What books would you recommend on the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of the Nazis? I am not interested in WWII itself. Bonus points if it covers the rise of similar demagogues in other countries at the time.
I'm looking for a good, readable book or three about the social and political dynamics of fascist, demagogic, and authoritarian regimes (especially in the early, consolidation-of-power stages). Nothing too terribly academic – something approximately as accessible as Guns, Germs, and Steel would be ideal. [more inside]
I'm finishing up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I would like to read another similar book more specifically about the Holocaust. [more inside]
I would like to put together an email to my mother explaining why I’m so afraid of a Trump presidency and the people it will empower both inside and outside of the White House. I would be grateful for any suggestions you can provide about information to include, especially with sources, particularly anything that makes clear the authoritarian/fascist aspects of current events. I’m not looking to make her read long articles, I just want a clear and straightforward list of points to make that show how scary and out of the ordinary this is for America. [more inside]
What factors make 2016 America different from Weimer/early Nazi Germany? [more inside]
A friend of mine purchased a random box of photos from a Brooklyn yard sale over the weekend. Deep within the collection were several photos depicting life during and immediately after WWII. Based on the photos we have been able to piece together that they most likely belonged to a member of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician). [more inside]
I inherited two nazi era armbands. How do I sell them? [more inside]
I just saw a new film called "The Dead and the Living" (Barbara Albert), about a twenty-something girl uncovering the truth about her family's history in Nazi Germany. It reminded me of Costa-Gavras' "The Music Box". Does anyone have any other recommendations for films on a similar theme, specifically about Germany, and specifically about the process of uncovering of the past rather than (as in say "Downfall" or "Das Boot") the past itself?
Years ago I acquired an authentic German Nazi flag and I don't know how to properly get rid of it. What is an appropriate way to handle a ~80 year old historical item that I don't wish to keep and also don't want it to end up on some skinhead's wall? [more inside]
Documentary filter: MrK heard glowing description of a history documentary about Nazi propaganda in 1936 in Berlin. [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims. I believe that I saw it in the late nineties, but I can't find any references to it on Google.
Do fascists and/or nationalists believe in justice? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: what books/articles are available in English on the far right/neo-nazi movement in Sweden? (Needed for a review of Stieg Larsson's trilogy.) There's some info online at Searchlight Magazine (for which Larsson was a contributor), but wondering if there's a general history/overview available. Thanks!
What notable books did the Nazis burn? I have found references to "All Quiet On The Western Front" being targeted for burning, and was wondering what other famous books they were throwing on the bonfire. Was there a list of targeted books, or did they just burn anything that did not look German enough to them?
What did the Nazis call the French Resistance? I know they called the individual resisters "terrorists," but what word did they use to describe the resistance as a whole? (Insurgency, resistance, uprising, rebellion, etc.) This is research for a screenplay - I'm not looking for a discussion about modern parallels, or of what the morally correct word is in various situations. Also, if someone could give me the word in German that would be great! Please no guessing.
If you were giving a crash course on the history of Berlin 1933-1990, and you were limited to just a couple films, which ones would you assign? Documentaries preferred, and they must have some kind of English language option. [more inside]
What Nazi concentration camp should I visit near Dusseldorf? [more inside]
I just finished reading Hunting Eichmann and am wondering if any MeFites could recommend any other popular nonfiction books on Nazi Germany, Hitler, war criminals, etc. I don't do huge tomes well (400 pages or less!). The only other books I have read are MAUS and Explaining Hitler. Thanks for your input. So much out there...don't know where to begin. Probably the more well known the better as they may be available at my library.
Help me find an old spy novel (details inside) ... [more inside]
Does anyone recognize this book about a girl living in Nazi Germany? [more inside]
Moviefilter: I would like help compiling a list of movies set from the late 1930's - Dec. 7 1941, specifically that time between the rise of Nazi Germany and the start of U.S. involvement in WWII. Not movies made then, nor movies about the war. Rather, ones in the plot highlights the interaction of Americans with Nazi Germans (or the Axis powers in general), at a time before when the American or the German would have been preemptively arrested or imprisoned. [more inside]
Book-filter (again)! I just read Markus Zuzak's "The Book Thief" and loved it and loved being moved by it. Give me more books that do the same. [more inside]
A friend of mine has just returned from Mongolia and was describing roving mad-max style gangs of men using Nazi symbols, with apparently limited understanding of their meaning in the west. Where can I read more about Mongolian Nazis? Is this really prevalent? How did they come to hear about Nazis in the first place? Do they get along with western neo-nazis (despite being ethnically Mongolian)? [more inside]
Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)! [more inside]
There was a French film out in the early 90's that was about a Jewish doctor in Paris who decided to collaborate with the Nazi occupiers. Any help as to what this could be? [more inside]
Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Ribbentrop, Göring -- what are these surname origins? [more inside]
Does anyone know the source of a description by a sceptic attending a nazi rally in the 30s who was unable to resist shouting along with everyone else? I'm sure I read about it somewhere.
I swear my friend isn't a Nazi, but what the heezy is this thing I found in his stuff? [more inside]
How does one correctly pluralise an acronym or an abbreviation? How does one specify an acronym's ownership? How should one go about specifying the ownership of a collection of acronyms? [more inside]
Were Hitler and the Nazis actually interested/involved in the occult, as so many movies (Raiders, Hellboy) say? [more inside]