German Resistance to National Socialism [Nazism]

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Historical Context Essay

In contrast to fierce and ultimately successful partisan warfare in Europe’s Nazi occupied territories, for the German resistance movement the obstacles to regime change in Germany itself were enormous. Blinded by Hitler’s initial string of political and military successes (1933-42), the majority of the German people supported a strong government that had come to power legally, abrogated the Versailles Treaty, and dissolved the dysfunctional Weimar Republic. Later on, during the war and the postwar years, struggling for personal survival, many Germans did not care much about this underground resistance and, if any news leaked out, considered any opposition to the government high treason in accordance with the party line. As long as t…

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Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "German Resistance to National Socialism [Nazism]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 May 2005
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