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Germans Into Nazis

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  203 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Why did ordinary Germans vote for Hitler? In this dramatically plotted book, organized around crucial turning points in 1914, 1918, and 1933, Peter Fritzsche explains why the Nazis were so popular and what was behind the political choice made by the German people.

Rejecting the view that Germans voted for the Nazis simply because they hated the Jews, or had been humiliated
Paperback, 269 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Harvard University Press (first published 1998)
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Mike Robbins
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Why did the Germans usher Hitler into power in 1933? Peter Fritzche’s 1998 book Germans into Nazis took a fresh look at the question. The book sets out an explanation that seems especially topical and urgent now, given subsequent trends in Western politics.

Fritzsche is Professor of History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published widely on European and especially German history. His thought-provoking book attempts to answer the question by casting aside the conventional e
Jeanne Thornton
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Highly relevant to our current electoral situation. Not a joke! Basically: if you use neoliberalism to stomp on working people for long enough, they will begin listening to whoever starts catering to them, and they will overlook a lot of things they might ordinarily find questionable. HOLLYWOOD LIED: when major institutions crumble, they aren't immediately replaced by morally superior and equally effective institutions; often they're replaced by fringe forces who talk a good game. The only thing ...more
Alyssa Gassel
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The author Peter Fritzsche seems to focus on his argument in Germans into Nazis , "that National Socialism was the result of broad trends in German politics since the onset of World War I" (Page 232). He describes his reasoning for this, as well as gives many historical events and examples in detail. One great thing about this book is that it gives the average person a much deeper look into the transformation of Germans into Nazis and what exactly took place. He notes that much of it can still ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Michelle Barker
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at how the Nazis rose to power that digs deeper than the traditional explanations of Versailles and mass unemployment and looks back to the beginning of WW1. Not only did the German population come together in a unified cause that touched all classes of people, it was also the beginning of mass participation in politics, a huge departure from the past. The Nazis offered a strong nationalistic platform that Germans were hungry for, and they brought tangible solutions to ordina ...more
Mark Maguire
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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!
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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."
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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.

Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 09, 2007 rated it liked it
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A really good book about the factors that allowed the Nazis to come to power in 1933.
Doug May
Jun 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Nothing definitive or new here.
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