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The period of German history from 1933 - 1945, specifically regarding the rise of the National Socialist German Workers Party

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Did the Soviets learn about the SS tattoos only in late 1945 (and why so late)?

Antony Beevor, in the context of late April 1945 / early May 1945 in Berlin: The French NCO claimed that they were forced labourers who had been press-ganged into uniform by the Germans when the Red ...
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If Nazi Germany had held out till mid 1945 would they become a viable target for nukes? [closed]

If Operation Autumn Mist succeeded in pushing the allies to the western edge of France and the Red Army were held at Eastern Prussia till mid 1945, would they have been nuked? More clarification- I am ...
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Is this Groß-Deutschland 1938-1948 poster real (and produced/published by Nazi Germany)?

Source I found the anticlockwise swastikas strange. The poster is supposed to be from 1938. Some Reddit comments suggest this (or a very similar poster) is fake. (The above poster appears in the movie ...
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What are the key differences in the demographics and support base of DNSAP in Austria compared to Germany before Anschluss?

During the interwar years, the DNSAP in Czechoslovakia comprised a more varied group of members compared to their German counterparts. This was due to the party's nationalistic stance in ...
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Did Nazi Germany have the Highest Per-Capita Rate of Capital Punishment?

I am not talking about extra-judicial murders but actual judicial sentencing to Germany's own citizens. I read in the Wikipedia article that 40K executions occurred during the nazi period which I ...
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How important were Soviet raw material supplies for Nazi Germany in the first two years of WW2?

During the first nearly two years of WW2 (from September 1939 to June 1941), the Soviet Union was among the largest suppliers of raw materials (oil, rubber, grain, iron ore, etc.) for Nazi Germany. ...
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Who were these Nazi bishops?

Who were the Nazi bishops shown at 00:23 and 00:32 in this video?
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Did Rommel commit anything that would later have been considered a war crime?

As I understand it Rommel was executed, or forced to commit suicide (same thing really) because he defied Hitler who ordered him to kill Allied POWs. A nazi war general getting executed because of ...
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What were the reasons for the OKH purge of pro-Nazi officers in 1938?

While reading a biography of Walter Model on Wikipedia, I found this fragment: [...]Model was a supporter of the Nazi Party, and his time in Berlin brought him into contact with senior members of the ...
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What exactly was the position of ‘Party Minister’ assigned to Martin Bormann in Hitler’s will?

In Hitler’s last will and testament, he assigns all the different offices and functions prior to that held by him and the members of his cabinet to new office-holders-Dönitz became Reichpresident, ...
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Nazi Germany and International Law Before 1945

The fall of the Axis powers accompanied the 'birth' of the international legal system in its modern form. While the ICJ's predecessor, the PCIJ, was essentially defunct through WW2, there was a ...
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Is there evidence that Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander Franz Ziereis’s son shot prisoners of the camp?

In the Spanish film the photographer of Mauthausen there is a scene of a party held to celebrate the birthday of the son of Mauthausen Concentration Camp commander (Franz Ziereis). In the scene the ...
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When did the Allied war aims change?

At which point exactly did the aims of the allied powers in the Second World War change from what they were initially to the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany and the other members of the Axis? ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

The path for men in Nazi Germany seemed to be being part of the Hitlerjugend until the age of eighteen, then serving in the Reichsarbeitsdienst for six months, and then doing two years in the ...
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Who denounced Alexander Schmorell?

Alexander Schmorell was a member of the anti nazi movement The White Rose. In his entry in Wikipedia it is stated that he was caught by the Gestapo after being recognized by an old girlfriend while ...
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Why were the workers opposed to Hitler becoming the chancellor of Germany near the end of the Weimar republic?

I just started reading " The rise and fall of the third Reich " by Shirer and came across paragraph stating a hundred thousand workers opposed Hitler becoming the chancellor. If Hitler was ...
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Did Nazi propaganda really claim that England imposed the war on Germany?

