At the moment I am reading the award winning novel by Australia's Anna Funder, "All That I Am," set in the 1930s, with cousins, Ruth Becker and Dora Fabian, and their respective lovers, Hans Wesemann and Ernst Toller (and Toller's wife Christine) – whose political agitating against Hitler and his Third Reich necessitate their hasty departure from Germany (people were arrested as soon as Hitler came to power) and their subsequent resettlement in London as refugees. So far it's a great read, which goes back and forth between Germany in 1933, New York in 1939 and Sydney in 2000.
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The story got me in, though, with Ruth's first sentence: “When Hitler came to power I was in the bath.”
Such an unusual first sentence, don't you think, and one that had me thinking about Hitler and the strange power he had over the German people, and much of the world for some time. I have always been taught that WWII began in 1939, but for many German people, it started in January 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. So today, Anzac day, a day we remember those fallen in war, some images of pre-war from, 1933 Germany.
|30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler appointed German chancellor|
|Adolf Hitler addresses a rally in Germany, 1933.|
|Hitler, Germany’s new Chancellor, in March 1933|
|Police search in Berlin. Germany, 1933.|
|‘Don’t buy from Jews…’ was the NAZI slogans they painted on Jewish shops in Berlin,1933|
|Walldorf, Germany, 1933, SS and SA members participating in the May Day parade.|
|Arrival of political prisoners at the Oranienburg concentration camp. Oranienburg, Germany, 1933.|
|Hitler Youth Parade, Nazi Germany, 1933|
Lest we forget.