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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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Why did France surrender so quickly during ww2? [closed]

A few of my students were making fun of France's surrender to Germany during WW2. So this made me wonder why France would surrender only after a week. They had a pretty good army. They could have put ...
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Why did the Nazis guillotine criminals but mostly hang political enemies, and why were the White Rose group an exception?

Both the methods used and the range of crimes 'meriting' execution changed under the Nazis. Dark History says: When Hitler came to total power, he decided that criminals and enemies of the state ...
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Was the Wehrmacht a mechanized army?

I read random descriptions of Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, and I got the impression that besides tanks, the armies carried with them millions of horses and that the bulk of the soldiers were ...
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Who is on the Nazi 2 Reichsmark coin?

There is a long haired figure on the 1934 2 Reichsmark coin. Who is it?
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How big were the two German pockets at the end of the battle of Stalingrad?

I've often read about Stalingrad, but one piece of info eludes me. At the time of their surrender, the Germans were reduced to 2 'pockets'. How big were they in terms of area?
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Were there any other Edeljude pardoned by Hitler or high ranking Nazis?

Alongside Eduard Bloch, were there any other known people of Jewish decent who were given the same sort of protection and pardon during the time in which the Nazi's were in power?
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If Hitler did not create a Second Front, could the war in the East have developed very differently? [closed]

If Hitler had decided to not attack Britain, and focused solely on Russia, and only left a big enough portion of his resources there to prevent a Second front opening up, what magnitude of resources ...
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How many tons of bombs were dropped on Britain between 1940 July 10 and September 7?

1940, July 10 to September 7, was the part of the Battle of Britain before the Blitz. In other words, it was the part where the Luftwaffe primarily focused on airfields, factories, and if I'm not ...
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What did the average German citizen know about the war?

How much did the average German citizen know about the advancements and losses of the German armed forces; more specifically, did the citizens know in 1943 to 1945 that German forces were being pushed ...
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What police uniforms are being worn in the film “Alone in Berlin”?

I recently saw the film Alone in Berlin starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson. It is a fictionalised account of the novel Every man dies alone by Hans Fallada, based on the true life story of ...
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How economically profitable for Nazi Germany were the occupied countries in Western Europe?

Despite the invasions costs, there were at least short-term economic gains as a result of plundering and the confiscation / taking over of resources and factories. Were those benefits so evident in ...
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Why didn't the US produce stamped weapons like the Germans during WW2?

It is my understanding that the MP40 and STG44 were successful stamped weapons used and mass produced by the Germans in WW2 that gave them an advantage in some battles. Background: Stamping is ...
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Did Germany's role in WW2 affect the historical perception of its role in WW1?

In the recent Wonder Woman movie (which I know is not an historical essay) I understand that the Germans are treated as the bad guys, almost like nazis although I am pretty sure that Germans in WW1 ...
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Learning about WW2 lead me to a current event question about German policy [closed]

Background I am a student currently learning about the atrocities that Nazi Germany committed in the 1940’s. Some of the well-known and worst ones are the concentration camps and horrific experiments,...
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Do detailed records exist for artillery usage by the Nazi military in 1945?

Allegedly the German logistical system had broken down by 1945. Yet they still fought many tough battles. I would like to test these claims by looking at monthly shell tonnages in 1945. I believe that ...
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My Grandfather-Nationalist boarding schools in Nazi Germany

My grandfather's family were of South African nationality ( English mom, German dad by country of birth) and were visiting German relatives when the war began. My Grandfathers dad wouldn't join the ...
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Is there documentary evidence that Stalin intended/prepared to fight Germany after the Nazi-Soviet pact?

It's often said the peace was only both sides buying time. There's ample evidence Hitler always intended to break the pact. Did Stalin? Suvorov's thesis that Stalin was preparing for an offensive ...
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After the USS Reuben James was sunk (1941 Oct 31) by Germany, why didn't the USA join the war?

The USS Reuben James was a Destroyer protecting a convoy when it was hit and sunk by a torpedo from a German U-Boat. This was on Oct 31, 1941. Most of the people on board were killed. A Wikipedia ...
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Was Hitler ever a member of the Reichstag?

Pretty much what the title says. Hitler apparently wasn't noted for any parliamentary activity; either he was never a member of the Reichstag (MR), or he was a quite non-notable MR. Ballots of the ...
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At the start of Barbarossa, what was the state of Germany's oil supply?

Very recently, I came across this statement from Wikipedia: In 1938, two thirds of German oil supply came from the United States and Latin America. It has a citation, some book reference that ...
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What aspects of Primo Levi's works are considered historically inaccurate?

I have read his books and I suspect he deliberately changed some details for literary purposes. Of course Holocaust deniers might question much of what he wrote but do serious historians also cast ...
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What was the planned line of succession for the Nazi Party in the event that Hitler died?

What was the planned line of succession for the Nazi Party in the event that Adolf Hitler died? I see that after Hitler's suicide in April 1945, Joseph Goebbels succeeded as Chancellor of Germany for ...
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Is Himmler's memo about genocide authentic? Significant?

In this bio of Yehuda Bauer, we see mention of a Himmler memo to Hitler (dated May 25, 1940): Himmler states his rejection of "the Bolshevik method of physical annihilation of a people out of inner ...
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Was the treatment of US diplomats in Germany after the declaration of war during WW2 typical? [duplicate]

Wikipedia describes the way the US ambassador and other members of the diplomatic corps were treated. Ultimately they were exchanged for German prisoners. Is that usual to exchange diplomats for other ...
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Why are former SS Engineers and Scientists who worked for NASA still honored? [closed]

This is a very serious question for me and I hope this will be treated with seriousness. One can look up on the NASA website the biography of, for example, Debus who was a member of the SS. There is ...
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Did Nazi Germany use chemical weapons on the battlefield?

