Germany: National Socialism and World War II

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Session Proceedings of the Reichstag
from the Treaty of Versailles to the begin of World War II:
A digitization project of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (1919-1939; German transcriptions)
NB: Protokolle des Reichstags (1867-1895) are also available.

Documentation of the National Socialist movement and dictatorship,
Including such sections as the path to power (including the Ermächtigungsgesetz), the war,
medical experiments, persecution and the Shoah, among others.
(1930 - 1945; facsimiles and German-language transcriptions)

Nuremberg Laws - "Laws for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor"
(15 September 1935; facsimile of German original)
Designed for "the safeguard of German blood"
(15 September 1935; facsimile of English translation)

Access to facsimiles of German-Jewish periodicals from the Enlightenment until the Third Reich.
Digitized by various German institutions with support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
(18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries; facsimiles and some German-language explanatory comments)
Facsimiles of many Jewish newspapers produced in the time of the Third Reich.
Some began as early as 1911; the last issues of most were in 1938.
A major digitization project of Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
(1911-1943; facsimiles)
Facsimiles of many newspapers produced by the exile German press during World War II.
A major digitization project of Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
(1933-1945; facsimiles)
The only satirical magazine of Berlin that survived the 1848 revolution in Germany and that existed - after having converted to the liberal-conservative side - for more than 90 years.
(1848-1944; facsimiles)

Growing collection of digitized images from among the 11 million images in the Federal Archive.
Searchable by multiple access points or browsable by subject.
(19th-20th centuries; image database)

German and British source materials on the Munich Agreement of 1938.
(March-September 1938; English transcriptions and translations of documents, maps, statistics and commentary)
Agreement concluded at Munich between Germany, Great Britain, France and Italy.
(29 September 1938; English translation)

Papers relative to the events and negotiations which preceded the opening of hostilities
  between Germany on the one hand, and Poland, Great Britain and France on the other hand.
Electronic version by permission of the French Government.
(1938-1939; English translations)

As announced in the Völkischer Beobachter.
(23 May 1939; English translation)

Radio address a few months before the German attack on France.
(29 January 1940; English translation)*Franco-German Armistice
(25 June 1940; English translation)

Documents from the archives of the German Foreign Office.
(1939-1941; English translations)
A collection of documents and agreements from the Avalon Project.
(1939-1941; English translations).
(22 June 1941; English translation).

(3 August 1941; English translation).

The League of German Girls, female branch of the Hitler Youth.
(1930-1945; photos & posters, translated narratives, facsimiles of documents and journals).

An online exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
These images reveal how the Nazi Party used modern techniques and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany.
(1929-1945; print and multimedia searchable by year, format or theme)
Including posters, speeches, etc.
Digitized by Calvin College as a part of the German Propaganda Archive.
(1933-1945; Facsimiles, translations and transcriptions)
Part of the Archive of California.
(1930-1945; facsimile images)
Postage stamps as a form of propaganda
(1933-1945; facsimile images)

By Franklin D. Roosevelt, on the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
(8 December 1941; English transcription).
(11 December 1941; English translation).

An Oberleutnant's battle reports and diary from the Eastern Front.
(24 June 1941 - 31 March 1942; German transcriptions).

The top secret minutes of the meeting held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to find a "final solution" to the "Jewish Question."
(January 20, 1942; German transcription)
(January 20, 1942; English translation)

(31 July 1941; English translation)
(English translation; 5 October 1942)
(English translation; 4 October 1943)

Documentation of forced labor during the Nazi era, laws, restitution, etc.
(1939-1945; German-language transcriptions and commentary)
Sources on forced labor in the area of Hagen.
(1939-1945; facsimiles of documents and photos)

Memoirs of Two German Prisoners of War:

by Gerhard Friedrich Dose
(8 September 1944 - 8 March 1947; German transcription)
by Wolfgang Vetter
(20 April 1945 - 28 February 1947; English transcription)

Memoirs of Allied Prisoners of War:

Remembrances and artifacts from the POW camp in Barth, Germany -- plus commentaries.
(1942-1945; transcriptions and facsimiles of memoirs, documents, images, etc.)

Complete and comprehensive searchable inventory of the photographs taken during the occupation, liberation and reconstruction of the Lower Normandy region in France. This is the first site in the world to offer free images of the Battle of Normandy in high definition.
(1939-1945; images and descriptions)
Encyclopaedia Britannica's guide to the Normandy invasion of 1944.
(1943-1944; transcriptions, audio, video, images, commentaries)
Documents of the Eisenhower Library (scroll down the page).
(1943-1944; facsimiles & photos)
Photographic collection of documents relating to D-Day.
(1944; images and French-language descriptions)
Daily battle communiques from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Europe (SHAEF).
Searchable database with full-text facsimiles.
(6 June 1944 - 8 May 1945; text-searchable facsimiles)

Hundreds of documents: diplomatic correspondence, reports, memos, interviews, etc.
(1933-1945; English and German facsimiles)

German History in Documents and Images: Nazi Germany (1933-1945)
compiled by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
(1933-1945; images, maps, German transcriptions and English translations)
Documents of National Socialism from the University of Würzburg.
(1933-1945; German transcriptions).
Documents of National Socialism from the virtual library for German history.
(1933-1945; German transcriptions).
Click on "P" within a given chronology for primary source documents.
(German transcriptions with German and English translations)
Documents from the Nazi period
(1933-1945; German transcriptions)
Texts including pronouncements, speeches and orders of Adolf Hitler, Walter von Reichenau and others
(1933-1945; German transcriptions and translations)
A Hamburg pastor's memoirs of the "Third Reich."
(1933-1945; German transcriptions).

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and translations)
A collection of documents related to WWII.
From the Avalon Project.
Official (mainly U.S.) government histories, source documents, and other primary references.
(1939-1945; English transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1938-1945; translations)

Official instrument of armistice and surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan in World War II.
(October 4, 1945; transcription)

Presented by the Library of Congress
(1945-1949; transcriptions and summaries in print)
Four major publications covering:
the official proceedings of the trial of the main war criminals (The Blue Series),
documentary evidence and guide materials from that trial (The Red Series),
the official condensed record of the subsequent trials (The Green Series),
and a final report on all the war crimes trials held in Nuremberg, Germany.
From the Nizkor Project
(Transcriptions and translations)
Documents from and about the proceedings as collected in the Avalon Project.
(Transcriptions and translations)
A searchable database of transcripts digitized by Harvard Law School
(German and English-language facsimiles, transcriptions, and translations)
In commemoration of the Doctor's Trial's fiftieth anniversary, the USHMM presents excerpts from the official trial record,with accompanying photographs.
German-language version of official documents and materials from the Nuremberg Trials.
(14 November 1945 - 1 October 1946; transcriptions)
Includes documents describing the goals of German politics at the time, and sentencing at the Nürnberg Proceedings.
(1937-1949; German transcriptions)
Documents from the personal archive of General William J. Donovan,
special assistant to the U.S. chief of counsel during the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.
A joint and ongoing project of the Cornell Law Library and the Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion.
Includes a psychological analysis of Adolf Hitler
(1945-46; facsimiles, transcriptions and commentaries)
Official agreement by the United States, France, Great Britain and the Soviet Union for the establishment of an International Military Tribunal
for the "punishment and prosecution of the major war criminals of the European axis".
(1946; transcription)
Selected and prepared by the United Nations War Crimes Commission in 15 volumes (1947-1949)
Although situated in a gray area between primary documentation and commentary, these volumes provide handy summaries for proceedings of the Nuremberg and Tokyo International Military Tribunals.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and commentaries)

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