History UsefulNotes / NaziGermany

15th May '16 11:48:38 PM Dravencour
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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]]. Interestingly, the deaths of half of those 11 million people (the 5.5 million Jews) gave 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 Communism and Socialism. Socialism.[[note]]Hitler drew a lot of inspiration from ''Literature/TheProtocolsOfTheEldersOfZion'', which infamously cast the Jews as TheManBehindTheMan in regards to Communism, and is suspected to have originated from the twilight years of Tsarist Russia.[[/note]] 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]]. Interestingly, the deaths of half of those 11 million people (the 5.5 million Jews) gave rise to the term 'genocide'.
9th May '16 8:02:56 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Munchhausen}}'': An adaptation of the Munchausen folk tales
16th Apr '16 6:33:21 PM jamespolk
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!!Works created in the Nazi era:

Note: German cinema, art, literature, and creative works of all stripes took a nosedive in quality during the Nazi era, as creative types fled Germany in great numbers, and many of those who didn't flee were imprisoned or killed.

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* ''Film/DieFeuerzangenbowle'' (1944)
* ''Film/LaHabanera'' (1937): Directed by Douglas Sirk before Sirk emigrated to Hollywood
* ''Film/TriumphOfTheWill'': Leni Riefenstahl's infamous 1934 propaganda film. Creator/GeorgeLucas stole the last scene of ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' from this movie.
* ''Film/TheTestamentOfDrMabuse'': Creator/FritzLang's last film in Germany, completed two months after the Nazis seized power. Banned in Germany by the Nazis and not screened there until 1961.
* ''[[Film/{{Titanic1943}} Titanic]]'': First feature film about the disaster, made as anti-British propaganda. Surprisingly influential on later portrayals of the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic.
28th Mar '16 7:12:10 PM karstovich2
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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales [[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat. Albert Speer's memoir ''Inside the Third Reich'' is a fascinating view from someone with an inside perspective on Hitler and the upper echelons of Nazidom, but it should be read ''after'' you read some of the more reputable books, as Speer (understandably but not really excusably) whitewashes most of the worst Nazi atrocities, particularly as regards his own role in them (he pleads ignorance; in reality, he at the very least [[PlausibleDeniability knew enough to understand what questions he should avoid asking).

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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales [[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat. Albert Speer's memoir ''Inside the Third Reich'' is a fascinating view from someone with an inside perspective on Hitler and the upper echelons of Nazidom, but it should be read ''after'' you read some of the more reputable books, as Speer (understandably but not really excusably) whitewashes most of the worst Nazi atrocities, particularly as regards his own role in them (he pleads ignorance; in reality, he at the very least [[PlausibleDeniability knew enough to understand what questions he should avoid asking).
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28th Mar '16 7:11:35 PM karstovich2
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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales [[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat.

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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales [[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat. \n Albert Speer's memoir ''Inside the Third Reich'' is a fascinating view from someone with an inside perspective on Hitler and the upper echelons of Nazidom, but it should be read ''after'' you read some of the more reputable books, as Speer (understandably but not really excusably) whitewashes most of the worst Nazi atrocities, particularly as regards his own role in them (he pleads ignorance; in reality, he at the very least [[PlausibleDeniability knew enough to understand what questions he should avoid asking).
1st Mar '16 11:43:10 AM MAI742
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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' and ''Hitler & Stalin: Parallel Lives'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales.[[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat.

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If you want to read more about the regime, the most acclaimed modern comprehensive survey of its era is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Reich_Trilogy The Third Reich Trilogy]]'' by Richard J. Evans which includes the books, ''The Coming of the Third Reich'', ''The Third Reich in Power'' and ''The Third Reich at War'', which are also available in audiobook at Audible.com. Other recommended books are the ''Hitler'' duology by Ian Kershaw, ''Hitler: A Study in Tyranny'' and ''Hitler & Stalin: Parallel Lives'' by Alan Bullock, ''The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'' by William L. Shirer (who was Creator/CBS's radio correspondent until 1941)[[note]]Though slightly dated now, was at the time so successful that it actually got him off Joe [=McCarthy's=] blacklist through sheer force of sales.sales [[/note]], ''The Third Reich: A New History'' by Michael Burleigh, and ''The Hitler State'' by Martin Broszat.
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Books to ''avoid'' include ''Hitler & Stalin: Parallel Lives'' by Alan Bullock because Bullock got many basic facts of Stalin's life and personality wrong due to poor research, and anything by the convicted Holocaust Denier David Irving because he constantly and consistently lied to make Hitler and the Nazis look less evil.
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.
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