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1937 copy photo of the Doehner children before boarding the Hindenburg in Germany on it's fateful flight 75 years ago. Shown (front to back) are Werner, 8, Walter, 10, and Irene, 14. Werner, Walter and their mother survived the crash but Irene died going back to try and rescue their father, who perished. Werner is currently one of the few people who rode on the Hindenburg who are still alive.
Juana Bormann (or Johana Borman) was a prison guard at several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and was executed as a war criminal at Hamelin, Germany after a trial in 1945. One of her favorite "games" was unleashing her starving shepherd dog on helpless prisoners -- hence her nickname "The woman with the dogs."
This fine young lady is Sophie Scholl [9/5/1921-22/2/1943], best known as one of the main members of Die Weiße Rose (The White Rose), a German anti-Nazi group consisting mainly of students from the University of Munich. They wrote and distributed a series of leaflets condemning the Nazi regime, and excoriating the German public for their apathy towards the fate of German and Polish Jews. On the 18th of February, 1943, Sophie and her brother Hans were caught distributing leaflets at the univer
Upon Hitler's rise to power, he revived the ambitions for Pan-Germanism, a political ideology based on ethnocentrism and racism which had its origins in the 19th century. Its aim was the reunification of all Germanic peoples of Europe, and was the impetus that led to the anchluss - the occupation and annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany in March 1938 followed soonafter by the annexation of Sudetenland and the occupation of Czechoslovakia.
German kids playing with stacks of German Marks in 1923. Due to hyperinflation, this was all probably worth less than $1, Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic was a three-year period in Germany between June 1921 and January 1924 when Marks were worth next to nothing.