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History of the Third Reich (HST 603 / CHST 603)
Ryerson University - Toronto
Instructor: Peter Vronsky  [ home page

NOTE:  All internet sources should be approached with caution.  University and school system based sites (.edu and some .org) and sites delivering copies of primary sources are more reliable, but not completely.  Information derived from the Internet should be cross-checked and verified through multiple sources before being trusted.  Do not automatically accept and believe anything you read on the Internet or for that matter, in books and other print as well (and obviously television documentaries.)  The most reliable print sources on Third Reich history are recently published academic books and journal articles issued by academic publishers with stringent peer review.   Some academic histories are also issued by commercial publishers as well.   This is not intended to dismiss non-academic histories, among which there are many excellent works, but those should be always approached with caution -- and not at all if they do not provide extensive footnoting and sources.   The best research strategy, as difficult as it is, is to always attempt to trace a statement back to its source and review it in the context it appeared in the source cited and further review that source's source, etc.

These are some available sources on Third Reich history and their quality ranges from excellent to awful.  The inclusion of any source on this list is not to be interpreted as endorsement of a site's reliability or of its content.


General Resources on the Third Reich


Rise of Hitler and Nazi Party 1889-1933 (a version of the history)
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/index.htm
 

Third Reich In Ruins
http://thirdreichruins.com/

Nazi Party 1934 - 1939
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/triumph/index.html 

Third Reich History Study Aids for British school system
http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/gcsehistoryrevision_nazi.htm

Nazi Party 1919-1924 - early history with additional Links
http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/ASLevel_History/

Fordham University history sources (some links no longer active)
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook43.html
 

Axis Biographical Research
http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/index2.html

Nazi history links from British educational site
http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/alevel/modern_european_nazigermany.shtml

primary sources on Third Reich
http://www.mazal.org/Default.htm

Nazi Germany Documents (German and some English translations)
http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany

Third Reich Fact Book
http://www.axishistory.com/  

Nazi propaganda samples
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/ww2era.htm

Meet the "real" Adolf Hitler - some fringe pseudo-history on Hitler
http://www.reformation.org/adolf-hitler.html

Wall Street and the Financing of Hitler 
(disputed but useful citations of sources)
http://www.reformation.org/wall-st-hitler.html

Gestapo Headquarter Berlin Museum  (Topography of Terror)
http://www.topographie.de/en/index.htm

A Collection of Unpublished Photographs of the Nazi Era
http://members.aol.com/dennisr48/german/nazpics.htm

A History of German Film (including Nazi propaganda films)
http://members.tripod.com/michaelfussell/index.html

The Horst Wessel Lied (Marching Anthem of the SA)
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/horstwessel.html

The Horst Wessel Lied (Audio Performed by the SA in the 1930s)
horstw.wav

The Hitler Youth (from the History Place)
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/hitleryouth/index.html

The Degenerate Art Exhibition (1937)
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/arts/artDegen.htm

The German Propaganda Archive 
(Excellent Collection of Images and Documents)
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/index.htm

Nazi Propaganda Posters
http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/Strasse/8514/collection.html

Mass Culture in Nazi Germany: The Power of Images and Illusions  
http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~fc76/

Collection of Nazi Posters
http://www.oldeagle.pp.se/post/ 

Nazi Party Rank Insignia
http://www.uniforminsignia.net/?p=show&id=100&sid=586

Ranks and Insignia of the Nazi Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranks_and_insignia_of_the_Nazi_Party 

SS Officer Research Link
http://www.ssocr.com/webtv_index.html 

German Intelligence Agencies
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/germany/intro/ 
http://www.globalsecurity.org/intell/world/germany/hist-bkg.htm 


Third Reich Military Resources


German Armed Forces 1918-1945
http://www.feldgrau.com/ 

Captured  Trophies - Central Armed Forces Museum Russia
http://www.armymuseum.ru/ww2vic_e.html

The German Enigma (code) Machine
http://home.us.net/~encore/Enigma/enigma.html
http://www.xat.nl/enigma

Waffen-SS -- Uniforms and History
http://www.waffen-ss.com/page.php?page=1

Panzer German Tanks (Panzerworld)
http://www.panzerworld.net/index.html 

German Armor
http://www.onwar.com/tanks/germany/index.htm 

German Armor (Excellent Polish Site) - slow to open sometimes
http://www.panzer.punkt.pl/index.htm

TM-E 30-451: Handbook on German Military Forces (US War Office)
http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/tme30/index.html 

Hitler's War Directives (English Text)
http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/1084/fuehrer_directives.htm 

1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler
http://www.geocities.com/wolfram55/index.html
http://www.humanitas-international.org/archive/ss-leibstandarte-ah/

