The Great Eastern

Lead: In 1933 the National Socialist Party was a minority in the German parliament, the Reichstag. Adolf Hitler needed some reason to declare marshal law. He found it in a fire.  

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: Despite his elevation to the office of Chancellor after the elections in November of the previous year, Hitler in 1933 was frustrated. His party was in minority status and other political groups in the Reichstag were effectively resisting his policies. He needed a lever to permit seizing ultimate power. The excuse came in late evening February 27th. Carefully set fires broke out in various parts of the Reichstag building, the seat of the national German parliament. Designed by Paul Wallot during the Imperial years of the previous century, the Reichstag was the living symbol of Weimar democracy struggling to establish itself in Germany, but soon to be destroyed. It was a perfect target and proved a perfect ruse for the Fuhrer’s grab for power.

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Young Man Hitler – II

Lead: Product of a domineering father and indulgent Mother, head-strong young Austrian Adolf Heilder entered school with an unusual gift for speaking and a desire to become an artist.


                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.


                Content: Neither by his Mother’s permissiveness or Father’s uncontrolled anger was young Adolf given a structured environment in his home and he became a self-willed and stubborn child. He early on became fascinated with German history, particularly the glory days of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871, and as a borderland resident adopted the Pan-German inclination to admire the German Kaiser.

Young Man Hitler – I

Lead: Six decades after he took his own life amid the rubble of the Third Empire, Adolf Hitler continues to hold the imagination of the world as it looks for clues in his childhood to the development of a monster.


                Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.


                Content: Since he burst on the scene in a failed coup attempt in a Munich Beer Garden in 1923, Adolf Hitler seemed to understand Germany and the needs of his adopted home. His substantial rhetorical ability allowed him to speak for many Germans who were disappointed at the national defeat in 1918, sensed that Germany was being denied her appropriate place in the ranks of great nations, and longed to be challenged to national distinction. He took German to its moment of greatest triumph and down to terrible defeat. Many of the impulses that animated this tragically brilliant man can be traced to his childhood in Austria in the years before the turn of the 20th century.