Nazi History

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
2007
Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary ...
The Age of Permanent Revolution: A Trotsky Anthology
Deutscher, Isaac
Book
A collection of writings by Leon Trotsky.
America's Recruitment of Nazis -- Then and Now: Any bastard, so long as he's anti-communist
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2014
The most prominent feature of the Nazi political philosophy was extreme anticommunism and particularly fanatic hatred of the USSR. That hatred set the world ablaze, and, yet, after the war, the Nazi a...
The Approaching Storm: One Woman's Story of Germany 1934-1938
Waln, Nora
Book
1939
Nora Waln, a Quaker journalist, chronicles her experience living in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. During those four years, she took covert notes, bearing witness to the rise of Hitler.
Beating the fascists? The German Communists and political violence 1929-1933
Rosenhaft, Eve
Article
2016
Eve Rosenhaft examines the involvement of Communist Party militants in political violence against Nazis during the years of Hitler's rise to power in Germany (1929-33). Specifically, she aims to accou...
Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism 1933-1944
Neumann, Franz
Book
1942
A study of the structure of German Nazism.
Beyond Judgment
Levi, Primo
Article
Connexions Other Voices - October 9, 2017: Meeting the Challenge of the Right
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Challenging the Right requires not only anti-fascist actions in the street, but organizing to reach those who may be attracted the the appeal of the Right and offering an alternative social vision. Th...
A contemporary account of the German pogroms of November 1938
Zimmerman, Elizabeth
Article
2014
Shortly after the November 1938 pogroms, journalist and historian Konrad Heiden wrote a work entitled Night Oath, in which he gave a detailed account of the horrific events marking the transition from...
Could Punching Nazis Have Prevented Hitler From Taking Power
Proyect, Louis
Article
2017
There have been repeated references to how Nazism could have been stopped by street-fighting, with almost no attention paid to the concrete socio-political conditions of Germany between 1920 and 1933....
Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand
Hett, Benjamin Carter
Book
2008
Explores the first full-length biography of Litten, the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and the terror of Nazi rule in Germany after 1933.
Diary of Bergen-Belsen
Levy-Hass, Hanna; with a foreword and afterword by Amira Hass
Book
2009
Hanna Lévy-Hass, a Yugoslavian Jew, emerged a defiant survivor of the Holocaust. Her observations, recorded in her own incomparable voice, shed new light on the lived experience of Nazi internment. Lé...
Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience
Biehl, Janet; Staudenmaier, Peter
Book
1995
Explores the integral role ecological ideas played in German fascism, along with anti-rational, quasi-New Age ideas about nature, blood, and soil. A second essay looks at certain present-day ecologic...
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil
Arendt, Hannah
Book
1963
Hannah Arendt's report on the trial of Adolph Eichmann.
Ernest Mandel's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 93
Wainer, Kit Adam
Article
2001
Ernest Mandel was perhaps the best known revolutionary Marxist of the second half of the twentieth century. As an activist and leader of the Fourth International for most of his adult life, Mandel bec...
Escape from Freedom
Fromm, Erich
Book
1941
Falsifying History and Ourselves: Anti-Democratic Propaganda in the Classroom
Spritzler, John
Article
2001
Contrary to the views promoted by FHAO, the true facts about Germany during the Holocaust show that 1) working class Germans fought the Nazis; 2) anti-Semitism did not come from ordinary people; and 3...
Fascism and Big Busness
Guerin, Daniel
Book
1939
A history of the rise of fascism in Europe and the role of big business in supporting fascism.
February strike (The Netherlands): Connexipedia Article
Article
A general strike organized during World War II in The Netherlands against the anti-Jewish measures and activities by the Nazis.
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
For a Workers' United Front Against Fascism: What's Wrong With the Current Policy of the German Communist Party?
Trotsky, Leon
Article
1931
Germany is now passing through one of those great historic hours upon which the fate of the German people, the fate of Europe, and in significant measure the fate of all humanity, will depend for deca...
