With its swastikas, big red flags, and shiny black army boots, the symbols of this World War II-era group were militaristic by design and terrifying to behold. They ended with the culmination of the Third Reich, the rule of the Nazi Party and the kingdom of a warped little man named Adolf Hitler. In our quiz, we’ll see if you really know anything about the Reich and its evil machinations.
Human nature dictates that we -- as a species -- can tolerate only so much suffering and indignation. And by the 1930s the German people were struggling in many aspects of their daily lives, unable to find work, watching other European countries find their way through the Great Depression as Germans floundered. Into this fray stepped the mustachioed madman with his dreams of racial purity and German supremacy.
Hitler preyed upon the sense of German victimization, slowly gaining power until he finally became chancellor. Then, he pounced, making himself the country’s ultimate leader and crushing dissent in every corner.
He installed his henchmen to high positions. Names like Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Friedrich Jeckeln, Adolf Eichmann, Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler are now a stain on human history, responsible for the SS, the Holocaust, the Gestapo, all of the evilest manifestations of the Reich’s power.
Let’s see if you can sidestep Nazi propaganda and help the Allies understand the appeal of Hitler and his twisted ideals. Take our Third Reich quiz now!