The Hitler Virus: The Insidious Legacy of Adolph Hitler

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More than a half-century after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker, the dictator’s legacy and influence lives on, precisely as he predicted before putting the gun to his head. In the spring of 1945, as it became increasingly clear that the Nazi cause was lost, Hitler dictated his final political testament to his secretary: “Out of my personal commitment the seed will grow again one day, one way or another, for a radiant rebirth of the National Socialist movement in a truly united nation.” The next ...

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Overview

More than a half-century after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a Berlin bunker, the dictator’s legacy and influence lives on, precisely as he predicted before putting the gun to his head. In the spring of 1945, as it became increasingly clear that the Nazi cause was lost, Hitler dictated his final political testament to his secretary: “Out of my personal commitment the seed will grow again one day, one way or another, for a radiant rebirth of the National Socialist movement in a truly united nation.” The next day, Hitler ended the Nazi regime by committing suicide. Respected author and publisher Peter Wyden, who himself escaped the Nazis, has returned to Germany many times over the years and, to his dismay, he has found evidence that Hitler’s last testament was startlingly accurate.

Though the Nazi cause had been exposed and vilified worldwide, it is still clandestinely cherished by many. In the process of documenting manifestations of Hitler’s far-reaching influence, which he termed the “Hitler virus,” Wyden discovered that its carriers were not merely to be found among the older generation but an alarming number of outbreaks of the virus are among the young adults, who find in Hitler a moral and spiritual guide, aided and abetted by a new breed of right-wing academics who make the rewriting of history their mission and a new generation of politicians whose agendas are frighteningly close to those of young Hitler. In these often chilling pages, Wyden recounts the results of his research and points out that the Hitler virus is, indeed, still a cause for concern worldwide.

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Editorial Reviews

Dan Rather - CBS News
“Riveting. The late Peter Wyden has produced a scathing, page-turning historic indictment that is sure to stir controversy.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611453225
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,399,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Wyden was born in Germany and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1937. A distinguished publisher (Peter Wyden Books/Morrow) and author, he returned to Germany many times after the war, the last time in the 1990s to research The Hitler Virus. He died in 1998.
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Table of Contents

Publisher's Foreword ix

How to Use This Book xv

Book 1 The End That Never Was

1 When the Past Becomes the Present 3

2 The Journey Begins 7

3 "The Blood of Germans Is a Special Fluid" 12

4 Hot Ticket: Up the Führer's Mountain 29

5 A Day to Remember Hitler 38

Book 2 From My Case History Files

6 Reeducation: The Vaccine That Didn't Take 51

7 Bob and Jack Launch the Hitler Revival 58

8 U.S. Intelligence and the Clergy Help Nazi Leaders to Escape 68

9 Adenauer Was No Democrat 78

10 "Hitler Today" - The Historians' Angry Debate 84

Book 3 The Hitler Wave

11 Remembering Hider as a Success Story 95

12 How the Old Guard Keeps the Legend Alive 102

13 Multiple Lives: Old Nazis Masked and Unmasked 113

14 How the Nazi Dust Vanished Under the Rug 120

15 Cashing in on the "Hitler Wave" 124

16 The Holocaust as Soap Opera 135

17 What the Great Heimat Series Hushed Up 140

Book 4 Spreading Evil

18 Selling Denial 153

19 Why the "Hider Diaries" Were Believed 165

Book 5 Virus Carriers

20 Intellectualizing the New Right Wing 183

21 Diagnosis 194

22 Taking Hitler's Measure: The Biographers Speak 200

23 Why the Legend Lives: Contemporary Authorities Testify 208

24 The Nazi Propaganda Factory in Nebraska 216

25 The Hitler Souvenir Hunters 224

26 The Führer Still Lives Even Where He Almost Died 236

27 The Proof Is in the Polls 242

28 A Very Opinionated Pollster: The Two Faces of Elisabeth Noelle Neumann 249

29 The Haider Phenomenon 252

Book 6 Prognosis Positive: The Generation Factor

30 Sins of the Fathers 265

31 Dear Father, Damned Father 276

32 New Hope for Dachau 295

33 The "Nasty Girl" Triumphs 311

34 Publisher's Epilogue 316

Index 327

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Superb account of the cancer of postwar fascism

    I thought this book was very readable. Describes the continued virus of postwar fascism in Europe and the USA and the bizarre appeal of Hitler's persona. Gives a good commentary on the 1983 Hitler diaries fraud.

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