History UsefulNotes / NaziGermany

29th Jan '16 5:34:24 PM nombretomado
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** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again and was essentially characterised by ruthless and desperate pragmatism. It was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and the [[FinalSolution mass-murders]] were rolled back considerably and streamlined to cut down on personnel. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
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** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again and was essentially characterised by ruthless and desperate pragmatism. It was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and the [[FinalSolution mass-murders]] were rolled back considerably and streamlined to cut down on personnel. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel Creator/SvenHassel books.
17th Jan '16 12:04:47 PM Dravencour
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** ''Hitler goes to a fortune-teller and asks, "When will I die?" And the fortune-teller replies, "On a Jewish holiday." Hitler then asks, "How do you know that?" And she replies, "Any day you die will be a Jewish holiday."''
29th Dec '15 8:17:32 PM MAI742
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** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again and was essentially characterised by ruthless and desperate pragmatism. It was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas were found and applied for them]]. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
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** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again and was essentially characterised by ruthless and desperate pragmatism. It was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas mass-murders]] were found rolled back considerably and applied for them]].streamlined to cut down on personnel. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
4th Dec '15 5:57:16 AM MAI742
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** The second period, from late 1939 to late 1942, was starkly different and could be surmised as 'megalomaniacal and exterminator-y'. It was marked by a great deal of optimism about the future and what could be accomplished in wartime. For a short time it seemed as if the sky was the limit, and everything was possible. Germany's disabled and mentally ill were being euthanised, Germany was initiating ethnic cleansing to free up most of Poland for German settlers, Germany was eliminating every possible threat to national security in the occupied Soviet Union, and Germany's total victory over the Soviet Union seemed at hand. Filled with joy and hope, Hitler approved an escalating series of more extreme measures to ensure Germany's future. These included the near-immediate euthanasia of the unfit (for war-work) two-thirds of the Jewish population.
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** The second period, from late 1939 to late 1942, was starkly different and could be surmised as 'megalomaniacal '[[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust megalomaniacal and exterminator-y'.exponentially more genocidal]]'. It was marked by a great deal of optimism about the future and what could be accomplished in wartime. For a short time it seemed as if the sky was the limit, and everything was possible. Germany's disabled and mentally ill were being euthanised, Germany was initiating ethnic cleansing to free up most of Poland for German settlers, Germany was eliminating every possible threat to national security in the occupied Soviet Union, and Germany's total victory over the Soviet Union seemed at hand. Filled with joy and hope, Hitler approved an escalating series of more extreme measures to ensure Germany's future. These In 1942 these included the near-immediate euthanasia of the unfit (for war-work) two-thirds of the Jewish population.population outside the Soviet Union.
4th Dec '15 5:54:41 AM MAI742
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* There were at least two distinctive periods in the 12 years of the ''Nazizeit'' ("Nazi Times", as modern Germans call them), so different that it can be inferred there were two different Reichs: ** The first period, roughly from 1932, before Hitler assumed Chancellorship, to late 1939, had leaned less on the "Nazi" side and more on the "very conservative and militaristic-bureaucratic empire" side. The military had been dominated by the conservative Prussian senior military class, the Weimar Republic civilian bureaucracy held sway over most day to day running of the administration, the cultural system grunted and groaned under the Nazi purges, yet the way of thinking and ordinary life of most people had not changed enough to be directly felt. There were massive [=NSDAP=] rallies, public construction projects, industrial development and some things which were aimed to gain popular support like film, public television, paid vacations for the working class and so on. The early campaigns of the war were more or less classic military conquests. All things which were unpleasant enough and soiled with blood, like extermination of the mentally ill, sterilization, mass murder by the Einsatzgruppen (SS death squads), happened somewhere far away from the eyes of the general population. Death camps were not built yet. Battlefield troops were the old drilled regiments raised under the eye of Prussian generals. The Waffen-SS existed just under the guise of a few units armed with leftovers from the arsenals. Official ideology was Germanic, racist, anti-Semitic and nationalist.
