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The Jewish enemy : Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust

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The Jewish enemy : Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust
Call No: 943.086 H54j

Call Number943.086 H54j
Dates2008; ©2006
Statement of ResponsibilityJeffrey Herf.
Creators & ContributorsHerf, Jeffrey (author)

"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." —Publisher

  1. The Jews, the War, and the Holocaust
  2. Building the Anti-Semitic Consensus
  3. "International Jewry" and the Origins of World War II
  4. At War against the Alliance of Bolshevism and Plutocracy
  5. Propaganda in the Shadow of the Death Camps
  6. "The Jews Are Guilty of Everything"
  7. "Victory or Extermination"
Appendix: The Anti-Semitic Campaigns of the Nazi Regime, as Reflected in Lead Front-Page Stories in Der Völkischer Beobachter
Physical Description ix, 390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
PublisherCambridge, MA : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
EditionFirst Harvard University Press paperback edition
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 359–374) and index
    National Jewish Book Award (Holocaust category), 2006
RecognitionGifted in 2019 by Mark Dwor in memory of his mother's extended family killed on August 28, 1941 at Seta (Shat), Lithuania