A Gate to War: How Berlin signaled the beginning of WWII
The city of Berlin bared witness to key events that would later be seen as what lead to the culmination of WWII.
The Weimar Republic while an incredibly accepting time in German history, also had social pressures that made more conservative Germans longing for German greatness.
With loosing WWI, the Great Depression, and being a fledgling democracy; Germans became more and more radicalized by the effects of these factors on their way of life. With their fuse already short, Hitler lights the racial powder keg.
Conveniently after being named Chancellor in 1933, Hitler assumes the Enabling Acts due to the Reichstag being set ablaze. The act gave Hitler affectively full control of Germany.
Hitler seizes this moment for the Nazis so that they can have full control over the German way of life and he spares no time shaping the country in his image.
The Nazis then went from cracking skulls as political activists to cracking skulls as the actual police force on the streets of Berlin to drive home the Germany they wanted.
On September 15th, 1935 the Nuremberg Laws come into play for Germany. These laws are the crown jewel for the Nazis, it’s their base for the racial war they intend to roll out across Germany and Europe.
The Nuremberg Laws set the guidelines for citizenship incredibly clear, only ethnic Germans were to be seen as full citizens in the eyes of the law.
By January 20th, 1942 as WWII is now under full swing, the Wannasee Conference is held between high ranking Nazi officials to coordinate “The Final Solution”, an answer to the Jewish question of what to do with their “inferior races”.
By May of 1945, Germany surrenders to the Allies after being completely squashed on both fronts of the war. Berlin in the end is left completely scarred by both the war and the rise of the Nazi regime.