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* There were at least two three distinctive periods in the 12 years of the ''Nazizeit'' ("Nazi Times", as modern Germans call them), so different that it can be inferred there were two three different Reichs: ** The first period, roughly from 1932, before Hitler assumed Chancellorship, to late 1939, had leaned less on the "Nazi" side and more on the "very conservative and militaristic-bureaucratic empire" "racist anti-socialist militaristic nationalist" side. The military had been dominated by the conservative anti-socialist and militaristic Prussian senior military class, the stuffy and conservative Weimar Republic civilian bureaucracy held sway over most day to day running of the administration, the cultural system grunted and groaned under the Nazi purges, yet the way of thinking and ordinary life of most people had not changed enough to be directly felt.only very gradually and subtly. There were massive [=NSDAP=] rallies, public construction projects, industrial development and some things which were aimed to gain popular support like film, public television, paid vacations for the working class and so on. The early campaigns of the war were more or less classic military conquests. All things which were unpleasant enough and soiled with blood, like extermination of the mentally ill, sterilization, mass murder by the Einsatzgruppen (SS death squads), happened somewhere far away from the eyes of the general population. Death camps were not built yet. Battlefield troops were the old drilled regiments raised under the eye of Prussian generals. The Waffen-SS existed just under the guise of a few units armed with leftovers from the arsenals. Official ideology was Germanic, racist, anti-Semitic and nationalist.

** The second period, from late 1939 to late 1942, was starkly different. It was marked by a great deal of optimism about the future and what could be accomplished in wartime. For a short time it seemed as if the sky was the limit, and everything was possible. Germany's disabled and mentally ill were being euthanised, Germany was initiating ethnic cleansing to free up most of Poland for German settlers, Germany was eliminating every possible threat to national security in the occupied Soviet Union, and Germany's total victory over the Soviet Union seemed at hand. Filled with joy and hope, Hitler approved an escalating series of more extreme measures to ensure Germany's future. These included the near-immediate euthanasia of the unfit (for war-work) two-thirds of the Jewish population. The emphasis in this period was, frankly, megalomaniacal and decidedly exterminatory. ** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again. At this point in the war, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] changed his tune: there was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas were found and applied for them]]. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
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** The second period, from late 1939 to late 1942, was starkly different.different and could be surmised as 'megalomaniacal and exterminator-y'. It was marked by a great deal of optimism about the future and what could be accomplished in wartime. For a short time it seemed as if the sky was the limit, and everything was possible. Germany's disabled and mentally ill were being euthanised, Germany was initiating ethnic cleansing to free up most of Poland for German settlers, Germany was eliminating every possible threat to national security in the occupied Soviet Union, and Germany's total victory over the Soviet Union seemed at hand. Filled with joy and hope, Hitler approved an escalating series of more extreme measures to ensure Germany's future. These included the near-immediate euthanasia of the unfit (for war-work) two-thirds of the Jewish population. The emphasis in this period was, frankly, megalomaniacal and decidedly exterminatory. ** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different again. At this point in the war, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] changed his tune: there again and was essentially characterised by ruthless and desperate pragmatism. It was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas were found and applied for them]]. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
30th Nov '15 8:20:34 AM MAI742
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** The first period, roughly from 1932, before Hitler assumed Chancellorship, to late 1941, had leaned less on the "Nazi" side and more on the "very conservative and militaristic-bureaucratic empire" side. The military had been dominated by the conservative Prussian senior military class, the Weimar Republic civilian bureaucracy held sway over most day to day running of the administration, the cultural system grunted and groaned under the Nazi purges, yet the way of thinking and ordinary life of most people had not changed enough to be directly felt. There were massive [=NSDAP=] rallies, public construction projects, industrial development and some things which were aimed to gain popular support like film, public television, paid vacations for the working class and so on. The early campaigns of the war were more or less classic military conquests. All things which were unpleasant enough and soiled with blood, like extermination of the mentally ill, sterilization, mass murder by the Einsatzgruppen (SS death squads), happened somewhere far away from the eyes of the general population. Death camps were not built yet. Battlefield troops were the old drilled regiments raised under the eye of Prussian generals. The Waffen-SS existed just under the guise of a few units armed with leftovers from the arsenals. Official ideology was Germanic, racist, anti-Semitic and nationalist. *** This is not to say that the Nazis enjoyed complete approval during this time, or that the German people were entirely unaware of what their leaders were capable of. The forced euthenasia programs mentioned above were started in 1939 and