Hitler as a witness at the trial of Eden Dance Palace Comrades’ Club where two SA men were accused of killing three comunists in 1931, by Leo Rosenthal © Landesarchiv Berlin/courtesy Schirmer/Mosel
HITLER’S PERSONAL SKETCH OF KdF
"Sitting at a restaurant table in Munich in the summer of 1932, Hitler designed the prototype for what would become the immensely successful Beetle design for Volkswagen (literally, the "car of the people"). In an era where only the most economic elite possessed cars, Hitler believed that all people should be able to own a car and additionally thought that a smart design could allow for reliability, enjoyment, and vacation travel. The name given to the car in 1938 was Kraft durch Freude (KdF-Wagen, literally "strength through joy car"). Hitler gave his design to the head of Daimler-Benz, Jakob Werlin, and stressed its importance. "Take it with you and speak with people who understand more about it than I do. But don’t forget it. I want to hear from you soon, about the technical details."
Adolf Hitler expresses a somewhat surprising opinion on Heinrich Himmler’s archeological digs, organized with intent to establish the lineage and supremacy of the Aryan race.
"I imagine that this ‘Cathedral of Light’ was the first luminescent architecture of this type, and for me it remains not only my most beautiful architectural concept but, after its fashion, the only one which has survived the passage of time."
- Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer
(19 March 1905 – 1 September 1981)
Happy Birthday, Albert!
Original architectural drawing by Der Führer, with a signed authentication by his chief architect and armaments minister, illustrating Hitler’s vision for Linz as the cultural capital of the Third Reich. The authenticity is certified by Albert Speer.
"Rudolf Hess was one of the first to congratulate Adolf Hitler when he returned to his suite in the Kaiserhof Hotel on January 30, 1933, carrying the letter that had appointed him chancellor. The Führer held his colleague’s hand for a long while. They had achieved their goal."