There's a photo circulating online (examples 1,2) allegedly of a congress of the National Socialist Party of Germany (i.e. a Nazi congress) that took place at the Sportpalast in Berlin in late 1942 or ...
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How did Admiral King survive his early mistakes in World War II?

In all fairness, Admiral Ernest J. King made important contributions to World War II as the U.S. naval Commander in Chief, most notably in the Pacific theater. He had a number of major weaknesses, ...
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Did Nazi propaganda about the USSR change after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

I'm well-aware that Soviet propaganda completely changed its orientation after the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, starting a much more positive portrayal of the Nazis in many aspects up until the German ...
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Why did NSDAP hate communism (socialism), despite having socialism within the party? [closed]

Why did Germany during the era of NSDAP have a different point of view on socialism? It was not like the socialism that formed communism in the Soviet Union. I believe that Germany's fight against the ...
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Did Nazi Germany ever actually make it illegal to practice Judaism?

While I appreciate that the Nazis tried to portray their anti-Semitism as based on racial, and not religious differences per se, and I understand that if one converted to Judaism, one would be ...
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What are the grenades and artillery cited in this testimony?

In the testimony of a Soviet officer of the raid on Tatsinskaya cited by Wikipedia, the Soviet officer speaks of two elements faced by Soviet tanks: Enemy artillery Germans "launching grenades [...
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Did the Luftwaffe tactically support Tobruk's capture in 1942?

In the comic AfrikaKorps, the capture of Tobruk in 1942 is highlighted as the consequence of tactical bombings of the Tobruk perimeter. The reasons of the defeat are given as: Lack of antitank ...
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What was the true extent of German losses at Prokhorovka?

Recently I came accross what seemed to be a new thesis about the battle of Prokhorovka. I read the book Kursk of the German author and historian Roman Töppel, who explains alongside other "new ...
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What was Canada's policy on immigrants who served in the Wehrmacht, after WW2?

Kapitänleutnant Hans-Diedrich von Tiesenhausen served in the Kriegsmarine, torpedoed many Allied ships, awarded his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, before being a PoW in Canada. Then he "...
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How did German racial laws affect people who weren't Jewish but one of their parents wasn't German?

It's a bit strange question but I can't find anything in this topic. So currently I'm working on a book that is set in the 1940's in Germany, and one of the characters in it was born to a British ...
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Was the contemporaneity of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan coincidental or somehow structural?

Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan embarked on aggressive war plans on opposite sides of the globe at nearly the same time. Was this a coincidence, or were there structural factors in the world system ...
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Did ash rain in cities near Nazi concentration camps?

This scene in Schindler's List depicts ash falling in a city near a concentration camp. Are there written accounts or reports of this happening in Nazi cities?
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Did Washington ever impose any sort of investment ban on Nazi germany?

There is archived coverage about multinational companies, headquartered in the US, that have had operations in Nazi Germany, like here. While these multinationals appear to have received some public ...
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Did any Nazi TV news broadcasts survive?

According to wikipedia, there was some adoption of television in Nazi Germany, The first regular electronic television service in Germany began in Berlin on March 22, 1935, as Deutscher Fernseh ...
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What battle did the German and US join forces in WW2? [duplicate]

I remember learning about a battle towards the end of WW2 when some German and American forces fought side by side. What was that Battle? and Were they both fighting against the SS?
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In the Nuremberg Laws, What did "Approved for Citizenship" is half Jewish mean in practice?

An example: Hans Bethe was a very well-regarded physicist and a half-Jew by Nuremberg definition which further states that he is "approved for Reich citizenship": Nuremberg Citizenship Laws ...
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Why did Hitler's order to give SS members German Citizen remain in force until the 1960s? [closed]

Heinrich Boere was allowed to find refuge in Germany while under death sentence from the Dutch. I guess the obvious answer to why Germany honored laws that applied to a criminal organization is that ...
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How was the term "global" popularized by Nazi Germany?

