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Color photos of Hitler among adoring crowds

Whatever the source of his malevolent charisma, for more than a decade in the middle of the 20th century, men, women and children were drawn in droves to Hitler and his message. A series of color pictures from Life by Hitler’s personal photographer testify to the often frenzied response he was able to elicit from otherwise staid citizens. See more photos at LIFE.com.

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Nazi Germany's Fuhrer Adolf Hitler celebrating a Harvest Day festival with a massive crowd of adoring Germans pressing forward to greet their idol.

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Excited crowds greet a saluting and marching German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler at Fallersleben Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony in1938.
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Austrians cheer Adolf Hitler during his 1938 campaign (before the Anschluss) to unite Austria and Germany.
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A panoramic view of torchlight rally, complete with swastika flags, honoring Adolf Hitler and the Reich Party following a successful Reich Party Congress in 1939.
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Reichsparteitag (the Nazi Party Congress) in Nuremberg Germany, 1937.
Hugo JaegerTime & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Color photos of Hitler among adoring crowds

Whatever the source of his malevolent charisma, for more than a decade in the middle of the 20th century, men, women and children were drawn in droves to Hitler and his message. A series of color pictures from Life by Hitler’s personal photographer testify to the often frenzied response he was able to elicit from otherwise staid citizens. See more photos at LIFE.com.

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