Germany 1919-1947
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Germany 1919-1947

Nazi Germany in a nutshell
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Created by Thomas Rogers
Last updated 8/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the main reasons as to how Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and subsequently established a dictatorship by 1934
  • Understand how life for German people changed between 1933 and 1939 with particular reference to the lives of young people, Christians, women, "undesirables" and workers
  • Understand what life was like during the Second World War in Germany
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  • No prior knowledge needed! Each lecture is tailored for all ability levels
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  • Quizzes are hosted externally but you can access them easily with no need for further sign ups or software

Section 1: Have you ever wondered how Adolf Hitler became leader of Germany, then you are about to find out. How did a man who was such a "down and out" in the 1920's become the "Fuhrer" of the German Nation and its people?

Section 2: Hitler and the Nazi's made huge changes to German life. In this unit, you will explore how Hitler effected the life of women, the young, Christians and the Jews.

Section 3: The war started well for Germany but by 1943, the tide had turned. In this unit, you will discover how Hitler lost the war from a position of seeming victory. Furthermore, you will develop an understanding of how life on the homefront in Germany seemed to go from bad to worse for many of its citizens.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone with an interest in History!
  • Do you want to refresh your knowledge or are you starting from scratch? Either way, this course is for you
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:21
Course Introduction
Hitler's Rise and Consolidation of Power
8 Lectures 36:15

Starter: Take the time to read and take notes on the text.

Activate: In 1919, the Weimar Government was forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles.

Watch the linked clips on The Treaty of Versailles.

Demonstration: Read the "original terms of the Treaty of Versailles (see link)

Produce a mind map on A4 or A3 paper showing how the following terms of the Treaty effected different people. The terms are; Land, Army, Money, Blame.

What happened to Germany at the end of WW1?

Starter: You have probably already established why the Weimar republic was unpopular in 1918/1919 but they were in a very difficult position having to sign the Treaty of Versailles.

Activate: They also drew up a new constitution (set of rules) for Germany. Learn about this by watching the video lecture. Take notes on the constitution here with particular focus on its strengths and weaknesses.

Demonstration: Answer the question: Describe the main features of the Weimar Constitution.

Complete the online quiz (see link).

Extension: What were the other problems of the Republic? read the document and take notes; Summary of the main problems of Weimar.

What was the Weimar Constitution?

Starter: Write down a list of 5 facts you already know about Adolf Hitler. At the end of this lesson, try to increase your list to 10.

Activate: You should watch the first 30 minutes of this film: (Hitler: Rise of Evil)

When you finish watching it, what are your thoughts about Hitler's childhood and early years?

Take notes as you go and try to develop a chronological awareness of the period.


Read the article about the “dark charisma of Adolf Hitler”

Watch the Yale lecture discussing the growth of the Nazi Party

Who was Adolf Hitler?

Starter: Make sure you have an understanding of why the Putsch happened in 1923 and what the Nazi's hoped to achieve.

Read the text and article on the Munich Putsch

Demonstrate: Why was the Munich Putsch significant for Hitler and the Nazi's?
What was the Munich Putsch and why did it fail?

Background: The Nazi Party faded from politics in the mid 1920's after the Munich Putsch and they performed badly in elections. It was events of 1929 in America that changed things.

Watch the BBC Clip from Andrew Marr for an overview/recap of events.

Activate: Watch the lecture to understand how the Wall Street Crash had direct consequences in Germany.

Demonstrate: Explore the consequences for German people of the depression in more detail. Start by downloading the depression roleplay cards detailing the experiences of German people in a small town. Read each flashcard and create a bullet point list of all the main impacts of the depression on German people.

How did the Wall Street Crash in America help the Nazis?

Starter: What is propaganda?

Activate: Watch the video lecture showcasing different forms of Nazi Propaganda and who they would have influenced.

Finally, consider why Nazi Propaganda was so effective and why it was so significant in allowing them to gain support.

How did Propaganda help the Nazis come to power?

How did Hitler become Chancellor in 1933?

Study 6 key reasons for Hitler's success:

  1. His personality and charisma
  2. The impact of the depression in Germany
  3. The impact of Nazi Propaganda
  4. Financial support for the Nazi's
  5. The role of the S.A
  6. Political problems in Germany

Start by downloading the flash cards. Try to learn the information on each flashcard relating to the main points above. Add to your knowledge by completing your own research online.

Now watch the video lecture.

Demonstrate: Create a detailed table detailing how each factor helped Hitler come to power. Give each reason a rating out of 10 for its importance.

