The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic: The Rise of the Third Reich

The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic: The Rise of the Third Reich


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A thrilling day-by-day account of the final months of the Weimar Republic, documenting the collapse of democracy in Germany and Hitler’s frightening rise to power.

November 1932. With the German economy in ruins and street battles raging between rival political parties, the Weimar Republic is on its last legs. In the halls of the Reichstag, party leaders scramble for power and influence as the elderly president, Paul von Hindenburg, presides over a democracy pushed to the breaking point. Chancellors Franz von Papen and Kurt von Schleicher spin a web of intrigue, vainly hoping to harness the growing popularity of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party while reining in its most extreme elements. These politicians struggle for control of a turbulent city where backroom deals and frightening public rallies alike threaten the country’s fragile democracy, with terrifying consequences for both Germany and the rest of the world.

In The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic, Barth and Friedrichs have drawn on a wide array of primary sources to produce a colorful, multi-layered portrait of a period that was by no means predestined to plunge into the abyss, and which now seems disturbingly familiar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133331
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Born in 1972 in Saarbrucken, Rüdiger Barth studied contemporary history and general rhetoric at the University of Tubingen. After fifteen years as a journalist for the German weekly Stern, he now works as a freelance author. He lives in Germany.

Born in 1980 in Hamburg, Hauke Friederichs studied social and economic history and wrote his PhD thesis on piracy in the Mediterranean. He has worked for publications including Die Zeit, Stern, Geo, Epoche, and P.M. History. He lives in Germany.

Table of Contents

The Gravediggers 1

Opening Credits: The Lie of the Land 3

The Brink: 17 November to 1 December 1932 5

The Plan: 2 to 15 December 1932 87

Silent Night: 16 December 1932 to 1 January 1933 153

In the Maelstrom: 2 to 29 January 1933 221

Taking Power: 30 January 1933 343

Closing Credits 363

Sources and Literature 369

The Making Of 370

Acknowledgements 372

Timeline 374

Selected Further Reading 379

Index 387

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