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The first of Machtan's works to be translated into English, this is certain to be controversial. A professor of modern and current history at the University of Bremen, Germany, and the author of several scholarly books on 19th-century Germany, Machtan here presents a documented study of Hitler's homosexuality and its impact upon his life and career. Machtan asserts that Hitler's homosexuality was known to some of his associates by the beginning of World War I and later in Vienna. As he became prominent, some of his associates in homoerotic circles of the Nazi movement attempted to blackmail him. These homoerotic undercurrents and Hitler's response to blackmail provide a hitherto neglected perspective on the questions surrounding the origins and development of Nazism. Although documenting homosexuality is a difficult task for historians of periods in which gays were oppressed and repressed, Machtan is able to provide evidence for his assertions as well as a nuanced and readable study of Hitler's sexuality. Libraries that own Joachim Fest's seminal Hitler (LJ 7/74) and Ian Kershaw's Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris (LJ 1/99) and Hitler, 1936-1945: Nemesis (LJ 11/1/00), as well as a selection of the works of George Mosse on Nazi culture, should acquire this work. Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
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This is a very interesting book to read.
Emil Maurice, Hitler's chauffeur, doesn't seem to be homosexual at all, and indeed his main sexual interest appears to have been in Hitler's niece.
No, and as a matter of fact the extent to which this book is footnoted and referenced really ends up a seemingly pointless process without premise.
It was disturbing to read about Hitler's supposed homosexuality since, he had done (prior to the war) a lot of good for the Germans when the rest of the world suffered under the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Richard
The item was as described. The price was great. It arrived shortly. A good resource.Published 4 months ago by D. Martin
This book is a primary source for "The Pink Swastika", written by Scott Lively and also reviewed by me. Read morePublished on March 22, 2005 by Cathleen M. Walker
Machtan told Die Welt daily in an interview "there was also no
irrefutable proof that Hitler was gay. Read more
The author rightly points out that the main biographies of Hitler portray him as an "unperson" with no real personality beyond a political facade. Read morePublished on February 1, 2004 by "rpy383"
Lothar Machtan's opus is certainly interesting but nothing within convinced me that Hitler was a homosexual or that his sexual proclivities had any bearing on the conduct of his... Read morePublished on August 14, 2003 by Kurt Harding
In the years leading up to the Nazi seizure of power, there was a little known Kultural conflict in Germany which simmered and flared throughout the Wiemar era (1919 - 1933). Read morePublished on April 9, 2003 by KEVIN E. ABRAMS
Rumors about the Fuhrer,s sex life abound (see THE SEX LIVES OF
THE GREAT DICATATORS). During his speeches to admiring crowds
, whose grandchildren now cheer Michael... Read more
I knew it! this book prooves everything that I knew and believe.Published on November 2, 2002 by Karl Hamm