NSDAP- Stands for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei and was a national Socialist German Workers’ Party.
Communist Party- The Communist party in Germany was a major political party between 1918-1933 which had a resistant underground movement in Nazi Germany.
Reichstag Fire- This was an arson attack which occurred on the 27th of February, 1933, which burned the building in which the German parliament was housed.
Decree- This was a an order which was passed by Von Hindenburg and it suspended all articles in the constitution that guaranteed peoples key freedoms and liberty.
Centre Party- This was a lay Catholic Party in Germany.
Sturmabteilung- Nazi Party’s paramilitary wing which aimed to make Germany a full socialistic state.
Wehrmacht- unified armed forces of Nazi Germany opposed the Sturmabteilung’s stance.
Schutzstaffel (SS)- This was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler who got rid of the Sturmabteilung.
Führer- This is a political title which means leader in German and is associated with the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Gestapo- This was the official secret state police of Nazi Germany.
Positive eugenics- Refers to efforts which are directed and expanding desirable traits.
Negative eugenics- refers to effort which are directed to eliminate through sterilisation, segregation or other means those who are perceived or deemed to be physically, mentally or morally ‘undesirable’.
Nuremburg Laws- These were anti-Semitic and racist laws that were enacted in Germany by the Nazi Party.
Annexed- The concept in international law in which one state forcibly acquires another states territory.
Kristallnacht- An event where violent, state-mandated actions against Jewish shops, businesses and homes occurred in November 1938.
Dissident priests- Catholic resistance to Nazi Germany who denounced Nazi policies.
Holocaust- This was the genocide of European Jews during WWII.
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