Some FREE revision podcasts for GCSE History are available HERE.
A cheap summary ebook/audio book on Nazi Germany
"History in an hour" is a series of blogs which tackle historical events. You can view all of the information for free by visiting www.historyinanhour.com or you can download the books as ebooks HERE or if you have even less time to read as audio books HERE. The downloads cost a few punds but might be an easier way to find what you need.
An overview of Nazi Germnay from Versailles to Hitler's bunker. A good overview for 99p HERE
“And so it had all come to this. Did all this happen only so that a gang of wretched criminals could lay hands on the fatherland? Hatred grew in me, hatred for those responsible for this deed.”
The words are those of Adolf Hitler; the deed – Germany’s surrender in the First World War, and the wretched criminals – the politicians who had meekly accepted the surrender and the defeat of Germany.
Read about Hitler’s experience as a soldier during World War One, the Nazi Party’s climb to power, the elimination of opponents and the Weimar constitution.
Learn about life in Nazi Germany, for women, the family, the Jews, and the use of state control, propaganda and security. See how Hitler manipulated foreign policy to achieve his aims, and how he brought the world into war.
This, in an hour, is Nazi Germany…
A Nazi propaganda piece about the introduction of the Volkswagen as part of the KDF (Strength Through Joy) programme. A very interesting read.
"The enormous expansion of the German Autobahn system, which like the growth in automobile manufacturing came from the Führer’s orders, looked far into the future. Both projects go along with each other, and today hardly anyone does not cheerfully support Adolf Hitler’s work in these areas. The Führer’s will that the entire people should benefit from their common labors has repeatedly shown itself in recent years. It was only natural that it was always close to Hitler’s heart that this also include those with limited incomes. At the automobile exhibitions during the first years after the takeover of power, he so clearly expressed his wish for a Volkswagen that the automobile industry had to consider it an order or a commission. As is known, in recent years the German automobile industry was barely able to produce enough of its own models in a reasonably timely fashion, even when fully using all its labor, plants, and machines."
A great find from an excellent site on Nazi propaganda. This piece describes German children playing at arresting Communists and sending the to concentration camps. Probably a mixture of propaganda and reality - terrifying none-the-less. A description from the site is given below. Click the link HERE for more.
The article from this link was published only ten weeks after Hitler's takeover. It describes Munich children playing a game based on the Nazi suppression of the Communist Party (KPD). In February 1933, the S.A. had taken over the KPD's Berlin headquarters, the Liebknechthaus, which the children have turned into a game. The children even establish a “concentration camp” for the captured “communists.” The article comes from Peter Fritzche's book Life and Death in Nazi Germany. Fritzsche thinks the photos were staged, although I suspect they were based on real activities, with a bit of help from the photographer (e.g., the nicely misspelled “Libknecht Haus” sign).
This Disney cartoon adapts some of the key Nazi material to produce an outline of life for people living in Nazi Germany
An HA Podcasted History of Modern German History: 1918-1948 featuring: Sir Ian Kershaw, Professor Jill Stephenson of the University of Edinburgh, Dr Christina von Hodenberg of Queen Mary, University of London and Professor Benjamin Ziemann of the University of Sheffield.
What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Weimar
How stable was the Weimar Republic between
How was the Nazi Party formed?
What was Nazi ideology?
The Rise of the Nazi Party
What was Hitler’s role?
Nazi creation of a Volksgemeinschaft (Part 1)
Nazi creation of a Volksgemeinschaft (Part 2)
From persecution to extermination
How popular was the Nazi regime? (Part 1)
How popular was the Nazi regime? (Part 2)
These podcasts are good extension material and cover the birth of Weimar, its failings and the rise of Hitler:
Session 1: Part 1 and Part 2. The lecture provides an overview of Germany’s complex history between military defeat and hyperinflation. It shows how after November 1918, three different visions of transformation competed with each other: democratic reformism, revolutionary socialism and radical nationalism. In the summer and autumn of 1923, when inflation spiraled out of any control, France and Belgium invaded the industrial West, and right-wing as well Communist groups attempted to seize power, Weimar
Germany was on the verge of breakdown.
Session 2: Part 1 and Part 2. This lecture covers the years of recovery in Germany after 1923, particularly under Gustav Stresemann.
Session 3: Part 1 and Part 2. This lecture covers the rise of the Nazis and their transition into power.
Two shocking reports on the way in which experiments for the effectiveness of penicillin were carried out in Guatemala, Tuskegee and also HERE
Patients were involved in experiments without consent. The work done here did much to move penicillin on but cost hundreds of lives. In the case of Guatemale, orphans and prostitutes were deliberately given diseases, and in the case of Tuskagee, Black patients were given placebo drugs to test the effectiveness of penicillin.