Klaus Hesse
Das „Dritte Reich” nach Hitler. 23 Tage im Mai 1945. Eine Chronik /
The Third Reich after Hitler. A Chronicle
of 23 Days in May 1945
hg. von / published by Stiftung Topographie des Terrors, vertreten durch / represented by Prof. Dr. Andreas Nachama, Essay: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Paul, Hentrich & Hentrich, Berlin 2016, 343 S., Broschur, ISBN 978-3-941772-23-3
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The final disintegration of the Nazi dictatorship occurred in stages and at a number of different locations. The final phase of the fall of the Third Reich following Hitler’s suicide in Berlin on April 30, 1945 is sketched here as an illustrated chronicle, with the small city of Flensburg and the naval college at nearby Mürwik in the far North of Germany as its main historical backdrop. 
The still little-known story of these 23 days unfolds as on a calendar, from May 1, 1945, the day when Hitler’s designated successor Grand Admiral Dönitz took over the duties of head of state and supreme commander of the Wehrmacht, to May 23, 1945, the day of the arrest of Dönitz, his "Acting Reich Government" and the top brass of the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht (OKW), who, as wretched relics of the Nazi state, had sought final refuge in Flensburg, among other places. The ministers and state secretaries of the last Nazi "Reich government", which was briefly tolerated but never recognized by the Western Allies, and other prominent Nazi officials who fled to Flensburg are presented in biographical dossiers.