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Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" 

by Halbrook, Stephen P. (Nov 1, 2013)

  • Publisher: Independent Institute (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598131621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598131628
Introduction (an excerpt)
ALFRED FLATOW was a German Jew who won first place in gymnastics events at the 1896 Olympics.  In 1932, he registered three handguns as required by a decree of the liberal Weimar Republic.  The government had warned that the police must carefully store the registration records so that no extremist group could ever obtain them.   That fear was realized, however, when an extremist group led by Adolf Hitler seized power the following year and used those very same registration records to disarm “enemies of the state.”   In 1938, the records were used to disarm Jewish gun owners such as Flatow, whose arrest report stated: “Arms in the hands of Jews are a danger to public safety.”   He would later die in a concentration camp.

About the Book
Based on newly discovered secret documents from German archives, diaries, and newspapers of the time, Gun Control in the Third Reich presents the definitive yet hidden history of how the Nazi dictatorship made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate its power.  The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to 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.  The book spans the two decades from the birth of the Weimar Republic in 1918 through Kristallnacht in 1938 and then presents a panorama of pertinent events during World War II regarding the effects of the disarming policies.  Citizens across the nation are grappling with how the 2nd Amendment should be interpreted — or even if it should be disposed of — and this book provides the perspective of the consequence of disarming a population.

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"Stephen Halbrook's meticulous research in Gun Control in the Third Reich sheds new and revealing light on the consolidation of Nazi power and the prosecution of the Holocaust.   Everyone, including advocates of gun controls, should find this pioneering and thought-provoking book essential reading." — James B. Jacobs, Warren E. Burger Professor of Law, New York University; author, Can Gun Control Work?

"Gun Control in the Third Reich, Stephen Halbrook's excellent history of gun control in Germany, shows that, motives notwithstanding, removing weapons from the general population always disarms society vis a vis its worst elements.  In Germany the authorities tried to deal with the Nazi and Communist mobs that were shaking society's foundations indirectly, by disarming ordinary people.  But their cowardice ended up delivering a helpless population to the Nazis' tender mercies.  Halbrook's richly documented history leads Americans to ask why those among us who decry violence in our society choose to try tightening the vise on ordinary citizens' capacity to defend themselves rather than to constrain the sectors of society most responsible for the violence." — Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Boston University; author, Informing Statecraft, War: Ends and Means (with Paul Seabury), The Character of Nations, and Between the Alps and a Hard Place: Switzerland in World War II and the Rewriting of History

"Gun Control in the Third Reich is a provocative book on what is surely the 'worst case scenario' in the history of gun control and an illuminating meditation on the role that the disarming of the Jews played in the Holocaust." — Jonathan Kirsch, author, The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan

"What good would private arms do against a totalitarian state?  That won't remain an unanswerable rhetorical challenge for readers of Stephen Halbrook's calm, detailed scholarly book, Gun Control in the Third Reich.  As Halbrook shows, Nazi leaders went to great lengths to extend the gun control laws they inherited from the Weimar Republic.  They were obsessed with disarming Jews and other designated public enemies.  Potential resistance was not only physically disabled.  It was morally and psychologically disarmed.  Evil then became irresistible in Germany, not because it was fueled by fanaticism but because shielded by fatalism." — Jeremy A. Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

"Even a defense with small arms against a tyrannical regime, if known, can galvanize public opinion which is the ultimate source of all political authority.  That is why, as Halbrook authoritatively shows in Gun Control in the Third Reich, the Nazis - despite their massive military force - went out of their way to confiscate even small caliber weapons in Germany." — Donald W. Livingston, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Emory University

"'The devil is in the details' as the British note.  Stephen Halbrook's excellent and deeply researched book, Gun Control in the Third Reich, has revealed the anticipation of Nazi gun control techniques in Weimar attempts to control incipient civil war between Nazis and Communists [...] History does indeed provide important lessons for contemporary debates and Halbrook's important research 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; whose books include Jewish Resistance in Wartime Greece, The Holocaust in Salonika, The Agony of Greek Jews 1940-1945, and The Straits of Hell: The Chronicle of a Salonikan Jew in the Nazi Extermination Camps Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk, Ebensee

