Introduction

 

“Adolf Hitler declaring war on the United States on 11 December 1941.” 

“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than a small one.” Adolf Hitler

“The masses must always have the Fuhrer before their eyes … All cameras must be directed towards me; the crowd follows my every move. The Fuhrer needs to move the masses like an actor – his clothing, his mimicry and his gestures – they are all important. …  How lucky I am that providence sent me to desperate German people as a saviour in their hour of need.” Adolf Hitler, 1933

“The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin,” 2005

Hitler’s Third Reich website was created as a corrective to our lack of knowledge about the resistance to the Nazi’s reign of terror known as Germany’s “Third Reich.” For years I have read books, articles, and other sources about Hitler and the Nazis. Because I have learned so much, I decided to expand the website to cover other aspects of Hitler’s Third Reich. This decade has seen countless books and articles written about Hitler and his cronies. It would be impossible to cite everything written recently. “The twelve years [1933-1945] of the Third Reich, along with its prelude and aftermath, are among the best-researched and best-documented periods of modern German history.” Wolfgang Benz, “A Concise History of the Third Reich.”

This site will include over thirty-five bibliographies including the following: Hitler Opposition, Resistance, and Assassination Attempts; Germany, Nazis, War; Holocaust, Jews, Righteous Gentiles; Hitler: Personality, Death, Plans, Biography; Religion and the Third Reich; Book, DVD Reviews; Fiction, Women in the Third Reich and more. The bibliographies contain citations for books, websites, newspapers, magazine and journal articles, online databases,  encyclopedia articles, book and film reviews, fiction, theses, and dissertations. These sources are suitable for every level of research: high school, college, and graduate study. The citations are written in MLA 7 style, and are as accurate as humanly possible.

“Third Reich” was the official Nazi designation for the regime in power in Germany from January 1933 to May 1945. Hitler regarded his government as a logical extension of two previous German empires. The First Reich was the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, and the Second Reich was the empire founded by Otto von Bismarck in 1871, which lasted until 1918. Hitler enthusiastically adopted the term in the 1920s and signified his intention of establishing a new empire. He deemed his Third Reich as the greatest of all German empires and as an institution that would last 1,000 years.

During the end of the Third Reich, the deteriorating Fuhrer, never a realist, had delusions and outbursts of rage; his days and nights filled with fears and fantasies. His imagination was unrestricted by reality. Adolf Hitler kept assuring the German people that the horror they were experiencing would be averted and the Third Reich would be victorious. In the meantime the Allied bombing was devastating German cities. The German military collapsed and millions of people were fleeing the advancing Red Army. After that, the political collapse of the Third Reich was swift and it came to an end. Eight million Germans were prisoners of war. At least thirteen million people lost their lives to Nazi crimes. The Allies lost seventeen million soldiers; more than four million German soldiers died. The cost of Nazi rule was more than fifty million dead. “In the end the ‘Volk Community,’ defined by the exclusion of and discrimination against outsiders, was nothing more than a community of fate of the oppressed and disenfranchised, who had submitted to the seductions of a totalitarian ideology before they began to feel its coercion.” Wolfgang Benz

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