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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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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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Why did Sweden accept the Jews from Denmark?

Was the primary reason good relations between Denmark and Sweden? As we know, many countries, some of which were quite safe from Germany and did not trade with them, chose not to allow even modest ...
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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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Why would the Gestapo help Jews to escape? [closed]

This history.com article says Passage was a terrifying ordeal. Jews congregated in fishing towns, then hid on small boats, usually 10 to 15 at a time. They gave their children sleeping pills and ...
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What were the capabilities of U-boats during the battle of the Atlantic?

I'm learning about the capabilities of German u-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic and their improvements during the war, in the most general sense. I researched three types of U-boat, the VIIA, ...
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What were the racial views of the Nazis towards the Greeks?

I was going through this article on the Greek Genocide (1914-1922), and stumbled upon this quote from the 1935 publication, Ankara: An interpretation of the new becoming in Turkey, by Norbert Bischoff:...
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What exactly was East Prussia between 1933 and 1945? Was it part of a larger government, and which one?

I've read some about WWII, but until I started reading the book "Inge's War" (Svenja O'Donnell) I had apparently misunderstood Germany. I had envisioned Germany as its own entity. Inge's ...
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Where can I find more information about destruction of a castle in Merlas, France?

On approximately the 21st of June 1944, some German troops burned a "castle" (not an historical one, built just before 1900) in the commune of Merlas (Isère), in the south-east of France. ...
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How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?

This Smithsonian Magazine article indicates that Jews could keep 8% of their assets (at least in some cases, and I am sure in practice there were obstacles to retaining even that), which is different ...
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Did Germany offer the Soviet Union an opportunity to join the Axis?

This article on Wikipedia claims that Germany and the Soviet Union conducted talks over the possibility for the Soviet Union to join the Axis. talks occurred in October and November 1940 concerning ...
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Did everyone have to carry identity papers in Nazi Germany?

Was everyone expected to carry identification on their person at all times in Germany after 1938 or only the Jews? Certain groups (notably draft-age German males) had to apply for a Kennkarte, but ...
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Were the Germans in a position to capitalize on their military objectives at Stalingrad without capturing the whole city?

As I understand it, the military objective of capturing Stalingrad was to be able to cut off north-south river traffic on the Volga, and land traffic on the east bank of the river, using the city as a ...
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Were there any potential areas around Smolensk that Army Group Center might have found as defensible as the Rzhev line?

During Operation Barbarossa the German Army Group Center met perhaps its first serious opposition around Smolensk. That suggests that the region had at least "some" defensive value. After a ...
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Did the Axis try to "bribe" Turkey into joining them during World War II?

Not far from the Russo-Turkish border are the oil fields of Baku, which might have been "capturable" by a lightening strike of Turkish, German or joint German-Turkish forces. This oil could ...
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How and why did the progress of Army Group A differ from what the terrain in the Caucasus might suggest?

A simplistic description of the southern wing of Fall Blau would be that the Germans advanced "easily" across the relatively flat land of the Kuban and North Caucasus, and stalled after they ...
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What were Nazi policies around converts to Judaism?

While Judaism is not a missionary religion, it is possible to convert to Judaism. I can only assume (although I've not found any sources on this), that practicing converts were treated like any other ...
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Where are the Nuremberg gallows?

My google fu was weak - I was not able to find out where the Nuremberg gallows went after use. Were they destroyed, as a symbolic "It will never happen again, we don't need them anymore"? (...
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What led Guderian as far south as Gomel, in August, 1941?

In June of 1941, Nazi Germany launched operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union with three Army Groups, North, Center, and South. According to the OKW plans, the main axis of advance was ...
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What was Michael Wittmann's "officer" chain of command like?

At Normandy, tank ace, Captain Michael Wittmann commanded a group of seven tanks. My understanding is that an officer of Wittmann's rank might command a unit of 9-15 tanks at full strength (before ...
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What were the ranks of say, the five crewmen of a Panzer in World War II? [duplicate]

At Normandy, tank ace, Major Michael Wittmann commanded a group of seven tanks. This was probably a unit that had been decimated by casualties. Even so, my understanding is that an officer of Wittmann'...
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Why did the French "surrender" all of its troops during the armistice in World War II?

