Klaus Hesse, Andreas Nachama (Ed.)

Das „Dritte Reich“ nach Hitler

23 Tage im Mai 1945. Eine Chronik

Language: German, English
344 pages, hardcover
230 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-95565-117-6
Publication date: 2016
39.00 €

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The Third Reich after Hitler. A Chronicle of 23 days in May 1945

The final disintegration of the Nazi dictatorship occurred in stages and at a number of different locations. The final phase of the fall of the Third Reich following Hitler’s suicide in Berlin on April 30, 1945 is sketched here as an illustrated chronicle, with the small city of Flensburg and the naval college at nearby Mürwik in the far North of Germany as its main historical backdrop. 
The still little-known story of these 23 days unfolds as on a calendar, from May 1, 1945, the day when Hitler’s designated successor Grand Admiral Dönitz took over the duties of head of state and supreme commander of the Wehrmacht, to May 23, 1945, the day of the arrest of Dönitz, his “Acting Reich Government” and the top brass of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht (OKW), who, as wretched relics of the Nazi state, had sought final refuge in Flensburg, among other places. The ministers and state secretaries of the last Nazi “Reich government,” which was briefly tolerated but never recognized by the Western Allies, and other prominent Nazi officials who fled to Flensburg are presented in biographical dossiers.


Klaus Hesse

Dipl. Pol., Fotohistoriker. Studium der Politikwissenschaft, Geschichtswissenschaft und Germanistik in Berlin. Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Ausstellungskurator der Stiftung Topographie des Terrors in Berlin.

Andreas Nachama

war von 1994 bis 2019 Direktor der Stiftung Topographie des Terrors, von 2005 bis 2013 auch Gründungsdekan und Professor des Studiengangs Holocaust Studies am Touro College Berlin. Seit 2000 ist er Rabbiner der Synagogengemeinde Sukkat Schalom in Berlin. Er ist Autor und Herausgeber zahlreicher Publikationen zur Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und zur jüdischen Geschichte und Gegenwart.