Hitlers erster Feind
Author: Stefan Aust
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
Er war einer seiner schärfsten Kritiker, und doch soll Hitler sich bei Veranstaltungen manchmal geweigert haben, mit seiner Rede zu beginnen, bevor er nicht eingetroffen war: Konrad Heiden. Als Mitarbeiter der angesehenen «Frankfurter Zeitung» gehörte er zu den ersten Publizisten, die den Aufstieg der Nazis kritisch begleiteten. Auf seiner zweibändigen Hitler-Biographie, die 1936/37 in der Schweiz herauskam, bauten fast alle späteren Lebensbeschreibungen des Diktators auf. Und doch ist Heiden heute nahezu vergessen. Stefan Aust porträtiert diesen faszinierenden Mann und lässt aus seiner Perspektive Hitlers Aufstieg und Herrschaft lebendig werden. Heiden, Sozialdemokrat jüdischer Herkunft, hatte sich bereits während seines Studiums in München Anfang der zwanziger Jahre gegen den Nationalsozialismus engagiert. «Marsch ohne Ziel, Taumel ohne Rausch, Glauben ohne Gott und selbst in seinem Blutdurst ohne Genu – so charakterisierte er die Bewegung in einem Buch, das Ende 1932 im Rowohlt Verlag herauskam. Im März 1933 zur Flucht gezwungen, setzte Heiden seinen Kampf gegen das Regime unter Lebensgefahr fort. In den USA galt er als führender Experte für das NS-Regime und dessen «Staatsfeind Nr. 1». 1966 starb er in New York. Es ist höchste Zeit, sich dieses Hitler-Gegners der allerersten Stunde wieder zu erinnern. Der Autor arbeitet an einem Doku-Drama für die ARD über Heiden.
The New Inquisition
Author: Konrad Heiden
First published in English in 1934, A History of National Socialism provides a detailed account of the growth of the movement through the 1920’s until its assumption of full control of Germany in 1934. It argues that Nazi ideology was extremely pragmatic and able to accommodate a wide diversity of opinion in return for the unconditional support of Hitler as leader.
Hitler - New Research
Author: Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter
Publisher: De Gruyter Oldenbourg
How should we understand Hitler as a factor in the history of the Third Reich? In recent years scholarly interest in the German dictator has once again intensified, as is evident from debates surrounding the publication of Mein Kampf, and from the publication of numerous new studies on Hitler’s personality, ideology and politics. Edited by Elizabeth Harvey (University of Nottingham) and Johannes Hürter (Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin), the third volume of the German Yearbook of Contemporary History presents the latest in German research on Hitler based on selected articles from the Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. Additionally, it includes new commentaries by renowned experts from the English-speaking world on theories concerning Hitler’s personality and authenticity, the sources of his radical racism, and the relationship between the dictator and German society.
The Death of Democracy
Author: Benjamin Carter Hett
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen. Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time. To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. He would never have come to power if Germany’s leading politicians had not responded to a spate of populist insurgencies by trying to co-opt him, a strategy that backed them into a corner from which the only way out was to bring the Nazis in. Hett lays bare the misguided confidence of conservative politicians who believed that Hitler and his followers would willingly support them, not recognizing that their efforts to use the Nazis actually played into Hitler’s hands. They had willingly given him the tools to turn Germany into a vicious dictatorship. Benjamin Carter Hett is a leading scholar of twentieth-century Germany and a gifted storyteller whose portraits of these feckless politicians show how fragile democracy can be when those in power do not respect it. He offers a powerful lesson for today, when democracy once again finds itself embattled and the siren song of strongmen sounds ever louder.
