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Germany, Hitler, and the Growth of Nazism


  • William S. Allen, The Nazi Seizure of Power (Franklin Watts).
  • Richard Breitman, The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution (Knopf).
  • Martin Broszat, The Hitler State: The Foundation and Development of the Third Reich (Longman).
  • Gordon Craig, Germany, 1866-1945 (Oxford Univ. Press).
  • John V. H. Dippel, Bound Upon a Wheel of Fire (Basic Books).
  • Eugene Davidson, The Making of Adolf Hitler (Macmillan).
  • Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews: Vol. I The Years of Persecution, 1933-1939 (Harper Collins).
  • Peter Fritszche, Germans Into Nazis (Harvard University Press).
  • Hajo Halborn, A History of Modern Germany, 1840-1945 (Knopf).
  • Eric A. Johnson, Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews and Ordinary Germans (Basic Books)
  • Anton Kaes, et.al., The Weimar Republic Source Book (University of California Press).
  • Marion Kaplan, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Oxford).
  • Michael H. Kater, The Nazi Party (Harvard).
  • Ian Kershaw, Hitler: 1889-1936 (W.W. Norton).
  • Victor Klemperer, I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1933-1941 (Random House).
  • Walter Laqueur, Weimar (Capricorn Books).
  • David Clay Large, Where Ghosts Walked: Munich’s Road to the Third Reich (Norton).
  • Hans J. Massaquoi, Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany (William Morrow)
  • John Lukas, The Hitler of History (Knopf).
  • Hans Mommsen, The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy (University of North Carolina Press).
  • George L. Mosse, Toward the Final Solution (Howard Fertig).
  • A. J. Nicholls, Weimar and the Rise of Hitler (St. Martins).
  • William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Simon and Schuster).
  • John Weiss, Ideology of Death: Why the Holocaust Happened In Germany (Ivan R. Dee).


Das Leben von Adolf Hitler
101 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Never before seen archival footage from Europe. Includes the rise of the Nazi Party, the years after WWI, hyper-inflation of currency, the first still and motion pictures of Hitler, the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler’s year in jail, the re-building of the Party, and much more.

Hitler’s Germany: 1933-1936
20 minutes, videotape, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Starting as a very small group in the 1920’s, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, through political persuasion and vio-lence, took over Germany by 1933. This film describes that period and the subsequent reoccupation of the Rhine-land in 1936, the persecution of the Jews, and the growth of the Nazi propaganda machine under Joseph Goebbels.

Make Germany Pay
20 minutes, videotape, color.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
A portrait of life in Germany after its defeat in World War I. The Armistice Agreement and the Treaty of Versailles trig-gered vast anger among the German people, and helped prepare them for the rise of the Nazis. This film shows the serious financial inflation and the problems caused by the French and Belgian occupation of the Ruhr. It ends with Germany joining the League of Nations in 1926.

The Making of the German Nation
94 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
A vivid account of German history from the creation of the German empire following the defeat of Napoleon to the rise of Nazism and World War II. Using contemporary drawings, cartoons, paintings, and photographs, the film includes quotations from key figures, and in later periods, the recorded voices of participants. It describes the
impact of Bismarck and the rise of militarism, Germany’s defeat in World War I, the Weimar Republic, Hitler and the Nazis in power, and the events leading to World War II.

A New Germany 1933-1939
52 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
Part of the World at War series, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, this film shows an embittered Germany rallying to Hitler following her defeat in World War I and the ensuing Depression. He captures the support of the unemployed and the middle class. Book-burning and anti-Jewish legis-lation ensue. Europe watches with growing apprehension as Hitler rearms the Rhineland, annexes Austria and the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, and threatens Poland.

Outcast: Jewish Persecution in Nazi Germany 1933-1938
40 minutes. Recommended for junior high school and up
This film, produced by Yad Vashem, deals with the persecution
of the Jews from Hitler’s coming to power through Kristallnacht. In includes the testimony of witnesses who were teenagers at the time.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Part I — The Rise of Hitler
28 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film chronicles how Adolf Hitler and his political cohorts in the Nazi Party manipulated events during their country’s crisis to achieve power.

Part II — Nazi Germany: Years of Triumph
28 minutes, videotape, black and white.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This film describes Germany between 1933 and 1939, while some 67 million people willingly allowed themselves to become puppets of the Nazi regime.

The Rise of Nazism: Terror and Tragedy
36 minutes, filmstrip, cas.
Recommended for junior high school grades and up.
This two-part filmstrip returns to the end of World War I in Germany to set the stage for the emergence of the Nazi Party. Seen in Part I are the German nation’s post-World War I subjection conditions that left the door open for Hitler’s manipulation of the resentful German people. Part II shows events moving swiftly once Hitler is installed as Chancellor: the Reichstag is burned; the Nuremberg Laws regulating the Jewish people are instituted; the Nazi government takes over the media and educational and economic institutions.

The Racial State
It covers the period 1919-1939. This interactive CD-ROM is designed primarily for a British audience and contains material not found in other similar sources. It has documentary and survivor film segments, audio segments, British newspaper headlines, select documents, photographs, an interactive map and a general timeline. It includes features specifically for students: bibliography, pop quizzes, discussion questions, glossary and notes.

Sponsoring institution: Beth Shalom Holocaust Educaton Centre