The Hitler Myth: Image and Reality in the Third Reich

Paperback | September 1, 2001

byIan Kershaw, Detlev PeukertAs told byGerhard Wilke

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Few twentieth-century political leaders enjoyed greated popularity among their own people than Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s. This remarkable study of the myth that sustained one of the most notorious dictators, and delves into Hitler''s extraordinarily powerful hold over the German people. In this ''major contribution to the study of the Third Reich'' (Times Literary Supplement), Ian Kershaw argues that it lay not so much in Hitler''s personality or his bizarre Nazi ideology, as in the social and political values of the people themselves. In charting the creation, rise, and fall of the `Hitler Myth'', he demonstrates the importance of the manufactured ''Fuhrer cult'' to the attainment of Nazi political ends, and how the Nazis used the new techniques of propaganda to exploit and build on the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day.

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Few twentieth-century political leaders enjoyed greated popularity among their own people than Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s. This remarkable study of the myth that sustained one of the most notorious dictators, and delves into Hitler's extraordinarily powerful hold over the German people. In this 'major contribution to the study of the Third Reich' (Times Literary Supplement), Ian Kershaw argues...

Ian Kershaw is Professor of History at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich: Bavaria 1933-45 (OUP, 1983); (ed.), Weimar: Why did German Democracy Fail? (Weidenfeld, 1990); Hitler: A Profile in Power (Longman, 1991); The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation (Edward Arnold, 3rd edn, 1993); (ed., with Moshe Lewin), Stali...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a very successful exposition The Hitler Myth As a young boy , very much affected by the Second World War, I have spent the last decades trying to understand why and how it happened. Kershaw's Hitler Myth goes a long way to explaining why the German people followed Hitler. This book humanises the Germans of that time. It shows them to have been not so far different from Britons of the same era. People hear what they want to hear and ignore what becomes unpalatable. In the last 2 years of WWII, the German people no longer had outlets to protest ( while the British could, at least , grumble out aloud.). Kershaw shows that Nazi party members and the ordinary population were widely divided in their interests
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Making of the 'Hitler Myth', 1920-19401. 'Fuhrer of the Coming Germany': The Hitler Image in the Weimar Era 2. 'Symbol of the Nation': The Propaganda Profile of Hitler, 1933-1936 3. 'Fuhrer without Sin': Hitler and the 'Little Hitlers' 'The Fuhrer restores Order': 'The Night of the Long Knives', 30 June 1934 The 'Little Hitlers': The Image of the Local Party Bosses 4. The Fuhrer versus the Radicals: Hitler's Image and the 'Church Struggle' 5. Hitler the Statesman: War and Peace in the Balance 'Triumph without Bloddshed' Tension War Part Two: The Breaking of the 'Hitler Myth', 1940-19456. Blitzkrieg Triumph: High Peak of Popularity, 1940-1941 7. The War turns Sour: The 'Hitler Myth' starts to crumble 8. Defeat and Disaster: The 'Hitler Myth' collapses Part Three: The 'Hitler Myth' and the Path to Genecide9. Hitler's popular Image and the 'Jewish Question' Conclusion