Tag Archives: Holocaust

Hitler and Ribbentrop

In a recent ebook I wrote on Hitler’s foreign policy throughout the 1930s, time and again the theme of his trust in Ribbentrop (utterly misplaced) came up. In the figure of Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s foreign affairs advisor then plenipotentiary, and finally, in 1938, foreign minister, we can see some insights into the character and temperament of the Fuhrer himself. Hitler, on accession to office in 1933 was deeply suspicious of his… Read More »

A Great History Gift Idea

For those of you looking to get the perfect gift for your history loving husband, or Civil War reenacting cousins, here is a great history gift idea. I received a package last week in the mail, much faster than I had anticipated. Well, not that fast. I mean, it did have to travel across the pond. This considered, it arrived tout de suite. I know, I know…by now you cannot wait… Read More »

The Brothels of Auschwitz

Go ahead, read it again. You didn’t read it wrong. Until recently, I too was unaware of the brothels inside of Auschwitz. I just finished BBC Worldwide’s Auschwitz – Inside the Nazi State. This two-disc, five-hour, documentary was definitely eye-opening. (See below to redeem a special offer to watch it for free on Netflix!) I have done enough reading and research in years past to be familiar with Hitler, the Nazi Party, and… Read More »

The Night of the Broken Glass

Yesterday I wrote an introduction, more or less a summary of events leading up to Kristallnacht. If you have not already, check it out before going any further. As Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels concluded his speech, it was only a matter of hours before the attacks on Jewish properties started. By 10:30 p.m., on November 9,1938, Nazi Gauleiters started rioting in Germany.  By 2:00 a.m., officers from the Gauleiter, Schutzstaffel, Sicherheitspolizei,… Read More »

Kristallnacht / Turning Point for Nazi Party

Kristallnacht, or more commonly referred to as the Night of the Broken Glass, was–without a doubt–the single most significant event that lead to the inception of the Holocaust. For several years up to this point, Jews, in Germany, had been persecuted, harassed, and treated unfairly. Through the Nazi’s propaganda and hostile Sturmabteilung (SA) paramilitary, Jews were the subject of constant economic, social, and political persecution. It it important to understand that at this… Read More »