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20 wonderful photos of the sinister 1960 Cadillac Eldorado cars.

20 wonderful photos of the sinister 1960 Cadillac Eldorado cars.

Shot Down Ace. By Alexander Deineka, 1943

Shot Down Ace. By Alexander Deineka, 1943

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German Führer Adolf Hitler addressing members …

German Führer Adolf Hitler addressing members of the German Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin after declaring war on the United States, December 10, 1941

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On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Japan, following attacks U.S. military bases at Pearl Harbor and other locations throughout the Pacific Ocean. The response from the Congress was almost unanimous support for the declaration of war. While the war against Japan was clear cut (in many places U.S. and Japanese forces were in conflict), President Roosevelt did not ask for a declaration of war against Japan’s ally, Nazi Germany. While the United States had been steadily supplying aid to Great Britain to support its war effort against Germany, there was no immediate push for war with Germany. Adolf Hitler himself would solve this problem.

On December 8 the Japanese ambassador to Germany, Hiroshi Ōshima, approached German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to ask for a declaration of war on the U.S. under the Tripartite Pact, Germany had agreed to support Japan if it was attacked, but not if it was the aggressor. Ribbentrop was justifiably afraid that the addition of the U.S. to the Allies would overwhelm Germany. Hitler pushed for the declaration for two reasons. For one, he believed that the Japanese were more powerful that they were and could quickly defeat the U.S. in the Pacific. Secondly, he wanted to beat the U.S. to the punch and declare war first. At 3:30 PM Berlin time (9:30 AM in Washington D.C.) on December 11, the German charge d’affaires in Washington D.C. handed U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull a declaration of war. That evening, Hitler addressed the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera Hose in Berlin to defend the declaration. That meeting is the subject of the above photo. Many key personalities of the Third Reich are identifiable.

To the right of Hitler is Otto Dietrich, SS-Obergruppenführer and Reich Press Chief. To Dietrich’s right is Albert Bormann, Martin Bormann’s younger brother and chief of the office of Personal Affairs of the Führer. To the left of Hitler is Hans Lammers, Chief of the Reich Chancellery. To Lammers’ left (face blurred) is Julius Schaub, Adolf Hitler’s chief aide and adjutant. Seated directly behind Hitler is Reichmarschall Herman Göring (President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and head of the Luftwaffe). To the left of Göring is Martin Bormann, Chief of the Nazi Party Chancellery.

At the table at left are (from right):

  • Joachim von Ribbentrop (Foreign Minister)

  • Großadmiral Erich Raeder (Commander of the Kriegsmarine)

  • Generalfeldmarschall Walther von Brauchitsch (Commander-in-Chief of the German Army)

  • Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel (Chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, Armed Forces High Command)

  • Dr. Wilhelm Frick (Reich Minister of the Interior)

  • Joseph Goebbels (Reich Minister of Propaganda)

Raeder, Brauchitsch, and Keitel all have their field marshal batons in front of them.

In the second row are (also from right):

  • Count Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (Reich Minister of Finance)

  • Walter Funk (Reich Minister for Economic Affairs)

  • Richard Walther Darré (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture)

  • Bernhard Rust (Minister of Science, Education and National Culture)

  • Hanns Kerrl (Reich Mister of Church Affairs)

  • Hans Michael Frank (Governor-General of the General Government in occupied Poland)

  • Julius Dorpmüller (Reich Minister for Transport)

  • Arthur Seyss-Inquart (Governor of Austria and Reichskommissar for the Occupied Netherlands)

  • Fritz Todt (Minister for Armaments and Munitions)

The first three men in the third row are (from right):

  • Alfred Rosenberg (Reich Minister of the Occupied Eastern Territories)

  • Otto Meissner (former head of the Office of the President. Currently serving as “Chief of the Presidential Chancellery of the Führer and the Chancellor”)

  • Johannes Popitz (Prussian State and Finance Minister)

Addendum:

  • A link to an original black and white version. This amazing colorization was done by Redditor u/zuzahin
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  • The Reichstag saluting Hitler after the speech and what might be the GREATEST EDIT OF A PHOTO I’ve ever seen.

  • Link to the full speech. It’s an hour and thirty minutes. The first half is Hitler listing the accomplishments of German forces since the start of the war. In the second half, Hitler lambasts President Roosevelt, comparing each other’s past and criticizing his failure to bring the U.S. out of the Depression. It is this failure that Hitler claims is the reason Roosevelt was pushing the U.S. into war. He also lists all of the U.S. provocations prior to December 1941.

Jack Johnson, early 1900s via reddit From the…

Jack Johnson, early 1900s

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From the Library of Congress Bain Collection.

Jack Johnson, byname of John Arthur Johnson, (born March 31, 1878, Galveston, Texas, U.S.—died June 10, 1946, Raleigh, N.C.), American boxer who was the first African American to become heavyweight champion. He is considered by many boxing observers to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
– Britannica.com

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Mira Zigrin and Georges Skrigin, Yugoslav part…

Mira Zigrin and Georges Skrigin, Yugoslav partisans and members of the Theatre of National Liberation in a play, a part of the 2nd Meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia in Jajce, 1943.

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Don Quixote of La Mancha and Sancho Panza

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Battle of Sardis

Battle of Sardis

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Downtown workers gather around a loudspeaker on Dec. 8, 1941, at Eighth and Olive streets, outside the federal Custom House , to hear a live broadcast of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s war speech to a joint session of Congress. St Louis, MO

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42 color pics that capture everyday life of Milan in the early…

42 color pics that capture everyday life of Milan in the early 1980s.