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Goebbels And Der Angriff Hardcover – May 10, 1994

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"A thoughtful and highly informative book."―New York Review of Books

"The best examination of the 'fighting years' of der Angriff available and provides valuable insight into the success of the NSDAP in Berlin during its rise to power."―The Historian

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The Berlin newspaper Der Angriff(The Attack), founded by Joseph Goebbels in 1927, was a significant instrument for arousing support for Nazi ideas. The paper not only secured National Socialism's continued existence, it also provided Goebbels, future propaganda chief of the Third Riech, a powerful new Weapon. Berlin was the center of the political life of the Weimar Republic. Goebbels became an actor upon this frenetic stage in 1926, upon becoming Gauleiter of Berlin's Nazis. He energized the movement, making the Nazi party a political force to be reckoned with, but a ban on the party in May 1927 left it in a state of disarray. His founding of Der Angriff enabled Goebbels to continue spreading his message of hate. Focusing on the period from 1927 to 1933, a time the Nazis later called "the blood years", Russel Lemmons examines how Der Angriff was used to promote support for Nazism. Violent anti-semitism permeated the pages of the newspaper, and the Jews became the scapegoat for all of Germany's, and the world's, problems. Some of the most important propaganda motifs of the Third Reich first appeared in the pages of Der Angriff. Horst Wessel, murdered by the German Communist Party in 1930, became the archetypal Nazi hero; much of his legend, a major chapter in Nazi mythology began on the pages of Der Angriff. Other Nazi propaganda themes - the "Unknown SA man" and the "myth of resurrection and return" - made their first appearances in this newspaper. How could the Germans, seemingly among the most cultured people in Europe, hand over their fate to the Nazis? As this book demonstrates, Der Angriff had much to do with the rise of National Socialism in Berlin and the cataclysmic results.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (May 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813118484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813118482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,427,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much attention has been focused by historians on the effects of the Nazi Party and its theories of racism/anti-Semitism in Germany and elsewhere once the Nazis consolidated their authority when the February 27, 1933 Reichstag fire gave them an excuse to seize total control through an emergency decree of power. Too little attention has been made to the formation and buildup of the Nazis' racial and social theories prior to their seizure of power.

The author of this fine work, "Goebbels and Der Angriff," fills a gap in the history of the Nazi Party by examining the impact of the Nazi propaganda newspaper "Der Angriff" (The Attack) from its inception in 1927 up to January 1933 when Hitler became Chancellor. Previously historians seemed to discount Der Angriff as nothing more than a little read, and even less effective, propaganda sheet.

Der Angriff was established by Goebbels in Berlin in 1927 when the Nazi Party was banned (and consequently so was Goebbels as a speaker for the party). The importance of the newspaper was disclosed by Goebbels himself once the Nazis took power: Goebbels exclaimed that Germany only needed two newspapers, the "Volkischer Beobachter" (roughly, the National/Nationalist Racialist Observer) and Der Angriff. Within the first six years of Nazi rule, i.e., by February 1939, over 1,000 independent non-Nazi newspapers in Germany went under, either from direct pressure by the government and/or an inability to compete with the Nazis' subsidized organs.

As Berlin in the 1930s was the largest city in Germany (and the second largest in the world), achieving political supremacy in that city was paramount to obtaining political power throughout Germany.
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