After losing the Battle of France, in 1940, France concluded an "Armistice," basically a "cease fire in place," with Germany. (The borders were adjusted so the Germans were given ...
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Given the concern about Soviet oil in World War II, why is so little mention made of captured Soviet coal reserves?

Fall Blau, and a lot of the eastern campaign was centred around capturing Soviet oil reserves, particularly around Maikop, Grozny, and Baku in the Caucasus. But the Germans captured the majority of ...
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Why didn't the Allies use a naval invasion to retake Norway?

Norway was captured by Germany during WWII, and been liberated from Germany after Karl Dönitz signed the surrender treaty with the Allies. But there were some chances for Allies to create an assistant ...
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How were German soldiers chosen to be flown out of Stalingrad?

During the siege of Stalingrad, something like 300,000 Axis soldiers were killed, wounded and captured. There was an airlift to bring ammunition and other supplies to the trapped forces. According to ...
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Did Hitler have any plans in regards to the troops he had stationed in Norway throughout the war?

Throughout WW2 Germany had 400,000 troops stationed in Norway essentially doing occupation duty and fighting of partisans after Norway's surrender. Now as the war started to turn against the Germans ...
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How did Nazi Germany justify the attempted invasion of Britain?

Virtually all modern nations offer a justifying reason why they're engaging in any war, if only to convince their own people that they're fighting on the side of right and justice. What justification ...
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Did the Germans fuel the general's purge?

In the book A Man Called Intrepid the author claims that the Germans contributed greatly to Stalin's purge of the generals. I know this is a poor source yet I have found nothing to confirm nor deny. I'...
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What does this acronym and the symbol in the middle represent?

One of my Polish friends just bought a ruined old brick house in a village in Poland, which was supposedly reigned by Germany during the second world war (I didn't ask the name nor the location of the ...
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How many of the Frenchmen who volunteered for service in the Wehrmacht were former POWs?

During World War II, a number of Frenchmen volunteered for service in the Wehrmacht. For the purposes of this question, these men came from two sources: 1) genuine volunteers (freiwillige or "...
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Why did Nazis flee to South America?

The wikipedia article on Josef Mengele states: After the war, Mengele fled to South America. He sailed to Argentina in July 1949, assisted by a network of former SS members. He initially lived in and ...
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What percentage of troops in the Wehrmacht were front-line combat troops?

As with every army, a given percentage of the troops are dedicated to the logistics and transport of supplies to support that army’s campaigns. The Wehrmacht of World War Two required a great deal of ...
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How much did "Rhino" tanks improve the American advance in Normandy?

After leaving the beaches during the Battle of Normandy, the Americans confronted the Germans on the so-called "bocage", or pastoral land. This included large "hedgerows," that ...
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Were some groups in the Soviet Union more likely to collaborate with the Germans than others?

In the case of Yugoslavia, to take one example, there were three main groups: Croat Ustaze, the largely Serbian Chetniks, and the Titoites, who were largely drawn "neither of the above." ...
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When did Germans stop supporting Adolf Hitler? [duplicate]

I know that German Reich with the leadership of Adolf Hitler was a dictatorship, however I think, at least in some part of history the majority of Germans supported him and his ideologies. This ...
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Why did the Metall und Lackierwarenfabrik company get asked to bid on the creation of the MG42?

The MG42. A very iconic machine gun built during World War 2. Known for its high rate of fire, three man operating squad and its ability to suppress advancing troops, was built by Metall und ...
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Why did Hitler send Manstein's army (and not some other) to Leningrad in the summer of 1942?

In July, 1942, Germany's General von Manstein won the siege of Sevastopol. Shortly thereafter, Manstein and his 11th Army were sent to Leningrad, which the Germans were also besieging. I don't ...
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How many Reichsmarks would a piano lesson have cost in Germany during 1930 - 39?

I have learnt in history that the Reichsmark became extremely inflated, but I think people still used it as currency, just in ridiculous amounts to buy otherwise "cheap" produce (such as ...
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How secure was Germany's last foothold in the Caucasus in 1943?

In January, 1943, after the collapse of Fall Blau and just before the fall of Stalingrad, Germany withdrew most of Army Group A from the Caucasus. But they left a rearguard consisting of the ...
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Did a unit of 40 men hold off Rommel's "ghost division" for 18 days?

I found the following baffling claim on a Wikipedia article regarding the "Chasseurs Ardennais" in World War II: A unit of only 40 men held off the combined arms of the German forces, ...
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