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.
While we know that "race" is a social construct and not a biological fact, "racism" still exists. In this audio reading Lisa Delpit - scholar, author, writer and mother-writes to her daughter about her own experiences with racism growing up in the United States.
In this segment of an interview conducted by Studs Terkel, Eileen Barthe, a government relief case worker during the Great Depression, remembers an experience that caused a recipient of relief to face deep humiliation.
In an interview with Studs Terkel, Virginia Foster Durr, a prominent American civil rights activist, reflects on life during the Great Depression, particularly the way that people on government relief felt shame and guilt over their own suffering and poverty, rather than blaming the capitalist system.
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 every aspect of a German person's young life. Erika Mann, a German opposed to the Nazis, describes how even at a 12-year-old boy's birthday party, the intimidation and power of the Hitler Youth filters into the celebration.