Author: Thomas Weber
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In Becoming Hitler, Thomas Weber continues from where he left off in his previous book, Hitler's First War, stripping away the layers of myth and fabrication in Hitler's own tale to tell the real story of Hitler's politicisation and radicalisation in post-First World War Munich. It is the gripping account of how an awkward and unemployed loner with virtually no recognisable leadership qualities and fluctuating political ideas turned into the charismatic, self-assured, virulently anti-Semitic leader with an all-or-nothing approach to politics with whom the world was soon to become tragically familiar. As Weber clearly shows, far from the picture of a fully-formed political leader which Hitler wanted to portray in Mein Kampf, his ideas and priorities were still very uncertain and largely undefined in early 1919 - and they continued to shift until 1923.
Author: Stefan Aust, Anthea Bell
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Baader-Meinhof Group--later known as the Red Army Faction (RAF)--was a violent urban guerilla group which terrorized Germany in the 1970s and '80s, killing 47 people, wounding 93, taking 162 hostages, and robbing 35 banks--all in an attempt to bring revolution to the Federal Republic. Stefan Aust's masterful history of the Group presents the definitive account, capturing a highly complex story both accurately and colorfully. Much new information has surfaced since the mass suicide of the Groups' leaders in the 1980s. Some RAF members have come forward to testify in new investigations and formerly classified Stasi documents have been made public since the fall of the Berlin Wall, all contributing to a fuller picture of the RAF and the events surrounding their demise. Aust presents the complete history of the RAF, from the creation in 1970 to the breakup in 1998, incorporating all of the new information. For instance, there is growing evidence that the German secret service eavesdropped on Baader, Meinhof, and the other RAF members imprisoned in Stammheim and that they knew that the terrorists planned a mass suicide, but did nothing to prevent it. Also, there is new information about the role of the RAF lawyers (among them Otto Schily who later was Minister of the Interior in Gerhard Schröder's cabinet), and the roles of the different RAF members and the rivalry between them. The volume will also contain numerous photos. Terrorism today is never far from most people's thoughts. Baader-Meinhof offers a gripping account of one of the most violent terrorist groups of the late twentieth century, in a compelling look at what they did, why they did it, and how they were brought to justice.
Das Jahrbuch "Extremismus & Demokratie" fördert die wissenschaftliche Beschäftigung mit dem Problemkreis des politischen Extremismus in seinen verschiedenen Ausprägungen. Es versteht sich als Diskussionsforum, Nachschlagewerk und Orientierungshilfe zugleich. Der 29. Band dokumentiert, kommentiert und analysiert umfassend die Entwicklung im Berichtsjahr 2016. Neben Analysen, Daten und Dokumenten findet sich eine Literaturschau zu den wichtigsten Publikationen zu Fragen von Extremismus und Demokratie in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Aktuelle Schwerpunkte bilden u.a. Parteiverbote im internationalen Vergleich, Form und Gestaltwandel des "Trotzkismus", die Anziehungskraft des Dschihadismus auf Jugendliche, die Ideologien der "Neuen Rechten" wie der "Reichsbürger". Mit Beiträgen von Uwe Backes, Klaus von Beyme, Peter Brandt, Jan Freitag, Alexander Gallus, Matthias Garbert, Michael Hüllen, Hans-Gerd Jaschke, Eckhard Jesse, Yasemin Krüger, Lisa Marie Kupsch, Jürgen P. Lang, Armin Pfahl-Traughber, Christine Schirrmacher, Peter Ulrich, Nikolaus Werz u.a.
