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Hitler's Birthday

Learning Centers 2

Claire Schumann

on 29 April 2010

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Hitler's Birthday By: Claire Schumann How did Germany celebrate Hitler's Birthday? What were some common celebrations that took place? What were people required to do? On April 20, Hitler celebrated his 56th birthday in the Führerbunker (Führer's shelter) below the Reichskanzlei (Reich Chancellery). The garrison commander of the besieged Festung Breslau (fortress Breslau), General Hermann Niehoff, had chocolates distributed to his troops in honor of Hitler's birthday. Fun Fact: On April 20, 1939, a lavish celebration was held in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday. It featured military parades, visits from foreign dignitaries, thousands of flaming torches and Nazi banners. Another Fun Fact: Party branches around the country were expected to organize their own ceremonies Hitler's birthday was turned into a major German holiday between 1933 and 1945. Goebbels read an annual speech on the eve of the event. Hitler rode in front of a motorcade of 50 white limousines through the capital of the Nazi Empire. There was a torchlight procession of deputations all over Germany. At midnight, Hitler's courtiers congratulated and presented him with fine gifts. Germany put on a parade displaying their military power. All people were required to respect and completely honor Hitler the entire day. People had to give up daily activities to participle in the honoring of Hitler. Important leaders were required to give Hitler expensive gifts.
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