July 18th

On this day in 1925, Adolf Hitler published the first volume of his seminal piece, Mein Kampf. Entitled A Reckoning, the book outlined Hitler’s upbringing in Austria, increasing anti-Semitism and Darwinian, militaristic worldview. The book also serves to outline Hitler’s personal disdain for the other ‘world evil’ – communism – and his commitment to overthrowing German…

July 2nd

On this day in 1934, Hitler completed his purge of the Sturmabteilung (SA) as part of the Night of the Long Knives with the assassination of Ernst Röhm, appeasing the army and conservatives elites as well as securing his position as Führer.

April 29th

On the 29th of April 1945, the Nazi Concentration Camp, Dachau, was liberated by the United States Army.

Intended to hold political prisoners of the Nazi Regime, Dachau was the first Concentration Camp opened by Hitler’s Reich in 1933, with the purpose of inducing hard labour and eventually the imprisonment of members of the Jewish Faith

April 20th

On April 20th, 1889, Adolf Hitler was born.
In ‘Hitler – A Study in Tyrannny’, Alan Bullock describes the early life of the man who went on to become one of the most fearsome individuals in history.

March 23rd

On this day in 1933, Adolf Hitler was granted the dictatorial powers associated with the Enabling Act, ending the Weimar Republic and beginning his 12-year tenure as führer.

The Origins of Human Rights and War Crimes

On February 3rd, 2017, Phil Shiner – a previously reputable human rights lawyer who brought abuse claims against British troops after the Iraq War – was struck off for misconduct. In light of these developments, the history of war crime comes to mind.

February 2nd

Today marks 74 years to the day that the German Army surrendered at Stalingrad. One of the bloodiest battles in human history saw the starved, ill-prepared, low-moraled Axis alliance of the German, Italian, Croatian, Romanian and Estonian armies fight against the equally freezing and poorly organised troops of the Soviet 28th, 51st, 58th, 62nd and 64th…