- January 30: Adolf Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany by
President Von Hindenburg.
- March 22: The first official Nazi concentration camp opens
in Dachau, a small village located near Munich (note: some "wild camps"
already existed before 1933: Papenburg, Esterwegen, Börgermoor etc...).
The first commandant of Dachau is Theodor Eicke.
- April 1: Boycott of Jewish shops and businesses.
- April 7: Laws for Reestablishment of the Civil Service barred
Jews from holding civil service, university, and state positions.
- April 26: The Gestapo ("Geheime Stat Polizei" - Secret State
Police) is established by Herman Goering, minister of Prussia.
- May 10: Public burnings of books written by Jews, political
dissidents, and others not approved by the state.
- July 14: Law excluding East European Jewish immigrants of
- August 2: Hitler proclaims himself Führer und Reichskanzler
(Leader and Reich Chancellor). Armed forces must now swear allegiance
- May 31: Jews barred from serving in the German armed forces
- September 15: "Nuremberg Laws": first anti-Jewish racial laws
enacted; Jews no longer considered German citizens; Jews could not marry
Aryans; nor could they fly the German flag.
- November 15: Germany defines a "Jew": anyone with three Jewish
grandparents; someone with two Jewish grandparents who identifies as
- March 3: Jewish doctors barred from practicing medicine in
- March 7: Germans march into the Rhineland, previously demilitarized
by the Versailles Treaty.
- June 17: Reichführer SS Himmler (chief of the SS units) appointed
the Chief of German Police.
- July 12: Sachsenhausen concentration camp opens.
- October 25: Hitler and Mussolini form Rome-Berlin Axis.
- July 15: Buchenwald concentration camp opens.
- March 13: Anschluss (incorporation of Austria): all antisemitic
decrees immediately applied in Austria
- April 26: Mandatory registration of all property held by Jews
inside the Reich · May: Flossenburg concentration camp opens.
- July 6: Evian Conference held in Evian, France on the problem
of Jewish refugees.
- August 1: Adolf Eichmann establishes the Office of Jewish
Emigration in Vienna to increase the pace of forced emigration.
- August 3: Italy enacts sweeping antisemitic laws
- August 8: Mauthausen concentration camp opens in Austria.
- September 30: Munich Conference: Great Britain and France
agree to German occupation of the Sudetenland, previously western Czechoslovakia.
- October 5: Following request by Swiss authorities, Germans
mark all Jewish passports with a large letter "J" to restrict Jews from
immigrating to Switzerland.
- October 28: 17,000 Polish Jews living in Germany expelled;
Poles refused to admit them; 8,000 are stranded in the frontier village
- November 7: Assassination in Paris of German diplomat Ernst
vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan.
- November 9-10: Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass): anti-Jewish
pogrom in Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland; 200 synagogues destroyed;
7,500 Jewish shops looted; 30,000 male Jews sent to concentration camps
(Dachau, Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen).
- November 12: Decree forcing all Jews to transfer retail businesses
to Aryan hands.
- November 15: All Jewish pupils expelled from German schools.
- December 12: One billion mark fine levied against German Jews
for the destruction of property during Kristallnacht.
- January 30: Hitler in Reichstag speech: if war erupts it will
mean the Vernichtung (extermination) of European Jews.
- March 15: Germans occupy Czechoslovakia.
- May 18: Ravensbruck concentration camp opens.
- August 23: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed: non-aggression
pact between Soviet Union and Germany.
- September 1: Beginning of World War II: Germany invades Poland.
In the following weeks, 16.336 civilians are murdered by the Nazies
in 714 localities. At least 5,000 victims were Jews.
- September 21: Heydrich issues directives to establish ghettos
in German-occupied Poland.
- October 12: Germany begins deportation of Austrian and Czech
Jews to Poland.
- October 28: First Polish ghetto established in Piotrkow.
- November 23: Jews in German-occupied Poland forced to wear
an arm band or yellow star.
- April 9: Germans occupy Denmark and southern Norway.
- May 7: Lodz Ghetto (Litzmannstadt) sealed: 165,000 people
in 1.6 square miles.
- May 10: Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg,
- May 20: Concentration camp established at Auschwitz.
- June 4: Neuengamme concentration camp opens.
- June 22: France surrenders.
- August 8: Battle of Britain begins.
- September 20: Breendonck concentration camp opens in Belgium.
- September 27: Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis.
- November 16: Warsaw Ghetto sealed: ultimately contained 500,000
- January 21-26: Anti-Jewish riots in Romania, hundreds of Jews
- February 1: German authorities begin rounding up Polish Jews
for transfer to Warsaw Ghetto. 10,000 Jews died by starvation in the
ghetto between January and June 1941.
