Tag Archives: Eva Braun

This week in the War, 26 March–1 April 1945: Hitler goes into his bunker

On 1 April 1945, Adolf Hitler vacated his apartments and his headquarters in the Reich Chancellery and descended into his bunker beneath the Reich Chancellery gardens: the Fuehrerbunker. From then on, he lived below ground and only occasionally ventured to … Continue reading

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Vignette: If Hitler had a Facebook page…

The American Civil War felt the impact of photography, and much of the Second World War was reported through motion pictures in the form of newsreels. For Vietnam, it was television. For modern day conflicts, it will likely be social media. … Continue reading

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In the news: Eva Braun’s home movies

Eva Braun’s birthday was a day or so ago, 6 February (1912) and, last week, an article about her and the movies she made appeared in the Guardian and Observer (Robert McCrum and Taylor Downing, 27 January 2013). Eva and … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 14–20 October 1940: The Great Dictator

          To quote Charlie Chaplin: “Dictators are comic. My aim is to make people laugh at them.” This week in the war, on 15 October 1940, the movie The Great Dictator, premiered in New York City. Chaplin starred … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 15 April–21 April 1940: Hitler’s birthday

Saturday 20 April 1940 was Adolf Hitler’s fifty-first birthday. In a typically ebullient radio broadcast, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels said, “The German people have found in the Fuehrer the incarnation of their strength and the most brilliant exponent of their … Continue reading

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