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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 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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Was one of the main reasons Hitler attacked the Soviet Union due to oil?

Some people say the reason for Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union was due to the oil fields in the Caucasus. Which, according to many historians, was the fact he prioritized his armies south rather ...
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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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What level of public support did Adolf Hitler have in his final year of power?

In his final year in power, what level of support did Adolf Hitler still command and what drove that public perception? I ask as an insight into populism and at what point do populations reach a ...
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Did the Nazis ever cite Martin Luther's “The Jews and their lies” to justify the holocaust?

Did the Nazis ever cite Martin Luther's "The Jews and their lies" to justify the Holocaust and their generally antisemitic ideas? I've been looking and thus far haven't found much, just wondering if ...
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Did Nazi Party members fight on the front lines?

My impression was that members of the actual Nazi party were able to use their influence to get out of the most dangerous assignments. Is this accurate? How many of the front line infantry and ...
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How much in total did Nazi Germany spend on their war machine

How much German marks did Germany spend on there army during WW2. They had around 13 million soldiers they had to pay them and manufacture there gear.
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How did Hitler have his own private militia in 1923?

I read this article Against Normalization: The Lesson of the “Munich Post” in the LA Review of Books. At the very apex of the Beer Hall Putsch, a clash between his militia and Munich’s chief ...
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After their rise to power in 1932, were any of the elections or referenda under the Nazis legitimate? [closed]

Such as the 1933 election, Rhineland referendumm or Anschluss. Such as, were they free (secret ballot, no punishment for voting against what the Nazis wanted) or fair (as in the results reflect the ...
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How many German soldiers were there by the time Nazi Germany surrendered?

How many German soldiers were out there fighting by the time Nazi Germany surrendered ? (What I mean by surrendered is 8th of may 1945) I read this and it says in early may there were around 800K ...
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What was the trend of forced labor in Germany and its conquered territories during WWII?

All I can find online about forced labor is the fact that by late summer of 1944, "German records listed 7.6 million foreign civilian workers and prisoners of war in the German territory, most of whom ...
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What were Albert Speer's specialties, and how did he apply them when he led Organisation Todt?

I know that Speer was the Minister of Armaments and Munitions as well as the head of the Organisation Todt, but what exactly did he do to make the war production so productive? What changes did he ...
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What was the attitude of the Scientific community when Hitler accessed power? [closed]

What was the attitude of the scientific community when Hitler accessed power, between 1933 and 1939 ? Did the scientists boycotted the meetings (if any ?) in Germany ? Update: I don't imagine that ...
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What goods did Germany trade during World War II, and with whom?

I have scoured the internet for numerical figures and an actual list of raw materials to no avail. Moreover, I am reasonably certain that many of you are very knowledgeable upon this subject matter, ...
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Was the London Blitz accidentally started by lost pilots?

In Connie Willis's All Clear, one of the characters makes reference to the Blitz thus: ... the German pilots who got lost didn't mean to start the London Blitz The universe this series is set in ...
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What was the mechanized/motorized distribution in German Panzer divisions?

I've read a lot of organization charts for German Panzer divisions. In most of them, they have one panzer (tank) regiment, one artillery regiment, two or three panzergrenadiere (mobile infantry) ...
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What, if anything, did Hitler think of the Canadian government's treatment of the Native Americans?

What, if anything, did Hitler think of the Canadian government's treatment of the Native Americans? Asking because the TVTropes "Final Solution" page said (now removed): While the Holocaust may be ...
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PhD dissertations from Nazi Germany

Inspired by this question, which asks for a list of students who were expelled from universities in Nazi Germany, I would be interested in knowing where I might be able to find more information about ...
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Where can I find a list of students expelled from university in Nazi Germany?

I'm looking for a place to research the names of students expelled from university in Nazi Germany, from 1933 to 1936. The reasons for expulsion would be being under suspicion of some anti-Nazi ...
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Finding information about Johannes Pohl

I am looking for information about Dr Johannes Pohl. According to David G. Roskies in Against the Apocalypse, Pohl was a member of Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, which was tasked with cataloging ...
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Synagogue Scene in Der Ewige Jude: Looking for more information

This question is fairly technical, but I've run into a dead-end and the historians whom I have asked have been unable to help me. If anybody can direct me to something on this subject, I would very ...
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Was Jud Suss a veiled criticism of Hitler?

In 1940, Veit Harlan directed his most controversial movie: Jud Suss. The film takes various historical liberties, but otherwise depicts the life and death of Joseph Suss Oppenheimer, Court Jew to ...
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During the Battle of Britain, how prepared was the East Front?

The Battle of Britain went on between July and October of 1940. During this time, how prepared was the German Eastern Front? Specifically, how much of the German Army was on the West (either ...
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Why was the Me262 not suited for a bomber role?

A documentary at Radio-Canada named "mégastructures nazies" mentioned the Me262 as not being suited for a bomber role. Also, Albert Speer was against the decision to convert the Me262 to this role, as ...
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How is the “Blitzkrieg” different from the “glubokaya operatsiya”

I am asking this question from memory. I remember to keep hearing and reading that the Soviets, in the final stages of WWII, advancing into Germany, have "learned" the "Blitzkrieg" from the Germans. ...
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Was the Waffen-SS an elite force? [duplicate]

I often hear that the SS were "the elite troops of the Reich" and I seriously doubt it without being able to explain why it wasn't despite having read two entire books on the Waffen-SS. I think it's ...
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Why was there a 2nd version of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that gave Lithuania to USSR?

I was shocked to read this at Wikipedia's article on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact: Lithuania, adjacent to East Prussia, would be in the German sphere of influence, although a second secret protocol ...