Friday, October 3, 2008

Adolf the Innovator

Adolf the Innovator

"The universality of Hitler's knowledge may surprise or displease those unaware of it, but it is nonetheless a historical fact: Hitler was one of the most cultivated men of this century. Many times more so than Churchill... or than Roosevelt; or Eisenhower, who never got beyond detective novels."
- General Leon Degrelle

Adolf and the "Black Box"

The "black box" or "cockpit recorder" is a recorder used in an aeroplane to determine the cause of a crash, so that faults can be eliminated and increase air safety.

"it was in fact Hitler who first hit on the idea of installing a Black Box in planes: After the fatal Heinkel crash of Fritz Todt, Hitler's munitions minister, in February 1942, Field Marshal Erhard Milch told his staff at a meeting recorded by stenographers that the Führer had asked him if all important planes could have voice recorders installed in the cockpit so that the cause of such mystery crashes could be determined."
- British Historian, David Irving

Adolf conceived the "cockpit recorder" after a friend died in an air crash. He ordered that important aircraft should be fitted with a magnetic-wire recording device so that the cause of a crash could be determined.

Later magnetic tape would be used for this purpose. The first ever sound recording on magnetic tape is of a speech by Adolf Hitler.

David Warren of Australia is normally credited with the invention of the cockpit recorder in 1954. In fact Warren deserves great credit because he never knew that Adolf Hitler had already conceived this device twelve years before. Adolf Hitler's recorder saw use in the German Air Force, but was lost after Germany's defeat

Adolf and the Olympic Games

In 1936 the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany.
Adolf authorized the use of several revolutionary new ideas for the games that are still used today.

The last relay-runner enters the stadium at the LustGarten in Berlin,
to light the Olympic Flame and start the 11th Summer Olympic Games.

A new opening ceremony began two weeks before the 1936 games. At noon on July 20 a Greek “high priestess” and fourteen girls wearing classical robes gathered in the ancient Stadium of Olympia, and used parabolic mirrors to focus the sun’s rays on a wand until it burst into flame. A torch was kindled and a chant sounded: “Oh fire, lit in an ancient and sacred place, begin your race”. Then one of Pindar’s Pythian odes was sung to ancient instruments. After that the Olympic flame was carried by 3,075 relay runners all the way from Greece, passed from torch to torch until it finally lit a huge brazier in the Berlin stadium where huge crowds, and the German Chancellor cheered the official opening of the games. This beautiful and emotional Nazi-created ceremony is still used today, and has become the most popular of any of the Olympic events.

The 1936 Olympics were the first to be broadcast on television. Twenty-five large screens were displayed in Berlin, allowing people to see the Games for free.

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