Life and Death in the Third Reich / Edition 1

Life and Death in the Third Reich / Edition 1

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by Peter Fritzsche
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674027930

ISBN-13: 9780674027930

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard University Press

On January 30, 1933, hearing about the celebrations for Hitler’s assumption of power, Erich Ebermayer remarked bitterly in his diary, “We are the losers, definitely the losers.” Learning of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which made Jews non-citizens, he raged, “hate is sown a million-fold.” Yet in March 1938, he wept for joy at the

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On January 30, 1933, hearing about the celebrations for Hitler’s assumption of power, Erich Ebermayer remarked bitterly in his diary, “We are the losers, definitely the losers.” Learning of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which made Jews non-citizens, he raged, “hate is sown a million-fold.” Yet in March 1938, he wept for joy at the Anschluss with Austria: “Not to want it just because it has been achieved by Hitler would be folly.”

In a masterful work, Peter Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism’s ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft—a “people’s community” that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. The goal was to create a new national and racial self-consciousness among Germans. For Germany to live, others—especially Jews—had to die. Diaries and letters reveal Germans’ fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life. Fritzsche examines the efforts of Germans to adjust to new racial identities, to believe in the necessity of war, to accept the dynamic of unconditional destruction—in short, to become Nazis.

Powerful and provocative, Life and Death in the Third Reich is a chilling portrait of how ideology takes hold.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674027930
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Reviving the Nation     19
"Heil Hitler!"     19
How Far Did Germans Support the Nazis?     25
Volksgemeinschaft, or the People's Community     38
Consuming the Nation     56
Unter Uns, or Nazism's Audiovisual Space     65
Racial Grooming     76
Aryan Passports     76
Biology and the National Revolution     82
Seeing like an Aryan     91
The Camp     96
Unworthy Life     108
The Assault on German Jews     119
Empire of Destruction     143
Writing Letters     143
The Imperial Project     154
The Expansion of the German Empire     177
Final Solutions to the "Jewish Problem"     186
The Deportation of German Jews     202
The Holocaust     213
Intimate Knowledge     225
Train Station     225
Jewish Witnesses     235
German Witnesses     250
Perpetrators and Victims     266
Imagining the End of the War     272
Reading Catastrophe     296
Notes     309
Index     359

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