2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
http://www.dasreich.ca/ 

3d SS Panzer Division Totenkopf
http://www.feldgrau.com/3ss.html

10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
http://www.frundsberg.org/unithistory.htm

12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Jugend
http://home.att.net/~SSPzHJ/Index.html 

Hungarian SS Legion
http://philosophy.elte.hu/~jhardi/ss/

Luftwaffe -- Airforce
http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/index.html 

German Navy
http://www.german-navy.de/

German and Axis Naval Losses
http://www.naval-history.net/WW2WarshiplossesAxis.htm 

U-Boats
http://www.sharkhunters.com/ 
http://uboat.net/

Gliwice Radio Station Attacks 1939 
[link1] [link2]

The German War Machine
http://www.germanwarmachine.com/index.htm 


Operations on the Eastern Front and Balkans


The Russian Battlefield
http://www.battlefield.ru/

Nazi-Soviet Relations (German Foreign Office Doucments)
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/nsr/nsr-preface.html

German Campaigns in the Balkans - Spring 1941
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/balkan/intro.htm

Battle of Stalingrad
http://users.pandora.be/Stalin grad/ 

Battle of Kursk
http://www.uni.edu/~licari/citadel.htm 

German Anti-Partisan Campaigns in the Balkans 1941-1945
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/antiguer-ops/AG-BALKAN.HTM 

Rear Area Security in Russia - 
The Soviet Second Front Behind German Lines (1951)
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/20240/20-240c.htm 

Airborne Operations:  A German Appraisal
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/104-13/104-13.htm

Military Improvisation During the Russian Campaign
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/milimprov/fm.htm 

Night Combat
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/104-3/fm.htm

Operations of Encircled Forces: German Experience in Russia
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/wwii/20234/20234.html 

Battle for Moscow (1941)
http://www.serpukhov.su/dima/war/eng/eindex.htm 

Battle and Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944)
http://lenbat.narod.ru/eng/

Battle of Stalingrad (1942-1943)
http://users.pandora.be/Stalin grad/ 

Battle of Kursk (1943)
http://www.uni.edu/~licari/citadel.htm 

Soviet Military Maps
http://mapww2.narod.ru/


Artifacts From the Third Reich


German Daggers
http://www.germandaggers.com/

German Helmets
http://www.german-helmets.com/index.html

Nazi Artifacts and Memorabilia
http://www.ulric-of-england.com/milshop1.html

Authentic Nazi Memorabilia - Rings, Daggers, Uniforms
http://www.germaniainternational.com/third.html 

Hitler Paintings and other Artifacts
http://www.snyderstreasures.com/pages/hartworks.htm

Other Nazi Loot and Artifacts
http://www.snyderstreasures.com/ 

Fake Nazi Stuff ("Your Third Reich HQ")
http://www.pzg.biz/uniforms.htm 

Fake and Authentic Nazi Memorabilia
http://www.thirdreich.ca/index.htm 


Websites on the Holocaust


Holocaust information site 
(A Response to Holocaust Denials)
http://www.nizkor.org/ 

The Holocaust Timeline (from The History Place)
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html#top

Operation Reinhard Camps
http://www.deathcamps.org/

Auschwitz KZ Memorial Museum Site
http://www.auschwitz-muzeum.oswiecim.pl/ 

The Auschwitz Album - 
Photographic Record of a Transport 1944
http://isurvived.org/

State Museum of Majdanek
http://www.majdanek.pl/en/ 

Anti-Jewish Legislation in Nazi Germany
http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=5982 

Holocaust Encyclopedia
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/

The German Army and Genocide
http://www.cooper.edu/germanarmy/

The Wannsee Protocol
http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~german/gtext/nazi/wanneng2.html
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/h-wannsee.htm

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
http://www.ushmm.org/

The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Multimedia Learning
http://motlc.wiesenthal.com/site/pp.asp?c=gvKVLcMVIuG&b=358201

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/Holocaust/default.htm

The Holocaust History Project
http://www.holocaust-history.org/ 

Holocaust Resources
http://remember.org/ 

Holocaust/Shoa Page
http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/holo.html

Yad Vashem (Israeli Holocaust Memorial)
http://www.yad-vashem.org.il/

Cyberlibrary of the Holocaust
http://remember.org/index.html#Top

The History and Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp
http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Dachau/ 

Holocaust and War Crimes Third Reich Fact Book
(Einsatzgruppen Order of Battle)
http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=216

The Einsatzgruppen (Description and Documents)
http://www.einsatzgruppenarchives.com/

Gestapo Headquarter Berlin Museum  (Topography of Terror)
http://www.topographie.de/en/index.htm

