Actor in a Global Drama

Despite being a thoroughly unique civilization, the Third Reich was but an actor in a global drama that spanned just over three decades – from 1914 to 1945. This drama (actually, the most massive tragedy in human history) happened in the following sequence of events (“acts”):

  1. Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914 committed by Bosnian terrorists and organized and supported by Serbian and Russian foreign intelligence services
  2. The Great War (the First World War) of 1914-18 ignited by Serbia, Russia and France (with a tacit approval of Great Britain)
  3. Blockade of Germany by the Allies and the hunger that took 500,000 lives
  4. Two “back-to-back” revolutions in Russia in 1917 – in February and October which gave the absolute power to the Bolsheviks
  5. The Brest-Litovsk Treaty of March 1918 that acknowledge victory of Germany and its allies on the Eastern front
  6. The Zimmerman Telegram and subsequent entry of the United States into a Great War
  7. November Revolution in Germany and the Armistice with the Allies – both in November of 1918 that ended the Great War
  8. Establishment of Communist International (Comintern) in March 1919 in Moscow, Russia
  9. Civil War in Russia in 1918-20 that took 10 million lives and totally devastated the nation
  10. Founding of the DAP – the future Nazi Party
  11. Series of Communist uprisings and short-lived Soviet Republics in Hungary, Bavaria and other parts of Germany in 1919-20 (and subsequent coups and terrorist acts in the 1920s)
  12. Soviet-Polish war of 1919-20 – the first Bolshevik attempt to conquer continental Europe
  13. The Versailles Treaty (“armed robbery”) of 1919 that humiliated Germany, robbed it of its territories and made Nazi takeover of Germany and the Second World War all but inevitable
  14. The Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 – the first attempt of the Nazi party to seize power
  15. The hyperinflation in Germany in 1921-24 and the economic crisis of 1929-32 that caused immense sufferings all but destroyed German economy
  16. A Stalinist quantum leap of 1924-1939 that transformed the Soviet Union devastated by the Civil war into a political, economic and military superpower (with the vital assistance of “useful idiots” in Britain, France, Italy, the USA and other Western countries)
  17. The German-Soviet military and industrial cooperation program of 1922-1933
  18. The Holodomor and other mass murders committed by the Bolsheviks in 1918-39 (including Great Terror of 1936-38)
  19. Hitler’s appointment as the Chancellor of Germany on January 30th, 1933
  20. The Reichstag Fire on February 27th, 1933 that allowed the Nazis to obtain essentially a dictatorial power in Germany
  21. The Enabling Act of March 1933 that gave them this power
  22. Destruction of political opposition to Nazis and the establishment of a “preventive detention” system and concentration camps
  23. Sweeping economic, political and social reforms conducted by the Nazis that by 1938 radically improved economic situation in Germany, radically increased living standards and thus made Germans a genuinely happy nation (the happiest in the world at that time) – and ultimately transformed Germany into an economic and political superpower
  24. Transformation of Reichswehr into Wehrmacht that made Germany a military superpower as well and other measures that finally did away with humiliating terms of the Treaty of Versailles
  25. Large-scale persecution of Jews in Greater Germany (including forced emigration) in 1933-39
  26. The first mass murder of Jews in Germany during “Kristallnacht” on 9-10 of November 1938
  27. Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 – a proxy war between Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Portugal (on one side) and the Bolshevist Soviet Union (on the other)
  28. The Anschluss of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938
  29. The Munich Agreement of September 30th, 1938 which returned to Germany the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia thus partially righting the wrongs of the Treaty of Versailles

30.The subsequent occupation of the whole of Czechoslovakia by Germany on March 14th, 1939 (which also resulted in the establishment of an independent pro-Nazi Slovak nation and a small part of the country occupied by Poland)

  1. Total annihilation of Catholic and Protestant churches in the Soviet Union (the Russian Orthodox church was also heavily hit as were Islam, Judaism and Buddhism)
  2. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed on August 23rd 1939 that divided Eastern Europe between Nazi Germany and Bolshevist Soviet Union

33.Invasion of Poland by Germany (on September 1st, 1939) and the Soviet Union (September 17th 1939) and subsequent partition of Poland between them

