Yesterday wasn’t just Martin Luther King Day. It was also 51st anniversary of the Wannsee Conference. A lot of people lazily describe this event as the meeting at which the Nazis decided the fate of European Jews. But the fate of the Jews had already been decided, in meetings between Hitler and Himmler where no… Continue reading The Wannsee Conference
The Tegernsee proves once again that, whatever else one might think of the Nazi leadership, they had taste in real estate. A picturesque lake south of Munich, framed by mountains and towns that bring to mind the middle ages, the Tegernsee seems like the sort of lake from whose waters a lady’s hand, proffering a… Continue reading The Tegernsee, Heinrich Himmler, and the Night of the Long Knives
One of my Facebook friends posted about a book that led to my thinking about this issue. Here’s the exchange: Now I’d like to revise and extend my remarks on the subject, just a bit. If there’d been such a thing as a Nazi personality, my job as a novelist writing about the Nazi… Continue reading Was There A Nazi Personality?
According to the International Business Tribune, the Nazis ran a school for SS brides: Documents found in Germany’s Federal Archive uncovered a program designed to turn young women into perfect Nazi wives, with rules on how to cook, sew, iron, breed children and also worship Der Fuhrer, Adolph Hitler. According to report in Britain’s Daily Mail… Continue reading The School For Nazi Wives
Though old German laws against homosexuality–most notoriously Paragraph 175 of the German penal code–persisted through the Weimar republic, the 1920s were a time when German homosexuals not only successfully pressed for greater freedom, but also made Germany, Berlin particularly, an attractive destination for gays and lesbians from all over Europe. Gays and lesbians had their… Continue reading Gays and Lesbians In the Third Reich