Following the defeat of Hitler and the Nazi
army, the world's democratic nations prosecuted the Nazi
leaders and convicted them of crimes against humanity.
This is the opening sequence of probably the most famous Nazi
propaganda film of all time, Triumph of the Will made by Leni Riefenstahl at the Nazi
rally at Nuremberg in 1934.
Farben would become infamous for its wholehearted support of, and participation in, the brutal Nazi
themselves were susceptible to the unmasking, demythologizing impulse as far as the great Jewish world conspiracy was concerned: "Nazi
propagandists convinced themselves and their followers that commonsense explanations for developments were deceptive and illusory....
Meanwhile, the Nazis
on stage were performing a favorite antic.
Despite its attempts to present a more militant image, Social Democracy failed to gain electoral ground from its main competitors, the German Communist Party and the rising Nazi
Seventy years later, this incident has come to symbolize what became known as the "Nazi
Olympics." Spectacular in terms of both pageantry and athleticism--including the feats of the black American track and field star Jesse Owens--the 1936 Games are remembered for the racial and political tension that surrounded them, just three years before Germany invaded Poland to start World War II.
An Israeli consul in Italy stated that the Catholic Church under Pius XII "was instrumental in saving at least 700,000 but probably as many at 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi
hands." A vivid picture is painted of the danger to anyone in Nazi-held territory who publicly opposed the Nazis
during the war.
"Now forgive me, but that is right out of Nazi
As they neared Nazi
Germany, they encountered evidence of a mind-boggling crime against humanity.
Timm cites the familiar insight that European high culture was irrelevant in the face of fascist barbarity (the SS elite "listened to Mozart, read Holderlin--one could wish they had not"), and laments the Nazis
' irreversible corruption of German (the phrase final solution is "proof of the fact that even the German langauge has lost its innocence").
Von Galen is particularly known for a series of homilies in which he condemned the Nazis
' secret "T4" campaign of authorizing people with disabilities.
guaranteed state funding for the official Protestant church and at the same time made overtures to the Catholic hierarchy, which led to the signing of a concordat between the Vatican and the government.
During the 1930s the Nazis
demanded that choreographers dismiss their Jewish dancers.
Richard Steigmann-Gall examines the religious views of the Nazi
Party elite in order to reconsider the assumption that Nazis
and Nazism were anti-Christian.