When Adolf Hitler creeps into your home movies

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A still frame from a film shot by American doctor Ralph H. Major showing Adolf Hitler at a Nazi event in 1933 or 1934. Credit: Ann Major


Ann Major recently decided to digitize her grandfather’s movies. That’s when she found a little surprise.

One of the films happens to include footage of Adolf Hitler at a military parade. Her grandfather Ralph H. Major was an American doctor teaching medicine in Munich in the 1930s, when he captured the scene.

“People were watching the parade. There wasn’t a lot of saluting him or applause,” says Ann Major, a history department administrator at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Seeing the film was eerie.”




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