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September 21, 2015

Hitler’s mountain retreat

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 10:12 am
The Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat

The Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat

Today, I read a news article here, which had the following quote:

On March 16, 1941 – with European cities ablaze and Jews being herded into ghettos – The New York Times Magazine featured an illustrated story on Adolf Hitler’s retreat in the Berchtesgaden Alps.

The ruins of the Berghof after it was bombed by the British

The ruins of the Berghof after it was bombed by the British

The news article continues with the following quote:

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But once Hitler became chancellor – and particularly after the royalties from Mein Kampf made him a wealthy man – he focused considerable energies on the redesign and furnishing of his residences: the Old Chancellery in Berlin; his Munich apartment; and the Berghof, his mountain home on the Obersalzberg.

The timing of these renovations in the mid-1930s coincided with Hitler’s public makeover as a statesman and diplomat, a transformation also promoted by Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda films.

The rough edges of the extreme anti-Semite and agitator of the masses were sanded away through the creation of a new, sophisticated persona that emerged in carefully crafted domestic surroundings. With silk curtains and porcelain vases, Hitler’s designers suggested an internal world that was both cultivated and peaceful.

Gerdy Troost, Hitler’s interior decorator, played an important role in conveying an image of her client as a man of taste and culture. Inspired by British design reform movements, she emphasized quality of materials and craftsmanship over showy display.

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A room in the Berghof

A room in the Berghof

Large picture window at the Berghof

Large picture window at the Berghof

American soldiers stand at the ruins of the picture window

American soldiers stand at the ruins of the picture window

Hitler strolling with his dogs in the mountains

Hitler strolling with his dogs in the mountains

Hitler feeding tame deer at his mountain retreat

Hitler feeding tame deer at his mountain retreat

On April 25, 1945, the British bombed the Nazi homes on the Obersalzberg, including Hitler’s home called the Berghof. The bombed-out ruins of Hitler’s former residence were completely razed to the ground by the Bavarian government in 1952 at the request of the U.S. Army.

The Berchtesgaden area was occupied by American troops shortly before the war ended on May 8, 1945. The Obersalzberg was turned into a recreational area for the American troops that occupied Germany after the war. After 50 years of American occupation, the Obersalzberg was given back to Germany in 1995.

To this day, many Americans are confused by the names Berghof and Eagle’s Nest, which are two separate places. The Berghof was located on a plateau called the Obersalzberg which is on the route to the top of the Kehlstein, the mountain where Hitler’s tea house, called the Eagle’s Nest, was built in 1938. To add to the confusion, Hitler had another tea house, called Mooslahnerkopf, which was a short walk from the Berghof. The German name for the Eagle’s Nest is Kehlsteinhaus, which means house on Kehlstein mountain.

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The “Eagle’s Nest” which Hitler rarely visited

View of the Eagle's Nest from the north side

View of the Eagle’s Nest from the north side

February 12, 2015

Bill O’Reilly’s hilarious jokes about Hitler on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Filed under: Germany, TV shows — Tags: , , , , — furtherglory @ 11:55 am

A reader of my blog made a comment in which the readers of my blog were directed to a recent show on Kimmy Kimmel Live which featured Bill O’Reilly making fun of Hitler’s health problems.

The show was hilarious, but a good journalist would have also told the other side of the story, which is that Hitler was literally worshiped by millions of people, but sadly, Hitler had the misfortune to fall into the hands of incompetent doctors who doped him up on bad drugs.

I wrote about Hitler on this page of my website: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/EaglesNest/Berghof.html

American soldiers stand at the picture window of the Berghof after the building was destroyed

American soldiers stand at the picture window of the Berghof after the building was destroyed by American bombs

The Berghof before it was wantonly destroyed by Americans

The Berghof before it was wantonly destroyed by Americans in the last days of World War II

Berghof ruins after vindictive American bombing

Berghof ruins after vindictive American bombing

This quote is from the page of my website, cited above:

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In 1938, a train station was built at the small town of Berchtesgaden to handle the hordes of Hitlerpilger (Hitler pilgrims) who flocked to the Obersalzberg to see Hitler’s home, called the Berghof. Today, tourists arrive at this same train station in Berchtesgaden on their way to see Hitler’s former Tea House, called the Eagle’s Nest by Americans. The drive from the town of Berchtesgaden to the Obersalzberg plateau at 3,300 feet is one of the most scenic routes in Germany.

Hitler’s admirers used to gather at the Berghof just like the Elvis fans who stood outside Graceland, hoping to get a glimpse of their idol. The German people literally worshiped the ground that Hitler walked on. After Hitler made an occasional appearance to greet his fans, they would gather up the sand upon which Hitler had stood. Hitler was known as “the people’s Chancellor” because he was a common man, and he did what the German people wanted. Before World War II started, Hitler was more loved than any other leader in world history; his approval rating was 98%. As the man who was responsible for the deaths of 60 million people, including 6 million Jews, Hitler has now become the most hated man in the world.

The road from Munich to Berchtesgaden is the “old Nazi party road,” the first Autobahn built by Hitler to connect Berlin, Nürnberg and Munich with Salzberg and Linz in Austria. Tour buses from Munich bring visitors to the Obersalzberg where they get on another bus that takes them up to the Kehlsteinhaus aka the Eagle’s Nest.

In 1942, a honeycomb of bunkers was built into the mountainside at the Obersalzberg for air raid shelters. One of the largest surviving bunkers is under the documentation center and it is open to visitors.

The saga of Hitler, the Obersalzberg and Berchtesgaden is told at the documentation center, called Dokumentation Obersalzberg, which opened in 1999. Dokumentation Obersalzberg tells how Hitler first visited the Obersalzberg in 1923 and was inspired by views of the Untersberg, the mountain where the spirit of Karl der Grosse (Charlemagne) is said to slumber.

Karl der Grosse was the King of the Franks who was crowned as the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire on Christmas day in the year 800. This was the first time that the German people were united under one ruler, although the Holy Roman Empire included other ethnic groups.

Hitler’s great accomplishment was that he united the German ethnic group into one empire under one leader for the first time: “ein Folk, ein Reich, ein Führer.” This was achieved by annexing Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938. The famous conference in which the Sudetenland was given to Germany in October 1938 was held at the Berghof.

Ethnic Germans in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were relocated to the part of Poland that was annexed into the Greater German Reich in 1939. Finally, with the conquest of France in 1940, the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine were added to the Greater German Reich.

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Sadly, all this history was canceled out by O’Reilly’s school boy farting jokes.

O’Reilly should have mentioned that German people today still visit Hitler’s Eagles’s nest and relive the happy years before American troops destroyed Germany to satisfy the Jewish call for Revenge, Revenge, Revenge.

The Eagle's Nest was saved from American bombs

The Eagle’s Nest was saved from American bombs

What’s next?  Will Bill O’Reilly make fun of President Roosevelt because he was in a wheel chair?  During World War II, most Americans did not know that Franklin D. Roosevelt could not walk.  Virtually no Americans knew that Hitler farted.