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The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust

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The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust has commanded our attention for the past sixty years. The extent of atrocities, however, has overshadowed the calculus Nazis used to justify their deeds.

According to German wartime media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy. Leading the assault was an insidious, belligerent Jewis

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 15th 2006 by Belknap Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jun 04, 2008 Jesse rated it really liked it
Oy, is all I can say. Simply by reading Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda before and during WWII, Herf shows just how consistently and dully nutty the whole enterprise was. Which we knew. But the sheer irrationality of the thing is just mind-boggling: year after year, week after week, day after day of "the Jews control everything," "the Jews have declared war on us and will stop laughing," "they started the war," even in the face of what the leadership knew was really going on, which was ordered kept ...more
Matthew Barlow
I'm very much split on my opinions of this particular book. On the one hand it is clearly a very well researched narrative of the Nazi regime's hate for all things Jewish, its motivations, its propaganda, its skewed world view and its deliberate actions to pull the wool over the eyes of its own people. However, the book also strikes me as being incredibly one sided. Herf makes almost no acknowledgement of the other victims of the Holocaust, be they gypsies, POWs, political prisoners, or disabled ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing
This book changed the way I thought about World War II. It was especially interesting what he had to say about the power and danger of delusion.
Mar 07, 2013 Enhoe rated it liked it
Shelves: tesis, history, politics, nazi
It's obvious it had been written by a Jewish, even thought it says: "The jewish enemy" I think it's a little bit too obsessed with demonstrating and arguing why every sentence Hitler or Goeebels or Ostrich, etc. said about jews can't be true. I mean, WWII is over and nobody believe a word Hitler said. Anyway it have interesting facts, tons of references, and it's worth it if you wanna know more of how Nazi propaganda worked. But you are warned: it goes around only of jewish propaganda (that's tu ...more
Dec 23, 2010 Gregg rated it it was amazing
Takes a close look at Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda through key urban imagery and speeches. According to Herf, the Nazis war on the Jews emerged synonymous with their understanding of WWII. A fascinating and very accessible read.
Mar 02, 2012 Kaspars rated it it was ok
Nekā jauna! :) Amerikānisks skats uz Eiropā pašsaprotamām lietām!
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Jeffrey Herf is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. His specialty is in 20th-century European intellectual history, especially in Germany. He won the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize in 1998; in September 1996, he was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History by the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London. He has also p ...more
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