Royals and the Reich: The Princess von Hessen in Nazi Germany

August 29, 2008|
Royals and the Reich: The Princess von Hessen in Nazi Germany by Jonathan Petropoulos
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Princes Philipp and Christoph von Hessen-Kassel, great-grandsons of Queen Victoria of England, had been humiliated by defeat in World War I and, like much of the German aristocracy, feared the social unrest wrought by the ineffectual Weimar Republic. Jonathan Petropoulos shows how the princes, lured by prominent positions in the Nazi regime and highly susceptible to nationalist appeals, became enthusiastic supporters of Hitler. Prince Philipp, son-in-law to the King of Italy, became the highest-ranking prince in the Nazi state and developed a close personal relationship with Hitler and Hermann Goering. Prince Christoph was a prominent SS officer and head of the most important intelligence agency in the Third Reich. In return, the princes made the Nazis socially acceptable to wealthy, high-society patrons. Prince Philipp even introduced Goering to Mussolini at a critical stage in the Nazi Party''s development and later served as a liaison between Hitler and the Italian dictator. Permitted access to Hessen family private papers and the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, Petropoulos follows the story of the House of Hesse through to its tragic denouement--the princes'' betrayal and persecution by an increasingly paranoid Hitler and prosecution and denazification by the Allies. "An enthralling book, well researched in archives and through interviews, including one with the Duke of Edinburgh himself.... An exhaustive study of the relationship between German royalty, major and minor, and the Nazi regime, with a particular focus on the Hessian princes, Philipp and Christoph, who penetrated its core.... Royals and the Reich gets the big picture right--and a disturbing, even sickening, one it is." --Martin Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of The Faustian Bargain (OUP), which was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2000 by the New York Public Library. He was a Research Director on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets and has served as an ...
Title:Royals and the Reich: The Princess von Hessen in Nazi Germany
Product dimensions:544 pages, 8.6 X 5.6 X 1.5 in
Shipping dimensions:544 pages, 8.6 X 5.6 X 1.5 in
Published:August 29, 2008
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780195339277

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