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The Third Reich Sourcebook

edited by Anson Rabinbach and Sander Gilman
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
Weimar and now : German cultural criticism
Weimar and now
9780520208674 (cloth : alk. paper), 0520208676 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520955141 (ebook), 0520276833, 9780520276833
"This book is a collection of documents, mostly translated from the German, that covers the entire Third Reich, from the beginnings of National Socialism in Munich in 1919, through the rise of Nazism in the 1930s, and ultimately the defeat of the Third Reich. It is wide-ranging, covering the core doctrine of anti-Semitism, education, German youth, women and marriage, science, health, the Church, literature, visual arts, music, the body, industry, sports, and the resistance"--
"No documentation of National Socialism can be undertaken without the explicit recognition that the "German Renaissance" promised by the Nazis culminated in unprecedented horror--World War II and the genocide of European Jewry. With The Third Reich Sourcebook, editors Anson Rabinbach and Sander L. Gilman present a comprehensive collection of newly translated documents drawn from wide-ranging primary sources, documenting both the official and unofficial cultures of National Socialist Germany from its inception to its defeat and collapse in 1945. Framed with introductions and annotations by the editors, the documents presented here include official government and party pronouncements, texts produced within Nazi structures, such as the official Jewish Cultural League, as well as documents detailing the impact of the horrors of National Socialism on those who fell prey to the regime, especially Jews and the handicapped. With thirty chapters on ideology, politics, law, society, cultural policy, the fine arts, high and popular culture, science and medicine, sexuality, education, and other topics, The Third Reich Sourcebook is the ultimate collection of primary sources on Nazi Germany." -- Publisher's website.
  • Part one. The beginnings of National Socialism
  • 1. The Munich years and the legacy of the war
  • 2. Nazism in power: 1933
  • 3. The political religion: Fuhrer cult, ceremonies, and symbol
  • Part two. The National Socialist worldview
  • 4. Between myth and doctrine
  • 5. Racial science
  • 6. Germany's colonial mission
  • Part three. Antisemitism : the core doctrine
  • 7. Jews: the visible enemy
  • 8. Eliminating the Jews: from the Nuremberg Laws to Kristallnacht
  • Part four. Nationalizing German youth
  • 9. Educating the race: children and adolescents
  • 10. Higher education: science, history, and philosophy revised
  • Part five. The racial community
  • 11. Women and "the Woman Question"
  • 12. Marriage and the family
  • 13. Eliminating "Superfluous Life": "Asocials, " criminals, the handicapped, and the mentally ill
  • 14. Healthy and unhealthy sexuality
  • 15. The German soul and psyche
  • Part six. The churches
  • 16. The Nationalist Socialist State and Christianity
  • Part seven. National Socialism and the arts
  • 17. Literature: official culture and its outcasts
  • 18. The visual arts: German art vs. degenerate art
  • 19. Music: Wagner cult vs. degenerate music
  • 20. Cinema: entertainment and propaganda
  • 21. Politics and entertainment: theater, radio, and television
  • 22. Jewish culture under Nazi persecution: the Jewish Cultural League
  • Part eight. Work, industry, modernity
  • 23. Industry and labor: the four-year-plan, beauty of labor, and strength through joy
  • 24. Modernizing Germany: the Autobahn and Americanism
  • Part nine. Body culture, sports, public amusements
  • 25. The 1936 Olympics and the world of sports
  • 26. "Amusmang": laughter and the Third Reich
  • Part ten. War, conquest, and the annihilation of the Jews
  • 27. The Holocaust begins: violence, deportation, and ghettoization, 1939-1942
  • 28. The annihilation of European Jewry, 1942-1945
  • 29. Total war: 1939-1945
  • Part eleven. Resistance
  • 30. Communists, Socialists, youth, and the conservative resistance
  • Part 12. Defeat
  • 31. Hitler's last will and testament.
xxvii, 923 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Weimar and now : German cultural criticism ; 47
Weimar and now ; 47
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