Hitler in 1914

The above photo showed Adolf Hitler in the huge crowd which heard the announcement of the First World War outside Field Marshals’ Hall, Munich on 2 August 1914. After the Nazis came to power, Hitler mentioned being outside the hall when the war was declared. A German photographer went back and looked through his photos and found the above picture.

At the outbreak of war, 25-year old Adolf Hitler was an aimless drifter and failed artist in Munich and had previously failed army entry tests because he was too weak to carry weapons. Yet, during the wartime, Germany needed soldiers and Hitler was able to enlist in the Bavarian army; although he was not considered for further promotion because of ‘a lack of leadership qualities’, he was awarded the Iron Cross First Class, an honour rarely given to a lance corporal (which showed that he did not lack courage). The Great War ended for Hitler inside a hospital where he was being treated for temporary blindness caused by chlorine gas. There he heard the news of German surrender, deeply incredulous; he came to believe, like many other nationalists, that the army, “undefeated in the field,” had been “stabbed in the back” by civilian leaders and Marxists back home.

Hitler returned to Munich after a short failed stint as a borderguard and joined a nationalist group German Workers’ Party (DAP), which was formed by extremists and anti-Semites as a counterforce to Bolshevism. He rose quickly through its ranks and in July 1921, he took over its leadership renaming it the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The rest as they say is history.

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46 thoughts on “Hitler in 1914

  1. I first saw this photo when I was in my early teens. It fascinated me. Here was one of the most infamous men photographed as an unknown at such an iconic moment in history…etc. It seemed to me, even then, to be an absurdly fortuitous moment captured on film. The more I looked at it, the more I thought it was not quite right either. It doesn’t look natural. Since that time I have believed this photo to be a fake and its only in the last couple of years historians have also questioned its authenticity.

    It is now widely regarded as being a fake created by Hoffman and encouraged by Hitler. There are other photos of the same scene existing and no traces of that person purported to be Hitler can be seen.


  2. You Tell them, Colonel! It’s time the world woke up and started seeing things as they really are!

    By the way…see what you can do about your Cat jumping up on my Corvette (just the White one), will you? I like him and all but he’s starting to scratch the paint.

    OXOjamm Studios.

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