Nazism and Conspiracy Theory

Our lords and masters became our lords and masters through conspiracy…and the odd murder. The only way they can justify that to themselves, since they don’t want to think of themselves as greedy, power hungry bastards, is to imagine that they have to conspire because there’s a much larger conspiracy trying to destroy them. The… Continue reading Nazism and Conspiracy Theory

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 Goebbels Diaries

The quote in the last post from Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels on the Louis/Schmeling fight was one I remembered from The Goebbels Experiment, a documentary made by First Run Features (who also gave us The Architecture of Doom, which I’ve talked about elsewhere). I haven’t done a profile of Goebbels for this blog, primarily because he played no… Continue reading The Goebbels Diaries

From Kripo to SiPo, the Nazification of German Detectives

The Kriminalpolitzei, known as Kripo, was the German equivalent of the British CID. It began in Prussia in the 1790s with six plainclothes detectives tasked to investigate serious crimes. Over the 19th century, the Kripo expanded until all major cities in Germany had a branch. While the Kripo had units tasked to investigate political crimes, Kripo detectives… Continue reading From Kripo to SiPo, the Nazification of German Detectives

Wilhelm Frick: The Man Who Nazified Germany

Frick was many things to the Nazi party. As one of their earliest members of parliament he drafted legislation which would eventually become the Nuremberg Laws. Frick was also the first Nazi granted a ministerial post. In 1930, he became the Minister of Education and Minister of Interior for the German state of Thuringia. There,… Continue reading Wilhelm Frick: The Man Who Nazified Germany

Reinhard Heydrich: The Young Evil God of Death

Like all the most ambitious people, Reinhard Heydrich was a collector of titles: SS Obergruppenfuehrer, Head of the SD, Head of the Prussian Gestapo, Head of Gestapo for the Reich, Head of the Sicherheitspolizei, Head of the Reich’s Main Security Office, and Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. He also collected several unofficial sobriquets: the Hangman,… Continue reading Reinhard Heydrich: The Young Evil God of Death