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Holocaust LINKS)
http://www.hum.huji.ac.il/Dinur/internetresources/holocauststudies.htm 

Antisemitic Artifacts and 
Concentration Camp Currency and Coins
http://rosenblumcoins.com/israel/holocaust

Florida Holocaust Museum
http://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/index.cfm 

Dimensions - Journal of Holocaust Studies
 (Anti-Defamation League)
http://www.adl.org/braun/dimensions_toc.asp

Himmler's Speeches Online
Link

Wannsee Protocols (complete text)
http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Wannsee_Protocol

Why No Holocaust in Bulgaria?
http://www.b-info.com/places/Bulgaria/Jewish/

Radio Intercepts and Decrypts of Holocaust Communications
http://www.nsa.gov/publications/publi00044.cfm 


War Crimes & Trials


War Crimes
http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/genocide/war_criminals.htm

Ravensbruck KZ and Medical Experiments
Link

The Avalon Project at Yale University - 
Nuremberg Trials documents
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/imt.asp

Harvard Law School Nuremberg Trials Project
http://nuremberg.law.harvard.edu/

The Avalon Project at Yale University - 
Nazi-Soviet Relations documents
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/nazsov/nazsov.htm
   

selected Nuremberg Trial transcript volumes online
http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/imt/tgmwc/
 

other Nazi war crime trials post-Nuremberg
http://www1.jur.uva.nl/junsv/Sitemap.htm
 

Massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane France 1944
http://www.oradour.info/ 

Massacre of Lidice, Czechoslovakia 1942
http://www.lidice-memorial.cz/default_en.aspx
http://users.pandora.be/dave.depickere/Text/lidice.html 

Massacre at Ardeatine Caves, Rome Italy - 1944
http://www.zchor.org/italy/caves.htm

Nazi Testimony 
(links to original documents with focus on non-Jewish victims)
http://www.nazis.testimony.co.uk/main.htm#1

The Nuremberg Trials (Court TV)
http://www.courttv.com/casefiles/nuremberg/ 

Nazi Massacres and Atrocities in World War Two
http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/massacres.html 

Forensic Handwriting Profiles of Nuremberg Defendants
http://www.trialrun.com/id4u/nuremberg_profiles.html


Sources on the Second World War


British War Blue Book - Diplomatic  Documents
(Outbreak of Hostilities Between 
Britain and Germany Sept 3, 1939
)

http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/bb/bb-preface.html 

French Yellow Book - Diplomatic Documents (1938-39)
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/fyb/fyb-preface.html 

Events Leading Up To World War Two  (1931-1944) 
US Congressional History (1944)
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/events/


World War II in Europe (from The History Place)
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/ 

World War Two Sources (Primary Sources)
http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/

The German Armed Forces in World War II
http://www.feldgrau.com

Second World War (Collections of Links)
http://www.hist.unt.edu/09w-amw4.htm 
http://history.acusd.edu/gen/ww2_links.html

West Point Atlas Battle and Campaign Maps
[ LINK ]

World War Two Maps (University of Texas)
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_ww2.html

Chronology of World War Two
http://www.onwar.com/chrono/index.htm 

US Strategic Bombing Survey Report - 
European Theater  (Jan 1947)
http://www.angelfire.com/super/ussbs/index.html 

US Strategic Bombing Survey Report - Germany (Sept 1945)
http://www.anesi.com/ussbs02.htm 

United States Army 
Online History Library WWII - Europe
Link 


General  History Reference Sites


Web Sources for Military History
http://tigger.uic.edu/~rjensen/military.html

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook.html

Eurodocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/

The Avalon Project at Yale University
(A Collection of Treaties, Legal Documents, and Other Sources)
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

History Programs on Public Television
http://www.pbs.org/history/

German History (Web Resources)
http://www.h-net.org/~german/

The BBC Modern World History Page
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/modern/mainmenu/mainhtm.htm

The Third Reich Factbook
http://www.skalman.nu/third-reich/

 


Neo-Nazi & Holocaust Denial Websites


The Stormfront Home Page (A Sample Neo-Nazi Page)
http://www.stormfront.org/

David Irving Focal Point "Real History" Website
http://www.fpp.co.uk/

The Zundel Site (Ernst Zundel's Website)
http://www.zundelsite.org/

"Institute for Historic Review"
http://www.ihr.org/

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODHO)
http://www.codoh.com/index.html

NSDAP-AO (White Power Nazis in Lincoln, Nebraska)
http://www.nazi-lauck-nsdapao.com/index.htm

Volkermord - For A Dying Race
http://gallery.volkermord.com/