This volume presents a comprehensive, multifaceted picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and of the attitudes and behavior of ordinary Germans as the persecution of the Jews spiraled into total genocide.
'Working towards the "Führer' : reflections on the nature of the Hitler dictatorship -- Ideologue and propagandist : Hitler in light of his speeches, writings, and orders, 1925-1928 -- Improvised genocide? : the emergence of the 'final solution' in the 'Warthegau' -- Hitler's role in the 'final solution' -- The 'everyday' and the 'exceptional' : the shaping of popular opinion, 1933-1939 -- German popular opinion during the 'final solution' : information, comprehension, reactions -- Reactions to the persecution of the Jews -- Popular opinion and the extermination of the Jews -- German popular opinion and the 'Jewish question', 1939-1943 : some further reflections -- Hitler and the Holocaust -- 'Normality' and genocide : the problem of 'historicization' -- Shifting perspectives : historiographical trends in the aftermath of unification -- Hitler and the uniqueness of Nazism -- War and political violence in twentieth-century Europe
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