The `Hitler Myth': Image and Reality in the Third Reich

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Clarendon Press, Jun 4, 1987 - History - 297 pages
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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 Führer-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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE MAKING OF THE HITLER MYTH 19201940
11
THE BREAKING OF THE HITLER MYTH 19401945
149
THE HITLER MYTH AND THE PATH TO GENOCIDE
227
Conclusion
253
List of Abbreviations and Glossary of German Terms and Names used in the Text and Notes
270
Archival Sources and Newspapers Consulted
274
List of Works Cited
277
Index
289
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Ian Kershaw is professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield.

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