaliger Mauerbereich Kapelleufer)
postcard photo Nr. B124, (C) from Ute & Bernd Eickemeyer, Berlin.

Montage of West and East German anthem fragments assembled by Linda Fisher. --Load time: ~17 sec. In order of appearance:

West German National Anthem a.k.a. Deutschland Lied adapted from the 2nd movement of the "Kaiser Quartet" Op. 76, #1 by Franz Joseph Haydn; Lyrics:

"Unity and Rights and Freedom
For the German Fatherland
Let us all strive for that
Brotherly with heart and hand.

Unity and Rights and Freedom
Are the foundation for happiness
Bloom in the glow of happiness
Bloom German Fatherland."

*East German National Anthem a.k.a Auferstanden aus Ruinen (1949) by Hans Eisler. Lyrics by Johannes Becher were sung up until 1961 when the Wall was erected and they were no longer thought appropriate for a Germany thus divided. Lyrics:

"Rising from the ruins,
And devoted to the future,
Let us serve Good,
Germany, a united Fatherland.
Old neccessities force us to act,
And together we will act as one,
For then we must surely succed,
And the sun, like never before,
Will shine over Germany
Will shine over Germany."

(*credit: music fragment used in montage from audio tape accompanying Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit by Ulrich Allwardt, Bonn: Bundeszentrale fur politische Bildung, 1994)
up arrow

(c) 1999 John Borneman & Linda Fisher, All Rights Reserved