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History Research Guide - World War II: Germany

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

What happened in Germany in the 1930s? Why and How did the Nazi party rise to power? How is the beginning of World War II linked to World War I? What incidents led up to the war? What reason did Germany have for invading Poland?

What strategy did Hitler use in tackling the European theater? Was he successful? If so, what caused his success to turn? Why did he eventually lose World War II?

What happened to Germany during the war? What happened to Germany after the war? How did the citizens of Berlin deal with the Soviet wall that seperated East and West Germany? What impact did the seperation of Germany have on the world? Why was the seperation of Germany allowed? What happened after the wall fell? What have the German officials done to rebuild their country? What have they done to remember the war?

Hitler Accepts the Ovation of the Reichstag

Hitler Accepts The Ovation of the Reichstag... Berlin, March 1938. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources