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  1. Poll: Göring or Strasser ?

    Found an English translation here: https://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/sofortprogramm.htm This essay from the Institute of Contemporary History's journal describes the Eberfeld programme from 1926, but it's in German...
  2. Poll: Göring or Strasser ?

    In OTL Himmler worked for Gregor Strasser for a while. When the NSDAP was refounded in 1925, Himmler became Strasser's secretary, along with deputy Gauleiter in Lower Bavaria (Strasser was the Gauleiter). When Strasser was appointed to the newly-created office of Reichspropagandaleiter (Reich...
  3. Poll: Göring or Strasser ?

    Actually Gregor Strasser did eventually get money from industrialists. Moreover, money from aristos and big business did not play a big role in the Party's funding. Most of its funding came from member donations (fun fact, it was close to broke by the time Hitler was made chancellor). For a long...
  4. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    Just for reference, some of the sources I base my conclusions on: Robert Gerwarth, Hitler's Hangman. The Life of Reinhard Heydrich. Peter Longerich, Heinrich Himmler. Peter Black, Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Ideological Soldier of the Third Reich. Michael Wildt, An Uncompromising Generation. The Nazi...
  5. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    Nope, he never made any contribution to German military strategy and had no training for it. His military experience consisted of serving as a signals officer in the German navy during the Weimar Republic, reaching junior officer rank before he got kicked out for being an arrogant prick. Then he...
  6. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    Yep. He came to power over the bodies of his colleagues, personally tortured people and, aside from his role in numerous atrocities like the Katyn massacre and various 'ethnic deportations', is widely believed to have been a rapist.Like, in the 1990s the skeletal remains of young women were...
  7. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    He played a key role in organising the Holocaust for sure and thus had to run. But my point is, he wasn't the kind of guy you see on the newsreels or has a personal audiences with Hitler or even Himmler. So it's a bit easier for someone like that to vanish and hide away than say Himmler or...
  8. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    Nice list! I am a bit amused by the fact that - unless I missed something, which is possible - they leave out Fritz Todt, Speer's predecessor as Reich Minister for Armaments and Munitions. He died in a plane crash in 1942. Some others: Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski: SS-Obergruppenführer, Higher...
  9. WI Hitler died early in WW2, and Heydrich replaced him

    The SS doesn't have the pull take over early in the war. Sure, they have the Gestapo, but the Waffen-SS is pitiful compared to the Heer. Ironically, the SS rises in power the more the war situation deteriorates. Himmler was probably at his peak after the 20 July Coup since he got to take over...
  10. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    He did, but he wasn't part of the Nazi inner circle elite or one of the main leaders of the SS, which means he was less recognisable and it was easier for him to fade into obscurity. Now that would be interesting. Goebbels would, I think, try to turn the tribunal into his own personal show...
  11. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    It's a common view of Heydrich. It's true that Heydrich did not have a lot of interest in politics in his youth, though he grew up in a nationalist household that regarded Germany's defeat in WW1 and the Kaiser's abdication as a disaster. He was part of a Freikorps, but didn't see any combat...
  12. WI: Reinhard Heydrich didn’t die in 1942?

    Heydrich's psychology is a bit harder to grasp than that of say Goebbels or Göring since he was less of a public figure, though we can draw comparisons to other figures in the RSHA. He rarely gave speeches, unlike Himmler, he didn't keep a diary or really leave writings behind (there's a letter...
  13. Can Hitler Become Chancellor of Germany in a Post-CP Victory?

    Correct. Leo von Caprivi, Bismarck's successor, held both offices for a while, but then stepped down as Minister-President while remaining Chancellor. Likewise, Max von Baden was only chancellor, but not Minister-President. It was smart to occupy both offices, but legally not a requirement.
  14. Can Hitler Become Chancellor of Germany in a Post-CP Victory?

    Aye, that was my point. Wilhelm II was contemptuous of the Reichstag and the idea of popular sovereignty on a good day. The Kaiser has an easier time preserving the old order if Germany wins quickly in a 1914-15 time frame. Things look less stable in 1918.
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