Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?
Thursday, July 24, 2014
With new debates over gun control, renowned scholar, attorney, and author Stephen P. Halbrook
will speak on the explosive findings in his new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and Enemies of the State
. Based on recently discovered, secret documents from German archives, diaries and newspapers of the time, Dr. Halbrook will discuss the powerful, yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust hardly ever mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think soit ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups. Gun Control in the Third Reich
spans the two decades from the birth of the Weimar Republic in 1918 through Kristallnacht in 1938 and the pertinent events during World War II regarding the effects of the disarming policies. And even though in the occupied countries the Nazis decreed the death penalty for possession of a firearm, there developed instances of heroic armed resistance by Jews, particularly the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Gun Control in the Thrid Reich
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With Gun Control in the Third Reich, Stephen Halbrook has written an
important and disturbing book. It provides a timely reminder that self
defense and the right to bear arms are fundamental human rights.
Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law, History, and Sociology,
George Washington University
Stephen Halbrooks excellent and deeply researched book, Gun Control in the
Third Reich . . . should inform our contemporary debate on gun control.
Steven B. Bowman, Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati;
Miles Lerner Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Halbrook's meticulous research in Gun Control in the Third Reich sheds
new and revealing light on the consolidation of Nazi power and the prosecution
of the Holocaust. Everyone, including advocates of gun controls,
should find this pioneering and thought-provoking
book essential reading.
James B. Jacobs, Warren E. Burger Professor of Law, New York University
In Gun Control in the Third Reich, Halbrook shows that the Nazis relied
on gun control to carry out their totalitarian program. Indeed, by means of
painstaking historical research, he shows that the weapon confiscations and
punishments of the Third Reich relied very much on the earlier registration
measures of the democratic Weimar Republic. This pioneering book tells
an essential story that is central to the history of the modern Leviathan state.
T. Hunt Tooley, Professor of History, Austin College;
co-editor, Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe