This Week in WWII: 1st Week of August


Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of Germany. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler was at the center of the founding of Nazism, the start of World War II, and the Holocaust.


The 1936 Olympic Games begin in Berlin. Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy, and did not want Jews or Blacks to be allowed to participate in the Games. However, when threatened with a boycott of the Games by other nations, he relented and allowed Blacks and Jews to participate, and added one token participant to the German team—a German woman, Helene Mayer, who had a Jewish father.


Hitler decrees the Battle of Britain. The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces, and was also the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date.


The Final entry is made in the diary of Anne Frank, the diary that was kept by a Jewish girl in hiding, which was later discovered by her father and published.


B-29, Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, drops Atomic Bomb, Little Boy, on Hiroshima.

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