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Germany's interest in Adolf Hitler at record levels

Another film dealt with Hitler’s decision to ban traditional Rhineland Catholic carnivals. Germany’s public ZDF Info channel was found to have screened 109 documentaries on Hitler this year alone.

Robert Bachem, its director said: “As history is one of our main fields of interest, it is not surprising that we run many programmes about National Socialism.”

Sociologists have attributed the rise of interest in Hitler and the Nazis to the fact that the majority of today’s Germans have had no experience of the Second World War, are less ashamed of the period than previous generations and more eager to learn about it.

They point out that most of today’s Germans had family experience of the war only through parents or grandparents.

In many German families, the Second World War remained a taboo subject for decades after 1945.

However, this aspect is now also under scrutiny. A rash of new books by German authors in their fifties and sixties have sought to lift the lid on their families’ dark past.

In several cases the authors have been shocked to discover that their parents were dedicated, and sometimes brutal, Nazis.

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Worcestershire Gentleman's cricket team who said Heil to Hitler in 1937 tour

Adolf Hitler became fascinated by cricket in August 1937, demanded match Shipped the Gentlemen of Worcestershire to Berlin for three-day test Appeared to be propaganda plug after success of Olympics year before British players shocked by violence of captain and aggressive shouting

By Dan Waddell

Published: 17:02 EST, 3 May 2014 | Updated: 10:31 EST, 4 May 2014

It is one of the lesser known but more remarkable facts in the annals of cricketing history that Adolf Hitler once took an interest in the game then fell out with it decisively.

This was witnessed at first-hand by British Army officers held prisoner in Germany during the First World War, who met the then corporal and were surprised to find him asking for an explanation of the rules.

A few days later, Hitler returned to announce that he had been training a team of Germans and wanted to play the English at the earliest opportunity. The scores are unknown.

Welcome: A Berlin newspaper reports the arrival of the team for the three-day test match in August 1937

Alas, Hitler found the sport insufficiently violent for the prime of German volk. In particular, it was unmanly for batsmen to wear pads to protect their legs.

And so it came to be that, for disciples of National Socialism, cricket was not just English, but effeminate.

It is not as if the Nazis were fans of modern sport in any form. Once in power, they legalised sabre-duelling, where the object was to inflict a scar on your opponents face.

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Inside Hitler's bunker hideaway where he and Eva Braun died after fall of Berlin

Haunting images reveal inside Hitler’s Fhrerbunker in Berlin, Germany Photographer William Vandivert given access to hideaway in 1945 Extraordinary series of images were then published in Life Magazine Pictures show piles of debris, old documents and blood-stained furniture Hilter and wife Eva Braun killed themselves in the bunker on April 30 1945

By Allan Hall In Berlin

Published: 08:24 EST, 1 May 2014 | Updated: 04:23 EST, 2 May 2014

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These haunting images show the inside of the Fhrerbunker – the underground hideaway where Hitler and Eva Braun took their own lives after the fall of Berlin.

The death of Adolf Hitler, then 56, and Eva Braun, 33, in the heart of Berlin on April 30, 1945, is widely regarded as the fall of the Third Reich.

The couple lived the last few months of their lives together in the Fhrerbunker – with Hitler controlling his failing military operation from the base.

They are even thought to have wed in the hideaway the day before their suicide.

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Germany's interest in Adolf Hitler at record levels

Another film dealt with Hitler’s decision to ban traditional Rhineland Catholic carnivals. Germany’s public ZDF Info channel was found to have screened 109 documentaries on Hitler this year alone. Robert Bachem, its director said: “As history is one of our main fields of interest, it is not surprising that we run many programmes about National Socialism.” Sociologists have attributed the rise of interest in Hitler and the Nazis to the fact that the majority of today’s Germans have had no experience of the Second World War, are less ashamed of the period than previous generations and more eager to learn about it. They point out that most of today’s Germans had family experience of the war only through parents or grandparents. In many German families, the Second World War remained a taboo subject for decades after 1945. However, this aspect is now also under scrutiny. A rash of new books by German authors in their fifties and sixties have sought to lift the lid on their families’ dark past. In several cases the authors have been shocked to discover that their parents were dedicated, and sometimes brutal, Nazis.

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Worcestershire Gentleman's cricket team who said Heil to Hitler in 1937 tour

Adolf Hitler became fascinated by cricket in August 1937, demanded match Shipped the Gentlemen of Worcestershire to Berlin for three-day test Appeared to be propaganda plug after success of Olympics year before British players shocked by violence of captain and aggressive shouting By Dan Waddell Published: 17:02 EST, 3 May 2014 | Updated: 10:31 EST, 4 May 2014 It is one of the lesser known but more remarkable facts in the annals of cricketing history that Adolf Hitler once took an interest in the game then fell out with it decisively. This was witnessed at first-hand by British Army officers held prisoner in Germany during the First World War, who met the then corporal and were surprised to find him asking for an explanation of the rules. A few days later, Hitler returned to announce that he had been training a team of Germans and wanted to play the English at the earliest opportunity. The scores are unknown. Welcome: A Berlin newspaper reports the arrival of the team for the three-day test match in August 1937 Alas, Hitler found the sport insufficiently violent for the prime of German volk. In particular, it was unmanly for batsmen to wear pads to protect their legs. And so it came to be that, for disciples of National Socialism, cricket was not just English, but effeminate. It is not as if the Nazis were fans of modern sport in any form. Once in power, they legalised sabre-duelling, where the object was to inflict a scar on your opponents face.

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Inside Hitler's bunker hideaway where he and Eva Braun died after fall of Berlin

Haunting images reveal inside Hitler’s Fhrerbunker in Berlin, Germany Photographer William Vandivert given access to hideaway in 1945 Extraordinary series of images were then published in Life Magazine Pictures show piles of debris, old documents and blood-stained furniture Hilter and wife Eva Braun killed themselves in the bunker on April 30 1945 By Allan Hall In Berlin Published: 08:24 EST, 1 May 2014 | Updated: 04:23 EST, 2 May 2014 5,817 shares 240 View comments These haunting images show the inside of the Fhrerbunker – the underground hideaway where Hitler and Eva Braun took their own lives after the fall of Berlin. The death of Adolf Hitler, then 56, and Eva Braun, 33, in the heart of Berlin on April 30, 1945, is widely regarded as the fall of the Third Reich. The couple lived the last few months of their lives together in the Fhrerbunker – with Hitler controlling his failing military operation from the base. They are even thought to have wed in the hideaway the day before their suicide.

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