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Illustrierter Beobachter

Illustrierter Beobachter (NSDAP’s weekly illustrated newspaper) Issue Date: 4 July 1935

The Illustrierter Beobachter was the NSDAP’s weekly illustrated newspaper, published from 1926 to 1945 by the NSDAP publishing house Franz Eher, Nachf. in Munich. The official NSDAP newspaper was the Völkischer Beobachter, the Illustrierter Beobachter was the heavily illustrated weekly version. Many issues show Adolf Hitler and other NSDAP leaders on the cover. The illustrated articles covered everything that was regarded important by the NSDAP at that time, such as the Führer on all kinds of occasions, the Reich Party Days, visits from political leaders of foreign countries, the new German armed forces, the KdF car, the Reichsautobahn, the annex of Austria (in the 1938 issues), the annex of Bohemia and Moravia (in the 1939 issues) occasionally anti-Semitic articles and much more! Since the outbreak of the war in September 1939 the content shifted of course more to war themes. Each issue is heavily illustrated and contains a lot of interesting historical information.

Issue Date: 4 July 1935

This article from the NSDAP illustrated weekly newspaper shows Joseph Goebbels in action, delivering a speech at a mass rally.

Contents: The cover shows the Emperor of Ethiopia test-firing a machine gun. The first interior story has photos of motorized military units. This is followed by a story of Hitler visiting those wounded at an industrial accident in Reinsdorf. In Munich, Hitler attends the ground breaking ceremony for a new art gallery, and also the opening of a new stretch of the Autobahn. This is followed by a photo essay of Goebbels speaking. Other stories show a Japanese ceremony for the war dead and sailors cleaning a cruiser.

 

Cover of 4 July 1935 issue. Emperor of Ethiopia test-firing a machine gun.

Cover of 4 July 1935 issue. Emperor of Ethiopia test-firing a machine gun.

 

“We do not want to act bureaucratically, rather in close and living contact with the people.”

“We do not want to act bureaucratically, rather in close and living contact with the people.” Text: “The high point of the wonderful Gau East Hanover party rally was the speech by the party’s Reichspropagandaleiter, Reich Minister Dr. Goebbels. In a compelling speech, he said the party and the army were the pillars of the nation. Both are important, and neither is replaceable.”

 

“We have helped ourselves, creating real things, not illusions.”

“We have helped ourselves, creating real things, not illusions.”

 

“The party was our home during the struggle for power, thus we are obligated to it.”

“The party was our home during the struggle for power, thus we are obligated to it.”

 

“We came from the people, we remain part of the people, and see ourselves as the executor of the people’s will.”

“We came from the people, we remain part of the people, and see ourselves as the executor of the people’s will.”

 

“We have always said: We will succeed only if we use our full energies.”

“We have always said: We will succeed only if we use our full energies.”

 

“Reich Minister Dr. Goebbels during his speech at the Gau East Hanover rally in Harburg.”

“Reich Minister Dr. Goebbels during his speech at the Gau East Hanover rally in Harburg.”

 

“The party exists to protect the nation from civil war, and the army exists to defend it against war from the outside.”

“The party exists to protect the nation from civil war, and the army exists to defend it against war from the outside.”

 

“Germany has a different reputation today than it did before our seizure of power.”

“Germany has a different reputation today than it did before our seizure of power.”

 

Source: Goebbels hat das Wort!”, Illustrierter Beobachter, 4 July 1935, pp. 1048-1049.

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