officially shut down in 1941 due to public protests led by clergymen both Catholic and Protestant. Most of the resources were shifted into the concentration camps at that point, and unofficial killing of the disabled and infirm continued to the end of the war. From 1940 on, many Germans removed elderly and infirm relatives from sanatoriums and asylums and cared for them at home to protect them from the Nazis. ** The second period, from 1941 to the end, was quite different. It all started when a few things piled together to warrant a reaction from [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]]: the Norwegian Campaign ended with a Pyrrhic naval victory, the Battle of Britain flopped, the Battle of Moscow ended in a bloody draw, America stirred itself itching to do ''something'', 3.5 million Soviet prisoners burdened the Wehrmacht, and Einsatzgruppen were not up to their task. At this point in the war, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] changed his tune: there was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he turned into a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas were found and applied for them]]. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
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** The first period, roughly from 1932, before Hitler assumed Chancellorship, to late 1941, 1939, had leaned less on the "Nazi" side and more on the "very conservative and militaristic-bureaucratic empire" side. The military had been dominated by the conservative Prussian senior military class, the Weimar Republic civilian bureaucracy held sway over most day to day running of the administration, the cultural system grunted and groaned under the Nazi purges, yet the way of thinking and ordinary life of most people had not changed enough to be directly felt. There were massive [=NSDAP=] rallies, public construction projects, industrial development and some things which were aimed to gain popular support like film, public television, paid vacations for the working class and so on. The early campaigns of the war were more or less classic military conquests. All things which were unpleasant enough and soiled with blood, like extermination of the mentally ill, sterilization, mass murder by the Einsatzgruppen (SS death squads), happened somewhere far away from the eyes of the general population. Death camps were not built yet. Battlefield troops were the old drilled regiments raised under the eye of Prussian generals. The Waffen-SS existed just under the guise of a few units armed with leftovers from the arsenals. Official ideology was Germanic, racist, anti-Semitic and nationalist. *** This is not to say that the Nazis enjoyed complete approval during this time, or that the German people were entirely unaware of what their leaders were capable of. The forced euthenasia programs mentioned above were started in 1939 and officially shut down in 1941 due to public protests led by clergymen both Catholic and Protestant. Most of the resources were shifted into the concentration camps at that point, and unofficial more secretive killing of the disabled and infirm continued to the end of the war. From 1940 on, many some Germans removed elderly and infirm relatives from sanatoriums and asylums and cared for them at home to protect them from the Nazis. ** The second period, from 1941 late 1939 to late 1942, was starkly different. It was marked by a great deal of optimism about the future and what could be accomplished in wartime. For a short time it seemed as if the sky was the limit, and everything was possible. Germany's disabled and mentally ill were being euthanised, Germany was initiating ethnic cleansing to free up most of Poland for German settlers, Germany was eliminating every possible threat to national security in the occupied Soviet Union, and Germany's total victory over the Soviet Union seemed at hand. Filled with joy and hope, Hitler approved an escalating series of more extreme measures to ensure Germany's future. These included the near-immediate euthanasia of the unfit (for war-work) two-thirds of the Jewish population. The emphasis in this period was, frankly, megalomaniacal and decidedly exterminatory. ** The third period, from late 1942 to the end, was quite different. It all started when a few things piled together to warrant a reaction from [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]]: the Norwegian Campaign ended with a Pyrrhic naval victory, the Battle of Britain flopped, the Battle of Moscow ended in a bloody draw, America stirred itself itching to do ''something'', 3.5 million Soviet prisoners burdened the Wehrmacht, and Einsatzgruppen were not up to their task.different again. At this point in the war, [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] changed his tune: there was no longer Germany against everyone, no easy conquest in sight, no quick victory, and no expenses were to be spared. Suddenly he turned into became a "pan-European fighting against the [[DirtyCommunists deadly threat of Bolshevism]]" and the previously despised non-Germans were to be drawn to his cause. The Waffen-SS opened itself to recruitment from all available populations (literally '''all''', down to the "non-Aryan" Turkics and Tatars from Central Asia), the political power of the military class was stymied and the top figures of the [=NSDAP=] and SS came out under the limelight, armed forces inflated themselves overnight, the research projects which had been shelved "if no usable result is expected earlier than 1 year" in expectancy of a short war were reactivated, and no pity was to be given to the hated Jews, Communists, Slavs (and the list of Hitler's enemies lengthened itself day by day), new [[FinalSolution mass-murdering solutions]] [[DeadlyGas were found and applied for them]]. This was the time of the [[CoolTank Cool Tanks]], [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]], cool weapons, [[StupidJetpackHitler secret weapons]], berserker tactics, mass murder, violence in the extreme to nearly-cartoonish levels, the time of SvenHassel books.
