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Author Kershaw, Ian.

Title The "Hitler myth" : image and reality in the Third Reich / Ian Kershaw
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1987]
©1987

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Description xii, 297 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Part one Making of the 'Hitler Myth', 1920-1940 -- 'Fuhrer of the coming Germany': The Hitler image in the Weiner era -- 'Symbol of the nation': The propaganda profile of Hitler, 1933-1936 -- 'Fuhrer without sin': Hitler and the 'Little Hitlers' -- The Fuhrer versus the radicals: Hitler's image and the 'church struggle' -- Hitler the statesman: war and paeace in the balance -- Part two The Breaking of the 'Hitler Myth', 1940-1945 -- Blitzkrieg triumph: high peak of popularity, 1940-1941 -- The War turns sour: the 'Hitler myth' starts to crumble -- Defeat and disaster: the 'Hitler Myth' collapses -- Part three The 'Hitler Myth' and the path to genocide -- Hitler's popular image and the 'Jewish question'
Summary "Hitler's personality alone can scarcely explain his immense popularity and political effectiveness during the 1930s and '40s. Behind his strong hold over the German people lay the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him and consequently imbued him with larger-than-life characteristics. Based on secret popular opinion reports compiled by both the Nazis and their political enemies, this study of the Nazi state charts the creation, growth, and decline of the "Hitler Myth." Kershaw demonstrates how the manufactured Fuhrer-cult formed a crucial integrating force in the Third Reich and acted as a vital catalyst in attaining Nazi political aims. Translated from German, this book affords readers a chilling look at how these masters of propaganda built on the beliefs, phobias, and predjudices of the day to create a popular image of Hitler that was at great odds with reality." -Publisher description
Kershaw examines how the deification of 'the Fuhrer' and the Nazi's propaganda machine effectively solidified the Third Reich's hold on German culture from the 1920's to 1945
Analysis Germany Fascism Political aspects Psychological aspects, to 1941
Notes Includes index
Translation of: Der Hitler-Mythos
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [274]-276
Notes Translation and revision of: Der Hitler-Mythos
Subject Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
Propaganda, German -- History -- 20th century.
Public opinion -- Germany.
National socialism.
Propaganda, German -- History -- 20th century.
Propaganda, German.
Public opinion -- Germany.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Author Kershaw, Ian. Hitler-Mythos
LC no. 86028583
ISBN 0192802062 (paperback)
0198219644
Other Titles Hitler-Mythos. English