Anton Thumann, Obersturmführer, SS-Totenkopfverbände, “Hangman of Majdanek”.


AntonThumann was born in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Bavaria, German Empire on 31-10-1912. In the 1930s Thumann joined the Nazi party (member no. 1,726,633) and the SS (member no. 24,444). He then served as a guard at Dachau concentration camp from 1933 onward. Starting in 1937, Thumann  was employed in the Office of Guard Command and ascended to the rank of Protective Custody… Read more »

The Beer Hall Putsch, also known as the Munich Putsch November 9th 1923.


The Beer Hall Putsch, also known as the Munich Putsch, and, in German, as the Hitlerputsch or Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch, was a failed coup attempt by the Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler — along with Generalquartiermeister Erich Ludendorff and other Kampfbund leaders — to seize power in Munich, Bavaria, during 8–9 November 1923. By midmorning on 9 November, Erich Ludendorff  cried out, “Wir marschieren!” (We will march!) and Ernst Röhm  force together with… Read more »

The founder of the National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands (NSB) and its formal leader, Anton Mussert.


Anton Adriaan Mussert  was born 11-05-1894 in Werkendam, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. In the 1920s, he became involved in right-wing political movements that advocated a Greater Netherlands by annexing Dutch-speaking neighbouring regions. On 14 Dec 1931, he abandoned his profession as a civil engineer and founded the National Socialist Movement political party, Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging, or NSB , along… Read more »

Visit by Adolf Hitler, June 1940 to his old battlefields.


In the Second World War, after the Battle of France in May 1940 the north and west of France and the whole of Belgium were occupied by the German Army. British and French troops had made a fighting withdrawal through this part of Flanders in south-west Belgium to the ports of Dunkirk and Calais, passing… Read more »

Vera Salvequart


28 year old Vera Salvequart was born on the 26th of November 1919 in Wonotsch in Czechoslovakia and had trained as a nurse.  She  had also served several periods in prison for having relationships with Jewish men. She had not been an SS guard, but rather a prisoner herself in Ravensbrück.  She was sent to Konzentration… Read more »

Eva Heyman child of the holocaust.


The only child of a cosmopolitan Hungarian Jewish couple, Eva grew up in a city on the border between Romania and Hungary. Nearly one-fifth of the city’s population was Jewish. Eva  was a small child when her parents, Agi and Bela, divorced, and she went to live with her grandparents. 1933-39: After the divorce, Eva… Read more »

Dutch Resistance girl Jannetje Johanna “Hannie” Schaft


Jannetje Johanna (Jo) Schaft (16 September 1920 – 17 April 1945) was a Dutch communist resistance fighter during World War II.     She became known as the girl with the red hair (in Dutch Het meisje met het rode haar, also the title of a book and film about her). Her secret name in the resistance movement was Hannie. Hannie Schaft was born… Read more »

Hitler’s bomb attack aftermath.


Over the following weeks after the bomb attack at the Wolfschanze, Himmler’s  Gestapo, driven by a furious Hitler, rounded up nearly everyone who had the remotest connection with the plot. The discovery of letters and diaries in the homes and offices of those arrested revealed the plots of 1938, 1939, and 1943, and this led… Read more »

Gardelegen Massacre, 13 April 1945. Prisoners burned to death inside a barn.


The 102nd Infantry Division,  nicknamed “Special Designation” soldiers, under command of 2* Major General Frank Augustus Keating  , had arrived in Gardelegen on the evening of April 14th and had accepted the surrender of the Luftwaffe air base. The German troops were most anxious to surrender to the Americans, rather than to the Russians who were only a… Read more »

The Great Escape” from Stalag Luft III.


Stalag Luft III   was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner of war camp during World War Ii that housed captured air force servicemen. It was in the German province of Lower Silesia near the town of Sagan, 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Berlin. The site was selected because it would be difficult to escape by tunneling. For sheer planning, risk, and scale,… Read more »

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