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Several readers have asked us to authenticate an old newspaper clipping making the rounds about Germans’ unperturbed reaction to Adolf Hitler’s taking power in 1933. The headline reads “Berlin Views Hitler Calmly; Rise in Stocks Reflects Confidence He Will Not Disrupt Nation’s Affairs.”
Snopes.com’s David Mikkelson confirms that the article did, in fact, appear in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 2, 1933, a reminder that events always seem more obvious and predictable after they have already taken place.