Adolf gives Germany the thumbs-up: Chilling footage shows Hitler taking office as Nazis swept into power 80 years ago (videos)Submitted by fonzdrew on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 01:49
These newly re-released images show the moment Adolf Hitler rose to power - exactly 80 years ago today.
On January 30, 1933, the man who would become one of the worst tyrants in history was appointed Chancellor of Germany, the first step towards his creation of a totalitarian regime.
The photos are part of an online gallery published by newsreel company British Pathe in order to record the pivotal moment in history.
The original caption used by British Pathe on its footage back in 1933 was chillingly prophetic, stating that Hitler was now master of his own destiny - and hinting that only fear and uncertainty lay ahead.
It compared Hitler, a former lowly soldier from Austria, to Otto von Bismarck, the famous 19th Century statesman who unified Germany through war.
The full caption read as follows: 'BERLIN ... ADOLF HITLER assumes Bismarck's mantle as Germany's chancellor. He is now master of his adopted country's destiny and a wondering world awaits ... what?'
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