30th Nov '15 5:41:12 AM MAI742
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* Hitler, mass butcher of human beings that he was, was a kind [[StraightEdgeEvil non-smoker]] who [[HitlerAteSugar loved animals]] and never went near any of the prison camps and death camps himself, preferring to instead send the Jews to Madagascar or the US (it was Himmler who wanted to sacrifice the Jews). He's often described as a vegetarian and teetotaler, but several people who knew him described him as eating and drinking at least some meat and sometimes alcohol, drinking high-class champagne together with his mistress Eva Braun. (One explanation is that Hitler, who had digestive trouble, was advised not to eat meat by his doctors, but didn't really listen. Another is that he only started being vegetarian when his most beloved niece, Geli, committed suicide, and ever since then he associated meat with corpses.) It's hard to be certain because for some reason, [[HitlerAteSugar it's not just a purely academic question and people may be out to prove their preconceptions]].
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* Hitler, mass butcher of human beings that he was, was a kind [[StraightEdgeEvil non-smoker]] who [[HitlerAteSugar loved animals]] and never went near any of the prison camps and death camps himself, preferring to instead send himself. His personal views on killing off entire peoples are unclear, but he did approve a number of policies which did exactly that (starting in 1939 with T-4, the Jews to Madagascar or the US (it was Himmler who wanted to sacrifice the Jews).euthanasia of Germany's disabled people). He's often described as a vegetarian and teetotaler, but several people who knew him described him as eating and drinking at least some meat and sometimes alcohol, drinking high-class champagne together with his mistress Eva Braun. (One explanation is that Hitler, who had digestive trouble, was advised not to eat meat by his doctors, but didn't really listen. Another is that he only started being vegetarian when his most beloved niece, Geli, committed suicide, and ever since then he associated meat with corpses.) It's hard to be certain because [[HitlerAteSugar for some reason, [[HitlerAteSugar it's not just a purely academic question and question. Many people may be out have been suspected of (usually very lazily) researching this topic in order to prove their preconceptions]].
30th Nov '15 5:36:12 AM MAI742
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the use of fit elements of these troublesome demographics as slave labor for the war effort and the euthanasia of their every unfit element]]. Interstingly, these efforts would give rise to the term 'genocide'.
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the use of fit elements of these troublesome demographics as slave labor for the war effort and the euthanasia of their every unfit element]]. Interstingly, these efforts would give Interestingly, the deaths of half of those 11 million people (the 5.5 million Jews) gave rise to the term 'genocide'.
30th Nov '15 5:34:47 AM MAI742
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the employment of the troublesome demographics as slave labor for the war effort and the euthanasia of all who could not serve in this capacity]].
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the employment use of the fit elements of these troublesome demographics as slave labor for the war effort and the euthanasia of all who could not serve in this capacity]]. their every unfit element]]. Interstingly, these efforts would give rise to the term 'genocide'.
