German people's reaction to Hitler's death

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German people's reaction to Hitler's death

Post by Cantankerous » 23 Jan 2021 01:48

How did the German populace react to the radio announcement of Adolf Hitler's suicide? Did many of them grieve for the dead Fuhrer, as many of them had viewed Hitler as a defender of the fabric of German society and culture from the supposed threats of homosexuality and "Judeo-Bolshevism"? It's possible that any attempt by German citizens who privately saw that World War II had been a lost cause for Germany to celebrate Hitler's death would have been put to death.

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Re: German people's reaction to Hitler's death

Post by George L Gregory » 23 Jan 2021 18:15

Cantankerous wrote:
23 Jan 2021 01:48
How did the German populace react to the radio announcement of Adolf Hitler's suicide? Did many of them grieve for the dead Fuhrer, as many of them had viewed Hitler as a defender of the fabric of German society and culture from the supposed threats of homosexuality and "Judeo-Bolshevism"? It's possible that any attempt by German citizens who privately saw that World War II had been a lost cause for Germany to celebrate Hitler's death would have been put to death.
Well by 1945, the 'Hitler myth' had been truly exposed:
When the leader of the Wehrmacht unit at the end of his speech called for a Sieg Heil for the Führer, it was returned neither by the Wehrmacht present, nor by the Volkssturm, nor by the spectators of the civilian population who had turned up. This silence of the masses ... probably reflects better than anything else, the attitudes of the population.
Public support for Adolf Hitler had totally collapsed by the time of his death and few Germans mourned his death since most were too busy with the collapse of Germany or were fleeing from it.

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