Inside Hitler's Bunker
Author: Joachim Fest, Margot Dembo
The final days of World War II are related in a study that furnishes details of Hitler's final days in the bunker and the torment on the streets of Germany's cities and towns as the Third Reich collapsed under the weight of American, British, French, and Russian forces. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
The Brown Plague
Author: Daniel Guérin
Publisher: Duke University Press
In 1932 and 1933, during the months surrounding the Nazi seizure of power, Daniel Guérin, then a young French journalist, made two trips through Germany. The Brown Plague, translated here into English for the first time, is Guérin’s eyewitness account of the fall of the Weimar Republic and the first months of the Third Reich. Originally written for the popular French left press and then revised by the author into book form, The Brown Plague delivers a passionate warning to French workers about the terror and horror of fascism. Guérin chronicles the collapse of the German workers’ movement and reports on the beginnings of clandestine resistance to the Nazis. He also describes the Socialist and Communist leaderships’ inability to recognize the danger that led to their demise. Through vivid dialogs, interviews, and revealing descriptions of everyday life among the German people, he offers insight into the tragedy that was beginning to unfold. Guérin’s travels took him across the countryside and into the cities of Germany. He describes with extraordinary clarity, for example, his encounters with large groups of unemployed workers in Berlin and the spectacle of Goering presiding over the Reichstag. Staying in youth hostels, Guérin met individuals representing a range of various groups and movements, including the Wandervögel, leftist brigades, Hitler Youth, and the strange, semicriminal sexual underground of the Wild-frei. Devoting particular attention to the cultural politics of fascism and the lure of Nazism for Germany’s disaffected youth, he describes the seductive rituals by which the Nazis were able to win over much of the population. As Robert Schwartzwald makes clear in his introduction, Guérin’s interest in Germany at this time was driven, in part, by a homoerotic component that could not be stated explicitly in his published material. This excellent companion essay also places The Brown Plague within a broad historical and literary context while drawing connections between fascism, aesthetics, and sexuality. Informed by an epic view of class struggle and an admiration for German culture, The Brown Plague, a notable primary source in the literature of modern Europe, provides a unique view onto the rise of Nazism.
Author: Laurence Rees
Fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to listen to dissenting voices, Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader, and yet he commanded enormous support and was able to exert a powerful influence over those who encountered him. How did Hitler become such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the question at the core of Hitler’s Charisma. Acclaimed historian and documentary filmmaker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler’s appeal and reveals the role his supposed “charisma” played in his success. Here is a fascinating social, psychological and historical investigation into the formation of a personality whose determination and vision would at the outset convince a small group of like-minded political and social outcasts but would eventually win over an entire nation and plunge the rest of the world into a cataclysm unlike any that had ever been seen before. Hitler’s Charisma is a natural culmination of twenty years of writing and research on the Third Reich and a remarkable examination of the man and the mind at the heart of it all. (With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations)
On The Front Cover Are Seen Two Criss-crossed Runic Letters "Eihwaz" Symbolizing Yews Surrounded By Some Secret Inscription, Which As Trees Have The Property Of Immortality. In The Teutonic And Viking Lore They Had To Ease Life's Transition To The God Hel, Ruler Of The Land Of Death. There Humans Would Confront Their Deepest Fears And Rebirth With A New Wisdom, Which Cannot Be Taught But Must Be Experienced.
Author: Federico Varese
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Japanese Yakuza. The Chinese Triads. The Sicilian Cosa Nostra. The Calabrian N'Drangheta. The New York Mafia. The Russian Vory -v -Vakone.Today, mafias operate across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of members and billions of dollars in revenue. From Hong Kong to New York, these vast organizations spread their tentacles into politics, finance and everyday life. But what is it like to belong to the Mafia? How do you join? Whatdoes it do to your loved ones? How do you make it to the top? And what happens if you break the rules?Criminologist Federico Varese draws on a lifetime's research to give us access to some of the world's most secretive societies. Mixing reportage with case studies and historical insights, this is the story of mafia as it really is: filled with boredom and drama, death and disaster, ambition andbetrayal.Infiltrating initiation ceremonies from Russia to England, visiting exclusive gambling clubs in Macau and Mafia summits in Dubai luxury hotels, Varese builds up a unique picture of life in the mafia from the inside.
Spear of Destiny
Author: Trevor Ravenscroft
Publisher: Weiser Books
An account of the legendary spear which pierced the side of Christ which has been invested with occult powers. It tells the story of the chain of men who possessed the spear, from Herod to Adolf Hitler, and how they sought to change the face of history by wielding its good and evil powers.
Author: Konrad Heiden
Publisher: Ams PressInc