The Munich "Burgerbrau" was a traditional meeting place of Hitler's Party. From here, the march?
The Munich "Burgerbrau" was a traditional meeting place of Hitler's Party. From here, the march through Munich to the "Feldherrnhalle" started in 1923. In 1939, "Burgerbrau" was the scene of a bomb attempt on Hitler's life.
Today (4.12.76) West Germany's DVU (Deutsche Vaterlandische Union German Fatherland Union) held a meeting here, with Col. Rudel as the guest of honour. A commemorative plaque for those killed in World War II was displayed at the meeting which was attended also by guests from Flanders, members of the former division that fought with the German Army in Russia between 1941 and 1945.
Col. Rudel autographed copies of his book. At the close of the meeting, the audience honoured the war dead by singing the traditional German soldiers' song mourning the death f the fallen comrade, and the national anthem. Plain clothes police were scattered throughout the hall. If any Nazi slogans or speeches had been heard, the police would have intervened immediately. In fact, all was kept dutifully within the compass of democratic law.
(Guess whose side the cameraman as on!)