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Germans Into Nazis

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This work organized around turning points in 1914, 1918 and 1933 explains why the Nazis were so popular and what was behind the political choice made by the German people. Rejecting the ideas that the Germans voted for Hitler because of their hatred for the Jews or humiliation of losing World War I, or had been ruined by the Great Depression, the author argues that Nazism ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published 1998)
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We need to get this out of the way: Fascism is the use of private enterprise for socialist ends. It's a public/private partnership where the government is the senior partner. And that's all it is. So when I say that nationalized heathcare is fascist, or the federally-subsidized student loan system is fascist, I'm not saying you should vote for Ron Paul, or that I'm begging for a visit from my friendly neighborhood IRS man, ok? I know that these days, most people simply use the word to mean "some ...more
Occasionally you run across a book from grad school that you squirreled away to read later because the professor was so amped up about it. Over the last decade this particular book has been marinating in a series of garages and I've been traveling to and from Europe. I finally dove into it this month and now I understand why I held onto it. Dr. Fritzsche starts it off at Munich's Odeonplatz (the Nazis actually made people salute this site) in 1914, with a photograph of a young Adolf Hitler in th ...more
This book reminds me of the adage about "part-truths that beget total errors." What it has to say about the political process that turned Germans into Nazis is, for the most part, valid and valuable. It's what it leaves out that troubles me and troubles me greatly. Historian Peter Fritzsche maintains that the Nazis prevailed in 1933 not because the German people embraced authoritarianism, militarism, and nationalism (as other right-wing parties did) but because they offered them something the ot ...more
Mark Maguire
This has proven to be one of the most insightful and instructive narratives that I have read in the contact of the Inter War period in Germany.

I have always been of the opinion that the foundations for the rise of Nazism were laid during the economic and social implosion of Germany in the wake of Versailles and the downfall of the Kaiser. This books substantiates this belief, in part, by way of an incredibly detailed and thoughtful narrative. However, whilst my rather simplistic outlook on the g
Fritzsche does a wonderful job detailing Germany's social and political atmosphere prior to World War I and leading all the way up to the beginning of World War II. It gives new light to understanding the state of the country and how a radical group like the Nazis could have possibly garnered any form of support.

I loved this book for covering details that are often overlooked in Holocaust rhetoric. There are already plenty of books covering anti-Semitism, Eugenics, the Treaty of Versailles, and
Definitely one of THE best historical pieces of literature that encompasses a persuasive and sound argument about the tumultuous 1920s and early 1930s in Germany. Fritzsche's thesis encompasses an interesting angle and impressive evidence that prove his ideas for why Germans accepted Hitler as their leader and took on the Nazi mindset. Great read!
I read this for my European History Class - obviously around the time we got to talking about WWI into WWII. This is a relatively accessible, not overly academic (compared to many other books out there) description of how the Germans came to embrace Hitler and the Nazi party. An excellent resource for paper writing.
What were the circumstances that led the German people into the hands of the Nazis?

The book's strength lies in the vigor and colorfulness with which the author presents his ideas. He convincingly explains the rise of the Nazis as the success of populist nationalism.
Information packed! I particularly liked how Fritzsche summarized his argument in the final pages to render it clear and poignant to the reader. Favorite sentence by far was the last one: "Nazism was neither accidental nor unanimous."
A very compelling look into the rise of German National Socialism -- mainly because it offers compelling proof that the average German, contrary to popular belief, embraced the movement and supported Hitler.

Sep 19, 2007 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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A really good book about the factors that allowed the Nazis to come to power in 1933.
Yikes. Still have a hard time understanding....
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