Suicide in Nazi Germany

Paperback | November 1, 2015

byChristian Goeschel

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The suicides of Hitler, Goebbels, Bormann, Himmler, and later Goering at the end of World War II were only the most prominent in a suicide epidemic that has no historical parallel and that can tell us much about the Third Reich's peculiar self-destructiveness and the depths of Nazi fanaticism.Looking at the suicides of both Nazis and ordinary people in Germany from the end of World War I until the end of World War II, Christian Goeschel shows how suicides among different population groups, including supporters, opponents, and victims of the regime, responded to the social, cultural,economic, and political context of the time. Richly grounded in gripping and previously unpublished source material Suicide in Nazi Germany offers a new perspective on the central social and political crises of the era, from revolution, economic collapse, and the rise of the Nazis, to Germany'stotal defeat in 1945.

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The suicides of Hitler, Goebbels, Bormann, Himmler, and later Goering at the end of World War II were only the most prominent in a suicide epidemic that has no historical parallel and that can tell us much about the Third Reich's peculiar self-destructiveness and the depths of Nazi fanaticism.Looking at the suicides of both Nazis and o...

Christian Goeschel is a post-doctoral research feloow at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he also teaches Modern European History. In 2006 he was awarded the Walter Laqueur Prize for his work on suicide in Nazi Germany.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199606110

ISBN - 13:9780199606115

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Weimar Background2. Suicide under the Swastika, 1933-19393. Suicides of German Jews, 1933-19454. War-time suicides, 1939-19445. DownfallConclusion

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"Provides interesting insights into the history of the Weimar Republic as well as the history of Nazi Germany...a useful book for historians [of both]." --Paul Bookbinder, European History Quarterly.