Protest in Hitler's "National Community" : Popular Unrest and the Nazi Response

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  • "That Hitler's Gestapo harshly suppressed any signs of opposition inside the Third Reich is a common misperception. This book presents studies of public dissent that prove this was not always the case. It examines circumstances under which 'racial' Germans were motivated to protest, as well as the conditions determining the regime's response. Workers, women, and religious groups all convinced the Nazis to appease rather than repress 'racial' Germans. Expressions of discontent actually increased during the war, and Hitler remained willing to compromise in governing the German Volk as long as he thought the Reich could salvage victory"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-266) and index.


  • Introduction: Nazi responses to popular unrest among the volk of the Reich / Nathan Stoltzfus -- Aspects of German procedures in the Holocaust / Gerhard Weinberg -- Women and protest in wartime Nazi Germany / Jill Stephenson -- The demonstrations in support of the Evangelical Land Bishop Hans Meiser : a successful protest against the Nazi regime? / Christiane Kuller -- The Catholic Church, Bishop von Galen and "euthanasia" / Winfried Suss -- Possibilities of protest in the Third Reich : the Witten demonstration in context / Julie Torrie -- The "legend" of women's resistance in the Rosenstrasse / Katharina von Kellenbach -- Auschwitz, the Fabrik-Aktion, Rosenstrasse : a plea for a change of perspective / Joachim Neander -- The 1943 Rosenstrasse protest and the churches / Antonia Leugers -- Protest and aftermath : popular protest in Nazi German history / Nathan Stoltzfus -- Afterword: Protest and resistance / David Clay Large -- Appendix I: The situation of the Mischlinge in Germany, mid-March 1941 / by Gerhard Lehfeldt -- Appendix II: Public decree of the district administrator of the Calau District, Calau, February 25, 1943 -- Appendix III: 1 April 1943 OSS document identifying protest in Berlin with the interruption of deportation of Jews -- Appendix IV: Translated excerpts from the diaries of Joseph Goebbels -- Appendix V: Excerpts from testimonies of women who protested for their Jewish husbands in response to a request from the Berlin Bureau of Reparations, 1955 -- Appendix VI: Excerpts of individual sections and paragraphs from legal texts and ordinances (1933-1941) -- Appendix VII: RSHA guidelines for deportation to Auschwitz, Berlin, 20 February 1943 -- Appendix VIII: Documents of the SS at Auschwitz from early March 1943 indicating their "pull" for workers from Berlin and their expectation that more working Jews (intermarried) would be sent from Berlin -- Appendix IX: Documents in response to the Witten protest and from 1944 indicating Hitler's continuing refusal to use force against "racial" civilians who refused to follow regime guidelines for evacuating bombed areas -- Appendix X: Excerpts from the recent German press representing controversies about public protest by ordinary Germans in the Third Reich
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