October 17th, 1933 – Einstein Evades the Nazis

Early in 1933, German scientist Albert Einstein recognized what was happening with the rise of the Nazis and the newly elected Chancellor Hitler. Upon Einstein’s third visit to the United States in February 1933, he realized that he could not return to Germany and began plans to flee the tyranny of the Nazi Party. The following […]

April 26th, 1933 – Enter the Gestapo!

The Gestapo (an abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei, “Secret State Police”) was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe. Hermann Göring formed the unit on April 26th, 1933. Beginning on April 20th, 1934, it was under the administration of SS national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen […]

This Day in History – March 17th, 1942

Bełżec, in Poland, was the site of the first of the Nazi German extermination camps created for the purpose of implementing the secretive Operation Reinhard, which entailed the murder of some six million Jews during the Holocaust. The camp was situated in German-occupied Poland about 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) south of the local railroad station of Bełżec, in the […]

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