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The Enemy-"So kam es!"
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The story of the rise of the Nazi Party as seen through photos from original German propaganda books brought home by John.

Historical images of Hitler and the
Nazi Party's rise to power.

Note: This section of our site contains explicit images of Hitler and Nazi imagery, including the Nazi swastika.

We have purposely excluded such imagery from all other areas of this site.

These images are presented for historical purposes only.

We feel it is essential for all people, everywhere, to remember the things that happened to cause the horrors of World War II. Understanding and remembering the past is crucial if we are to prevent future mistakes.


Food lines became common as hunger set in.


Albert Einstein – identified as "The Pacifist" – shown in a group of "German Statesmen."


Nuremberg, August, 1927


Hitler speaks to 30,000 people.

After the Beer Hall Putsch fiasco, the Nazi party had been banned, but it slowly regained momentum in the years following. Hitler vowed to learn from his mistakes. From this time on, he used the system from the inside to gain political power.


He also made use of the very potent power of propaganda, administered expertly by cohorts such as Dr. Joseph Goebbels.


Nazi song – one line says:

"The day is breaking for freedom and bread."


By 1930, the Great Depression was in full force, and the people of Germany were in dire straits. The Nazi movement had begun to regain ground and Hitler's propaganda machine was in full gear.

In September elections, the Nazis gained 107 seats in the Reichstag (national government), coming up from the smallest to the second largest political party in the country.


Hitler was a powerful speaker, and he railed against Communism, Jews, and other things that he knew the people feared and perceived as threats. In return, those who followed him began to treat Hitler with almost religious adoration.


1932 and '33 were pivotal years for Hitler and the Nazis. Hitler ran against the 84 year old president, Hindenburg, and lost.

The now nearly half-million "Brownshirts" Storm Troopers had to be reigned in by Hitler and his top men, to bide their time until they could politically achieve what they desired.

By May, Hindenburg essentially ended democracy and took control, then put a puppet Chancellor in place to counter Hitler's move to take that office.

Martial law was declared in Berlin, and people all over Germany turned to "Fuhrer worship" as they were caught up in the emotions of the Nazi campaign.


The new Reichstag Chairman, Hermann Goring, calls for yet another election as Hitler and Hindenburg are at loggerheads over control of the government.

For a while, the Nazis seemed to lose focus and Hitler became depressed.


Hitler could not, however, come to power entirely on his own energies.

The Nazis got help from people who sought to benefit from having them in power – the big industrialists and the bankers.


They thought Hitler would be good for business, and getting him elected would help diminish worker's unions, communism, and the perceived threat of the Jewish culture.


After many intrigues and shifts toward Hitler becoming Germany's Chancellor, a confused and tired Hindenburg decides to appoint him on January 29, 1933.


Goebbels pulls out all the stops for propaganda value. Hitler is presented to his people as the new German Emperor.


Torchlight parades are held to acclaim the new leader in dramatic terms never before seen in Germany.

Some German aristocrats thought that, given the situation, Hitler would probably ruin the republic, and they could then step in and reestablish an imperial rule and regain their privileges.

No one could quite imagine how powerful the Nazis would become, or where they would take the nation in the years to come.


On February 27, 1933, the Nazis conspired to burn down the Reichstag government building in Berlin, blaming the terrorism on the Communists and using, then fingering, a patsy to take the blame.


It was meant to destabilize the government and solidify Hitler's grip on the nation, and it succeeded. The following day, Hitler asked President Hindenburg to issue an emergency decree, and Hindenburg agreed and signed it into law.
There was only one more step to take in order to gain total power.

Hitler had to take control of the German nation as a dictator.


On March 5, 1933, elections were held to try to establish Hitler as the dictator of Germany.

Brownshirts are shown here parading through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.


On March 23, the new Nazi controlled Reichstag passed the "Enabling Act."

This act finally established Adolph Hitler as the total Dictator of Germany.

After this, the "Gleichschaltung" (Synchronizing) began – the total coordination and absorption of the entire nation under the Nazi boot.



"The Fuhrer greets the flag of the German Revolution!"


Party Day in Nuremberg


Hindenberg dies.

Germany descends
into total darkness.

Shortly after the "Enabling Act" came into effect,
the concentration camps for Jews were established.

In a few years, the military adventures of Hitler would
lead the world into the largest war in history.

The events of that war are remembered,
but it is important to also remember how and why it began –
how the Nazis came to be the powerful and ruthless rulers they were.

Continue to the next page for photographs from
another propaganda book
John brought back from Germany.

"Hitler In His Mountains," shows many unusual photos of Hitler and his entourage.


This site was originally published for John's 75th birthday in September, 2000.
It was revised and updated in 2011 and again in this responsive form in 2020.
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Photo credits:  Unless otherwise indicated, all photos on this site
are from the private collection of John C. Crews.

Certain photos are reproduced courtesy of the Franklin Roosevelt Library.
Official Army photos by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. are reproduced
from the original booklets and materials.

The photo of the "Marine Devil" ship is courtesy of Bruce T. Doll,

All graphics, photographs, and text on this site are ©2020, David P. Crews, unless otherwise noted.

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