Series of Four Lectures on the ‘Nazi Revolution’ at Library, Thursday Afternoons in June

Nazi Revolution lecture

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Join Mark Albertson, historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and long-time member of the United States Naval Institute, for a series of lectures on the Nazi Revolution from 3 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays in June, beginning this Thursday, June 8, in the Community Room at Darien Library.

Nazi Revolution lecture

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Most attempts to chronicle the Third Reich seem wedded to the period of 1933-1945.


an announcement from Darien Library


A broader perspective for understanding Hitler’s Germany is hardly possible unless one engages in the formative years of the Nazi Movement, 1919-1934.

From the demise of Imperial Germany to the Night of the Long Knives, this course will chronicle the Nazi Revolution.

Week 1: The Stab in the Back — June 8

We begin our series with Armistice Day, followed by the descent of the German State into chaos.

Our lecture continues with the aftermath of the Kiel Mutiny, “Bloody Week” in Berlin, the Diktat, Weimar Constitution, origins of the Nazi Party, and the Treaty of Rapallo, 1922.

Week 2: The Munich Putsch — June 15

This week will cover Hitler’s failed attempt at revolution, Landsburg Prison and Mein Kampf, a spotlight on Ernst Rohm and the Sturmabteilung (Storm Troops) or SA, and Hitler’s release from prison and his rebuilding of the Nazi Party.

Week 3: The Weimar Republic — June 22

Our series continues with a look at the German attempt at Representative Government. The structure and process of the Weimar Republic will be covered as well as major personalities.

Week 4: The Night of the Long Knives — June 29

Hitler assumes the chancellorship, January 30, 1933, but tensions run high. Our series concludes with The Reichstag Fire, the trial of Marinus Van Der Lubbe, the SA and the Liberal Wing of the Nazi Party, Black Guard of the Right and the bloody climax: Night of the Long Knives.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute.

In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State.

In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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