NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
28th February, 1925 : Adolf Hitler returned to the scene of his abortive putsch just over a year ago: in the Munich Burgerbraukeller he spoke at the first mass meeting of his resurrected Nazi Party. Many old comrades were absent: some are dead, some, like Hermann Goering, are in exile, and some, like Ludendorff, have broken with Hitler.
Hitler persuaded the Bavarian authorities to lift the ban on his party and its newspapers by giving a promise of good behaviour, renouncing the use of force and promising to seek political power only through legal means. About 4,000 turned up for the beer-hall meeting. Despite his promises, he rounded off his speech with the words: “To this struggle of ours there are only two possible issues. Either the enemy pass over our bodies or we pass over theirs.”