6. Multimedia and Primary Sources

There are a wealth of sources on the topic of World War II, specifically relating to the Third Reich and Nazi Germany that can shed light on the subject or even act as primary sources for use within a research essay.

  1. Triumph of the Will [A video directed by Leni Riefenstahl documenting the 1934 Nuremberg rallies. Created as a propaganda tool it contains speaches by Hitler, Goebbles, Hess and a variety of other high ranking Nazi officials and party members. It provides a first hand account of a Nazi rally. 
  2. The Nazis: A warning from History [Written and produced by Laurence Rees this BBC documentary  examines the history of the Third Reich and the circumstances that precipitated Hitler's rise to power.]
  3. A History of Hitler's Empire [A detailed documentary covering the legacy of World War I to the final days of Hitler's Regime.]
Primary Sources/Special Collections:
  1. Conditions & Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945 [Available online and in microform this collection contains documents outlining the reactions of British foreign office officials in German-occupied territories.]
  2. Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exiles and Resettlement, 1945-1950 [Available online this collection contains material that documents the struggle following the end of the war, specifically the experiences of refugees during the war's aftermath.]
  3. The Emil J. Gumbel collection: political papers of an anti-Nazi scholar in Weimar and exile, 1914-1966 [A collection of eight microfilm reals documenting the struggles of an anti-Nazi scholar.]
  4. Testaments to the Holocaust [This microfilm collection contains eyewitness accounts, propaganda, newspaper clippings and photographs from 1933 to 1945.]

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