Document ReferenceGTRC
TitleGerman Third Reich Collection
Extent139 items
AbstractThe collection consists of books published in Germany between 1933-1945 and in Austria between 1938-1945. The collection includes mainly non-fiction monographs but also new and re-edited German fiction.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe Collection was created artificially from Special Collection holdings in 2016.
Custodial HistoryThe Collection is developed through the transfer of appropriate items from the general library stock but is also added to by purchase and donation.
DescriptionThe social history of Germany and Austria under the National Socialist regime as reflected in a cross-section of contemporary publications for the general public is the primary focus of the collection. Specialist literature monographs of science writing (botany, zoology physics and nuclear physics, psychology) are also featured. A strength of the collection are books with photographic illustrations and visual features specific of the era such as the editions of the Zentralverlag der NSDAP – the official publishing body of the National Socialist Party and of the Volk und Reich publisher. War propaganda and domestic policy in support of war are well-documented by photographs which illustrate the books and give an insight into representations of ideology in everyday life. Outstanding examples for visual content are volumes such as "Das neue Berlin : Berlin im Dritten Reich" edited by Heinrich Hoffmann (1934); a catalogue accompanying the 1937 Berlin exhibition entitled Gebt mir vier Jahre Zeit; a 1933 “picture book” of the German Navy edited by Max Burchartz and Edgar Zeller "Matrosen, Soldaten, Kameraden"; a coffee-table presentation edition of the Volk und Reich Verlag printed in 1934, "Deutschland zwischen Nacht und Tag"; Hanns Grosser’s book of communications in war "Funker am Feind" (1941) with photographs taken in action at the front.
MgtGroupPrinted Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification.
TermNational Socialism
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
World War, 1939-1945
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term GTRC (the code for the German Third Reich Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionVaries, some good, some fragile bindings.
Related MaterialBritish Military Government Berlin Collection (BMGB), INGASA Collection (ING), German School Books Collection (GSBC)
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