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#1 MrCrowley

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:23 AM

Hi there!

I've just recieved a huge 10 week History assignment that I need some help on.

I've got to do an investigation on three focus questions so I can write a report at the end.
That means I need a lot of sources and then I go through them all and annotate (sp?) them.

My three focus questions are:

What changes occured over the time the Nazi's rules Germany, 1933-45?

How did people respond to the rule of the Nazi's?

How might have children perceived life under Nazi rule?



I have a lot of sources for the first question, I just searched under different topics like Education, Propaganda, Hitler Youth, Concentration Camps, Racial Policy, Foreign Policy, Role of the average woman, the final solution, work labour and trade programs and policies, everday life and resistance etc.

But I can't find much from the German perspective for the second question (I have a fair amount of sources from how other countries responded to Nazi rule) and I have no sources at all for the third question.

It would be good if there were primary quotes in the sources as well.


Or if you could give me some direction that would be great,


Thanks,

Cameron from New Zealand

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 12:18 PM

What an interesting - although HUGE - topic!

On the second question, I would suggest that there are two issues.
The main one is the controversy surrounding Goldhagen's book: Hitler's Willing Conspirators. Were the German people in league with Hitler, or were they essentially his dupes - supporting him but with no real clue about what he was really getting up to. Actually, the burden of the evidence seems that they quite supported him - listen to this podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmany_au_nb.ram.
A second issue is the amount of opposition within germany to Hitler - not just the death plot, but opposition groups in general: try this article: http://web.archive.o...les/housden.htm



As for youth, you need to research education, Hitler Youth and the Edelweiss Pirates. Remember also that much of the opposition to Hitler (e.g the White Rose) were youths.
For an easy start, follow the links from section 4 of this page: http://www.johndclar...zi_Germany3.htm, including http://www.johndclar...many3_Youth.htm

#3 MrCrowley

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 06:29 AM

What an interesting - although HUGE - topic!

On the second question, I would suggest that there are two issues.
The main one is the controversy surrounding Goldhagen's book: Hitler's Willing Conspirators. Were the German people in league with Hitler, or were they essentially his dupes - supporting him but with no real clue about what he was really getting up to. Actually, the burden of the evidence seems that they quite supported him - listen to this podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk...rmany_au_nb.ram.
A second issue is the amount of opposition within germany to Hitler - not just the death plot, but opposition groups in general: try this article: http://web.archive.o...les/housden.htm



As for youth, you need to research education, Hitler Youth and the Edelweiss Pirates. Remember also that much of the opposition to Hitler (e.g the White Rose) were youths.
For an easy start, follow the links from section 4 of this page: http://www.johndclar...zi_Germany3.htm, including http://www.johndclar...many3_Youth.htm


Thanks for all that, sorry I didn't reply sooner I never got the notification email.

I've already seen films like Die Wannseekonferenz and Conspiracy (Wannsee Conference related) and Sophie Scholl so I covered those events already, Edelweiss Pirates I completely forgot about, thanks for that one. But my main issue is finding primary sources from German youths growing up in Nazi Germany. I have plenty on what other people say it was like and Jewish kids growing up in Nazi Germany (Anne Frank for example, though she was in the Netherlands it was under Nazi rule) but I can't get a primary source from a German youth that's not resistant.

It seems like i'll be using the same information for most of questions 2 and 3, not that there's anything wrong with that through the markers' eyes but my annotations my get a bit repetitive I guess.


Thanks for all your help, much appreciated.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:38 AM

I can't get a primary source from a German youth that's not resistant.

You will find a load of positive statements here: http://www.isthatleg...ngtime_for.html
and a whole barrage of sources here: http://hitlernews.cl...ugend-youth.php
And try chasing
Henry Metelmann
Hans Massaquoi
Isle McKee

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:42 AM

I can't get a primary source from a German youth that's not resistant.

You will find a load of positive statements here: http://www.isthatleg...ngtime_for.html
and a whole barrage of sources here: http://hitlernews.cl...ugend-youth.php
And try chasing
Henry Metelmann
Hans Massaquoi
Isle McKee

Thanks a lot, I believe some people in my class are also making use your information too :)




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