Daily Life in Germany During the Third Reich with Tom Mills

Daily Life in Germany During the Third Reich with Tom Mills


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When probed by a historian during a 1990 interview, an elderly German who lived through the Third Reich once shockingly described his years between 1933 and 1939 as “paradise.” So what was daily life like for those who were not identified as one of the Nazi’s targeted demographics? This question will guide our discussion of “normal” German lifestyles under Hitler’s regime during the years preceding the outbreak of WWII. 

Today it seems impossible that a terrorist regime infamous for its barbarism could be remembered fondly by the patriotic constituency that it had led to physical and moral ruin. Together we will work to understand just how Germany was transformed into the state that provoked World War II and the Holocaust.

We will examine how, after taking power in 1933, the Nazis brought a sense of stability and security many German’s were sorely missing. They developed an iron-clad control over all media broadcasts and social clubs in the country. Beyond their party’s domination of public policy, we will also examine the methods by which the Nazi party inserted itself into the daily family life –– from the indoctrination of a generation of school children to the difficult and sometimes cruel choices their parents were forced to make to survive in this new world. 

Led by an expert on German history, Thomas Mills, this interactive seminar will explore life under Nazi rule for “ordinary” Germans. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how “normal” Germans lived under the onset of Nazi tyranny.

Tom Mills was born in Wolverhampton in the heart of England before studying History and Archaeology at Bangor University. Emerging with an MA he worked as an archaeologist and afterward a historic conservator for the National Trust. Moving to Munich in 2012 he began a career as a tour guide and many years later is still there.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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