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The Resource Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany, Robert Gellately

Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany, Robert Gellately

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Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany
Title
Backing Hitler
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consent and coercion in Nazi Germany
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Robert Gellately
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Language
eng
Summary
Using primary evidence, the author reveals the social consensus behind the Nazi regime and persecution of racial minorities & social outsiders. Debate still rages over how much ordinary Germans knew about the concentration camps and the Gestapo's activities during Hitler's reign. Now, in this well-documented and provocative volume, historian Robert Gellately argues that the majority of German citizens had quite a clear picture of the extent of Nazi atrocities, and continued to support the Reich to the bitter end. Culling chilling evidence from primary news sources and citing dozens of case studies, Gellately shows how media reports and press stories were an essential dimension of Hitler's popular dictatorship. Indeed, a vast array of material on the concentration camps, the violent campaigns against social outsiders, and the Nazis' radical approaches to law and order was published in the media of the day, and was widely read by a highly literate population of Germans. Hitler, Gellately reveals, did not try to hide the existence of the Gestapo or of concentration camps. Nor did the Nazis try to cow the people into submission. Instead they set out to win converts by building on popular images, cherished ideals, and long-held phobias. And their efforts succeeded, Gellately concludes, for the Gestapo's monstrous success was due, in large part, to ordinary German citizens who singled out suspected enemies in their midst, reporting their suspicions and allegations freely and in a spirit of cooperation and patriotism. Extensively documented, highly readable and illustrated with never-before-published photographs, Backing Hitler convincingly debunks the myth that Nazi atrocities were carried out in secret. From the rise of the Third Reich well into the final, desperate months of the war, the destruction of innocent lives was inextricably linked to the will of the German people. The Nazis never won a majority in free elections, but soon after Hitler took power most Germans turned away from democracy and backed the Nazi regime. Hitler was able to win growing support even as he established the Gestapo and concentration camps. Yet for over fifty years historians have disputed what the German people knew about these camps and in what ways they were involved in the persecution of race enemies, slave workers, and social outsiders. In this ground-breaking study of Nazi terror within Germany, Robert Gellately finally answers these questions. The author exposes once and for all the substantial consent and active participation of large numbers of ordinary Germans in the terror. He shows that rather than hide their racist and repressive campaigns from the German people the Nazis trumpeted them in the national papers and on the streets. He reveals how they drew on popular images, cherished German ideals, and long held phobias to win converts to their cause. Tracing the story from 1933 to its grim conclusion in 1945, he demonstrates how war and the prospect of defeat radicalized Nazism. As the country spiralled towards defeat, Germans for the most part held on stubbornly. For anyone who dared contemplate surrender or resistance, terror became the order of the day
Summary
A professor of Holocaust history probes the extent of knowledge among the German populace about Nazi atrocities and discovers a disturbing level of understanding, acquiescence, and approval among the masses
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254567
Cataloging source
UKM
Dewey number
943.086
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DD256.5
LC item number
.G45 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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adult
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consent and coercion in Nazi Germany
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Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany, Robert Gellately
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Turning away from Weimar -- Police justice -- Concentration camps and media reports -- Shadows of war -- Social outsiders -- Injustice and the Jews -- Special justice for foreign workers -- Enemies in the ranks -- Concentration camps in public spaces -- Dictatorship and people at the end of the Third Reich -- Conclusion
Control code
ocm45406462
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 359 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780198205609
Lccn
2001269714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45406462
Label
Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany, Robert Gellately
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Turning away from Weimar -- Police justice -- Concentration camps and media reports -- Shadows of war -- Social outsiders -- Injustice and the Jews -- Special justice for foreign workers -- Enemies in the ranks -- Concentration camps in public spaces -- Dictatorship and people at the end of the Third Reich -- Conclusion
Control code
ocm45406462
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 359 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780198205609
Lccn
2001269714
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45406462

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