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Author Halbrook, Stephen P.

Title Gun control in the Third Reich : disarming the Jews and "enemies of the state" / Stephen P. Halbrook
Published Oakland, California : The Independent Institute, 2013
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Contents Insurrection and repression -- The 1928 law on firearms -- Keeping firearm registrations out of the wrong hands? -- The Nazi seizure of power -- Disarming the politically unreliable : the case of Brandenburg -- Defining enemies of the state -- From the night of the long knives to the Nurnberg laws -- The Gestapo -- Hitler's gun control act -- October prelude : arresting Jewish firearm owners -- Goebbels orchestrates a pogrom -- Jewish victims speak -- Conclusion : whither the German resistance, whither the holocaust?
Summary Based on newly discovered secret documents from German archives, diaries, and newspapers of the time, Gun Control in the Third Reich presents the definitive yet hidden history of how the Nazi dictatorship made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate its power. The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think soit ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups. The book spans the two decades from the birth of the Weimar Republic in 1918 through Kristallnacht in 1938 and then presents a panorama of pertinent events during World War II regarding the effects of the disarming policies. Citizens across the nation are grappling with how the 2nd Amendment should be interpretedor even if it should be disposed ofand this book provides the perspective of the consequence of disarming a population
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Firearms -- Law and legislation -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Gun control -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Jews -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 20th century.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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