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Thursday, October 16, 2014

More People Of Der Atlantik Wall

The Nazi propaganda filmstrip Der Atlantik Wall continues with its "human interest" pictures.  I know the term "human interest" is a bit of a contradiction in the same sentence with "Nazi," but remember this is propaganda.  The Organization Todt and the German government wanted to generate support for the people building the defenses of the Fatherland, etc.  These two photos offer a top and bottom comparison.  The tall officer in the first photo is (based on my information), Albert Speer, who became the German Minister of Armaments after his predecessor, Fritz Todt, died in a plane crash.  By that time, the Organization Todt had essentially become the Ministry of Armaments.  The second photo presumably shows your typical dedicated Organization Todt member, who served as both a soldier as well as construction worker. 

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