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Documents on World War II

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Italian Fascism
  Benito Mussolini, What Is Fascism (1932)
The Italian dictator describes his program.
Nazi Ideology 

Adolf Hitler: First Antisemitic Writing (September 16, 1919)
Hitler's early anti-Semitic ideas.

The 25 Points (1920)
An early statement of Nazi principles.

Adolph Hitler, Excerpt from Mein Kampf (1925)
Hitler discusses the development of his anti-Semitic ideas.

Nazi Policies

The Nuremberg Laws

Kristallnacht (1938)

Hitler Signs an Order Authorizing Involuntary Euthanasia in Germany (October 1939)

The Road to War

The Nanking Massacre, The New York Times (December 18, 1937)

The Munich Pact, (September 29, 1938)

Neville Chamberlain: Peace in Our Time (1938)

Nazi - Soviet Relations (1939-1941)

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (August 29, 1939)

The War In the European and Pacific Theaters

Documents of World War II
Extensive collection of documents, including many decoded secret Japanese dispatches.

Winston S. Churchill, "We Shall Fight on the Beaches"
Speech to the House of Commons, June 4 1940

Winston S. Churchill, "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" Speech, 1940

Winston S. Churchill: "Their Finest Hour", To the House of Commons, 18 June 1940

British Songs of World War II

The Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings Before Congress

Pearl Harbor Attack Documents (1941)

The United States Homefront

Franklin D. Roosevelt , A Call for Sacrifice (April 28, 1942 )
Describes the need to increase government control over the economy.

What Did You Do in the War Grandma?

The Holocaust

The Final Solution:

The Wannsee Conference Protocol (January 1942)

Heinrich Himmler: Speech to SS Group Leaders at Posen (October 4, 1943)
A statement of Nazi policies.

Hermann Friedrich Graebe, Account of Holocaust Mass Shooting (1942)
An eyewitness account of a mass shooting.

Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz, Testimony at Nuremburg (1946)

The Death Camps

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Teaching resources from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in PDF format

Development and Deployment of the Atomic Bomb

Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy--Hiroshima
An extensive collection of documents related to the Manhattan Project and the decision to deploy the bomb.

Documents on the Decision to Drop the Bomb

Extensive materials from the Truman Archives.
Hiroshima: Was It Necessary
Includes excerpts from President Truman's diaries and papers and Secretary of War Henry Stimson's diary and papers.

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial

Nuremberg War Crimes Trial

Court TV: Nuremberg Documents

Charles E. Wyzanski Jr., Nuremberg - A Fair Trial? Dangerous Precedent, The Atlantic Monthly, April 1946

Charles E. Wyzanski Jr., Nuremberg in Retrospect, The Atlantic Monthly, December 1946


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