"For Jews left trembling in their homes, powerless to defend against Nazi Stormtroopers [and Brownshirts], the right to possess a gun took on special meaning in the 1940's.  In Stephen Halbrook's extraordinary book, Gun Control in the Third Reich, the consequence of disarming a population making them vulnerable to imprisonment and annihilation is told with frightening detail.  It is a history with poignancy.  With gun controllers in our midst today, who either do not understand the Second Amendment or choose to redefine it for their own ends, it would serve them well to read and digest the powerful arguments in this pathbreaking book." — Herbert I. London, President, London Center for Policy Research; former President, Hudson Institute

"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 and Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law, George Washington University

And, a reviewby Helen E. Faria/Dr. Miguel E. FariaNovember 1, 2013 
     Stephen Halbrook is an eminent constitutional lawyer and scholar who has successfully argued or been cited in several cases before the U.S supreme Court -- e.g., the important Printz vs. the United States (1997), District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Halbrook has also written several momentous books, such as That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (1984) and Target Switzerland (2008), which has won several awards and has been translated into several languages. In all of the cases Mr Halbrook has been cited or he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest Court of the land ruled in his favor --i.e., affirming liberty and expanding the scope of the Second Amendment as a constitutional right of all Americans.
     With this new book, Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and the "Enemies of the State" (2013), Halbrook elucidates the inimical realities of gun control in a totalitarian state as a prelude to genocide in the same manner that in his previous book, Target Switzerland, he clarifies the rights of a free people to use firearms for national as well as personal defense.
     Citizen self defense, as well as protection and resistance against tyrannical government, can be effected with the use and possession of small arms.  That is why police states like the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Nazi Germany passed laws and militated to register, ban, and then confiscate firearms.  Defenders of liberty must prevent governments from disarming citizens, even when gun control is promulgated with the best intentions.
     This book is a welcomed addition to the history, as well as the literature of gun control as a tool of authoritarian states to disarm and subdue populations, especially minorities.  Once again, the lessons of history show gun control is effectively used by authoritarian and Police States to leave citizens haplessly helpless at the hands of collectivism and tyranny.  The historical facts in this book are a clarion call, a harbinger, of what can happen when individual rights and liberties are trampled by the State -- and freedom and the very survival of a people hang in the balance!
     This book is momentous and relevant, not only because it finally clarifies and settles the controversy as to the extent and purpose of gun control in Nazi Germany, but also because as you read these words, various national governments and supranational organizations, including the Obama administration in the U.S. and the U.N. globally, are working in tandem to restrict the rights of citizens everywhere to possess firearms for self and family protection, ignoring the lessons and repeating the colossal lethal errors of gun control -- as preludes to totalitarianism and genocide in the history of humanity.  Citizen disarmament can be dangerous and deadly.   The future does not have to be a boot stamping on the human face forever.  Get this book and read it!
     Dr. Miguel A. Faria is the author of Cuba in Revolution -- Escape from a Lost Paradise (2002) and of numerous articles on political history and Soviet communism, including "Stalin's Mysterious Death" (2011); "Stalin, Communists and Fatal Statistics" (2011); "the Political Spectrum -- From the Extreme Right and Anarchism to the Extreme Left and Communism" (2011); "America, guns and Freedom" (2012); "Violence, mental illness, and the brain -- A brief history of psychosurgery" (2013), etc., all posted at his website haciendapublishingdotcom.


About the Author
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Stephen P. Halbrook
Stephen P. Halbrook is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute who has argued and Target Switzerland (also in German, French, Italian, and Polish editions); and The Swiss and the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  His popular articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, San Antonio Express-News, Environmental Forum, USA Today, and Washington Times, and he has appeared on numerous national TV/radio programs such as “The Phil Donahue Show” and programs on Fox Business Network, Court TV, Voice of America, CNN, and C-SPAN.  He has argued and won three constitutional law cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Dr. Halbrook is the author of eight books including The Founders’ Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms; Securing Civil Rights: Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right To Bear Arms; That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right; A Right to Bear Arms: State and Federal Bills of Rights and Constitutional Guarantees;

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