Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac - Hitler's "January 30, 1933" Torchlight Parade Summary: Degrelle's "revisionism" begins with a lie - Hitler's vaunted torchlight parade did not occur on January 30th - it was staged the following night under Goebbel's direction Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Old Frog's Almanac, Vancouver Island, CANADA Keywords: Degrelle,Hitler Archive/File: orgs/american/ihr degrelle.001 Last-Modified: 1993/08/30 In Message-ID email@example.com, Dan Gannon offers Degrelle's "How Hitler Consolidated Power in Germany and Launched a Social Revolution." Degrelle begins with an outright fabrication, fully in keeping with the Holocaust deniers' practice of continuing to mislead our readers in the hope no-one will bother to check the facts. Degrelle writes: "We have the power. Now our gigantic work begins." Those were Hitler's words on the night of January 30, 1933, as cheering crowds surged past him, for five long hours, beneath the windows of the Chancellery in Berlin. According to Weitz, speaking of Hitler's swearing-in ceremony, there were no such demonstrations on the night of the 30th: That night, there was to be a huge torchlight parade through the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the appointment of Adolf Hitler. Von Papen had rented a balcony suite at the Hotel Adlon, overlooking the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate. His family and friends were there to view the Storm Troopers parade through the gate's immense arches and in front of 'jubilant crowds.' The torchlight parade did indeed take place, but the crowd was slim and apathetic. The suite underneath the von Papen suite was rented by Hans Albers, Germany's dashing blond film hero, who appeared in full evening dress on his balcony, flanked by two beautiful girls in low-cut gowns despite the chill. They were all drinking champaign, toasting the sparse crowd, and waving. Now the people on the sidewalks had something to cheer about. The Albers party tossed packs of expensive cigarettes from a silver tray to their 'audience.' Albers was no Nazi sympathizer, and this was probably his way of making fun of them and distracting them from the parade. The world has often seen photos and films of that torchlight parade, but the marchers they saw did not parade on the night of January 30, 1933. It was much too dark that night, the marchers were ragged, and no searchlights had been placed. The whole parade was restaged a day later by Hitler's propaganda genius, Goebbels, with floodlights and cameras in place and film directors to channel the brown-shirted, torch-carrying marchers. It was the first typical Third Reich fabrication.
(Weitz, 57-58) I lack the time right now to wade through all 2774 lines of Gannon's latest offering, but would appreciate citations from anyone who does - I have no doubt that the article contains a good many other "revisions" of historical reality, given the source. (As time permits, I will do my best to collect and collate further citations with regard to Degrelle's assertions. Your submissions are sought, and will be appreciated.) Work Cited: Weitz, John. Hitler's Diplomat: The Life and Times of Joachim von Ribbentrop. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1992
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