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Berlin museum launches exhibition on Hitler's public influence

(14 Oct 2010) 
1. Mid of exhibition poster reading (German): "Hitler and the Germans - Nation and Crime" at the German Historical Museum in Berlin
2. Mid of projection of a postcard of late German dictator Adolf Hitler in around 1935 which then dissolves to show a victory parade in Berlin on July 18th 1940
3. Mid of exhibition room 
4. Close up of German flag which was co-designed by Hitler 
5. Mid of exhibition room with Hitler busts 
6. Close up of Hitler busts 
7. Set up shot of exhibition curator Hans-Ulrich Thamer 
8. SOUNDBITE: (German) Hans-Ulrich Thamer, Curator of the exhibition "Hitler and the Germans - Nation and Crime":
"With objects and pictures, the exhibition aims to show the scientific work and research carried out in the last ten, fifteen years."
9. Mid of Nazi uniforms
10. Close up of swastika and eagle on uniform
11. Various of toy figurines, including Hitler, soldiers
12. Wide of exhibition room
13. Close up of objects on display
14. SOUNDBITE (German) Hans-Ulrich Thamer, Curator of the exhibition "Hitler and the Germans - Nation and Crime":
"We want to at least somewhat narrow the gap between historical research and public perception."
15. Mid of uniforms of concentration camp prisoners 
16. Close up of uniform of concentration camp prisoner 
17. Mid of fabric with Jewish stars 
18. Various of damaged sculpture with swastika and eagle  
19. Pan left of front pages of "Der Spiegel" magazine in exhibition room
20. Various of front pages of "Der Spiegel" magazine, one showing Hitler's face
STORYLINE
A major Berlin museum on Wednesday previewed an exhibition that seeks to explore how Adolf Hitler won, and held onto, mass support among Germans for his Nazi regime.
"Hitler and the Germans - Nation and Crime" opens at the German Historical Museum on Friday and runs until February 6.
The collection of some 600 exhibits, along with 400 photos and posters, takes visitors chronologically through the life of the regime.
The exhibition juxtaposes artefacts such as Hitler busts and uniforms of Nazi organisations with footage of events such as the book-burning that were an emblematic step in Hitler's seizure of power.
It stresses the extent to which Nazi persecution of the Jews and others was conducted in full public view.
Germany has seen many exhibitions exploring the events of the Nazi era, but this one puts Hitler himself more squarely at the forefront. 
It comes more than 75 years after the Nazis took control, as Germans increasingly look at Hitler not just as a one-dimensional tyrant, but as a man who enjoyed vast popularity before plunging the country into war.
Nearly three-quarters of the material comes from the museum's own extensive stores.
It portrays the Nazis' dual approach of making the German masses feel included in their movement - illustrated by a case full of various Nazi organisations' uniforms and a Nazi rally flag - while excluding those whom they had identified as enemies, such as Jews.
Curator of the exhibition, Hans-Ulrich Thamer, said the aim was to explore how Hitler's power and influence could be explained, and aimed to "narrow the gap between historical research and public perception."
Thamer, a historian and professor at the University of Muenster, told reporters during a tour of the exhibition, that it aimed to explain the functioning, mass support and destructive strength of the regime.
The latter is underlined by photos of Jewish deportations and of hospital patients being taken away for euthanasia - exhibited alongside an order signed by Hitler for the "incurably ill" to be granted "mercy death" - along with a note from a German company about equipment being supplied to the Auschwitz death camp.


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