First step

The first steps to establish a progressive liberal democracy in Germany after the Great War were taken on 28 October 1918. The constitution was changed to transfer power to the Reichstag (legislature). The major parties supported it. They felt it would encourage a period of calm needed to …

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Gay oppression

Nazi oppression of minorities is well known. Gays were among those deemed to be unworthy of living in the Third Reich. On 26 October 1936 the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Himmler, created the Reich Central Office for Combating Abortion and Homosexuality within the secret police. The Nazis didn’t …

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War torn

The lines between left and right have become blurred. But the ideological divide in the thirties was distinctive. Stalin in the Soviet Union and Hitler in Germany were at each end of the ideological continuum. Diana Mosley and Unity Mitford’s friendship with Adolf Hitler made …

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