Achtung! History.

A Podcast by The Berlin Tour Guide


Join your host Simon J. James in uncovering stories of historical intrigue, murder most foul, forgotten figures, engineering genius, and much more in Achtung! History.

Series 1: He Who Holds the Devil

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Episode 2: Changing Names

In Episode 1 we uncovered Hans Globke, a man who helped destroy the democratic institutions of the Free State of Prussia, in doing so consolidating power within the hands of the new Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler. Now Hitler is in power he can begin implementing his plans for the Jews of Germany. The first task, to identify who is Jewish and to begin to separate them from their German heritage. Discover more in Episode 2; Changing Names.

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Welcome to Achtung! History series one He Who Holds The Devil.

Join Simon J. James in a weekly podcast series that explores the how a man responsible for some of the worst crimes in history during the period of Hitler and his Nazi party not only managed to evade justice but rose to become one of the most, if not the most, powerful men in post war Europe.

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Episode 1: Making Hitler

It’s 1933 and times are turbulent in Germany. The Weimar Republic, the democratic nation hammered together from the scraps of the German Empire after World War One, is on its knees. Political revolt in Prussia has seen the stability of the Social Democratic government replaced with a dictatorship under Franz von Pappen, and the elections of the Reichstag, the German Parliament, have led President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint the Austrian corporal Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. Now Hitler, with a burning desire, wishes to see the other institutions of the states of the Weimar Republic centralised within his and his party’s, the NSDAPs, hands. To do so he calls upon the sympathetic lawyers to draw up the drafts and bills that will make Hitler into the dictator of Germany.

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He who holds the devil title page

Episode 1: Changing Names

In Episode 1 we uncovered Hans Globke, a man who helped destroy the democratic institutions of the Free State of Prussia, in doing so consolidating power within the hands of the new Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler. Now Hitler is in power he can begin implementing his plans for the Jews of Germany. The first task, to identify who is Jewish and to begin to separate them from their German heritage. Discover more in Episode 2; Changing Names.

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