The Origins of the Nazi Regime and the Conclusion of its Murderous Dictatorship
The period of National Socialism in Germany and the horrors of the Hitler regime cannot be understood apart from the political and societal developments that preceded them. The events that took place between the wars and during the Nazi dictatorship have been analyzed, illuminated, and described many times. The literature on the structure of the Nazi system and on its leading figure, the “populist” Adolf Hitler, has thus been published extensively and in many languages. For the first time, however, there is now available for American and German readers in particular a highly compact “Fact Book” that illuminates the most important aspects of the developments in Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Today, this topic is more relevant than ever, considering the lack of understanding, hatred, and intolerance among populist movements and agitators that has developed in connection with the recent waves of refugees worldwide. “Anyone who does not remember what inhumanity is, is likely to be infected by it again. It is absolutely necessary that you know what happened at that time, and why it happened.” This is the appeal made by the Auschwitz-survivor Esther Bejarano to the current and future generations of all nations—that they become aware of the historical events that brought about the deaths of millions of victims of the National Socialist dictatorship.
Many Jewish communities in the United States have already expressed their interest in this new publication of the Stoltenberg Institute which will without doubt contribute to improved German-American understanding. In a letter to Joachim Reppmann, the elder statesman Henry A. Kissinger gave his wholehearted support to the project, as has the director of the international Leo Baeck Institute of New York City, Carol Kahn Strauss.
Announcement of an up-coming production: When Berlin lay in ruins and following Hitler’s cowardly suicide, the North German city of Flensburg wrote a chapter of its own history in the first days of May 1945. This city on the border with Denmark welcomed thousands of German refugees from the eastern territories and people who had been freed from the concentration camps. But at the same time hundreds of top-brass Nazis went into hiding in the city, which became the new “Reich capital” for a few days. Please see under "Videos", A Flensburg Perspective: Erna de Vries and The Holocaust Boxcar.
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