This Is How Republics Fall
A timely podcast
Germany’s Weimar Republic was doomed from the start.
World War I left Germany in a precarious position. The Treaty of Versailles ended outright aggression, but also crippled the German economy and saddled the German people with a government they never quite believed in.
Worse, it stipulated that Germany take full responsibility for the most devastating war in human history.
This week on War College, Jason Fields — the show’s co-creator and the digital editor at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. — walks us through the Nazis’ rise to power during the interwar years.
From the beer halls to Hugo Boss and the Night of Long Knives, Fields tells the story of how street fights and national shame led to “blood and soil.”