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1 January 1940
Hitler Proclaims that Germany's Victories are Due to God's Blessings

Hitler Proclaims that Germany's Victories are Due to God's Blessings

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2 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Forbidden to Post Obituary Notices

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Forbidden to Post Obituary Notices

3 January 1940
Nazi Germany's Ministry of Agriculture Denies German Jews Food Ration Cards

Nazi Germany's Ministry of Agriculture Denies German Jews Food Ration Cards

5 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Placed on Curfew

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Placed on Curfew

6 January 1940
Polish Cardinal Hlond Reports on Persecution of Polish Catholics

Polish Cardinal Hlond Reports on Persecution of Polish Catholics

6 January 1940
Salaries and Benefits Restored to Germany's Priests

Salaries and Benefits Restored to Germany's Priests

12 January 1940
Over 400 Patients in Psychiatric Hospital Murdered by the Reich

Over 400 Patients in Psychiatric Hospital Murdered by the Reich

21 January 1940
Charles Coughlin Defends the Fascist Christian Front

Charles Coughlin Defends the Fascist Christian Front

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23 January 1940
Nazis Object to Vatican Radio Broadcasts About Catholic Clergy Persecution

Nazis Object to Vatican Radio Broadcasts About Catholic Clergy Persecution

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23 January 1940
German Jews Denied Ration Cards for Clothing and Shoes

German Jews Denied Ration Cards for Clothing and Shoes

24 January 1940
Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Ordered to Register All Property

Jews of Nazi-Occupied Poland Ordered to Register All Property

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30 January 1940
High Ranking SS Leaders Decide How to Start to Dispose of Polish Jews

High Ranking SS Leaders Decide How to Start to Dispose of Polish Jews

30 January 1940
Hitler Tells Germany that God is Pleased with Events in Europe

Hitler Tells Germany that God is Pleased with Events in Europe

7 February 1940
Bishop Machens: Avoid Preaching That Might Weaken National Strength

Bishop Machens: Avoid Preaching That Might Weaken National Strength

8 February 1940
Lodz Ghetto Created in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Lodz Ghetto Created in Nazi-Occupied Poland

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18 February 1940
Official Breslau Diocese Publication: Germany in Holy Struggle for Lebensraum

Official Breslau Diocese Publication: Germany in Holy Struggle for Lebensraum

22 February 1940
5-Year-Old Boy Becomes 14th Dalai Lama

5-Year-Old Boy Becomes 14th Dalai Lama

1 March 1940
German Generals Get Final Instructions From Hitler for Invasion of Norway and Denmark

German Generals Get Final Instructions From Hitler for Invasion of Norway and Denmark

3 March 1940
Hildesheim Diocese: Germany at War With Enemy Fighting Against Holy Natural Law

Hildesheim Diocese: Germany at War With Enemy Fighting Against Holy Natural Law

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11 March 1940
Germany's Ration Cards for Jews Require 'J' Stamped on Them

Germany's Ration Cards for Jews Require 'J' Stamped on Them

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11 March 1940
Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Meets Pope Pius XII in Vatican

Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Meets Pope Pius XII in Vatican

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15 March 1940
Heinrich Himmler Speaks to Concentration Commandants About Destiny of Poles

Heinrich Himmler Speaks to Concentration Commandants About Destiny of Poles

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16 March 1940
Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick Creates Network of Official Brothels for Nazi Soldiers

Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick Creates Network of Official Brothels for Nazi Soldiers

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29 March 1940

Cantwell v. Connecticut: Statute Requiring License to Solicit for Religious Purposes Struck Down

7 April 1940
Army Archbishop Rarkowski Writes Article Praising Hitler on His Birthday

Army Archbishop Rarkowski Writes Article Praising Hitler on His Birthday

9 April 1940
Nazi Germany Invades Denmark and Norway Using Their Protection as an Excuse

Nazi Germany Invades Denmark and Norway Using Their Protection as an Excuse

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15 April 1940
Bishop Hans Meiser Issues Message of Praise for Hitler

Bishop Hans Meiser Issues Message of Praise for Hitler

25 April 1940
Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

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26 April 1940
Pope Pius XII Urges Benito Mussolini to Remain Neutral in European War

Pope Pius XII Urges Benito Mussolini to Remain Neutral in European War

27 April 1940
Creation of Auschwitz Extermination Camp Ordered by Heinrich Himmler

Creation of Auschwitz Extermination Camp Ordered by Heinrich Himmler

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29 April 1940
Rudolf Höss Visits Site of Future Auschwitz Extermination Camp

Rudolf Höss Visits Site of Future Auschwitz Extermination Camp

29 April 1940
All Jews in Austria Ordered to Register With Authorities

All Jews in Austria Ordered to Register With Authorities

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0 May 1940
Pope Pius XII Learns About Atrocities Committed Against Poles

Pope Pius XII Learns About Atrocities Committed Against Poles

0 May 1940
Hartheim Castle: Nazi Euthanasia Killing Center Begins Operating Near Linz

Hartheim Castle: Nazi Euthanasia Killing Center Begins Operating Near Linz

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1 May 1940
Nazis Seal Off Lodz Ghetto & Impose Starvation Conditions on Jews

Nazis Seal Off Lodz Ghetto & Impose Starvation Conditions on Jews

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2 May 1940
Pope Pius XII Blames Greed for Power for Conflicts in Europe

Pope Pius XII Blames Greed for Power for Conflicts in Europe

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4 May 1940

Nazi Germany Imposes Curfew on All Jews

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10 May 1940
France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands Invaded by Nazi Germany

France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands Invaded by Nazi Germany

12 May 1940
Pope Pius XII Issues Messages of Sympathy to Countries Invaded by Nazis

Pope Pius XII Issues Messages of Sympathy to Countries Invaded by Nazis

14 May 1940
Death of Emma Goldman, Freeethinker & Anarchist

Death of Emma Goldman, Freeethinker & Anarchist

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15 May 1940
Mussolini's Fascist Party Boycotts Vatican Newspaper

Mussolini's Fascist Party Boycotts Vatican Newspaper

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17 May 1940
Hitler Names Arthur Seyss-Inquart as Reichskommissar for Occupied Netherlands

Hitler Names Arthur Seyss-Inquart as Reichskommissar for Occupied Netherlands

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20 May 1940
Cantwell v. Connecticut: Court Strikes Down Licenses for Religious Solicitation

Cantwell v. Connecticut: Court Strikes Down Licenses for Religious Solicitation

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20 May 1940
Auschwitz Gets First 30 Inmates, Mostly Career Criminals

Auschwitz Gets First 30 Inmates, Mostly Career Criminals

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21 May 1940
Charles Lindbergh Promotes Neutrality & Opposes America Entering War

Charles Lindbergh Promotes Neutrality & Opposes America Entering War

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25 May 1940
Himmler Recommends Separation of Races in Conquered Territories

Himmler Recommends Separation of Races in Conquered Territories

26 May 1940
Evacuation of British, French, and Belgian Forces Begins at Dunkirk

Evacuation of British, French, and Belgian Forces Begins at Dunkirk

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28 May 1940
Belgian King Leopold III Surrenders Unconditionally to Nazi Germany

Belgian King Leopold III Surrenders Unconditionally to Nazi Germany

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2 June 1940
Bishop Hans Meiser Praises Germany's Defeat of France, Netherlands, Belgium

Bishop Hans Meiser Praises Germany's Defeat of France, Netherlands, Belgium

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3 June 1940
Minersville v. Gobitis: Requiring Students to Salute the Flag is Constitutional

Minersville v. Gobitis: Requiring Students to Salute the Flag is Constitutional

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