With the new attacks on gun rights, please set your DVR or tune in Saturday, September 13th at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT) when C-SPAN2's BookTV will air “Are There Lessons for Us Today from Nazi Gun Control?”, featuring the renowned Second Amendment legal scholar and attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, (Research Fellow, Independent Institute), author of the widely acclaimed book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State."
Based on recently discovered, secret documents from German archives, diaries and newspapers of the time, Dr. Halbrook will discuss the powerful, yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power.
The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust hardly ever mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless. A skeptic could surmise that a better-armed populace might have made no difference, but the National Socialist regime certainly did not think so—it ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by disfavored groups. Gun Control in the Third Reich spans the two decades from the birth of the Weimar Republic in 1918 through Kristallnacht in 1938 and the pertinent events during World War II regarding the effects of the disarming policies. And even though in the occupied countries the Nazis decreed the death penalty for possession of a firearm, there developed instances of heroic armed resistance by Jews, particularly the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
“Gun Control in the Third Reich is an outstanding and important book. Author Stephen Halbrook precisely and persuasively demonstrates how anti-gun laws enacted with good intentions by democratic governments can destroy democracy and the rule of law itself.”
—America’s 1st Freedom
"With Gun Control in the Third Reich, Stephen Halbrook has written an important and disturbing book. It provides a timely reminder that self defense and the right to bear arms are fundamental human rights."
—Robert J. Cottrol, Professor of Law, History, and Sociology, George Washington University
"Halbrook's excellent and deeply researched book, Gun Control in the Third Reich . . . should inform our contemporary debate on gun control."
—Steven B. Bowman, Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati; Miles Lerner Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
More Praise for Gun Control in the Third Reich
Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”
By Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., J.D.
Hardcover • 280 Pages • 8 Pages of Photographs • Index
Published by The Independent Institute