A German Perspective on World War Two Essay

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A German Perspective on World War Two

"In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up."
-Martin Niemöller

After the First World War, most of the world suffered a deep economic depression. One of the countries kept a tight control over the German economy. German frustration and resentment steadily grew. The people were looking for three things. The
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My informant, Hilda Warren, who is now seventy-five years old, was living in a part of East Prussia when Germany reclaimed it in 1938. Hilda stands about 5’1" and creates a pleasant personage, mixing her business-like hairstyle with a variety of soft sweaters and flowing skirts. She speaks English very carefully and clearly, but with a noticeable German accent. During our personal interview, recalled life in Germany during the Nazi control and WWII. When asked about the German invasion and annexation of her area, Hilda explained that the area belonged to Germany before WWI. After WWI this area was given to Lithuania. She stated: "In 1938, we returned to Germany… that part of the country returned to Germany." Further Hilda explained that the people in her area were glad to get back under German control. Since they had originally been a part of Germany, they still held allegiance to the country. However, Germany was not satisfied with just claiming territory lost during WWI.

World War II began after Germany invaded Poland. Germany formed an alliance with Italy and Japan. They called themselves the Axis Powers. During the beginning of the war, Germany was the driving force of their power. When asked about public sentiment toward the war in Germany, Hilda replied, "Well of course everyone was upset. Everyone had been talking about the war and it looked as if there might be one. Everybody was upset. Nobody likes war." She went on to describe German
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