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Hitler "Enthroned"
Newsweek 17, May 1, 1939, p. 21

And the public ceremonies for his arrival at 
the half-century mark on April 20 equaled the 
pomp with which Kaiser Wilhelm had celebrated 
his corresponding birthday in 1909.

By the Fuehrer's will, every German received a 
holiday with pay.

      At 11, the Fuehrer drove to the Lustgarten, 
Berlin's central park, and from there in his six-
wheeled Mercedes rolled down the Via Triumphalis 
to the reviewing stand.The great upholstered chair 
in red in which he sat was at least first cousin to 
a throne. Above it stretched a canopy decorated 
with eagles and the Iron Cross. And for the first 
time Hitler wore his military cap, an eagle spread
 above a Swastika encased in gold leaves-the insignia 
of the Supreme War Lord of the Reich.

Thousands of Germans in the Reich and hundreds 
abroad sent gifts. The ones that seemed to delight 
him especaally were 50 letters of Frederick the Great, 
given by the Nazi party, severa; original Wagner 
scores, from the ministry of Economics, and Titian's 
"Venus with a Mirror," from the Reichsbank.

That night, Hitler took all the guests to the opera. 
Ordinarily on state occasions he specifies an uncut 
version of "Die Meistersinger". But this time the 
guests were treated to "The Merry Widow."

Hitler "Enthroned"
Newsweek 17, May 1, 1939, p. 21

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