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20 Less-known Facts About Nazi Germany

11. When came to power in January 1933, the Nazi Party passed a comprehensive set of animal protection laws, with Hitler saying “In the new Reich, no more animal cruelty will be allowed”.

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Since 1933, the Nazi government had taken a number of steps to protect animals. In April 1933, a law was passed to regulate animal slaughter, especially the animals slaughtered according to Jewish dietary laws. Another law called Tierschutzgestz was introduced in November 1933 which was related to the protection of animals. Hunting was prohibited in July 1934, with the introduction of a new law. A number of laws were introduced in subsequent years which dealt with environmental legislation and transportation of animals. Nazi Germany was also the first country to ban vivisection and shoeing of horses.(source)

12. The founders of Adidas and Puma were both Nazi.

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Adolf Dassler is the founder of the German sportswear company Adidas while his brother Rudolf Dassler is the founder of the athletic and casual footwear company, Puma. Their business began when Adolf started making sports shoe after returning from World War I. Later, his older brother Rudolf joined the business, and they formed the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory. During the 1928 Olympics, they equipped many athletes. When Nazi Party came into power during the 1930s, both Dassler brothers joined them.

The World War II created a difference between both brothers, and by the year 1948, the rift had widened. Due to this, Rudolf left the company and founded another one named Puma. Adolf changed the name of his company to Adidas, which was his own nickname, Adi Dassler.(source)

13. The Nazis developed an experimental drug cocktail which, according to Nazi doctors, could enable the equipment-laden test subjects who had taken it to march 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) without resting.

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In the year 1944, the Nazis developed a methamphetamine-based experimental performance enhancer called D-IX. Each tablet of this performance enhancer drug contained 5 mg of oxycodone, 5 mg of cocaine, and 3 mg of methamphetamine. It was tested on inmates from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The tests showed that upon consumption, an equipment-laden test subject could march up to 90 kilometers each day without any rest. World War II ended soon after the invention of this pill, which is why it was never put into mass production.(source)


14. The Nazis considered Native Americans to be a part of the Aryan race.

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The Nazis considered Sioux and all Native Americans to be Aryans. Hence, Hitler wanted to keep the United States out of the war until the German conquest of Europe was complete. Hitler even declared that Germany would return the expropriated land to the natives of America, i.e. the Red Indians.(source)

15. Nazi Germany had a research program (Wunderwaffe) that included a stealth bomber, night vision, a 1,500-ton super tank, submarine aircraft carrier, an x-ray gun, and a satellite with a concave mirror to “make an ocean boil or burn a city”.

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In the year 1942, while the World War II was going on, the situation of Germany had begun to worsen. Hence, Germany was in dire need of a powerful new weapon to improve their situation. Thus, the Nazi Germany propaganda minister started developing some revolutionary “superweapons”. These super weapons were called Wunderwaffe meaning Wonder weapon. Most of these weapons were never used for combat as either they remained prototypes or were developed too late. Also, as they were in too insignificant number to create an impact during the war, they weren’t used.(source)


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