September 8, 1936
The fact that you, Mr. Mayor, have presented to me on behalf of the city of Nuremberg the old plans and sketches of the fortifications, towers, battlements, and trenches so familiar to us all, is a particular pleasure to me. The work will serve me not only as a dear remembrance of our City of the Reich Party Congresses, but also as a token reminder of the most difficult year of my own historic role, by means of which, with God’s help, I succeeded in strengthening the military potential of the Reich and increasing its security.
The National-Socialist Congress had become an annual session of a giant parliament composed of a million and a half representatives of the people, coming from the most varied regions. Politically, it was the most “colossal” (as the Germans say) expression of democracy that had ever been organized anywhere in the world. Such an event had never before been seen, and nothing like it would ever afterwards be seen again. The Nuremberg Congress was a unique phenomenon in the political history of Europe.
— Waffen SS Gen. Leon Degrelle
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THIS DAY IS THE PROUDEST DAY OF MY LIFE
By Julius Streicher
[9 March 1933 in Nuremberg, on the day of the assumption of power in Nuremberg]