This volume on Nazi Germany offers a variety of primary sources to students, educators, and other researchers. In working with a time period that has been documented extensively, we editors were able to put together a wealth of materials that lend themselves to classroom use, independent or guided primary-source research, and general interest reading. The selected themes—from foreign policy to consumer culture to racial policy—provide access to a diversity of experiences and developments that are too often reduced to a singular focus on Hitler and his genocidal policies. Teachers, students, and other users will discover images, documents, videos, and audio clips that will spark debates about power structures in the Third Reich, Nazi Germany’s relationship with other countries, and the experiences and behaviors of Germans from all walks of life—women and men, industrial workers, farmers, middle-class consumers, the architects of racial legislation, and those (such as Jews, leftists, homosexuals, Roma, disabled people, and “asocials”) whom the regime labeled as unwelcome and as a threat to the so-called “people’s community” [Volksgemeinschaft]. The selected sources, together with the accompanying abstracts, will hopefully inspire users to explore other historical materials, on the web or in the library.

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Baranowski, Shelley. Strength through Joy. Consumerism and mass tourism in the Third Reich. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary men. Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the final solution in Poland. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Evans, Richard J. The coming of the Third Reich. London: A. Lane, 2003.
Evans, Richard J. The Third Reich in power, 1933-1939. New York: Penguin Press, 2005.
Evans, Richard J. The Third Reich at war. New York: Penguin Press, 2009.
Friedländer, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
Fritzsche, Peter. Life and death in the Third Reich. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.
Gellately, Robert. The Gestapo and German society. Enforcing racial policy, 1933-1945. Oxford : New York: Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1990.
Gregor, Neil. Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich. New Haven, CT ; London: Yale University Press, 1998.
Harvey, Elizabeth. Women and the Nazi East. Agents and witnesses of Germanization. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.
Herbert, Ulrich. Hitler’s foreign workers. Enforced foreign labor in Germany under the Third Reich. Cambridge ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Herzog, Dagmar. Sex after fascism. Memory and morality in twentieth-century Germany. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Hoffmann, Peter. The history of the German resistance 1933-1945. 3rd ed. (1st English ed.). London: Macdonald and Jane’s, 1977.
Johnson, Eric A. Nazi terror. The Gestapo, Jews, and ordinary Germans. New York: Basic Books, 1999.
Johnson, Eric A., and Karl-Heinz Reuband. What we knew. Terror, mass murder and everyday life in Nazi Germany: an oral history. Cambridge, Mass: Basic Books, 2005.
Kaplan, Marion A. Between dignity and despair. Jewish life in Nazi Germany. Studies in Jewish history. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Kershaw, Ian. The "Hitler myth". Image and reality in the Third Reich. Oxford : New York: Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1987.
Kershaw, Ian. Hitler. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
Koonz, Claudia. Mothers in the fatherland. Women, the family, and Nazi politics. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.
Kühne, Thomas. Belonging and genocide. Hitler’s community, 1918-1945. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
Mazower, Mark. Hitler’s empire. How the Nazis ruled Europe. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
Overy, Richard. The bombing war Europe 1939-1945. London: Penguin, 2014.
Petropoulos, Jonathan. Art as politics in the Third Reich. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.
Proctor, Robert. The Nazi war on cancer. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1999.
Reese, Dagmar. Growing up female in Nazi Germany. Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
Rentschler, Eric. The ministry of illusion. Nazi cinema and its afterlife. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1996.
Roseman, Mark. The villa, the lake, the meeting. Wannsee and the Final Solution. London, England ; New York, N.Y: Penguin Books, 2003.
Stargardt, Nicholas. The German war. A nation under arms, 1939-45 : citizens and soldiers. New York: Basic Books, 2017.
Steigmann-Gall, Richard. The Holy Reich. Nazi conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Tooze, J. Adam. The wages of destruction. The making and breaking of the Nazi economy. London ; New York: Allen Lane, 2006.
Wachsmann, Nikolaus. KL. A history of the Nazi concentration camps. First edition. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Weinberg, Gerhard L. Hitler’s foreign policy 1933-1939. The road to World War II. New York: Enigma, 2010.
Welch, David. The Third Reich. Politics and propaganda. London ; New York: Routledge, 1993.
Wildt, Michael. Hitler’s Volksgemeinschaft and the dynamics of racial exclusion. Violence against Jews in provincial Germany, 1919-1939. New York : [Jerusalem]: Berghahn Books ; Yad Vashem, 2012.