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The Enemy-"So kam es!"

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.

The Enemy did not appear in an instant.

Shamed and made to pay a heavy penance for crimes in World War I, the German people were ready for any way out of their darkness. With an economy in ruins and great hardships endured during the years of the Great Depression, they were desperate for a leader who would give them hope and restore their pride. A motley group of revolutionaries promised to deliver that dream while secretly planning to rule all by force.

In their distress, the people of Germany let them do it.

These select photos are taken from a propaganda history book titled "So kam es!," or "Thus It Came!"
John brought this and other books back from Germany at the end of fighting.

This book's purpose was to present and promote the Nazi's own interpretation of the history that brought them to power.

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Germany had been defeated in WWI, the "War to end all wars," and had been forced to submit to many difficult terms of repayment.

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The percieved source of their troubles were presented here – On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed by the victorious Allies and ratified by the German democratic government. Germany was forced to accept responsibility for causing the war and pay vast war reparations for the damage.
Germany also had to give up land and severely limit their military. The Treaty of Versailles humiliated Germany, and Hitler railed against the "November Criminals" and "Jewish Marxists."

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Monetary reparations were paid – for a while.

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Various foreign troops are shown occupying German lands.

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Invaders who were people of color were emphasized

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January, 1921

A meeting in a Munich beer hall railing against the financial restraints of war reparations.

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The German Mark lost most of its value, even before the Great Depression.

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The National Socialist Party (Nazi) began here in Munich.

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[Caption]:

"In 1920, Adolph Hitler created the flag of the National Socialist movement"

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In the early 1920's, inflation took its toll on the German people, as the Mark became essentially worthless.

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People had to haul paper money around in baskets to buy bread and other necessities.

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The photographs of these scenes played to their sense of distress – to remind them of why they needed Hitler and the Nazi party's help.

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The first "Party Day" in Munich, January 27, 1923.

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6,000 men took part.

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[Captions]:

"A demonstration in a beerhall in 1923"

"Increase in National Socialism"

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This led up to the first attempt by Hitler and the Nazis to grab power. On November 8, 1923, Hitler tried to pull off a coup in Bavaria at a beer hall with several government officials inside.
This became known as the "Beer Hall Putsch" and it turned into a fiasco for Hitler and his followers.

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The following day, Hitler attempted a forced takeover of Munich. It  failed because he did not have the backing of the German army, or enough overall support of the people. In the face-off, a number of Nazi's were shot, and Hitler himself barely escaped with his life.

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Hitler was sent to Landsberg Prison, but was allowed many comforts.

It was here that he dictated his most famous work, "Mein Kampf" – "My Struggle," which laid out his extreme philosophy and his plan for German resurgence.

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An original copy of the book, brought back by John.

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.
© Copyright 2020 David P. Crews–CrewsCreative, Austin, Texas  All rights reserved.    –––      Contact:  david@crewscreative.com
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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, www.imagesofvision.com.

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

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