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Was there a German embassy open in 1941 Lisbon?

There was a functioning embassy of Germany in Lisbon for almost all of the second world war, until 6 May 1945. But there was no ambassador for a period in 1944–45. Oswald von Hoyningen-Huene was the ...
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What exactly was the position of ‘Party Minister’ assigned to Martin Bormann in Hitler’s will?

First off you need to understand that, for better or worse, the Nazi state did not have clearly defined borders of responsibility. The constant struggle for influence and control between rival ...
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What did "The Emperor of the Atlantic greets the Emperor of the Pacific" mean (Germany pre-WW1)?

I think this refers to a message exchanged between Kaiser Wilhelm II and Tsar Nicholas II. According to V. I. Gurko, in his 1939 work Features and Figures from the Past: Government and Opinion in the ...
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What was the standard time in the Principality of Lippe?

which time was used in the Principality of Lippe (Fürstentum Lippe)? Each town would have used its own local mean time (LMT). On 1848-01-18, railway time was introduced to the Prussian railway ...
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Why would people join a bloc party?

For practical matters and in East Germany, the benefits from being a member of a bloc party were actually not so different from being a member of the real ruling party. Party membership (either in the ...
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Why weren’t resettled Germans compensated for their confiscated land in Prussian Pomerania after WWII?

Wars often cause so much destruction that compensation is not economically feasible. It was tried after WWI, but the idea was eventually all but dropped after it appeared that Germany could just not ...
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Did West Germany build or mandate bomb shelters for ordinary civilians?

Yes, West Germany did build a number of large-ish air raid shelters, for several hundred to several thousand people each. Most were built underground, usually in connection to subterranean garages or ...
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How long did it take approximately for a person to travel from Basel to Hanover (1753) by any means of transport?

I found a trip report for a journey between Berlin and Strasbourg in the year 1778 by an anonymous French correspondent who left Berlin on May 3 and arrived in Strasbourg on June 9. The traveler ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

To state the possibly-not-obvious, one group that would not be allowed to serve where all those Germans whom the Nazis considered not proper Germans. The German term for that is wehrunwürdig (WU, ...
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How long did it take approximately for a person to travel from Basel to Hanover (1753) by any means of transport?

For tracing postal routes through Germany in the second half of the 18th century, I have found two maps with helpful notes on times: Neue und vollständige Postkarte durch ganz Deutschland (1764) ...
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Why would people join a bloc party?

In the 1990s, the German Bundestag organised a long-running investigative commission, the Enquete-Kommissionen zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur. In its voluminous report at the end of the 12. ...
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What was the physical appearance of Theodoric I, the King of the Visigoths?

We don't know. I believe the closest thing we have to a contemporaneous account about Theodoric is Jordanes' Getica. It was written about 100 years after Theodoric died. He does cite as his source a ...
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Where can I find a detailed map of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Rotenburg as it existed in 1648?

The best map I found so far is Landgraviatus Hassiae Inferioris nova Tabula, in qua praecipue Ditiones Hasso-Casselenses et Comitatus Waldeck cum infertis et vicinis alioris Statuum Praefecturis ...
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When and how was West/East-German citizenship determined in the early years of post-war Germany?

Were they West-German citizens, or was Germany still in some kind of limbo-state where there was no difference between West/East-citizenship? There was never a West-German citizenship. Before 1913, ...
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What was life like in Korbach, Hesse, Germany during the 1700s?

"Protestant area" is always a very relative term in these central areas of Germany, especially in Hessen. Territorial ownership changed often during the centuries, and especially during the ...
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Are there pictures expressing anti-occupation sentiment directed at British Forces in Germany before 1990?

I was in that period often stationed in Germany, for the Dutch army. I have never noticed any problems between the German population and the British army. I interacted regularly between military (...
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Why would people join a bloc party?

Perhaps not a complete answer, but to provide several considerations: people simply could be ordered or paid to join the bloc party, the leaders of such a party could be even undercover members of ...
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Bismarck urged not to hinder Russia from going deeper into the "oriental dead end." What did he mean by "oriental dead end?"

The following text in the source, No. 1341, is a letter from Bismarck to Crown Prince Wilhelm, explaining the quoted letter. It contains the following sentences: Die geheimen Verträge, welche wir mit ...
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How much oil was Germany able to secure after invasion of France?

Hayward (1995) says that the amount of oil products captured in the 1940 campaigns overall was something greater than the 12 million barrels consumed by them, including "250,000 tons of aviation ...
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German influence in Strasbourg

Your question is perhaps based on a false expectation of analogy between the cultural and political relations between France and Germany on the one hand, and Greece and Turkey on the other. Alsace, ...
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Which artist had a special exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Bonn in summer 2012?

I searched "Kunstsmuseum Bonn 2012"; the museum publicity for that year is online, listing the artists and showing some thumbnails - that might help you to recall. Could it have been D. Reed
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Was there a German embassy open in 1941 Lisbon?

What Germany might have been roaming the Cafés is still a bit of a large topic: Don't forget Salazar, a culturally authoritarian dictator, during and before WW2, was very much on the side of Franco, ...
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Was there a German embassy open in 1941 Lisbon?

While looking for something else, I found this, which confirms that an Embassy (called Legation) did exist. Allied Relations and Negotiations With Portugal - U.S. Department of State (.gov) page 12 ...
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Was there a German embassy open in 1941 Lisbon?

You might like to read about the history of Juan Pujol García, notorious for being the only spy decorated by both the British & Nazi governments. The Wikipedia page lacks the details, along with ...
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Did West Germany build or mandate bomb shelters for ordinary civilians?

A long comment rather than an answer. The concept of bomb shelters and their use evolved since WW2 in at least two ways: Developments of weapons made most of WW2 type structures obsolete - they are ...
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Could healthy young men avoid Wehrmacht conscription before 1939?

I am not sure if you are familiar with the basic concept of conscription. Candidates are screened for physical fitness, inabilites etc., and ranked according to these findings. Anyone deemed not fit ...
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Why did the Germans wait until it was too late to reinstate their unrestricted submarine warfare in WWI?

When the Germans were starting to break the English's supply chain with submarines the USA placed an ultimatum that if the Germans did not halt their unrestricted submarine program the US would ...
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Why did the United States enter World War I?

I'm surprised there hasn't been a good answer yet. The US entered WWI as a culmination of a number of diplomatic missteps by Germany, centering around unrestricted submarine warfare. Initially, the US ...
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Who is 'Chlodebaudo/Chlodebaud' in the Merovingian-era Clovis I genealogy & Charlemagne ancestry, supposedly mentioned in a Salic Law manuscript?

There is an available French paper by Ètienne Renard from 2018 focusing on several versions of the Merovingian family tree based on a lost archetype. The paper is available online and the associated ...
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