Hitler, Germans, and the "Jewish Question"

Voorkant
Princeton University Press, 21 mrt. 1984 - 412 pagina's

This book probes the background of the ultimately unexplainable evil of our century, the deliberate and unprovoked murder of millions of European Jews--and goes on to explore German reactions to that evil. Depicting the emergence in Weimar Germany of a new type of extreme anti-Semite, of which Hitler was the paramount example, Sarah Gordon discusses a number of related questions about the role of anti-Semitism in the rise of the Nazis and draws on hitherto unexamined Gestapo files, new data on court sentences, and a variety of other sources to describe the tiny numbers of courageous Germans who opposed Nazi anti-Semitism. She analyzes Hitler's own deranged world view, his use of his feelings about Jews as a political tool, and the extent of the German people's knowledge of his intentions and actions; she examines the history of German anti-Semitism from 1870 through the Nazi years; and she indicates several reasons for thinking that anti-Semitism, however virulent in certain individuals and groups, was not the major reason for Nazi electoral successes.

No apologia for the German people, this work shows how a minority of extreme anti-Semites coexisted in Germany with the indifferent or fearfully disapproving majority, while the heroic few assumed the extreme risks of opposition. It offers a clear picture of the kinds of people who aided the Jews or publicly criticized their persecution, including surprising evidence of opposition in the Nazi party itself. In addition, it questions widely held beliefs that older Germans, males, Protestants, and the middle classes were disproportionately anti-Semitic; that bluecollar workers were basically immune to anti-Semitism; and that most Nazis were radical anti-Semites. It also discusses such subjects as the attitudes of German churches, the role of the military, and the socio-economic characteristics of Jews in Germany.

 

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The Setting
7
AntiSemitism 18701933
24
Summary and Interpretation
41
Who Supported Hitler?
50
AntiSemitism in the Early Weimar Years
51
AntiSemitism in the Early Nazi Party
53
Nazi AntiSemitic Propaganda after 1927
67
Nazi Voters
71
OMGUS Surveys
197
Summary
206
Opponents of Persecution
210
Preliminary Comments
211
Timing of Opposition
214
Characteristics of Opponents 19331944
218
Illustrative Cases of Opposition
233
Sentences of Opponents of Racial Persecution
237

Summary
88
Hitlers Ethnic Theory
91
Hitlers Racial Hierarchy
98
Domestic Implications
108
Notes on Hitlers Psychology
110
Summary
117
Persecution Party Unity and Hitlers Responsibility
119
Functions of AntiSemitism inside the Nazi Party
120
Hitlers Responsibility and Timing
128
Summary
145
Functions of Persecution and Propaganda
148
Functions of Propaganda
150
Summary
163
Public Reactions to Nazi AntiSemitism
165
General Sources
168
Summary
241
Attitudes of the Churches
246
Protestants
254
Summary
260
Pockets of Opposition
263
Other Opponents
271
Summary
290
Conclusions and Implications
294
Implications
306
APPENDIXES
315
NOTES
325
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
387
INDEX
405
Copyright

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Over de auteur (1984)

Sarah gordon is a professor of English at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She has chaired her university's internationally renowned symposia on O'Connor and has been editor of "The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin" since 1983. Gordon is also editor of the book "Flannery O'Connor: In Celebration of Genius.

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