On Third Reich Study Society

I decided to start the Third Reich Study Society because today, 75 years after the demise of the Third Reich, the perception of Nazi Germany (and of the whole European history of the first half of the XX century) is still grossly inaccurate, severely distorted and woefully incomplete. Somebody has to remedy this unacceptable situation – and that will be the TRSS.

This unfortunate situation is, alas, not surprising at all. First, “official” (“mainstream”) history still have not severed its wartime Allied propaganda roots. Hence, just about all “official” (“mainstream”) historians are not historians at all but (conscious or unconscious) propaganda workers.

The second reason is far more fundamental than the first one. As history is all about knowledge management (mining knowledge from enormous amounts of data and information), a competent historian must be well-trained and well-experienced in managing data, information and knowledge.

This knowledge management job is made even more difficult by the enormous complexity of the Third Reich – which was probably the most complex civilization (the most complex system in human history). Hence, a competent historian of the Third Reich must be well-trained and well-experienced in systems analysis.

Unfortunately, no “official” (“mainstream”) historian (or even an organization, for that matter) possesses the required knowledge, skills and experience in knowledge management or systems analysis.

Hence, all books and other resources on Nazi Germany suffer from the proverbial “blind men and the elephant” problem. Which, indeed, creates a highly distorted and grossly incomplete perception of the Third Reich (and of the whole European history of the first half of the XX century).

The so-called “revisionist history”, alas, suffers from the same problems. Most of it is also not genuine history, but propaganda (only pro-Nazi, not neo-Nazi). And so-called “revisionist historians” are as incompetent in systems analysis and knowledge management as their “official” counterparts.

A happy future can not be built on lies, errors, distortions, misconceptions and propaganda – but only on the Truth about our past, whatever that Truth happens to be. Consequently, it is vitally important to uncover and disseminate (preach, if you will) the Truth about Nazi Germany and the whole European history of the first half of the XX century. And that’s precisely the fundamental objective of TRSS.

To achieve this objective, TRSS intends to use all available tools – lectures, seminars, workshops, Webinars, books, articles, papers, infographics, presentations, audiobooks, documentary videos, blogs, Facebook pages and groups, Web sites, etc. – and creating new tools, when and if necessary.

TRSS was inspired by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience. However, it is different from the Platform in two very important ways. First, the Platform is a rather loose association of organizations (legal entities) and second, it is based in Prague and most of its members are from Eastern Europe.

I envision the TRSS as a tightly-knit non-profit organization whose members are individuals from all over the world. I also firmly believe that TRSS project will be most valuable to Germany and Germans (as Germany needs a genuinely comprehensive knowledge about its Nazi past much more than any other nation). Hence, TRSS must be headquartered in Germany – in Munich, Berlin or Paderborn.

Everyone interested in the history of the Third Reich and in the European history of the first half of the XX century is welcome to join the TRSS. However, it will be built around the core team of knowledge managers, systems analysts and criminal profilers who possess the necessary knowledge about the abovementioned history.

I just happen to have all the necessary knowledge and skills – in addition to my lifelong interest in history of Nazi Germany (I’ve been studying it for about half a century). Hence, I am perfectly qualified to start and lead this society.

I acquired these skills in the MBA INSY program at the University of Texas at Arlington (at the time one of the top 50 business schools worldwide), at the corporate finance department of Vienna-based Creditanstalt Investment Bank (at the time the best in Central and Eastern Europe) and in subsequent career as a freelance instructor and consultant in strategic corporate management and systems analysis.

Any contribution to TRSS will be highly appreciated.

On Book Restructuring

Everything that ever happened on Earth is recorded (text, audio and video) in a Global Knowledge Base (GKB) – invisible, intangible but very much real.

From knowledge management perspective, “The Essential Guide to Nazi Germany” is nothing but a Local Knowledge Base that contains… well, knowledge about the Third Reich and related issues.

Knowledge ultimately obtained (one way or the other) from the Global Knowledge Base. Hence, the job of a genuine historian is theoretically simple – obtain this knowledge from the GKB and structure it in the most natural and efficient way for its readers.

Some knowledge can be read directly from the GKB (via mystical/supernatural capabilities); but usually it requires “access tools” (i.e. texts) – books, articles, blog posts, encyclopedia entries, content from the Web sites and social networks, etc.

However, the right structure is still the key to success. The competition is fierce, ruthless and even cutthroat (to put it mildly). Hence, to prevail over its competitors, the book must produce extremely powerful impact on them (far more powerful than that of any other competitor). Literally grab the reader from the very first page or two – and never let go until he or she reads the last page.

It is a well-known fact that a modern reader has a “blog post mentality”. In other words, they are used to reading blog posts. Consequently, to maximize its’ emotional and spiritual impact on its readers, the book must be structured as a comprehensive and cohesive system of blog posts – the system that exhibits the highest possible synergy between its elements.

More specifically, the book must have hierarchical object-oriented structure with three or (at most four) levels of Book Building Blocks (BBB). Some chapters have sections and subsections and thus a four-level structure; others have only sections – and thus a three-level structure.

Going bottom up, Level I is Blog Post which roughly corresponds to Section (in a three-level structure) or Subsection (in a four-level structure). Impartial statistics tells us that the highest ranking articles on Google are most often 2,450 words. Or roughly six 400-word pages (12-point Brawler font single-space with 8-point intervals between paragraphs that I use).

Level II is a Chapter (in a three-level structure) or Section (in a four-level structure). It consists of several Blog Posts or Subsections of Sections (Level I BBB). Level III is a Book (in a three-level structure) or Chapter (in a four-level structure) and consists of several Level II objects. Obviously, there is no Level IV in a three-level structure and in a four-level structure Level IV is no less obviously a Book. The Book, actually.

That’s how it looks like (bottom-up):

Four-level Structure: Blog Post/Subsection -> Section -> Chapter -> Book

Three-level Structure: Blog Post/Section -> Chapter -> Book

To maximize the power of its emotional and spiritual impact, each blog post (subsection or section) must contain one to three (rarely more) “wake-up messages”. All other content of the blog post must support these messages by “telling a story”. An interesting, attractive (i.e. the one that attracts attention and does not let go), captivating and emotionally and spiritually powerful story.

Obviously, the same must be true for all other basic building blocks of the book – sections (in a four-level structure), chapters and the whole book (powerful messages plus an overwhelmingly captivating). Only then the book will provide the emotional and spiritual impact powerful enough for prevailing over its competition and becoming the global bestseller. And making a lot of money, of course.