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Adolf Hitler Research Paper Sources

Hitler Web Sites

BBC: The Rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis
A moderately sized and very readable summary of the growth and formation of Hitler’s career and the Nazi party. A great start for basic factual information and understanding.

Spartacus: Hitler
An extensive history of Hitler’s life, including his rise to power, military achievements and failures, ideology, and what he left behind in his wake. Very comprehensive, and like all Spartacus articles, contains links within the text to relevant info.

WWII Germany Audio and Video
A compilation of primary source audio and video put on the web. Includes a huge section dedicated to Hitler, as well as propaganda posters/broadcasts and more. This provides an excellent view into Nazi Germany.

History Place: The Rise of Adolf Hitler
A very extensive history of Hitler from his beginnings to the very end. This is broken up chronologically into many sections and provides excellent information about his childhood in particular.

Mussolini: What is fascism?
This is a primary source document in which Mussolini considers and explains the benefits of his fascist system and contrasts it with communism and democracy. The actual source of this, interestingly, is from an Italian encyclopedia article which Mussolini wrote.

Nazi Propaganda Gallery
This page has 6 propaganda images. Clicking on an image brings about a detailed analysis and examination of the ideas, themes, and emotions that the Nazi party were trying to spread.

BBC: Hitler’s Leadership Style
An informative article on Hitler’s strengths and weaknesses as a military leader and commander. Discusses his strategy, philosophies, and relations with his subordinates. Broken up into 7 subsections.

Spartacus: Mussolini
An excellent summary/biography of Mussolini’s life and climb up the political ladder. Also briefly covers his military and social endeavours. There are many links within the text which can be explored for further information.

Nazi Propaganda: 1933-1945
This site contains primary source speeches and writings from major German figures such as Hitler. Also has visual material, propaganda links, examples of anti-Semitic material, and much more.

Spartacus: The Nazi Party
This is a very solid overview of the formation and founding ideas of the Nazi party, and how the party functioned over time. Discusses founding members and rival parties as well.

Discover Channel: Hitler’s Bunker
A production of the Discover Channel’s Unsolved History series. A collection of photos that helps one understand Hitler’s final moments. Clicking on the photos reveals a description and analysis of the photo’s subject and its relevance to Hitler and his final days.

Spartacus: German Fascism
A summary of fascism and more specifically how Hitler’s integration and use of it in Germany.

Spartacus: The Hitler Youth
Provides a quick but informative basic summary of the role and purpose of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany.

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities and more

20th Century Heroes and Villains: Mussolini
This site covers Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia and the role of intervention from other nations at that point. The goal is to formulate an opinion on whether Mussolini was a hero or villain.

Chamberlain and Hitler, 1938: What was Chamberlain trying to do?
This activity has students observe primary source documents from a meeting between Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler just prior to the initiation of World War II. Provides a great view into the European tensions and political dealings.

Was Hitler a Passionate Lunatic?
This activity makes the reader view Hitler using the information available about him at the time, not with hindsight, so it can be understood why he wasn’t stopped earlier. This lesson provides and understanding to how the rest of the world viewed Hitler prior to World War II.

Assassinate Hitler: How did the British plan to kill Hitler?
This LearningCurve activity put the student in the place of the British SOE with the goal of deciding upon the optimal method to terminate Hitler. Students are to look at the dangers involved and the chances of success. When these plans were revealed in July 1998 they caused world media interest. This is a unique chance to work with these original and secret documents.

Lesson Plan: Hitler’s Rise to Power
The goal of this lesson plan is to allow students to attain their own opinion on how Hitler came to rise to power. Web and computer based research is the main means of teaching in this lesson plan.

Many educators appreciate the value of using primary source materials in the classroom. The documents selected for this section provide many possibilities for classroom discussion or student activities. For additional primary source materials related to the Holocaust, see the Web link to the Nizkor archives at the bottom of this page.

A rationale for teaching with primary sources.

