Photo in color of celebration of the 50th anniversary of Adolf Hitler
These photos in color were taken by a USA citizen from Utah who lived in Berlin as part of his work for the Third Reich NGO. They were taken on April 20, 1939, on the day of the 50th anniversary of Adolf Hitler.
Adolf Hitler’s birthday
Führer’s birthday (Führergeburtstag) is a holiday in the Third Reich, celebrated on the birthday of Adolf Hitler, April 20. The Fuehrer’s birthday became an official holiday only once, on the occasion of Hitler’s 50th birthday on April 20, 1939. This day is captured in color photographs.
On the eve of the Fuhrer’s birthday, on the evening of April 19, a solemn reception of young people was held annually in the Hitler Youth. On Hitler’s birthday itself, festive events were held throughout Germany with solemn speeches about the outstanding historical role of the Fuhrer, accompanied by the performance of the national anthem and the song of Horst Wessel.
How it happened
Every year on the evening of April 19, solemn processions were held throughout Germany to mark the entry of German 10-year-olds and 14-year-olds boys and girls into the Jungvolk and Hitler Youth. The Donau-Bodensee-Zeitung wrote about the ceremony with the oath and the subsequent march through the streets of Ravensburg on April 19, 1944:
“On the eve of the Fuehrer’s birthday, more than a million boys and girls all over the Reich stood in one row to be accepted into the Hitler Youth community. In Ravensburg, 10-year-olds also took to the streets with shining eyes and fiery hearts to present themselves to the Fuehrer for their birthday. “
On April 20, as part of the Hitler personality cult, solemn holidays were held throughout Germany. In addition to speeches about the greatness of the Fuhrer and his role in the world and German history, inflammatory anti-Semitic speeches were also on the agenda. It was also accepted to sing the so-called “Songs of movement”, that is, the first stanza from the German national anthem (Deutschland, Deutschland über alles) and Horst Wessel’s song.
On April 20, 1945, the celebrations were extremely limited due to the circumstances at the front.
At 19 o’clock in the evening on 04/20/1945 we were supposed to report to the Landeshaus. The head of the district announced to us the imminent final victory of Germany! However, the presented bottle of red wine and a small portion of ham and sausage with bread could not convince us of victory.