By - Banonimus
This is the only time he visited Paris.
He almost visited back in '18. Access was just... limited.
Nazis in Paris.
This must’ve been a mind-fuck moment for Germany
Hitler is such a dolf.
Workers at the Eiffel Tower sabotaged the lifts so Hitler couldn't go to the top and view the city he had captured.
(I think I heard this on a WW2 documentary, but I can't remember which one.)
That's a missed opportunity. They should have waited and sabotaged them when he was in them.
Not necessarily. After the many failed attempts at Hitler's life, the Allies slowly reconsidered making further attempts because it was clear that Hitler was sabotaging himself by taking personal control of most of the war effort instead of allowing his generals to act independently. Hitler, despite some correct futurescaping throughout the war, was not a military commander and the consistent failures after Barbarossa spoke to that.
I think that premise has some good points - the counterargument would be that maybe if Hitler dies Germany surrenders earlier. Of course Hitler was FAR from the only die hard fanatical Nazi so that's very uncertain.... it would depend on who took over (it's also possible that it would have just resulted in factional infighting with no clear leader emerging)
The Allies considered this but another concern was making a martyr of Hitler and further galvanizing an already fanatical population and military. I believe Rudolf Hess was the only example of an attempt to negotiate peace before the Germans began losing in late 1942. It wasn't really until D-Day that Nazi hardliners began to attempt to separate from Hitler and trust and the chain of command broke down during the July Plot, Himmler's attempt to negotiate peace with the West with the help of the Swiss and Swedes, Göring's arrest, etc.
Doesnt sound right, this was a secret visit that was executed in the span of a couple hours
Apparently was [cut](https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/02/10/ww2-eiffel-towers-lift-cables-were-cut-so-that-hitler-would-have-to-climb-the-steps-to-the-top/) as the city was occupied and not repaired until after the war.
Didnt know that but it was likely cut for other reasons, how the partisans would sniff out the trip so quickly and decide to inconvienence hitler instead of sabotaging the elevator properly seems farfetched.
Was cut on German [occupation](https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/eiffel-tower-nazi-occupation-1940/) rather than for Hitler’s visit it seems.
That makes sense. They probably raised the ticket prices at the museums to lol
From the article linked by u/SerendipitousTiger it looks like the lifts were sabotaged when Paris was conquered, possibly to make it difficult for the Germans to fly a swastika flag from the tower.
Yes I read that from the article as well. It even says they tried climbing the tower but the flag kept flying off.
Hitler In Paris: The Movie
Featuring: Paris Hilton. Eva Braun will not be amused about that.
Arno Breker, not Becker.
Nazi’s arn’t col.
Only good nazi is a dead nazi
Here is a great video on this very trip
Freaken' prick was going to level it.
what could be in hitler's mind at this moment? why brought with him his closest architect and a sculptor in front france's greatest symbol?
Speer sure was a smooth talker - that guy managed to whitewash a lot of shit and got off easy. That being said, his book is quite interesting and while it certainly needs to be taken with a grain of salt he at least left something of value to historians.