World War 2
Germany in WW2
Which POW camps in Germany and German occupied countries let their prisoners work on farms?
What methods did Germany use to ensure their factories would be kept productive in World War 2 when so many of their men were at war?
What countries were the prisoners taken to and what jobs were they required to perform?
Asked in World War 2, Holocaust, Judaism
How were Jews treated in business during World War 2?
Why did Sweden remain free during World War 2?
Many countries declared neutrality in World War II; some of these neutral countries were occupied and/or annexed by Germany (e.g. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway), and others were left alone (e.g. Sweden, Spain, Switzerland). The reasons why some countries were left alone are complex, but in general it's simply because the neutral countries were more useful to Germany as independent countries than as occupied countries. Occupying a country requires a lot of manpower and money, as well as resources, so it's cheaper not to occupy a country if you don't have to. Sweden was surrounded by German-occupied Norway on the west and German-allied Finland on the east (the Finns were forced to ally with Germany because the Soviet Union kept invading them in an attempt to annex Finland). South of Sweden was German-occupied Denmark, Germany proper, and German-occupied Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. So, Sweden was completely surrounded by Germany--there was no reason for Germany to occupy Sweden, too. Sweden also granted Germany certain rights in order to maintain its independence. For instance, Sweden allowed German war materiel to be transported from Germany to Norway and to Finland via Sweden; for this and other reasons, some argue that Sweden really collaborated with the Germans and was not neutral, properly speaking.
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What countries were not occupied by Germany during world war 2?
How much German land was occupied by the Allied powers after World War 2?
Was the government involved with the Holocaust?
The German government? Yes. The governments of the various countries allied with or occupied by Germany? Yes. The governments of countries, like the U.S., that were at war with Germany? No.Michael Montagne Answer The holocaust was carried out on the orders of the German government. This is something that modern Germany officially acknowledges. In other words, the holocaust was NOT some unofficial or 'private' initiative, and it wasn't a matter of 'excesses' by units running amok. The holocaust was official policy of the Third Reich. The governments of Nazi-occupied countries and of most of Germany's WW2 allies were also heavily involved.