Background: These photographs are taken from one of the “bestsellers”
of the Nazi era: Germany Awakes: Growth, Battle
and Victory of the NSDAP. First published in 1933, over a
million copies were in print by the following year. It was a so-called
One got the pictures as premiums for buying cigarettes, and pasted them
into the album.
I've selected color photographs from the book. Since most photographs
of the era are black and white, it's easy to forget that Nazism was a
colorful phenomenon. Color
film was new (the first common color film was introduced in 1932
by Agfa), so the color in these photographs was added to existing black
and white photographs.
The source: Deutschland erwacht: Werden, Kampf
und Sieg der NSDAP ( Hamburg: Zigaretten-Bilderdienst Hamburg-Bahrenfeld,
1934). This book saw a variety of editions. Early ones included
pictures of Ernst Röhm. This post-Röhm edition brought the
number of copies printed to 1,075,000.
Photographs from 1933
Caption: “Third party rally in Nuremberg in 1927. Once
again, the Brown Army marches.”
This picture shows Hitler holding the “Blood Flag,” the
flag carried during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch, probably the most
of the Nazi Party.
This pictures shows Horst Wessel at the head of an S.A. column
at the 1929 Nuremberg Rally. He was killed shortly after under circumstances
that the Nazis concealed.
This is a photograph of the “Brown House,” the Nazi
Party’s headquarters in Munich.
Hitler’s office in the Brown House.
A picture of the “Hall of Flags” in the Brown House.
A Hitler Youth bonfire.
A Hitler Youth fanfare.
The Hitler youth march past Baldur von Schirach and Julius Streicher
in Nuremberg, 1933.
A photograph from the Reich Youth Rally in Potsdam, 1932.
An S.A. march in Dortmund, 1933.
Hitler speaks to a mass meeting of the S.A. in Dortmund, 1933.
Hitler speaks to a mass meeting in Dortmund. Next to him are Joseph
Wagner, Wilhelm Schepmann, and Victor Lutze.
Hitler addresses a mass gathering of the S.A. in Dortmund, 1933.
Hitler's house on the Obersalzberg, near Berchtesgaden.
An interior picture.
Another interior picture.
A hundred thousand S.S. and S.A. men at the 1933 Nuremberg rally.