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The "Hitler Myth"

Image and Reality in the Third Reich

Ian Kershaw

Publication Date - December 2001

ISBN: 9780192802064

320 pages
Paperback
5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $19.95

A compelling analysis of the true source of Hitler's rise to power

Description

Few, if any, twentieth-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and '40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him.

Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents, Ian Kershaw's groundbreaking study charts the creation, growth, and decline of the "Hitler myth." He demonstrates how the manufactured "Fuhrer-cult" served as a crucial integrating force within the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis used "image-building" to exploit the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day. Kershaw greatly enhances our understanding of the German people's attitudes and behavior under Nazi rule and the psychology behind their adulation of Hitler.

Features

  • Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents
  • A compelling analysis of the true source of Hitler's rise to power

About the Author(s)

Ian Kershaw is Professor of History at the University of Sheffield. He has written several works on German history, including Popular Opinion and Political Dissent in the Third Reich, Bavaria 1933-1945, Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison, and The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation.

Reviews

"The strength of Kershaw's study is that he moves beyond a description of the construction of the 'Hitler myth' to analyze its strength and resiliency."--The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Part I: The Making of the 'HItler Myth' 1920-1940
    1. 'Fuhrer of the Coming Germany': The Hitler Image in the Weimer Era
    2. 'Symbol of the Nation': The Propaganda Profile of Hitler, 1933-1936
    3. 'Fuhrer without Sin': Hitler and the 'Little Hitlers'
    4. The Fuhrer versus the Radicals: Hitler's Image and the 'Church Struggle'
    5. Hitler the Stateman: War and Peace in the Balance

    Part II: The Breaking of the 'Hitler Myth' 1940-1945
    6. 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 III. The 'Hitler Myth' and the Path to Genocide
    9. Hitler's Popular Image and the 'Jewish Question'

    Conclusion