Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1945

The SS

The foundation of the SS: an overview

The SS was established on the orders of Adolf Hitler to act as his personal bodyguard.

Inside the Nazi State: Propaganda

A part of a documentary series exploring life in Nazi Germany through interviews with people who lived through it. This episode focuses on the use of propaganda by the regime.

Speeches by Goebbels

This video presents an edited collection of speeches given by Josef Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief, in which he presents his views on the role of propaganda in the Nazi regime.

Nazi Book Burning

Hitler’s Germany 1933-36 (Home Policy)

Nazi Propaganda

Life in Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (podcast)

This GCSE and IGCSE level revision podcast looks at experiences of three broad groups in Nazi Germany – young people, women and families, and the persecution of minorities.

This episode opens with an overview of the ways in which the Nazis reorganised systems for young people in order to secure their support from an early age.  Reference is made to changes in education and the introduction of Nazi youth organisations such as the Hitler Youth and the League of German Maidens.  These, combined with propaganda that was often targeted at young people, secured the support of large numbers of children in Nazi Germany.  However, some young people remained opposed to the Nazis so the podcast also outlines the actions of the Swing Movement and the Edelweiss Pirates.

The second part of the podcast describes the role of women and families within Nazi society.  Opening with an overview of the extent of traditional ideas about the role of women in Germany at the time, it goes on to explain the effect of the Nazi removal of women from a range of jobs and the introduction of policies to encourage women to stay at home to become ‘homemakers’ and raise a family.

The final section of this episode broadly describes the experience of minority groups under the Nazis.  This focuses on the persecution of racial minorities, but also makes reference to so-called ‘undersirables’ who did not, according to the Nazi ideal of the ‘perfect German’, contribute to German society.

     

The private Hitler

Inside the Nazi State – Knowing Hitler

Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank received a diary on her 13th birthday 12.06.1942

On the 12th June 1942, Anne Frank received a diary as a thirteenth birthday present from her father.

Youth in Nazi Germany

Youth in Nazi Germany – drama documentary

White Rose movement

Opposition in Nazi Germany – drama documentary