Backing Hitler: Consent And Coercion In Nazi Germany

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byGellately, Robert

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The Nazis never won a majority in free elections, but soon after Hitler took power most people turned away from democracy and backed the Nazi regime. Hitler won growing support even as he established the secret police (Gestapo) and concentration camps. What has been in disputefor over fifty years is what the Germans knew about these camps, and in what ways were they involved in the persecution of 'race enemies', slave workers, and social outsiders. To answer these questions, and to explore the public sides of Nazi persecution, Robert Gellately has consulted an array of primary documents. He argues that the Nazis did not cloak their radical approaches to 'law and order' in utter secrecy, but played them up in the press and loudly proclaimed thesuperiority of their system over all others. They publicized their views by drawing on popular images, cherished German ideals, and long held phobias, and were able to win over converts to their cause. The author traces the story from 1933, and shows how war and especially the prospect of defeatradicalized Nazism. As the country spiralled toward defeat, Germans for the most part held on stubbornly. For anyone who contemplated surrender or resistance, terror became the order of the day.

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The Nazis never won a majority in free elections, but soon after Hitler took power most people turned away from democracy and backed the Nazi regime. Hitler won growing support even as he established the secret police (Gestapo) and concentration camps. What has been in disputefor over fifty years is what the Germans knew ...

Robert Gellately is Professor in Holocaust History at Clark University, Massacuhsetts, USA.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802917

ISBN - 13:9780192802910

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Turning away from Weimar2. Police Justice3. Concentration Camps and Media Reports4. Shadows of War5. Social Outsiders6. Injustice and the Jews7. Special 'Justice' for Foreign Workers8. Enemies in the Ranks9. Concentration Camps in Public Spaces10. Dictatorship and People at the End of the Third ReichConclusion

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`Backing Hitler is based on the first systematic analysis by a historian of surviving German newspaper and magazine archives since 1933, the year Hitler became chancellor.'John Ezard, The Guardian