  • Nazi Statements on "The Jewish Question." Excerpts from Hitler, Himmler, and others on the destruction of European Jewry.
  • Hitler on Propaganda. Excerpts from Mein Kampf.
  • Nazi Party Program. The 25 points of the National Socialist German Worker's Party.
  • Munich Pact. The agreement concluded at Munich, September 29, 1938, between Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy.
  • Nonagression Treaty. The Nonagression Treaty concluded in Moscow, August 23, 1939, between Germany and the USSR.
  • Hitler Address. Address by Adolf Hitler before the Reichstag, September 1, 1939.
  • Hitler Proclamation. Proclamation by Adolf Hitler to the German People, September 3, 1939.
  • Communication from the German Government to the British Government. Communication from the German government to the British government, handed by Joachim von Rippentrop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the British Ambassador (Sir Neville Henderson) at 11:20 A.M., September 3, 1939.
  • The Wannsee Protocol. Minutes of the 1942 Wannsee Conference planning the annihilation of over eleven million European Jews.
  • Discriminatory Decrees Against the Jews. This list of decrees was presented as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials.
  • Kristallnacht. The Nazi order for the "spontaneous" violence of that evening.
  • Night and Fog Decree. Directives for the prosecution of offences committed within the occupied territories against the German State or the occupying power, of December 7th, 1941.
  • German Declaration of War with the United States, December 11, 1941.
  • Euthanasia. Documents related to the murder and cremation of mentally handicapped patients.
  • Medical Experiments. Reports on freezing, low pressure and other experiments performed on camp inmates.
  • Sterilization of the Jewish workers. Nazi correspondence related to the purpose and means of sterilizing Jewish and other workers.
  • Auschwitz. Documents related to Auschwitz' function as a death camp.
  • Auschwitz. Nazi testimony regarding gassing at the camp.
  • Belzec. Nazi testimony regarding gassing at the camp.
  • Treblinka. Nazi testimony regarding gassing at the camp.
  • Camps. Nazi testimony regarding gassing at various camps.
  • Gassing Vans. Nazi correspondence detailing the operation of gassing vans.
  • Gassing Vans. Nazi testimony about gassing vans.
  • The Jager Report. A chilling report by the commander of one of the Einsatzgruppen,detailing the murder of 137,346 persons in a five month period.
  • Documents about Mass Murder. Nazi correspondence, orders, and reports documenting mass murder.
  • Crematorium Construction. Court testimony made by crematorium engineers.
  • Life in the Warsaw Ghetto. Excerpts from Emanuel Ringelblum's description of life in the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Stroop Report. Excerpts from General Stroop's report on the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Stroop Report. Complete text of General Stroop's report on the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Hans Frank. Quotes from the Governor General of Occupied Poland.
  • Heinrich Himmler. Quotes from the head of the SS.
  • Julius Streicher. Quotes from the editor of Der Stürmer.
  • The Eizenstat Report. U.S. and Allied Efforts to Recover and Restore Gold and Other Assets Stolen or Hidden by Germany During World War II.
  • Proceedings of the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets
  • Robert Jackson's Opening Address at the Nuremberg Trials. This lengthy address gives an overview of Nazi activity and states the United States' case against the accused at Nuremberg. Sections include:
  • Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression Volume I Chapter VII:
    Means Used by the Nazi Conspirators in Gaining Control of the German State

    From The Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington. 1946
  • Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression Volume I Chapter X: The Slave Labor Program
    From The Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington. 1946
  • Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression Volume I Chapter XI: The Concentration Camp
    From The Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington. 1946
  • Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression Volume I Chapter XII: Persecution of the Jews
    From The Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington. 1946

Visit the Nizkor archives for an invaluable collection of Holocaust-related documents. This is the largest archive of Holocaust documents available on the Internet. Although Nizkor is working to place these materials on the Web for easier access, the bulk of the documents at this site are available only by FTP.

Visit Yad Vashem for a carefully arranged collection of 213 Holocaust documents in English.

Visit the Avalon Project at the Yale Law School for an outstanding collection of documents in law, history and diplomacy.

If you find any materials at either of these sites that are particularly useful in the classroom, please send us the address of the document and a note about how you were able to use it in the classroom. We will consider including that document and/or activity in an update to the Teacher's Guide. Also, if you develop an activity using any of the documents already included in this resource section, please let us know.

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