Nazi Germany documents

A collection of Nazi Germany documents and documentary extracts:

Nazi ideology and values

Guidelines of the German Workers’ Party (1920)
The ’25 Points’: the Program of the NSDAP or ‘Nazi’ Party (1920)
Hitler explains his views while on trial in Munich (1924)
A report on Hitler’s behaviour while in Landsberg prison (1924)
Hitler on the method and purpose of propaganda (1924)
Hitler on Russia and Bolshevism (from Mein Kampf, 1924)
Lyrics of The Horst Wessel Song (NSDAP anthem, 1929)
Hitler explains the agenda of his government (March 1933)
Himmler explains the history and men of the SS (January 1937)

The Nazi rise to power

Ludendorff calls for Germany to prepare for war (1922)
Goebbels on the Reichstag (1928)
Von Papen explains the ‘German crisis’ (1932)
Trotsky on Nazism (1932)
Hitler’s first address as chancellor (February 1933)
A police chief on the Reichstag fire (February 1933)
US news report on the Reichstag Fire (1933)
The Reichstag Fire Decree (February 1933)
The Enabling Act (March 1933)
A politician opposes the Enabling Act (1933)
Hitler proclaims victory to the SA and the SS (1933)
Hermann Fuhrbach on why he joined the Nazi movement (1934)
An Austrian journalist explains how Hitler came to power (1938)

Hitler, totalitarianism and political control

Goebbels on National Socialism and propaganda (1931)
Adolf Hitler on the Nazi form of ‘socialism’ (1932)
Hitler addresses Reichswehr officers (February 1933)
The opening of Dachau (1933)
The Law to Safeguard the Unity of Party and State (1933)
Goering on the formation of the Gestapo (1934)
Hitler stresses the importance of unity to his Gauleiters (1934)
An eyewitness account of the Night of the Long Knives (1934)
A new Reichswehr oath (1934)
Schulze-Wechsungen on the functions of Nazi propaganda (1934)
Josef Goebbels on ‘Our Hitler’ (1935)
Lloyd George reports on his meetings with Hitler (1936)

Racial ideas, anti-Semitism and eugenics

Hitler’s early views on ‘rational anti-Semitism’ (1919)
Hitler on the Jews (1922)
Himmler’s order on marriages within the SS (1931)
Streicher calls for a boycott of Jewish businesses (1933)
The Party orders a boycott of Jewish businesses (1933)
Goebbels’ diary entries on the Jewish boycotts (1933)
Victor Klemperer on anti-Jewish boycotts in Dresden (1933)
The Law for the Restoration of the Civil Service (1933)
Hitler and Hindenburg on Jewish war veterans (1933)
The Law for the Protection of Hereditary Health (1933)
Walter Gross speaks on German eugenics policies (1934)
A victim of SS property confiscations (1935)
The Reich Citizenship Law (1935)
The Reich Citizenship Law – supplementary decree (1935)
The Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honour (1935)
William Zukerman on the Nuremberg Laws (1936)
Julius Streicher on the mission of Der Sturmer (1936)
Heydrich’s order to initiate Kristallnacht (November 1938)
Hitler’s speech to the Reichstag on Jewish expulsions (1939)
Cardinal von Galen criticises the Nazi euthanasia program (1941)
Hitler orders the death sentence for homosexuals (November 1941)

Social ideas, values and policies

Josef Goebbels on German women (1933)
The Nazi-Catholic Concordat (1933)
The Barmen Declaration on German Protestantism (1934)
Hitler addresses the Nazi Women’s League (1934)
Walter Gross on German population decline (1934)
A female NSDAP member on women in Nazi Germany (1936)
The Law on the Hitler Youth (1936)
Mit Brennender Sorge (1937)
Nazi guidelines for the teaching of History (1938)
Heinrich Himmler’s procreation order to the SS (1939)
Gregor Ziemer describes life in the Pimpf (1941)

Work, economic policy and re-armament

The Reichsbank president writes to Hitler on economic policy (1932)
Hitler’s first cabinet discusses spending priorities (1933)
Robert Ley on the Nazi economic recovery (1936)
Robert Ley on National Socialism, business and ownership (1936)
Hitler’s memo on economic priorities and self-sufficiency (1936)
Nazi report on the mood of industrial workers (September 1938)

Foreign policy

Goebbels attacks the government and Treaty of Versailles (1927)
Fodor on the spread of Nazism in Austria and beyond (1936)
Hitler on German colonies and the League of Nations (1937)
The Hossbach memorandum on long-term Nazi war plans (1937)
Adolf Hitler on Poland (1938)
The Munich agreement on Czechoslovakia (1938)
Hitler speaks to military commanders on foreign policy (1939)
German-Soviet Non-Aggression Treaty (1939)
Hitler warns Mussolini that war with Poland is imminent (1939)


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