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private256

This is the only time he visited Paris.


JustCallMeMace__

He almost visited back in '18. Access was just... limited.


Imperator0414

Nazis in Paris.


Same_Tiger_3490

This must’ve been a mind-fuck moment for Germany


Imperator0414

Hitler is such a dolf.


klystron

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.)


SaberMk6

That's a missed opportunity. They should have waited and sabotaged them when he was in them.


JustCallMeMace__

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.


lkn240

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)


JustCallMeMace__

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.


LegacyArena

Doesnt sound right, this was a secret visit that was executed in the span of a couple hours


stiof95

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.


LegacyArena

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.


stiof95

Was cut on German [occupation](https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/eiffel-tower-nazi-occupation-1940/) rather than for Hitler’s visit it seems.


LegacyArena

That makes sense. They probably raised the ticket prices at the museums to lol


klystron

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.


SerendipitousTiger

Yes I read that from the article as well. It even says they tried climbing the tower but the flag kept flying off.


SerendipitousTiger

https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/eiffel-tower-nazi-occupation-1940/


SalkaEP3

Hitler In Paris: The Movie


Diacetyl-Morphin

Featuring: Paris Hilton. Eva Braun will not be amused about that.


Mammoth_Stable6518

Arno Breker, not Becker.


stasenzapensier

Nazi’s arn’t col.


mafiras

Only good nazi is a dead nazi


vaguelyGrab46

sieg mme!


lunchisgod

Here is a great video on this very trip ​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyKyuYq6l7c


SerendipitousTiger

Freaken' prick was going to level it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero_Decree?wprov=sfla1


_mattm3t

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?


lkn240

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.