Getting Out of the City

In the second half of my six weeks in Spain, my roommate and I took it upon ourselves to do some traveling and see as much of Europe and Spain as time allowed. First, on a recommendation from our host mother, we flew out for a weekend in Porto, Portugal—a wonderful city on the Iberian…

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The Shops of Madrid

One of my favorite activities at home that continues to be one of my favorite activities abroad is shopping. Aesthetics and clothes have always been very important to me, and I have been more than impressed with the retail side of Madrid. The city offers a wide range of shops, from extremely cheap British clothing…

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Denying Defeat

Chapter 16, “To Unreason and Beyond,” is another clear example of the Third Reich’s utilization of architecture, technology, and propaganda to influence and misguide public opinion. The chapter begins with a speech by Goebbels following Germany’s crushing defeat at Stalingrad.   Goebbels, as the Third Reich had done throughout the entirety of the war, refocused…

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Broadcasting in the Third Reich

While I have learned about Hitler’s rise to power in school, I did not know how instrumental German radio seemed to be in the Third Reich’s reign. They seem somewhat primitive now, but in the 1920’s and 1930’s, radios were considered a luxury item, and often far too expensive for the average German (one example…

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Character Work

So since I’ve seen several other students post about the progress on their autobiographies, I thought I might show what I have been working on as well. My character is an 18 year old German university student in Berlin. He is naive, idealistic,  a philosophy major, and possibly a member of an underground resistance group…

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The White Rose

While I admit that I have skipped around to different chapters this reading, I have to say that “Enemies of the State” has been the most interesting of what we’ve read so far – information-wise. First of all, the anti-Nazi nature of Berlin was demonstrated in full within its various resistance movements . From silently refusing  to…

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“We did not want to know.”

Something that I could not help but think about while reading Chapter 8, “Into Oblivion,” was the proximity of the Jewish deportations to non-Jewish German citizens. What I mean by this is that those who were taken from there homes were the friends, neighbors, and acquaintances of German citizens. This was illustrated by the anecdote…

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Architecture in the Third Reich: Round Two

I am not sure if anyone else has noted this, but a quick bit of research reveals that one of Albert Speer’s first assignments was to design the Nazi parade grounds in Nuremberg, or the Zeppelinfeld (I believe Moorhouse noted this in Chapter 5, but did not expand on it). These are the same grounds…

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