The Jewish Enemy
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 Jewish clique, so crafty and powerful that it managed to manipulate the actions of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. Hitler portrayed the Holocaust as a defensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany. Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, and Otto Dietrich's Press Office translated this fanatical vision into a coherent cautionary narrative, which the Nazi propaganda machine disseminated into the recesses of everyday life. Calling on impressive archival research, Jeffrey Herf recreates the wall posters that Germans saw while waiting for the streetcar, the radio speeches they heard at home or on the street, the headlines that blared from newsstands. The Jewish Enemy is the first extensive study of how anti-Semitism pervaded and shaped Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust, and how it pulled together the diverse elements of a delusionary Nazi worldview. Here we find an original and haunting exposition of the ways in which Hitler legitimized war and genocide to his own people, as necessary to destroy an allegedly omnipotent Jewish foe. In an era when both anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories continue to influence world politics, Herf offers a timely reminder of their dangers along with a fresh interpretation of the paranoia underlying the ideology of the Third Reich.
What people are saying - Write a review
Building the AntiSemitic Consensus
International Jewry and the Origins of World War II
At War against the Alliance of Bolshevism and Plutocracy
Propaganda in the Shadow of the Death Camps
The Jews Are Guilty of Everything
Victory or Extermination
Other editions - View all
The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust
Limited preview - 2008
The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda During World War II and the Holocaust
No preview available - 2006
Adolf Hitler Allied American anti-Semitic appeared Army asserted attack Berlin Bolshevik Bolshevism Britain British campaign Churchill claimed conference conspiracy continued Crimes culture death December defeat diary Dietrich directive domination East editors efforts enemy England English entry Europe European evidence extermination face fact February fighting Final Final Solution forces foreign front German Germany's Goebbels Hitler Holocaust Ibid important included influence international Jewry issue Italy January Jewish Jewry Jews Joseph Goebbels Juden July June lead leaders March mass murder million Ministry Munich Nazi Germany Nazi propaganda Nazi regime newspapers November October offered Office Periodical plans political posters present Press Office published question referred Reich Reich Press remained reports response Roosevelt September Soviet Union speech Third threat tion United University Press Verlag victory wall wanted Week whole world Jewry wrote York
Page 3 - If at the beginning of the War and during the War twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas, as happened to hundreds of thousands of our very best German workers in the field, the sacrifice of millions at the front would not have been in vain.