- Title: Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany
- Author: Robert Gellately
- ISBN: 9780192802910
- Page: 200
- Format: Paperback
Debate still rages over how much ordinary Germans knew about the concentration camps and the Gestapo s activities during Hitler s reign Now, in this well documented and provocative volume, historian Robert Gellately argues that the majority of German citizens had quite a clear picture of the extent of Nazi atrocities, and continued to support the Reich to the bitter end.Debate still rages over how much ordinary Germans knew about the concentration camps and the Gestapo s activities during Hitler s reign Now, in this well documented and provocative volume, historian Robert Gellately argues that the majority of German citizens had quite a clear picture of the extent of Nazi atrocities, and continued to support the Reich to the bitter end Culling chilling evidence from primary news sources and citing dozens of case studies, Gellately shows how media reports and press stories were an essential dimension of Hitler s popular dictatorship Indeed, a vast array of material on the concentration camps, the violent campaigns against social outsiders, and the Nazis radical approaches to law and order was published in the media of the day, and was widely read by a highly literate population of Germans Hitler, Gellately reveals, did not try to hide the existence of the Gestapo or of concentration camps Nor did the Nazis try to cow the people into submission Instead they set out to win converts by building on popular images, cherished ideals, and long held phobias And their efforts succeeded, Gellately concludes, for the Gestapo s monstrous success was due, in large part, to ordinary German citizens who singled out suspected enemies in their midst, reporting their suspicions and allegations freely and in a spirit of cooperation and patriotism Extensively documented, highly readable and illustrated with never before published photographs, Backing Hitler convincingly debunks the myth that Nazi atrocities were carried out in secret From the rise of the Third Reich well into the final, desperate months of the war, the destruction of innocent lives was inextricably linked to the will of the German people.
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UPDATE 3/21/16 Re-reading the early chapters today, several years after first reading them, confirms my view that Gellately's conclusions about widespread German support for Hitler and the Nazis are unsupported and inexplicable. When even to criticize the Fuhrer was a crime and dissenters were "disappeared" to concentration camps without charges or a hearing, when a network of informers was created to point police to those not fervent enough in their support of Nazis, how can Gellately claim th [...]
This book raises some significant issues on Hitler’s reign over Nazi Germany. For instance the author makes good points (and provides examples) on denunciations which were volunteered by ordinary German citizens. Most of the people of the Third Reich were never cowed by the police apparatus and would eagerly point out – mostly by writing - suspects who were not compliant with the regime. Often these denunciations were not altruistic and could often lead to severe results – incarceration an [...]
When I reached 75, I promised myself never to read another short story, novel, or nonfiction about the Holocaust. Having read Hitler's Willing Executioners, I thought I'd learned it all, and who needs the grief?Then, whilst reading on my NOOK, I mentioned that book to a visitor. When I called it up, Backing Hitler:Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany came up as "People who like this" My finger tapped on it, and this book began to download.Robert Gellately's writing grabs your attention and his s [...]
Don't misread my rather low rating - the argument put forward in this book is both revealing and fascinating, and the research is impeccable. So why only two stars? My problem was that while the content was first rate, this book really is a chore to read. Gellately's writing is incredibly tedious and just fails to immerse you in what is both a very interesting subject and the fascinating revelations of his own research. A real pity.
If you want to have a stake in your future or understand how people can allow despots to rule take time to read Gellately's from-the-German-archives-public-records that show 1 in 7 German citizens were the eyes and ears for the Stasi upon their own family members as well as their neighbors. "See something, say something."?
While the information itself is fascinating and eye-opening, the author's diction and how he presents his research is horribly dry and cannot be forced down this reader's eyesockets, so to speak.
Er is duidelijk veel onderzoek en tijd in het boek gestoken. Toch vind ik de titel op de achterflap en de vraag die Gellately zelf overigens ook zegt te zullen beantwoorden ("in hoeverre was het Duitse volk op de hoogte van de misdaden van de Nazi's?") enigszins misleidend. Het boek is een zeer uitgebreide studie naar de Nazi misdaden zelf en in dat opzicht erg waardevol, maar is vaak erg kort over de mate waarin dit bij het publiek bekend was / bekend zou kunnen zijn. Erg wetenschappelijk gesch [...]
I wanted to experience the psych of the german people leading up to and through ww2. This well referenced book was way beyond my expectations. Gallately's insight, conclusions and counter views left me pondering. One would expect an author of such a difficult and emotional subject to try and lead his readers. As books like this go, robert gallately was able to capture the era exquisitly without leafing an after taste of motives.
This book started off well but then it became bogged down by statistics.
El centro de interés de este libro está principalmente en llegar a entender cómo un pueblo tan avanzado como el alemán de primer tercio de siglo XX pudo llegar a participar en la enormidad de crímenes cometidos contra seres humanos, incluso contra miembros de su propio pueblo. La conclusión al final del libro resume bien toda la información aportada de forma muy amena y clara. La propaganda arrojada sobre el pueblo alemán no puede ser excusa para aminorar esa culpa; la propaganda fue cui [...]
A well-documented analysis of the descent of German society into fear and madness, and, yes, in too many cases a zealotry of evil hard to contemplate. I do think, however, that Gellately underestimates the importance of terror in the failure of the vast majority to oppose the Nazis. Few Germans were heroes. But how many of us would be heroes under similar circumstances? Let's hope we won't have to find out.
Read as part of What's in a Name challenge - category- has ing in the title. This has been on my shelves for 12+ years.Interesting reading. Promise folk a job, a radio, a car, crime free streets and work/education camps for 'undesirables' and look what can happen.
Frightening book in the sense that it shows the way that Germany was polarized in the years between the First and Second World Wars.
A look at what the general German population did and did not know, and their actions, during WWII. Newspapers and other documents help to tell the story.
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