Milton Mayer, an American college professor from Columbia University, wanted to find out how ordinary people initially reacted to Hitler's policies and philosophy. Seven years after the end of World War II, Mayer went to Germany and interviewed a cross-section of men throughout society. One of the interviews with a German college professor is excerpted in this audio recording.
As the Nazi regime consolidated its power, German universities were targeted and purged of any academics who refused to pledge allegiance to National Socialism. In this audio reading Austrian Economist Peter Drucker recounts the moment he realized he needed to leave his country because of the terror and intimidation that was occurring.
The Hitler Youth Movement was an essential part of the Nazi Party's ideology and plan for the future. By the start of World War II in 1939, about 90% of "Aryan" children- girls and boys- in Germany belonged to Nazi youth groups. This audio reading explains through the eyes of Erika Mann, a German opposed to the Nazis, how the Hitler Youth groups operated.