firms in the Netherlands, France, and Belgium were put to work producing war materiel for Germany. New York; Toronto: NAL Caliber (Penguin Group). Interest in Nazi Germany continues in the media and the academic world. Geschichte der deutschen Bevolkerung seit 1815 (in German). "Women in the Third Reich". Hitler proclaimed that the arson marked the start of a communist uprising. Coordinates : 5231N 1324E /.517N.400E /.517;.400 "Drittes Reich" redirects here. Conquest of Europe Against the advice of many of his senior military officers, Hitler ordered an attack on France and the Low Countries, which began in May 1940. The wartime economy eventually relied heavily upon the large-scale employment of slave labour. "Statistisches Jahrbuch für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland" (PDF) (in German). Hitler therefore led a short-lived coalition government formed with the German National People's Party. The SA and SS The Sturmabteilung (SA; Storm Detachment; Brownshirts founded in 1921, was the first paramilitary wing of the nsdap; their initial assignment was to protect Nazi leaders at rallies and assemblies. In 2006, the German government reaffirmed its position that.02.5 million deaths occurred. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. "The Catholic Church in Poland and the Holocaust, 19391945" (PDF).