Ford & the Nazi War Efforts: Henry Ford was no Oskar Schindler
Karliner, Joshua
Article
1998
The Ford Motor Company's commercial-free sponsorship of NBC's airing of Schindler's List, the epic movie about the Holocaust, was a class act. Nevertheless, it would be remiss of us here at CorpWatch,...
The Freeland-Chomiak Connection: "It takes a village to raise a Nazi"
Sanders, Richard
Article
2017
Sanders uncovers Chrystia Freeland's, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, own personal and professional connection with fascist groups and publications.
Gedenkstatte Deutscher Widerstand: Exhbition Resistance to National Socialsim
Steinbach, Peter
Book
1993
A thorough and chronological account of the many forms of resistance to Nazism in Germany.
German resistance: Connexipedia Article
Article
The opposition by individuals and groups in Nazi Germany to the regime of Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945.
Heidegger: L'introduction du nazisme dans la philosophie
Faye, Emmanuel
Book
2005
Faye argues that all of Heidegger's thinking was permeated by National Socialism.
Heidegger And Nazism
Farias, Victor
Book
1991
Posits Martin Heidegger's as an influential Nazi philosopher, a manipulative thinker of great intelligence whose touchstones were anti-humanism and contempt for democracy.
The History of the German Resistance 1933-1945: Widerstand, Staatsstreich, Attentat
Hoffman, Peter
Book
1969
A thorough portrayal of the plans, hesitations, frustrations, and failures of the opposition to Hitler.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Rutherford, Ward
Book
1978
The Holocaust Chronicle: A History in Words and Pictures
Book
2003
A chronological account of the genocide of European Jews at the hands of the Nazis.
How to Grow Up Under Occupation: A Childhood Under the Nazi's
Rochat, Gui
Article
2012
Rochat illustrates the effect adult wars and occupations have on children, and how the relative safety of the Anglo-Saxon world make it hard to comprehend what effect these wars have on children in pl...
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941
Klemperer, Victor
Book
1998
These diaries, written in secrecy, provide a vivid account of everyday life in Hitler's Germany. Although he was baptized a Protestant, Klemperer was still considered a Jew by the regime and saw his f...
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
Black, Edwin
Book
2001
Nazi Germany employed IBM Hollerith punch-card machines to perform critical tasks in carrying out the Holocaust and the German war effort, cranking out lists of Jews which were then turned over to th...
The Life of Death: An Exchange
Shahak, Israel
Article
1985
The really great form of courage and honesty that could be witnessed under the conditions of the Holocaust was when a Pole opposed the opinion or the silence of other Poles, when a Jew opposed other J...
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Luxembourgian general strike 1942: Connexipedia Article
Article
A pacific resistance movement organised within a short time period to protest against a directive that incorporated the Luxembourg youth into the Wehrmacht.
A Marxist History of the World part 83: 1933: The Nazi seizure of power
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
By the early 1930s, the German ruling class was determined to use the Nazis to make the world safe for German capital. But the fascist victory was not inevitable – it resulted from the failure of thos...
A Marxist History of the World part 87: The Causes of the Second World War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
As Hitler sought to expand Germany's sphere of influence in Europe, Britain's policy of appeasement reflected the interests of the British ruling classes – until German power became overwhelming.
A Marxist History of the World part 88: The Second World War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
With the great powers fighting to defend their empires, the Second World War would re-divide the world between competing blocs of capitalists.
A Marxist History of the World part 89: 1941-1945: barbarism in a world gone mad
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The Second World War was characterised by primeval savagery. Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia and Militarist Japan waged war with unprecedented brutality, but the ‘democracies’ also committed terrible w...
The Mass Psychology of Fascism
Reich, Wilhelm
Book
1933
Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or ...
The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism
Kuhl, Stefan
Book
This book shows the eugenic/racist connections between Nazi Germany and the US. Responsibility for the holocaust extends beyond Germany.
The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town
Allen, William Sheridan
Book
A study of how the Nazi takeover took place in one German town.
