Life in the Third Reich and World War II Germany – Survivor Stories

I have added a new page to the site which will be permanently linked at the top of each page simply called “Third Reich”, which features the following article:


by Friedrich Kurreck

The rise of Hitler, his achievements, why the Germans loved and supported him, the true reasons for the war and who was behind it, as well as, a comparison of the world political situation then and now, with a critique of modern day Germany (the FRG).

The article first appeared in a series of articles in the weekly newspaper, ‘Der Schlesier’, between July 26 to August 16th, 2002, translated by Eric Thomson.

Friedrich Kurreck states: 

“I am happy to inform you about our life in Hitler’s time, for today’s politicians and mass media are purposefully untruthful about that time. I am a Thüringer who grew up in a farming family with seven children, and I have vividly experienced Hitler’s time. My profession is that of certified engineer, for which I began my studies in Thüringen. I had a scholarship, since my mother could not provide money for tuition after my father was killed by lightning. Under National Socialism, it was no problem for a member of a numerous family to obtain a scholarship plus living expenses. One had merely to fill out an application….” Continue reading this article here

Download a printable free pdf version here. (11 pages, no graphics)

I hope this article will give you a better perspective from the German standpoint, without the usual propaganda and editorializing which you can always expect from mainstream sources. What Mr. Kurreck also shared from a historical perspective is supported by many authentic historical quotes.  His testimony very much reflects what I heard growing up form my own parents, relatives and family friends who grew up in NS Germany era and who survived the war and the aftermath.

Additionally, 2 years ago, Deanna Spingola also interviewed a survivor Gerhard Strauch, I had a number of conversations with him myself and we corresponded on occasion, but he was having health issues and we subsequently lost contact. I am not sure if he is still with us today, however, and I am very pleased and honoured to share this with interview and his story with my readers:

Deanna Spingola and Gerhard Strauch – Life in the Third Reich and Germany During WWII


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Finally, I would also like to draw your attention to a wonderful page created by Rodney Martin of  World View Foundations in which there are a number of interviews which he conducted with several Third Reich and WWII  survivors.

Please visit the Oral Histories page 

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3 Responses to Life in the Third Reich and World War II Germany – Survivor Stories

  1. Wayne: I will be conducting additional Oral Histories beginning in September.

  2. Gary says:

    Great work guys, you are both really appreciated by those of us who want to see the truth about NS Germany made available to the world. Die Schönheit des dritten Reiches und was wir verloren haben, das ist was Wir brauchen die Wahrheit davon.

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