Monday, April 19, 2010

A Führer's journey

Adolf Hitler as an infant

Hitler in the German Army, 1914, sitting at right

On 25 October 1936, an Axis was declared between Italy and Germany 

Chamberlain, Daladier, Hitler and Mussolini at the Munich Conference

Hitler enters the German populated Sudetenland region ofCzechoslavakia in October 1938 which was annexed to Germany proper due to the Munich agreement

Destroyed Jewish businesses in Magdeburg following Kristallnacht

Members of the Reichstag greet Hitler in October 1939 after the conclusion of the Polish campaign

Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, 1940

Adolf Hitler in Paris, 1940, with Albert Speer (left) and Arno Breker (right)


Adolf Hitler in Reichstag during his speech against Franklin D. Roosevelt. 11 December 1941.  

Hitler and Baron Mannerheim(June 1942)

Adolf Hitler's face on a German stamp 1944. The country's name has changed to the Greater German Reich since 1943 and this name can be seen on the stamp.

The destroyed 'Wolf's Lair' barracks after the 20 July 1944 plot

The Last Will

As I did not consider that I could take responsibility, during the years of struggle, of contracting a marriage, I have now decided, before the closing of my earthly career, to take as my wife that girl who, after many years of faithful friendship, entered, of her own free will, the practically besieged town in order to share her destiny with me. At her own desire she goes as my wife with me into death. It will compensate us for what we both lost through my work in the service of my people.

What I possess belongs - in so far as it has any value - to the Party. Should this no longer exist, to the State; should the State also be destroyed, no further decision of mine is necessary.

My pictures, in the collections which I have bought in the course of years, have never been collected for private purposes, but only for the extension of a gallery in my home town of Linz on Donau.

It is my most sincere wish that this bequest may be duly executed.

I nominate as my Executor my most faithful Party comrade, 
Martin Bormann. He is given full legal authority to make all decisions. He is permitted to take out everything that has a sentimental value or is necessary for the maintenance of a modest simple life, for my brothers and sisters, also above all for the mother of my wife and my faithful co-workers who are well known to him, principally my old Secretaries Frau Winter etc. who have for many years aided me by their work.

I myself and my wife - in order to escape the disgrace of deposition or capitulation - choose death. It is our wish to be burnt immediately on the spot where I have carried out the greatest part of my daily work in the course of a twelve years' service to my people.

Given in Berlin, 29th April 1945, 4:00 a.m.
A. Hitler Signed as witnesses: Dr. Joseph Goebbels
Martin Bormann
Colonel Nicholaus von Below

Hitler - The Last Photo

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