The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust (Google eBook)

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Harvard University Press, Jul 1, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust has commanded our attention for the past sixty years. The extent of atrocities, however, has overshadowed the calculus Nazis used to justify their deeds.

According to German wartime media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy. Leading the assault was an insidious, belligerent Jewish clique, so crafty and powerful that it managed to manipulate the actions of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. Hitler portrayed the Holocaust as a defensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany.

Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, and Otto Dietrich's Press Office translated this fanatical vision into a coherent cautionary narrative, which the Nazi propaganda machine disseminated into the recesses of everyday life. Calling on impressive archival research, Jeffrey Herf recreates the wall posters that Germans saw while waiting for the streetcar, the radio speeches they heard at home or on the street, the headlines that blared from newsstands. "The Jewish Enemy" is the first extensive study of how anti-Semitism pervaded and shaped Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust, and how it pulled together the diverse elements of a delusionary Nazi worldview. Here we find an original and haunting exposition of the ways in which Hitler legitimized war and genocide to his own people, as necessary to destroy an allegedly omnipotent Jewish foe. In an era when both anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories continue to influence world politics, Herf offers a timely reminder of their dangers along with a fresh interpretation of the paranoia underlying the ideology of the Third Reich.

  

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This book changed the way I thought about World War II. It was especially interesting what he had to say about the power and danger of delusion. Read full review

Contents

The Jews the War and the Holocaust
1
Building the AntiSemitic Consensus
17
International Jewry and the Origins of World War II
50
At War against the Alliance of Bolshevism and Plutocracy
92
Propaganda in the Shadow of the Death Camps
138
The Jews Are Guilty of Everything
183
Victory or Extermination
231
Conclusion
264
The AntiSemitic Campaigns of the Nazi Regime as Reflected in Lead FrontPage Stories in Der Volkische Beobachter
281
List of Abbreviations
289
Notes
291
Acknowledgments
355
Bibliography
359
Bibliographical Essay
365
Index
375
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Page 3 - If at the beginning of the War and during the War twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.

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About the author (2009)

Jeffrey Herf is Professor of History at the University of Maryland. Among his books is Reactionary Modernism: Technology, Culture and Politics in Weimar and the Third Reich.

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