The ultra right-wing National Socialist German Workers Party, popularly known as the Nazi Party, was formed in 1920 and gained power in Germany through the nation’s electorate, winning seats in the Reichstag, or parliament, while its leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed chancellor and later assumed dictatorial powers as the nation’s Führer, or leader. Hitler and the Nazis persecuted minorities, particularly the Jews, and initiated a system of extermination against them. The Nazis also plunged Europe into World War II with the invasion of Poland in 1939. After the war ended in 1945, the victorious Allies prosecuted numerous Nazis and former Nazis as war criminals. In modern Germany, strict laws apply to the display of any Nazi-related materials and the formation of any neo-Nazi political groups.
From Hitler loyalist to anti-Hitler plotter, the wily Nazi SS chief played a double game in 1945–just as he always had. More »
The mysterious death of once-Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess in Spandau Prison has provoked a litany of conspiracy theories. More »
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Sixty-five years after the end of the war, the U.S. Department of Justice is still on the case. More »
Like so much of German society, automaker Mercedes-Benz was co-opted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party during World War II. More »
Although lives were continuing to be lost, German resistance in northern Europe crumbled in the spring of 1945. More »
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WWII History Magazine contributor Christopher Miskimon shares with us his list of history’s long shots and the most heroic last stands. More »
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Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
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