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1.   Correspondence between Wilhelm Furtwängler and Joseph Goebbels about Art and the State (April 1933)
The Reich Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, followed the call for....
2.   The Book Burning: Report by Louis P. Lochner, Head of the Berlin Bureau of the Associated Press (May 10, 1933)
In May and June 1933, the National Socialist German Students’ League [Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund or NSDStB] and the German Student Body [Deutsche Studentenschaft....
3.   Lion Feuchtwanger, "Thou shalt dwell in houses thou hast not builded" (March 20, 1935)
The successful German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was on a lecture tour of the United States when Hitler came to power in January 1933. Given the situation, Feuchtwanger decided not....
4.   Extracts from the Manual of the Reich Chamber of Culture (1937)
The mightiest instrument of Nazi cultural policy was the Reich Chamber of Culture [Reichskulturkammer or RKK], which was founded by Goebbels....
5.   Hitler’s Speech at the Opening of the House of German Art in Munich (July 18, 1937)
On the day before the start of the “Degenerate Art” exhibition, Hitler officially opened the....
6.   Guide to the "Degenerate Art" Exhibition (1937)
On July 19, 1937, the “Degenerate Art” exhibition opened in the Hofgarten arcades of Munich’s....
7.   Thomas Mann, "German Listeners!" (July 1942)
Thomas Mann (1875-1955), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, was one of the most....
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