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the deliberate, industrialized mass murder of millions of ethnic minorities, dissenters, political opponents of Nazism (especially communists), social "undesirables" and "inferior races" as defined by the Nazi Party]]; a period of horror and monstrosity that would claim the lives of at least eleven million people, six million of which were Jews, and would give rise to the word "genocide." Nazi Germany also pursued [[TakeOverTheWorld aggressive territorial expansion]]. Hitler believed that Nazi Germany and the Aryan race should be the rightful rulers over not just all the German-speaking peoples, or even the Germanic states, but all of Europe. This pursuit of territory led to the annexation of UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} and the Sudetenland, the invasion of UsefulNotes/{{Poland}}, and ultimately the start of WorldWarII -- the single most destructive war in human history. This war claimed the lives of an additional 50 or 60 million people, the majority of whom were civilians killed by the Nazi German armed forces.
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During this time, Germany's policies were dominated by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.[[note]]"Nazi" is the phonetic pronunciation of the first two syllables of the party's full name, ''Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei'', "National Socialist German Workers' Party" in English. Then, as now, this was seen as an annoyingly long party name. It was intended to sound vague and all-inclusive by combining key words from across the political spectrum (successfully so, by the way - considering its electoral makeup at least in the 1930s, it was the first genuine catch all-party in Germany). But to a German living at the time, the name would have sounded like a bunch of people calling themselves "right-wing left-wingers".[[/note]][[note]]It was also a bit of a cruel joke; the shortening was partly by analogy with ''Sozi'', the then-popular abbreviation for the ''Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands'', i.e. the Social Democratic Party of Germany -- who were and remain your standard nonviolent center-left party. They are [[UsefulNotes/PoliticiansAndPartiesOfGermany still around]] and are one of the major German parties, but hardly anyone calls them "Sozis" anymore.[[/note]] The party and the country it ruled are best remembered for being fanatically racist (even by the standards of the 1930s, their views were still slightly unusual). They despised Communists, Socialists, Africans, Asians, and Europeans in that order. [[note]] Interestingly, since there were far fewer black Africans in Europe at the time than Jews or Slavs, direct Nazi persecution against them was less frequent and not always consistently enforced. See the unique case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Massaquoi Hans Massaquoi]] for one example[[/note]] However they had a special hatred for Jews despite their European heritage, because their ConspiracyTheorist roots led them to consider Jews the BigBad behind the non-racial and non-national ideologies of Communist and Socialism. These posed an existential threat to Racism and Nationalism. The ultimate goal of the Nazis was the complete extermination of these "inferior races"; in the case of Eastern Europe, the plan was to replace them with German settlers as a medium-term goal for improving the European races' odds in the eventual wars with the Asian and African races. Though this is by no means the only policy adopted by Nazi Germany, it was so prominent that it has become one of their defining characteristics. The belief in the superiority of what Hitler called the Aryan race would ultimately culminate in UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust -- [[FinalSolution the deliberate, industrialized mass murder employment of millions of ethnic minorities, dissenters, political opponents of Nazism (especially communists), social "undesirables" the troublesome demographics as slave labor for the war effort and "inferior races" as defined by the Nazi Party]]; a period euthanasia of horror and monstrosity that would claim the lives of at least eleven million people, six million of which were Jews, and would give rise to the word "genocide." all who could not serve in this capacity]]. Nazi Germany also pursued attempted to move its eastern border about 500km eastward as a stepping-stone [[TakeOverTheWorld aggressive territorial expansion]].to ensure her long-term destiny]]. Hitler believed that Nazi Germany and the Aryan race should be the rightful rulers over not just all the German-speaking peoples, or even the Germanic states, but all of Europe. This pursuit of territory led to the annexation of UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} and the Sudetenland, the invasion of UsefulNotes/{{Poland}}, and ultimately the start of WorldWarII -- the single most destructive war in human history. This war claimed the lives of an additional 50 or 60 million people, the majority of whom were civilians killed by the Nazi German armed forces.
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