How did Hitler become Chancellor in 1933?


Consider these 3 problems that Hitler faced on becoming Chancellor of Germany in February 1933:

  • -The Germany Army despised the SA
  • -Only 3/16 cabinet members were Nazi
  • -President Hindenburg was openly critical of Hitler and the Nazi's

What do you think Hitler could do to deal with each of these problems?


Watch the video lecture detailing the main ways that Hitler consolidated his position in Germany between 1933 and 1934.

Take notes.


Look again at the flashcards you downloaded earlier. The information for Hitler's consolidation of Power is missing. Can you fill in the correct info? Once done, complete the QUIZ.

How did Hitler consolidate his power in Germany?
Changing life in Germany 1933-1939
6 Lectures 53:31

Starter: Recap on the effect the depression had on Germany between 1929-1933. By 1933, 6.1 million people were out of work in Germany.

Activate: Watch the video lecture explaining how Hitler went about reducing unemployment and the results.

Demonstrate: .Discuss with a peer from your course; was Hitler successful in reducing unemployment?

Extension: why was the Autobahn important to reducing unemployment?

How did the Nazis reduce unemployment in Germany?

Starter: What is propaganda? Think and find a definition.

Activate: Watch the video lecture considering the roles of propaganda and terror as forms of control in Germany.

Demonstrate: Download this grid, print and then fill it in based on what you have learnt.

Have a go at the QUIZ to test your knowledge of this topic.

Extension: Answer the following question; was force and intimidation the main method used to control the German population in the years 1933 to 1939?

How did the Nazis control the population?

Starter: Download and view the Nazi Germany school timetable.

Activate: Watch the video lecture considering how the Nazi's changed the lives of the young and take notes.

Demonstrate: Answer the question; explain how the Nazi's changed the lives of young people in Germany.

How did the lives of young people change in Germany?

Activate: Watch the video lecture explaining how women's lives changed under Nazi rule.

Demonstrate: Produce a mind map showing the main changes the Nazi's enforced on women.

Complete the QUIZ to test your knowledge of what happened to women in this period.

How did the Nazis change the lives of women?

Starter: Write a list of all the ways that Jews were persecuted (picked on) in Germany by the Nazi's that you know of.

Activate: Watch the video lecture explaining all the different ways that Jewish people were persecuted and take detailed notes.

Demonstrate: Complete the QUIZ to test your knowledge.

How were Jews treated in Germany between 1933 and 1939?

Activate: Watch the video lecture discussing the changes that the Nazi's made to the church and religion in Germany.

Demonstrate: Answer the question; “Explain the main changes made by the Nazi's in organised religion.”

How did the Nazis change religion in Nazi Germany?
Germany on the homefront 1939-1945
3 Lectures 36:34

Activate: Watch the video lecture and take notes on the events that occurred in each year as you go.

Demonstrate: Complete the QUIZ to test your knowledge.

How did the war progress for Germany?

Activate: download the holocaust images. Study each image carefully. Consider what it contains and what it tells you about the treatment of Jewish people during the war.

Now watch the video lecture. Make notes on the main events and people involved in the holocaust.

Demonstrate: Create your own timeline showing the events of the holocaust in chronological order.

What was the holocaust?

Starter: Write down a list of reasons why someone might oppose the Nazi's and another list of ways they might oppose.

Activate: Watch the video lecture.

Demonstrate: Fill in the grid.

How and why did opposition to the Nazi's increase during WW2?
About the Instructor
Thomas Rogers
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I'm Tom Rogers, a passionate and experienced educator from the UK.

I started my professional teaching career as a High School teacher in 2008 and, at the age of 28, went on to become a Head of Department in one of the highest performing schools in the North West of England in 2013. In September 2016, I took up the role of Head of History at O Castro British International School in Vigo, Spain.

I have founded, organised and co-hosted #TMHistoryIcons, the only national TeachMeet for History teachers in the UK. Its inaugural meeting took place in March 2016 in Chester and was attended by more than 100 teachers. The second event took place in April 2017 in the same city with the third scheduled for April 2018. 

I currently write a weekly column for the TES, the largest educational publication in the UK. 

I am the director of RogersHistory, an online educational platform which was used by more than 100 schools and 1000 students in the last academic year. My youtube channel supports students to achieve their academic goals and has accrued 50,000 views. I am followed by more than 6000 educators (and others) on twitter.

I try to bring my passion for teaching and learning into all my Udemy courses. The way in which my courses are planned reflects my current professional role and subject expertise.