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Additional information on the Third Reich

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Fall of the Third Reich


During her lifetime, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf benefited from many unfortunate events. Primarily, it was the relocation of Jewish individuals from their homes to concentration camps that allowed Charlotte’s interest in collecting antiques to truly develop. However, it was the fall of the regime of the Third Reich that proved to be the most significant unfortunate event in Charlotte’s life. After murdering her father she was intended to remain in jail for four years, but due to the chaotic state of Germany as power and control were being redistributed, her minor case was no longer means to hold her in jail and she was set loose into a jungle of a world.

Upon the acceptance of Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany in 1933, the Nazi regime became an era that instilled fear throughout the German nation and assisted in the removal of all basic rights. Constitutional rights were suspended and a decree was instated that allowed laws to be made and abided by without official approval from the Parliament. This allowed Hitler and Nazi officials to bring culture, education, religion and all other aspects of life under Nazi control and scrutiny. Thus, Hitler and his followers were able to implement their mission to purify the German race that led to the Holocaust which resulted in the death of thousands of individuals of Jewish descent who were not Aryan. Also exterminated were individuals of any other race, and homosexuals.

While any ridicule of the Nazi regime, was suppressed by the Gestapo, as well as the Security Service of the Nazi Party, some opposition to the German state was present. This led to the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany resulting in the division of Germany, which brought Charlotte freedom from her imprisonment.

After the fall of Germany in 1945, the nation was left as a mosaic of power and control. All superpowers involved in the war had separate zones of the German land where that particular nation had individual control over their zone, or area of land. WORDING In 1946 The Soviet Union, which held a zone in the eastern regions of Germany, refused to combine powers with the western zones. This led to the formation of a coalition between the western zones, owned by France, Britain and America. The formation of this coalition commenced the official split of Germany physically and politically.

The political mission of West Germany was to revive the German economy. Thus, the coalition of the western German zones led them to create and implement a new type of currency. This move led the Soviet Union to impose the Berlin Blockade officially dividing Germany into two regions, the East and the West. The West became a representation of democracy, change and new beginnings, while the East was ruled by the communists. Many German citizens attempted to flee the East to enjoy the flourishing economy and liberty experienced there. Thus, the Berlin wall was instated to separate East Germany from West Germany and to prevent fleeting East Germans from becoming denizens of West Germany.

Additional sources


Antill, P. (2005). Berlin 1945: End of the Thousand Year Reich. New York, New York, USA: Osprey Publishing Ltd.

Separation of Berlin. (2010). Retrieved May 25, 2010, from Cold War Museum: http://www.coldwar.org/articles/40s/separation_of_berlin.asp

Third Reich: Overview. (2010, April 1). Retrieved May 23, 2010, from United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005141

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