We all know the famous quote of Sean Spicer: "You had someone who is despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." He later tried to excuse it using this sentence: "But ...
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Considering what was known about Hitler in 1933, why would German bishops declare that Catholics could cooperate with the new State?

Partially prompted by this other question "Were Hitler's anti-Jewish sentiments known at all to those who voted him to power in 1933?" According to the information in above question, the antisemitism ...
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Were Hitler's anti-Jewish sentiments known at all to those who voted him to power in 1933?

This is partially related to the issue that dislike of certain groups of individuals had long roots in Europe (such as exemplified by this article). Anyway, I was looking at this other question which ...
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Treatment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany [closed]

I read that Nazi Germany only prosecuted gay men, not gay women. This really confuses me. As to my understanding, the Nazis wanted to increase the Aryan population and exclusively gay men don't seem ...
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Are these real WWII Nazi patches? [closed]

Quick question for anyone knows about historic WWII Nazi artefacts. These patches were found in my grandfather's basement after he died. He served in WWII in Germany. Are these actual Nazi patches or ...
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Did personnel from the “Aktion T4” (“euthanasia” murders) kill severely wounded Wehrmacht soldiers on the eastern front?

In Jonathan Littell's novel Les Bienveillantes (English title: The Kindly Ones) the fictional protagonist meets, in 1943, a man employed with the Aktion T4, the organization behind the "euthanasia" ...
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What do we know about “Honorary Aryans” like Milch, Warburg and a few others? [closed]

The story of special exemptions for very useful Jews or in one case a good friend of Hitler -- these exemptions resulted in people like Milch being able to serve at a very high level in Nazi Germany ...
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What concessions did Hitler demand from the Poles before 1939?

On Wikipedia, it is stated that: Earlier, Hitler's foreign policy worked to weaken ties between Poland and France, and attempted to manoeuvre Poland into the Anti-Comintern Pact, forming a ...
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Context for peace between UK and Germany around the Fall of France

Reading up on Churchill on Wikipedia, I found reports on a discussion inside the British cabinet whether to ask for peace following the Fall of France (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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When did the allies find out about the killing of Jews during WW2

When watching "Saving Private Ryan" I noticed during the opening scene that one of the soldiers (who is Jewish) gets emotional when he discovers a Hitler Youth knife, I could only assume it was ...
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How did the civilian population of Nazi Germany react to Operation Overlord?

How did the civilian population of Germany react when it became known that the Allies had finally launched their attack on the Atlantic Wall?
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In pre-ww2 and during ww2 Nazi Germany, what protection was given to Jewish property and businesses? [closed]

My understanding is that, for example, businesses that were aryanized were sold at low but not completely nominal prices but I am not sure. I assume that in invaded countries, property was simply ...
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What happened to General Eugen Müller after WWII?

General Eugen Müller wrote the first draft of the infamous Commissar Order. He was, if I understand correctly, something like the top legal officer of the Wehrmacht during WWII (I found different job ...
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Was Nazi Germany still burning books in 1935?

Book burnings started in 1933, but did they continue on in 1935 and maybe beyond?
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Did Germany have enforced conscription in 1944? [closed]

My grandfather was a german soldier during the second world war. He was born on March 22, 1926 in Schwabach, Germany. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the german army. There is one detail i would ...
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Nazi Germany - Income of low-wage workers, and prices of food and other items?

I'm trying to write a fictional piece in which the main character is an unemployed Jew, searching for jobs on the streets. Assume that he (the character) finds a temporary low wage job to do, like ...
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Nuremberg Laws - Did they affect existing marriages between Jews and Non-Jews?

The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor states: Marriages between Jews and citizens of German or related blood are forbidden. Sexual relations between Jews and citizens of ...
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How did people die in Nazi extermination camps?

Before I get to the question, I'd like to point out that this is a particularly sensitive topic so thanks for letting me ask and hopefully remaining serious. I know that at least 6 million people (1) ...
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Were Germans permitted to give the Hitler salute with the left arm?

I frequently come across pictures and videos where Nazi functionaries (such as SS and SA men) give the infamous Hitler salute (a.k.a the Fascist salute) with their right hand. Now this is hardly ...
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How would Nazi treatment differ between a “half-Jew” and “full Jew”?

I've read in various Holocaust memoirs that the difference between being a "half-Jew" and "full Jew" could mean life or death. Obviously, Nazi treatment of a "half-Jew" was better than a "full Jew", ...
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Why/how did German arms output peak in 1944 when they were running out of oil?

For instance, aircraft production rose from 15 thousand in 1942 to 40 thousand in 1944, while tank production approximately doubled over that span, according to Paul Kennedy's "Rise and Fall of the ...
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What is 'redemptive anti-Semitism'? [closed]

Redemptive anti-Semitism is a theory expounded by Saul Friedländer. According to Wikipedia: he maintains that Nazi anti-semitism was distinctive for being “redemptive anti-semitism”, namely a ...
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Did the Jews move from Palestine to Germany? [closed]

I have an essay to write and the question is simple. Did the Jews first live in Palestine and then move to Germany? If they did move to Germany, why did they and did they return? I just need to ...
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What did Hitler mean with the following statement about Franco?

The following was quoted in Albert Speer's diary entry for 26 December 1950 recalling a conversation with Hitler in January 1943 (Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diary (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, ...
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Could German citizens visit Japan during the Nazi era? And if so what would the locals think of them?

Germany and Japan in WWII were BFF's, with Japan continuing to fight to the bitter, nuke-filled, end. Now, let's say a German citizen wanted to check out Japan, for whatever reason: Firstly, could ...

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