- March: Adolf Eichmann appointed head of the department for
Jewish affairs of the Reich Security Main Office, Section IV B 4 .
- April 6: Germany attacks Yugoslavia and Greece; occupation
- April 21: Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp opens in
- June 22: Germany invades the Soviet Union.
- July 31: Heydrich appointed by Göring to implement the "Final
- July - August: Dozens thousands of Russian and Jews are murdered
by the Einzatzgruppen (extermination squads) in the occupied territories.
Here are some examples:
- 5,200 Jews murdered in Byalistok
- 2,000 Jews murdered in Minsk
- 5,000 Jews murdered in Vilna
- 5,000 Jews murdered in Brest-Litovsk
- 5,000 Jews murdered in Tarnopol
- 3,500 Jews murdered in Zloczow
- 11,000 Jews murdered in Pinsk
- 14,000 Jews murdered in Kamenets Podolsk
- 12,287 Jews murdered in Kishinev.
Hundreds of other massacres are perpetrated by the Nazies in
Russia, i.e. 148,000 Jews are murdered in Bessarabia between July and
- Fall: Belzec extermination camp opens.
- September 28-29: 34,000 Jews massacred at Babi Yar outside
- October: Establishment of Auschwitz II (Birkenau) for the
extermination of Jews; Gypsies, Poles, Russians, and others were also
murdered at the camp.
- December 7: Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
- December 8: Chelmno (Kulmhof) extermination camp begins operations:
340,000 Jews, 20,000 Poles and Czechs murdered by April 1943.
- December 11: United States declares war on Japan and Germany.
- January 20: Wannsee Conference in Berlin: Heydrich outlines
plan to murder Europe's Jews.
- March 17: Extermination begins in Belzec; by end of 1942 600,000
Jews murdered. · May: Extermination by gas begins in Sobibor killing
center; by October 1943, 250,000 Jews murdered.
- June: Jewish partisan units established in the forests of
Byelorussia and the Baltic States.
- July 22: Germans establish Treblinka concentration camp Summer
Deportation of Jews to killing centers from Belgium, Croatia, France,
the Netherlands, and Poland; armed resistance by Jews in ghettos of
Kletzk, Kremenets, Lachva, Mir, and Tuchin.
- Winter: Deportation of Jews from Germany, Greece and Norway
to killing centers; Jewish partisan movement organized in forests near
- January: German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.
- March: Liquidation of Krakow ghetto.
- April: Previously POW camp Bergen-Belsen is under SS control.
- April 19: Warsaw Ghetto revolt begins as Germans attempt to
liquidate 70,000 inhabitants; Jewish underground fights Nazis until
- June: Himmler orders the liquidation of all ghettos in Poland
and the Soviet Union · Summer: Armed resistance by Jews in Bedzin, Bialystok,
Czestochowa, Lvov, and Tarnow ghettos · Fall: Liquidation of large ghettos
in Minsk, Vilna, and Riga
- October 14: Armed revolt in Sobibor extermination camp
- October-November: Rescue of the Danish Jewry.
- March 19: Germany occupies Hungary.
- May 15: Nazis begin deporting Hungarian Jews; by June 27,
380,000 sent to Auschwitz.
- June 6: D-Day: Allied invasion at Normandy.
- Spring/Summer: Red Army repels Nazi forces.
- July 20: Group of German officers attempt to assassinate Hitler.
- July 24: Russians liberate Majdanek killing center.
- October 7: Revolt by inmates at Auschwitz; one crematorium
- November: Last Jews deported from Terezin to Auschwitz. ·
November 8: Beginning of death march of approximately 40,000 Jews from
Budapest to Austria.
- January 17: Evacuation of Auschwitz; beginning of death march
- January 25: Beginning of death march for inmates of Stutthof
- April 6-10: Death march of inmates of Buchenwald
- April 8: Liberation of Buchenwald.
- April 15: Liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
- April 22: Liberation of Sachsenhausen.
- April 23: Liberation of Flossenburg.
- April 29: Liberation of Dachau.
- April 30: Hitler commits suicide, liberation of Ravensbruck.
- May 7: Liberation of Mauthausen.
- May 8: V-E Day: Germany surrenders; end of Third Reich.
- August 6: Bombing of Hiroshima.
- August 9: Bombing of Nagasaki.
- August 15: V-J Day: Victory over Japan proclaimed.
- September 2: Japan surrenders; end of World War II