This past July a British tabloid published images from a 1933 home movie showing the future Queen Elizabeth II, at age seven, mimicking the Hitler Salute.
Few people remember that at the time these home movies were taken, Adolf Hitler was admired by many. Or, if not admired, at least it was thought to be prudent to tolerate him. The future Fuhrer, who represented himself as “a simple unknown soldier,” was a charismatic visionary, determined to rebuild the economically and emotionally ravaged Germany. And more importantly, to some Europeans, he was a buffer between them and the much more feared Joseph Stalin and Communist Russia. It would be a few more years before the world recoiled at the sadistic truth of this simple soldier, whose favorite color might have been ash gray.
(The red indicators were added by me)
An example of the benign attitude towards Hitler is this article from the February 17, 1933 issue of News-Week. With it, the editors show that Adolf’s love-life was as news worthy as his politics. Forget about the articles description of the anti-semitic howls erupting at the Reichstag or Hitler’s declaration to destroy Germany’s Parliamentary – Democratic political system. The editors chose to end the article with talk about Hitlers romantic intentions with the fetching Frau Wagner and speculate if wedding bells will soon be ringing.
News-Week was not alone in its cordial coverage of Hitler. According to Hitler at Home by Despina Stratigakos, the New York Times ran four features, from 1935 to 1941, covering a domestic Hitler, his homes and his tasteful sense of design. One article was featured in their August 20, 1939 Sunday magazine. Less than two weeks after that article was published Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland, the act which set the world anew in flames.