The Nazis and Deconstruction: Jean-Pierre Faye's Demolition of Derrida
Goldner, Loren
Article
1993
A review of Jean-Pierre Faye's book 'La raison narrative', which traces the Nazi origins of deconstructionist and post-modernist concepts and terminology. Faye shows, for example, that the concept of ...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism
Barker, Jonathan
Book
2003
An in-depth look at the nature of terrorism that discusses questioning terrorism, assessing it, the difference between state terrorism and group terrorism, morality and history, and war and politics.
Ontological "Difference" and the Neo-Liberal War on the Social: Deconstruction and Deindustrialization
Goldner, Loren
Article
2001
We have today legions of people with a smattering of knowledge turning out reams of books filled with buzz words that could be (and have been) produced by a computer program, and could be (and are) pi...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Press for Conversion #54: August 2004
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2004
The Bush family's links to fascism.
Resistance: One Woman's Defiance in Occupied France
Humbert, Agnes; Mellor, Barbara; Blanc, Julien
Book
2008
The memoiir of a French resistance fighter and museum worker who chronicles the undergroud network of resistance in Paris during the occupation. She then chronicles her imprisonment and the slave labo...
Resistance in Europe: 1939 - 45
Hawes, Stephen; White, Ralph; (eds)
Book
1975
Essays on the resistance against Hitler during World War II.
Responsibility and Judgment
Arendt, Hannah
Book
The Secret of Hitler's Victory
Petroff, Peter; Petroff, Irma
Book
1934
In this book, the Petroffs set out to answer the question that has perplexed so many onlookers in other countries: How did it come about that the apparently mighty forces of the German Left fell in on...
Sex-Pol: Essays 1929-1934
Reich, Wilhelm; (Baxandall, Lee, ed.)
Book
1934
Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, outlining his thoughts about sexual and political liberation.
Sisters in the Resistance: The Women's War to Free France
Collins Weitz, Margaret
Book
1995
Weitz documented accounts of 70 women involved in the Resistance.
Die Standhaften: Über den Widerstand in Kassel und Hessen-Waldeck 1933-1945
Belz, Willi
Book
1960
Lokalhistorische Studie zum Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus.
Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate
Malik, Kenan
Book
2008
Malik makes the case that most anti-racists accept the belief, also held by racialists and outright racists, that differences between groups are of great importance. While racialists attribute the dif...
The Struggle Against Fascism in Germany
Trotsky, Leon
Book
A collection of Leon Trotsky's writings on the situation in Germany from 1930 to 1940. From 1930 on Trotsky sounded the alarm about the rise of fascism in Germany, and warned that the policies of the...
This Rough Game: Fascism and Anti-Fascism
Renton, David
Book
2001
Renton describes the rise of European Fascism, the condition of Weimar Germany, British fascism, Battle of Cable Street and Hitler's life.
The Warsaw rising
Deschner, Gunther
Book
1972
White Rose: Connexipedia Article
Article
A non-violent/intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor.
The Workers' Fight against Fascism
Korsch, Karl
Article
1941
We do not propose to discuss the 'task' of the workers. The workers have already too long done other people's tasks, imposed on them under the high-sounding names of humanity, of human progress, of ju...
Zionism in the Age of the Dictators
Brenner, Lenni
Book
1983
Documenting Zionist collaboration with Nazism.

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Einsatzgruppen
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Einsatzgruppen (German: "task forces"; singular Einsatzgruppe) were SS paramilitary death squads that were responsible for mass killings, typically by shooting, of Jews in particular, but also signifi...
Fanning the flames of intolerance
The burning of books -- an ultimate form of control and condemnation
Henley, John
2010
A historical overview of book burnings by political and religious regimes.
Heidegger and National Socialism
New Contributions to an Old Debate - Reviewed by Robin Celikates
Celikates, Robin
2006
Hitler Youth
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The Hitler Youth (German: Hitler-Jugend, abbreviated HJ) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. Made up of the Hitlerjugend proper, for male youth ages 14 to 18; the younger boys' section ...
