Life under Nazi rule, reports by anti-fascists in occupied Europe, 1933-1945

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Anti-fascist publications of the International Transport Workers' Federation, 1933-1945

Anti-fascist publications of the International Transport Workers' Federation, 1933-1945

Hundreds of [Dutch] military trains were run and for practically the whole of the personnel it was a depressing feeling that their work aided the hated occupying power. Those who normally loved their work now performed it reluctantly
Fascism: Facts and Figures about the Dictatorships, Jan 1945Fascism; Vol. XIII; img 2

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These anti-fascist newsletters include reports on life under fascist regimes

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These two newsletters published fortnightly by the ITF (i.e. Internationale Transportarbeiter Foederation) between 1933 and 1945. Based on analyses of other newspapers of the day, the editorial policy was to give information about social policy as well as reports from cadres working under cover. In this way it provides a unique insight into life under fascist regimes, focusing in particular on the working-class movement, organised labour and the growth of trade unions. In fact, it seems from the volume numeration introduced in 1936, that the editors came to view the two newsletters as as one, but with a title change, as hinted at on p.1 of the first issue of Fascism: It is more than a year ago since the first number of 'Germany under the Swastika' appeared, a publication in which we tried to show in a matter-of-fact manner the great contrasts between the promises and the deeds of the Hitler regime in Germany. There has been ample evidence that this publication was keenly appreciated both by the unions affiliated to the I.T.F. and far beyond on account of its contents, tendency and reliability. "That 'Germany under the Swastika' is to appear no more is not because there was no need for it. The opposite is the case unfortunately. Since its first appearance the number of countries where Fascism has risen to power, and then robbed the working classes of their rights and liberties, has increased by three, while in other countries Fascist influence has grown considerably.

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Life under Nazi rule, reports by anti-fascists in occupied Europe, 1933-1945...

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Fascism

Described as "Reports and information about the position of the workers under fascist dictatorship", according to the subtitle of an...

Germany under the Swastika

MSS.159/4/330. This first newsletter, which describes conditions in Nazi Germany and, to a lesser extent, in Spain and Italy, was...

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  • These newsletters contain details of what was happening on the ground as fascism swept Germany. They also cover what happened as the Third Reich took over states across Europe.
  • Germany under the Swastika describes how Hitler's government silenced those who disagreed with them. From the trade unions, to co-operatives, and the League of Nations; the act of co-operation became a threat.
  • One of these newsletters mentions concentration camps being built for Jews in Italy during the spring of 1938.
  • Some Germans were imprisoned for giving gifts to Polish prisoners of war which included civilian clothes and cigarettes.
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