Third Reich Day by Day: January 1939

Despite the appeasement of Great Britain and France, Hitler’s territorial ambitions could only be satisfied by the conquest of Poland. Great Britain and France finally realized that Hitler was determined to absorb Poland just as he had the Austrians and Czechs. They therefore signed treaties with the Poles guaranteeing to declare war on Germany should Hitler invade. But the world was stunned by the Russo-German Non-Aggression Treaty, which sealed the fate of Poland. On September 1 German forces attacked Poland. World War II had begun.

12 January

Nazi Party, Personalities

The SS leadership pay their respects to Göring on his 46th birthday. Present are Heissmeyer, Daluege, Himmler, Heydrich, Nebe, Wolff, Besr, Darré, Backe and Greifelt.

Germany, Media

Members of the SS show-jumping team are interviewed on German television. The team comprises Hermann Fegelein (who would later marry Eva Braun’s sister) and his brothers Waldemar and Temme.