The Wannsee Conference

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, Heinrich Himmler, and the Night of the Long Knives

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

Was There A Nazi Personality?

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?

Gays and Lesbians In the Third Reich

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