Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany

Seduction and Terror - Hitler's Germany

Course dates:
3 January, 2024 to 26 January, 2024
1300 € (Course fee) + 300 € (Program fee)
Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Wednesday, 22 November, 2023
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

General Information

The ‘Thousand Year Reich’ promised by Hitler when he became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933 lasted but 12 years. During this time, Hitler and his Nazi Party came to dominate the continent, terrorized vast numbers of Germans and Europeans, launched a devastating war, dominated, and laid waste to much of Europe, and orchestrated the murder of more than five million Jews. Despite the terror and vast destruction, Hitler and the Nazi Party gained and retained the active support and involvement of most Germans. How was this possible? What roles did seduction and terror, consent and coercion, play?

This class focuses on Hitler’s Germany, and it begins with the 19th century background. Central to this session will be a discussion of the broad political currents, the agitators and petty demagogues who fueled the dissatisfaction and spread it widely. We will also examine the popular literature that Hitler and many of his supporters read and absorbed.


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