OSHR 1118 - Hitler and the Rise of Nazi Germany

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course will examine several questions about Hitler and Nazi Germany: How was it possible for a lazy, unemployed, friendless, secondary school drop-out, who was not even a German citizen until 1932, to become Chancellor of Germany? Why did German voters make the Nazi Party the largest party in the Reichstag? Why did German women enthusiastically support someone who proposed to relegate them to an inferior status? Did novels about the American Wild West help to shape Hitler's ideas about Lebensraum and the racial inferiority of non-white people? Did ordinary Germans acquiesce in Nazi rule due to fear of coercion or consent willingly because they accepted Nazi ideology? Did Hitler and German military leaders consciously plan to use the strategy of Blitzkrieg in 1940 to defeat France?

We will examine these and many other questions from this painful era.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.