Nazi Germany Essays

Which of These Two Sources Would an Historian Studying Kristallnacht Find the More Useful

Question (a) Study Sources A and B. Which of these two sources would an historian studying Kristallnacht find the more useful? Source A is a summary by the Historian Fritz Hesse. It is his account of a dinner on the evening of November 9th. Hesse wrote the account in 1954. He was a journalist who worked for the Nazis. Source A implies that Goebbels was to blame for the terrible act of Kristallnacht as he would do anything to win…

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Swing Kids

Before and during World War II was a tough time to live in Nazi Germany. The new laws and way of life during this period affected society of all ages in numerous different ways. New political and social groups were formed both to support and oppose the Nazi and the Gestapo leaders. One of these groups was known as the Swing Kids who listened to Jewish and black swing music and danced at illegal clubs against the Nazis. The movie,…

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The Systematic Oppression of the Jews

The Holocaust will forever be remembered as the systematic genocide of the Jewish people, when approximately six million Jews in Europe were murdered under the Nazi regime. The question that comes to mind is why did nobody stop this event or speak against the horrors that occurred in the ghettoes or concentration camps? How could this happen in the 20th century, when the human race was thought to be evolved and modernized? It occurred because there was a history of…

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At the Mind’s Limit by Jean Amery_ Book Report

“At The Mind’s Limit” is a series of essays written by Jean Amery, a German born Jew who survived the holocaust, who gives the reader a very interesting perspective into the mind of a persecuted Jew from 1935 forward. Amery does not consider himself a religious Jew or one who follows any Jewish traditions. In fact, he did not know that Yiddish was a language until he was 18. So Amery describes the events leading up to and following the…

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The Economic and Social Conditions That Led to the Holocaust

Post World War I Germany was plagued with a brutally weak economy, a lack of national unity, and an unstable government. This generation of German’s was constantly forced to cope with harsh conditions, wartime, and impoverishment. These circumstances, rooted within the economy and the government, undoubtedly led the German people to turn their allegiance towards something new. From the time after the war, up until Hitler’s reign, the people faced constant compounding problems. Perfectly separating the social, political, and economic…

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How Is Albert Speer Interpreted by Three Different Historians

Albert Speer can be interpreted in various ways due to the events that occurred in the third Reich. There will always be differing views placed on Speer and the decisions he made, whether it presents Speer positively or negatively. Sereny, Van Der Vat and Speer himself are all historians who comment on and interpret Speer. Van Der Vat throughout his research and findings is very critical towards Speer. Speer is not amoral but immoral, being an active participant with knowledge…

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Nazi Consolidation of Power in 1933

The potential limits to Hitler’s power were considerable. it must be remembered that Hitler was appointed as chancellor of the Weimar republic and as leader of a cross-party cabinet that included only three Nazis: Hitler as chancellor, Wilhelm frick as minister for the interior and hermann goring as minister without portfolio. the vice-chancellor was to be Franz von papen and other parties of the right were well represented. Hugenburg of the DNVP was put in charge of the Economics Ministry…

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Plight of the Jews in Poland During Ww2

This essay will attempt to address the plight of the Jews in Poland during the Second World War by looking at questions such as, why did so many Jews die in Poland? How much responsibility, if any, can be placed on different factions and contributing factors to the Jews struggle? And how did these factions and major events aid the Nazis in following the path to Auschwitz, Treblinka and the other concentration camps? Poland had a long history of tolerance…

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Chaotic Nature

‘The chaotic nature of the Nazi Government structure explains the failures in German war production during the Second World War’. Discuss. There is ample evidence that Germany’s war production levels increased during the Second World War in 1942, when ammunition, tanks and total arms increased by significant percentages due to Albert Speer relaxing constraints on businesses, and increasing the number of workers. However, one cannot not deny that the chaotic nature of the Nazi Government structure undermined war production excessively,…

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Didion’s on Morality

What is it that forms and drives our “moral behaviors”? Are we born with a basic sense of morality or do we develop a set of moral “social codes” to keep society from falling into chaos and anarchy? In her essay “On Morality,” Joan Didion dissects what lies beneath the surface of humanity’s morality. By recounting several stories and historical events, she shows that morality at its basic “most primitive level” is nothing more than “our loyalties to the ones…

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Albert Speer’s Rise to Prominence

Albert Speer is one of the most controversial figures in history. His complex personality resulting from a traumatic childhood, combined with a cunning intelligence and tireless work ethic saw Speer rise to become one of the most powerful and prominent figures in the Third Reich. Albert Speer joined the Nazi party on the 1st of March 1931, becoming member number 474 481 . Soon after joining Speer became good friends with Karl Hanke, an essential part of the Nazi propaganda…

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How Were Different Groups Treated by the Nazi’s in Germany

How were different groups treated by the Nazi’s in Germany and how Hitler used the racism and the anti-Semitism against them. This essay will be on how different minority groups were treated by the Nazis after they came into power in 1933. It will also assess what groups were targeted by the Nazi’s who they sought to be ‘unworthy of life’ and how Hitler used racism and anti-Semitism against them and how they were treated. For example, homosexuals, the disabled…

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Identity Crisis in Daddy

Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Daddy’ expresses the struggle for female identity by basing it around the Holocaust, one of the most gruesome, immoral events in the whole of history. Plath uses this event as a metaphor for her struggles in life, and the struggles of women in general for independence. The male figure used in this poem is in the shape of Hitler, a man of unfathomable evil. In this poem, ‘Daddy’ is seen as a Hitler figure during the metaphor…

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Just How Bad Can Living Under a Totalitarian Government Be

Does the government control everything? Maybe not as much in Canada, however in other societies like Nazi Germany and even in Panem from the book “The Hunger Games” written by “Suzanne Collins”, they definitely do. This could also be known as a totalitarian government. These places take to extreme the punishment, violence and unfairness. Although, the government in the Hunger Games is set in a futuristic theme it is still alike to that of Nazi Germany. However, no one has…

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Assess Albert Speer’s Contribution to the Nazi War Effort

Albert Speer’s contribution to the Nazi war effort started well before the declaration of war. His work for the Nazi regime aided Adolf Hitler in lifting the morale of the German people and consolidating Nazi power which was determined to engage in armed conflict. Speer was an accomplished architect and a highly efficient organiser. Hitler addressed Berlin’s university students at a Berlin rally in 1931, and Speer who was in the audience was so overwhelmed by what he heard that…

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