The Holocaust
The Fate of European Jewry, 1932-1945
Yahail, Leni
1990
An comprehensive history of Hitler's war on the Jews of Europe.
Judenrat
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Judenräte (singular Judenrat; German for "Jewish council") were administrative bodies during the Second World War that the Germans required Jews to form in the German occupied territory of Poland, an...
Kidnapping of children by Nazi Germany
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Kidnapping of non-Germanic European children by Nazi Germany (Polish: Rabunek dzieci), part of the Generalplan Ost (GPO), involved taking children from the rest of Europe and moving them to Nazi Germa...
Master race
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Nacht und Nebel
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Nacht und Nebel (German for "Night and Fog") was a directive (German: Erlass) of Adolf Hitler on 7 December 1941 signed and implemented by Armed Forces High Command Chief Wilhelm Keitel, resulting in ...
National Socialism
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National Socialism is the name used for political ideologies which purpose to merge nationalism and socialism. It was realised once in the form of Nazism by the Nazi Party in Germany.
National Socialist Factory Cell Organization
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The Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellenorganisation (National Socialist Factory Cell Organization) was a workers organization in Nazi Germany.
National Socialist Program
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The National Socialist Program (aka the 25-point Program and the 25-point Plan), was first the political formulation of the Austrian National Socialist Party (DNSAP — Deutsche Nationalsozialistische...
Nazi concentration camps
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Nazi Germany maintained concentration camps (in German Konzentrationslager, or KZ) throughout the territories it controlled. The first Nazi concentration camps were greatly expanded in Germany after t...
Nazi Germany
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Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, is the common name for the country of Germany while governed by Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) from 1933 to 1945. Third Reich (...
Nazi Party
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The National Socialist German Workers' Party commonly known in English as the Nazi Party, was a political party in Germany between 1919 and 1945. It was known as the German Workers' Party (DAP) prior...
Nazi propaganda
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Propaganda, the coordinated attempt to influence public opinion through the use of media, was skillfully used by the Nazi Party in the years leading up to and during Adolf Hitler's leadership of Germa...
A Nazi Skeleton in the Family Closet
Tsukanova, Arina
2017
Chrystia Freeland's dark family secret is that her grandfather, Mykhailo Chomiak, faithfully served Nazi Germany right up to its surrender, and Chomiak's family only moved to Canada after the Third Re...
Night of the Long Knives
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The Night of the Long Knives or "Operation Hummingbird", or, more commonly used in Germany "Röhm-Putsch" was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany between June 30 and July 2, 1934, when the Nazi re...
Nuremberg Laws
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The Nuremberg Laws or Nürnberg Laws of 1935 were antisemitic laws in Nazi Germany introduced at the annual Nuremberg Rally of the Nazi Party. After the takeover of power in 1933 by Hitler, Nazism bec...
Nuremberg Trials
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The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the main victorious Allied forces of World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, a...
Quisling, Vidkun
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Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling (July 18, 1887- October 24, 1945) was a Norwegian army officer and politician, who served as President of occupied Norway. Today in Norway and other parts of t...
Racial policy of Nazi Germany
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The racial policy of Nazi Germany was a set of policies and laws implemented by Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the "Aryan race", and based on a specific racist doctrine which claimed scien...
Riefenstahl, Leni
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Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl; 22 August 1902 - 8 September 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famo...
Strasserism
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Strasserism refers to the strand of Nazism and neo-Nazism that called for a more radical, mass-action and worker-based form of National Socialism, particularly hostile to finance capitalism from an an...
Strength Through Joy
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Kraft durch Freude (Strength through Joy, KdF) was a large state-controlled leisure organization in Nazi Germany. It was a part of the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF), the national Ge...
Swastika
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The swastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles, in either right-facing form or its mirrored left-facing form.
Wannsee Conference
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The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior officials of the Nazi German regime, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference was to inform administrative ...

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