I am reading Theories of Culture by Arnold Groh that states the following about Nazi Germany: When we speak of cultures in the plural, imbalance of dominance often comes to bear, as some ...
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Was the use of captured tanks an effective strategy for Germany?

Throughout WWII it was not uncommon for armor to be captured and reused by belligerent nations. It seems like Germany was the leading force on this, being recorded as frequently incorporating captured ...
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What happened on July the 5th, 1943, at the Gerbini airfield on Sicily?

I read on this site an event that happened on July, the 5th 1943: About 30 Flying Fortresses which set out to bomb the Sicilian airfield at Gerbini are attacked by more than 100 enemy fighters, 35 of ...
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Did Nazi Germany conduct systematic experiments on prisoners on what it takes to kill/injure a human with electricity?

I live in Denmark and work within the electrical industry. Both at education, at work and on the Internet, I have heard people mention that Nazi Germany conducted all sorts of experiments on prisoners ...
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How did Germany survive on the Eastern Front of WW2 for so long?

By the time that 1942 began, Soviet reinforcements had arrived in the Moscow sector, and the Soviets outnumbered the Germans by nearly 2 to 1 in frontline strength, the majority of them decently ...
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Was the unemployment rate in the Nazi regime lower than the Weimar Republic?

We know that the Nazis didn't count women, Jews, and National Labour Service in the unemployment statistics, which was called 'invisible unemployment', Putting the 'invisible unemployment' scenario ...
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How, exactly, was 30% of Russia's industrial capacity distributed "in and around Moscow" in 1941?

Numerous source allege that the Germans would have crippled the Russian war effort if they had captured "Moscow" because 30% of Russia's industrial capacity was in that area. Given this, ...
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Did Joseph Goebbels really say this about German opposition in 1933?

In a video interview (in Russian) with a Putin supporter that surfaced recently, the host asks his guest, "What do you think of this quote?" Here's the text of the alleged quote: Opposition ...
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Why Finland received so little foreign support during the winter war?

Considering the following four facts: Many western countries helped the anti-communist government during the Russian civil war, League of Nation supports Finland, The war lasts really long comparing ...
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Did anyone ever escape Nazi Germany through KdF trips?

I'm studying Nazi Germany in school and am learning about the Kraft durch Freude organisation. I've learned that, to improve worker's leisure time, the Nazis would sponsor cruises and holidays to ...
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Were conquered professionals used as forced professional labor under Nazi rule?

Was it common for professional classes from conquered lands to be used as forced labor for "professional" work under Nazi rule? For example, would it be unusual for a Lithuanian doctor who ...
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Is it true that Germans in World War 2 did not suffer punishment for refusing genocidal orders?

According to Norman Naimark's interview on the Lex Fridman Podcast (#248) One of the shocking things that I learned just a few years ago when studying the Holocaust is that you could pull out. In ...
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How significant was the literary loss due to WWII?

From the Wikipedia list of libraries damaged during World War II, I learnt that millions of books stored in libraries were lost from bombings and intentional destruction by the Nazis, especially in ...
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Is Samuel Igra's "Germany's National Vice" reliable in any way?

This book originally published in German in 1945 is the primary source for widely publicized claims in the book The Pink Swastika that Adolf Hitler was a closeted homosexual and had a background in ...
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The situation in nazi Germany of a Jewish male married to an "aryan" female vs Jewish female married to an "aryan" male?

For some reason, most of what I have read deals with Jewish males who were married to "aryan" females. This might be because the other way around, the female would have converted to ...
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How many visits did the Mitford sisters or Oswald Mosley make to Nazi Germany?

The youngest Mitford sister, Unity, first met Hitler in Munich 1934, who invites her older sister Diana over to meet him in April 1935. Sometime in 1935 Unity delivers the televised speech at ...
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Did Stalin offer Hitler peace after Stalingrad?

While reading Winston's War (Max Hastings), I have been repeatedly impressed by the image of Hitler fighting against the Soviet Union, while the latter was supplied by the Allies. A collectivist ...
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