Nazi book-burnings (Berlin) - May 10, 1933.
German men and women! The age of arrogant Jewish intellectualism is now at an end! … You are doing the right thing at this midnight hour—to consign to the flames the unclean spirit of the past. This is a great, powerful, and symbolic act… . Out of these ashes the phoenix of a new age will arise… .
Oh Century! Oh Science! It is a joy to be alive!
- Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
The Reich stands in the shadow of the German sword. Trade and industry, and cultural and national life flourish under the guarantee of the military forces… The name of Herr Hitler is our political program. Imagination and realism are harmoniously combined in the Führer.
The parade that marched through Berlin on April 20, 1939 in honor of Adolf Hitler’s fiftieth birthday was the largest display of military might that the Third Reich had ever attempted. While the Treaty of Versailles limited the German army to a mere 100,000 men, half that number marched through the capital in only a few hours.