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Hitler Tours Destruction of Oeschelbronn, Germany

Image Information
Still frame from film of Reichskanzler (Reichchancellor) Adolf Hitler grimly walking through damaged residential areas of Oeschelbronn after munitions plant explosion. On September 10, 1933, a disastrous explosion destroyed 203 homes; the cause has never been determined. After the explosion and subsequent public outpouring of support for the town of Neunkirchen, which suffered a gas explosion in an iron works on February 10, 1933, the Nazis decided to capitalize on the destruction of Ochselbrunn to enhance the Fuerher‘s public image. The film was used by Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels to enhance Hitler‘s connection with the common German. Later, when Hitler couldn‘t bring himself to visit cities and towns that had been bombed, this same film was used instead. Hitler, furious about the bombings and their embarrassment to Germany, would order his limousine to go around bombed areas and avoided viewing the destruction. A captured copy was also used for propaganda purposes by the United States Army Signal Corps.
Image Filename wwii0011.jpg
Image Size 2.85 MB
Image Dimensions 1913 x 2898
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed September 14, 1933
City Oeschelbronn
State or Province Wurttemberg
Country Germany
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number NWDNS-111-SC-197660
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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