September 2nd in German History: Germany Annexes the Free City of Danzig

For nineteen years the Free City of Danzig was an independent city-state inside of the Polish-controlled Danzig corridor between Germany and its exclave of East Prussia. It stood as a reminder of Germany’s defeat in WWI and saw a great deal of tension between its German and Polish populations. In 1939, Germany demanded that PolandContinue reading “September 2nd in German History: Germany Annexes the Free City of Danzig”

August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends

During the Second World War, Germany was responsible for uncountable massacres, atrocities and genocides. The reasons for these acts were many, but they often boiled down to a combination of racist hatred and a brutally practical desire to eliminate resistance. These motivations were behind the Wola Massacre, the killing of tens of thousands of PolesContinue reading “August 12th in German History: The Wola Massacre Ends”

April 10th in German History: The Creation of the Dutch of Prussia

The Teutonic Order is an order of knights that, while founded in Jerusalem, is most famous for its efforts to christianize Eastern Europe and for later wars with the Kingdom of Poland. The Teutonic Order controlled much of modern day Prussia and Pomerania for hundreds of years, but by the 15th century had come underContinue reading “April 10th in German History: The Creation of the Dutch of Prussia”