  1. Declaration of war on Germany by Britain and France on September 3rd, 1939 which transformed a local conflict between two neighboring countries into a full-fledged world war – the Second World War
  2. The first war crime of WW2 (“Bloody Sunday”) – mass murder of German citizens committed by Polish military and paramilitary units in Bromberg (now Polish city of Bydgoszcz) on September 3rd, 1939 (the same day the World War 2 began)
  3. First large-scale mass murders committed by SS Einsatzgruppen death squads (execution of prominent Poles deemed potential Resistance leaders and activists – the intellectuals, priests and religious, university professors, schoolteachers, and members of the nobility)
  4. German occupation of Western and Southern Europe in 1940-41 (France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Albania, Yugoslavia and Greece) and invasion of Africa
  5. Failure to force Britain out of the war with Germany (i.e. to sign a peace treaty with Germany – let alone on latter’s terms) in the fall of 1940
  6. Russian occupation of Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) and Romania (Bessarabia) and invasion of Finland (with the subsequent annexation of about 12% of its territory)
  7. German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941 (some claim 24 hours before the planned Soviet invasion of German) that resulted in the most devastating military defeat of the Red Army – and an annihilation of its invasion force intended for the conquest of Europe
  8. Resistance activities in Europe and in parts of the Soviet Union occupied by German Wehrmacht and Waffen SS
  9. Commencement of the Final Solution of the Jewish Question (Holocaust) in late June of 1941 – extermination of Jewish population of Europe by SS Einsatzgruppen death squads (assisted by the Wehrmacht units) and in specially constructed for this purpose death camps (Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz/Birkenau, Majdanek and Chelmno)
  10. Mass murders of Soviet POWs and the civilian population by SS Einsatzgruppen, other SS detachments and Wehrmacht units in 1941-44
  11. Failure of the German blitzkrieg in Russia and the first successful (albeit very costly) Soviet counterattack on December 5th, 1941
  12. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (some claim deliberately provoked by the ruling elite of the USA to get the casus belli to enter the World War II)
  13. German declaration of war on the USA (a colossal blunder that definitely led to German defeat in World War II)
  14. German defeats in Africa and in Stalingrad in early 1943 – a turning point in World War 2
  15. German defeat in the Battle of Kursk in July of 1943 – beginning of a collapse of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS on the Eastern front
  16. Betrayal of Germany by its allies – Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland in 1943-44
  17. D-Day – allied landing in France on June 6th, 1944 and the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from German occupation
  18. Liberation of Western Europe by the Western Allies and occupation of the Eastern Europe by the Red Army which replaced one (“brown”) dictatorship and slavery with another (“red”) one in 1944-45
  19. Development of revolutionary weapons (“Wunderwaffen”) by German engineers in 1943-45 and their deployment by German Wehrmacht and Waffen SS
  20. Destruction of Germany and murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians by Allied carpet bombings (and subsequently by the invading Red Army and Allied armed forces)
  21. Invasion, rape and plunder of Germany by the Red Army (in the East) and by the Allied armed forces (in the West) in 1944-45
  22. Suicide of Adolf Hitler on April 30th, 1945 (and of hundreds of Nazi officials on other dates and in other places)
  23. Unconditional surrender of Germany on May 8th, 1945 that ended the Second Great War in Europe.
  24. The Yalta and Potsdam agreements of 1945 that divided Europe between the Western democratic powers and Stalin’s Soviet Union (fundamentally the same thing as Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of August 1939)
  25. Atomic bombings of Hiroshima (on August 6th , 1945) and Nagasaki (on August 9th , 1945) that put an end to Stalin’s plan to conquer the world
  26. Unconditional surrender of Japan (announced on August 15th and formally signed on September 2nd, 1945) that ended the Second Great War in the Pacific.
  27. Post-war expansion of the Soviet Empire into China, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Middle East and Africa
  28. The (in)famous Nuremberg Trial and other trials (hundreds of them) of Nazi war criminals
  29. The “German Holocaust” – deportation (ethnical cleansing) of 14 million Germans from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (about two million were murdered in the process) – right when the Nazis were tried for exactly the same crimes
  30. Denazification of West Germany by the Allies and Sovietization of Eastern Germany and the Eastern Europe by the Bolsheviks
  31. The Cold War between Western Democracies and the Soviet bloc (subsequently won by the former) in 1946-1991
  32. Collapse of the Soviet Union (in 1991) and of the Soviet bloc (in 1989-91) and the reunification of Germany

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