Hitler Youth rally (composed of Hitlerjugend, for male youth ages 14–18; Deutsches Jungvolk for ages 10–14; and the girls’ section Bund Deutscher Mädel) in the Olympic stadium, Berlin 1937
September 05, 2012, 12:56pm / 20
We no longer demand anything, we want war.
— German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, August 1939
August 17, 2012, 4:32pm / 32
Sportswriter Grantland Rice called it the “high spot” of the 1936 Olympics. Bill Henry, who called the race for CBS, said it was “the outstanding victory of the Olympic Games.” The event they’re describing wasn’t staged in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, and it had nothing to do with Jesse Owens. It took place in the suburb of Grunau, when a group of college kids from the United States took on Germany and Italy in front of Hitler and 75,000 fans screaming for the Third Reich.
July 26, 2012, 8:47pm / 15
Public humiliation was often the go-to weapon of the Nazi Party to persuade the public to follow their ideals. This woman here was shamed and punished publicily for having a relationship with someone the State considered untermensch, or subhuman—most likely Jewish.
After this photograph was taken, the officials most likely shaved her head and stripped her to her undergarments. Coincidentally, the resistance factions of the French and Dutch would take this very far-Right punishment and use it on their own countrymen who had either collaborated with their German occupiers or slept with them.
May 25, 2012, 5:01pm / 76
A color illustration of the person ID system of Nazi concentration camps c. 1936
April 23, 2012, 5:01pm / 187