Page 107. " Molching, like the rest of Germany, was in the grip of preparing for Hitler’s birthday. "

Hitler's 50th Birthday
Public DomainHitler's 50th Birthday - Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann
Hitler was born on 20 April 1889, so the celebrations in 1940 would have been his 51st birthday.

Page 110. " So have they let you in yet? "

Nazi Party membership was almost compulsory if you were to protect your work and family. Not belonging to the Party meant you could be ostracised from a community and targeted by the Nazi-controlled Police.

Page 110. " the Third Reich "

Reich means state, kingdom or empire.

The First Reich was the Holy Roman Empire, which lasted from 800 to 1806, when it collapsed under pressure from Napoleon's France.

The Second Reich describes the period which began with Germany's first unification as a modern state under Kaiser Wilhelm and his chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. It lasted from 1871 to 1918.

Hitler termed Nazi Germany (1933-1945) the Third Reich to capitalize on the glory of the previous Reichs.

Page 111. " She should be reading Mein Kampf "

Mein Kampf
Public DomainMein Kampf - Credit: Eigene Aufnahme
Mein Kampf (literally “My Struggle”) was a book written by Hitler in prison, and published in 1925. It is a mix of autobiographical account and political ideals, and sets out how he came to be so defiantly anti-Semitic.

It was considered essential reading for all German schoolchildren and Nazi Party supporters.

 

    

Page 116. " His uniform was shiny brown "

Nazi Uniform
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeNazi Uniform - Credit: Pudelek (Marcin Szala)
The Nazi Party leader’s uniform was a brown and beige colour.