period in several West European states. 2 However, the sheer number of NGOs – over twenty – and a lack of coordination, weakened their position. 3 In 1933, the first refugees escaping Nazi Germany arrived. Travelling to Sweden from the Continent was only possible by sea, which probably helps to
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institutions of higher learning in Nazi Germany; the number of foreign nationals forced to leave is unknown due to the lack of research on this topic. Although the fate of Jewish professors and students has been researched non-Jewish, non-German and non-Aryan instructors has been a neglected topic within the
’ that runs through the narrative, but regards Wages critically as a frustratingly incomplete synthesis of recent writing about Nazi Germany. Dylan Riley is far less persuaded by the ‘golden thread’ and offers a searching examination of the book’s inner logic. Whether critical or not, these are the
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The memory of the past is a powerful tool to justify policy and create consensus, and, under the Fascist and Nazi regimes, the legacy of classical antiquity was often evoked to promote thorough transformations of Italian and German culture, society, and even landscape. At the same time, the classical past was constantly recreated to fit the ideology of each regime.
Historical Strands in the Interpretation of Italian and German Racism Conventional historical wisdom has long viewed racism as a point of distinction between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. 1 Particularly in the decades immediately following the war, scholars identified racism and anti
Even today, almost 70 years after the political end of National Socialism, there are numerous myths being woven around Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. The most stubborn is that he abolished unemployment. Work was indeed decisive in Nazi Germany: it helped Hitler’s political rise and that of his Nazi Party; it supported the war, brought economic gains, upheld the Nazi state and could save and destroy lives. After the campaign issues of ‘work’ and ‘unemployment’ which made Hitler and his party popular among the population and ultimately contributed to the seizure of power, the Nazi regime established the Arbeitsschlacht (labour battle), where numerous jobs were created which eventually led to full employment and a labour shortage. To compensate the shortage of workers during the war, in addition to German citizens like women and the youth, inmates from concentration camps, prisoners of war and civilian foreign workers were deployed. Therefore by the period of National Socialism, some 20 million people from across Europe had to perform forced labour for the Reich, its businesses, its economy and its war. The Nazi state would not have lasted for as long as it did without this deployment of the various forms of forced labour. Prisoners’ capacity to work often decided their fate, as the Nazi regime considered those unable to work to be useless consumers of food and thus without purpose in the system. Although the motto of almost all concentration camps and ghettos was ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work sets you free), in fact what occurred was ‘extermination through labour’. The prisoners were supposed to make a profit for the German economy and thereby work themselves to death. This was an efficient method of killing in the eyes of those in power. These various meanings of work within National Socialism will be presented chronologically.
particularly destructive dynamics in settler colonies ( Moses 2005 ; 2008). As for Nazi Germany, while it is still uncertain what contribution the application of the concept of settler colonialism can make to our understanding for German policies in Eastern Europe in general (a proponent of this view is
Bibliographic entry in Chapter 12: The United States, Europe, and Asia between the World Wars | Biographical Studies authorMoss, KennethimprintDelaware History 17 (Fall 1977): 236-49.annotationParticularly in the period 1933-1940, Messersmith helped shape American attitudes toward Nazi Germany. He