Nazis and Anti-Nazis in the Third Reich

History 103B.001

Fall 2018
2303 Dwinelle
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M 2-4
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This seminar will focus on central actors for the rise of Nazism in Germany and will introduce contexts and historical developments in which the National Socialists abolished the civil rights of the 1920s in the Weimar Republic and created a political system of repression and violence against all those who did not share their fascist ideology or did not fit into their racist people’s community (Volksgemeinschaft). We will explore different notions and concepts of nonconformist behavior during the NS era such as resistance, protest, opposition, Eigensinn, civil courage, and Resistenz : The course will introduce different milieus, groups and individuals, their background, motifs and forms of agency. At the end of the seminar we will discuss those who resisted in the occupied territories and the minority of Germans in the resistance (who ultimately did not end the NS regime) and their relevance for German and European contemporary history.