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Did Adolf Hitler ever address the fact that his own appearance was almost an exact opposite of what he considered the ideal Aryan appearance?

For once that was an ideal. And a goal. To be 'restored'. By racial breeding and struggle. And it was readily apparent to really everyone that not every German was blonde. That said, Hitler himself ...
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How were concentration and extermination camp guards recruited?

Short answer – it was less "hiring" and more "drafting". No pre-screening happened that I could find evidence of (well, except for the general "has to be a good Nazi" principle, which might count ...
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Why did other German political parties disband so fast when Hitler was appointed chancellor?

Three steps to observe: Hitler was given the chancellory Election in 1933 Reichstag fire & Enabling decree First the really unwanted elements were beaten up, imprisoned or just killed. Then a ...
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Did the Nazis identify as being Fascists? How exactly did they view themselves?

There is a confusion of terminology at work, here. First of all, you have to understand what the terms involved were not: They weren't the "loaded" terms we recognize them as from today's point of ...
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What was Nazi Germany's end goal?

So just how was Nazi Germany hoping WWII would end? You may be looking at this from a wrong perspective. Nazi Germany never had a master plan to conquer the world. It never had a plan to wage war on ...
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How did Hitler get off so lightly after the Beer Hall Putsch?

This is partially really almost answered within the question: The lay judges were supporters of Hitler… But the whole affair is at the same time really strange and blatantly obvious, in retrospect. ...
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What does this acronym and the symbol in the middle represent?

The symbol, though defaced, is probably the symbol of the Hitlerjugend. Click the link to see the actual image, I don't want to post it here, since it would be a legal grey area for me to do so for ...
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Why did Joseph Goebbels allow an all-Jewish Orchestra to exist and perform in Berlin from 1938 to 1941?

The short answer is that the orchestra served as a useful propaganda tool both at home and abroad, helped the Nazi regime achieve their initial goal of seperating Jews from German society and culture, ...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

So how did it happen that we no longer refer to activities conducted by German State and German ordinary folks during the period of 1939-1945 by the adjective "Germans" but we use "Nazi" instead? ...
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Did Peron shelter Nazis after WWII?

Juan Domingo Perón. Source: ThoughtCo / Getty Images Short Answer 1. Did [Juan Domingo] Perón shelter Nazis after WWII? A: Yes. Perón helped fleeing Nazis escape Europe and gave them refuge in ...
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Why the European Union choose to use a Nazi flag?

They didn't. That isn't a Nazi flag. The EU didn't use that flag. That picture seems to be from the 1939 American Nazi organisation rally at Madison Square Garden. The flags in the background are ...
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How did attitudes of German citizens toward Hitler and the Nazi Party change over the course of the pre-war and the post-war periods?

From 1934 to 1943 we see all the hallmarks of charismatic leadership and a steady rise in popularity of the leader, the party and the regime. Quantitative data on this is fragmentary, not in the form ...
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Did the Balkans campaign delay Operation Barbarossa for the Nazis and was it therefore an important reason why they lost against the Soviets in WWII?

No Delay to BARBAROSSA -- But Significant Implications Firstly, as a teaser, it is worth pointing out that Hitler himself did quite explicitly blame Mussolini's failures in Africa and the Balkans for ...
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Why would the Gestapo help Jews to escape?

I think this is more of an ELL question but from what I understand from the context as well as this article, the boarding of the patrols is to apprehend the Jews, not to help them. As per the article, ...
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Is Himmler's memo about genocide authentic? Significant?

Authenticity The memorandum, titled "Reflection on the Treatment of Peoples of Alien Races in the East", is certainly genuine. Though if I understand correctly, what we have is not the memorandum (...
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Did the Nazis identify as being Fascists? How exactly did they view themselves?

How did they view themselves? Let's ask them. Take the diaries of Joseph Goebbels. He writes in the extant works about national-socialism and fascism, mostly as a differentiation. But ...
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Did Nazi Party members fight on the front lines?

There is no general answer. Party members who would strut around in safe areas in fancy uniforms were called "Goldfasan" (translated "Golden pheasant"). They were common enough to draw notice and ...
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What historical reasons did the Nazis give for hating the Jews? How did they identify non-practicing Jews?

As far as your first question, you can read the Nazi's complaints against the Jews in any number of books, such as "My Struggle" by Hitler. Regarding the second question, the identification of "non-...
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When and how did the term "Nazi" start replacing the term "Germans" in the context of WW2?

I suspect this is more a cause of change than anything else. When we speak today of activities involving Russia in the 20th century we speak of Soviet Russia, or Bolshevist Russia. Similarly one may ...
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Who were the "international statesmen" Hitler referenced in his last will as having started the war?

In my opinion, he was writing to an audience of future sympathizers, whom he would want to continue his actions, i.e. the extermination of Jews and subjugation of other people by the Aryans. By that ...
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What oath did medical students take in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945?

tl;dr In fact, it appears that doctors in Germany during the Third Reich did take the Hippocratic Oath (or something equivalent to it). However, that Oath had been drastically re-interpreted in line ...
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What was the consequence of Gestapo being declared a criminal organization in the Nuremberg trials in 1945?

#tl;dr Until 1947 it was dry cookie time. Until 1950 they were barred from being public servants, if in tier 1 and 2 category of "being nazi". After 1951 they got all the love for being ...
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What did Hitler say in Mein Kampf about the possibility of other nations allying against Germany in response to her aggression?

In Mein Kampf as well as in Zweites Buch, Adolf Hitler advocates the idea of securing Lebensraum ("living space") at the expense of other nations in wars of aggression. His substantiation, as far as I ...
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Did Hitler and Nazi officials give interviews and cooperate with the Weimar republic general press?

Assuming that with "Weimar" the question asked exclusively about pre-dictatorship Germany then for the timespan from 1919–1934 we have to observe: (October 1930) It's gonna be a clean winter. ...
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Did the Balkans campaign delay Operation Barbarossa for the Nazis and was it therefore an important reason why they lost against the Soviets in WWII?

It didn't influence Operation Barbarossa significantly. What stopped the German advance? The tenacious defence of the Red Army. When the Germans kicked in the door, the house didn't come down crashing ...
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What historical reasons did the Nazis give for hating the Jews? How did they identify non-practicing Jews?

1) "What historical or cultural reasons did the Nazis give for hating the Jews?" There were several different "official" reasons given by the Nazi regime to encourage hate towards Jews. One of Joseph ...
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What was Nazi Germany's end goal?

There was no end goal of Nazi Germany but there was a end goal of Hitler for his lifetime. He wanted to conquer Lebensraum from the USSR and settle the area with Germans. He said that it would take 50 ...
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To what degree is Simone Weil correct in arguing that the third Reich under Hitler was merely a revival of imperial Rome?

Q To what degree is Simone Weil correct in arguing that the third Reich under Hitler was merely a revival of imperial Rome? As posed in the question title and most of the body text, this needs two ...
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How does a heraldic eagle become a nazi symbol?

Simply by using (or abusing) it. An heraldic eagle (or any other heraldic symbol) on its own is neutral. Remember the 3 powers of advertising: repeat, repeat and repeat. I live in Thailand were the ...
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