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The Arts in Nazi Germany: Continuity, Conformity, Change

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The Arts in Nazi Germany

Continuity, Conformity, Change

Edited by Jonathan Huener and Francis R. Nicosia

236 pages, photos, index, bibliog.

ISBN  978-1-84545-209-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (November 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-359-6 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (September 2007)

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“This slim volume accomplishes a remarkable feat. It provides concise, beautifully crafted essays that provide access to the best scholarship in Nazi cultural history even as they represent the current state of research by leading experts… Supplemented with illustrations and primary sources, this work would make an ideal addition to undergraduate and graduate courses on the Third Reich, sure to provoke lively discussion and further study on the arts in Nazi Germany.”   ·  German Studies Review

Huener and Nicosias collection provides exceptional insight not only into the murky world of National Socialist cultural practices, but also into some uncomfortable areas which survived beyond 1945.  ·  European History Quarterly


Culture and the arts played a central role in the ideology and propaganda of National Socialism from the early years of the movement until the last months of the Third Reich in 1945. Hitler and his followers believed that art and culture were expressions of race, and that “Aryans” alone were capable of creating true art and preserving true German culture. This volume’s essays explore these and other aspects of the arts and cultural life under National Socialism, and are authored by some of the most respected authorities in the field: Alan Steinweis, Michael Kater, Eric Rentschler, Pamela Potter, Frank Trommler, and Jonathan Petropoulos. The result is a volume that offers students and interested readers a brief but focused introduction to this important aspect of the history of Nazi Germany.

Jonathan Huener is Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. He has written on aspects of memorial culture in postwar Germany and Poland, is author of Auschwitz, Poland, and the Politics of Commemoration, 1945-1979, and co-editor, with Francis R. Nicosia, of Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Practices, Legacies and Business and Industry in Nazi Germany.

Francis R. Nicosia is the Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. He has written on German Zionism and German Middle East policy during the Weimar and Nazi periods. He is author of The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, and co-author of The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Germany



Introduction: The Arts in Nazi Germany: Continuity, Conformity, Change
Jonathan Huener and Francis R. Nicosia

Chapter 1. Anti-Semitism and the Arts in Nazi Ideology and Policy
Alan E. Steinweis

Chapter 2. The Impact of American Popular Culture on German Youth
Michael H. Kater

Chapter 3. The Legacy of Nazi Cinema: Triumph of the Will and Jew Süss Revisited
Eric Rentschler

Chapter 4. Music in the Third Reich: The Complex Task of “Germanization”
Pamela M. Potter

Chapter 5. A Command Performance? The Many Faces of Literature under Nazism
Frank Trommler

Chapter 6. The Art World in Nazi Germany: Choices, Rationalization, and Justice
Jonathan Petropoulos


Appendix I: Letter from Wilhelm Furtwängler to Joseph Goebbels - 12 April 1933
Appendix II: Law for the Establishment of a Provisional Chamber of Film - 14 July 1933
Appendix III: The Reich Chamber of Culture Law - 22 September 1933
Appendix IV: First Decree for the Implementation of the Law for the Reich Chamber of Culture - 1 November 1933
Appendix V: Activities of the Cultural Association of German Jews (Jewish Cultural League) - April 1934
Appendix VI: The German Authorities and the Cultural Association of German Jews (Jewish Cultural League) - 19 June 1934
Appendix VII: Ten Principles for the Creation of German Music by Joseph Goebbels - 28 May 1938
Appendix IX: From Hitler’s “Speech on Culture” (Kulturrede) at the Nuremberg Party Congress - September 1938
Appendix X: What Are People Reading? A Questionnaire in Berlin Book Stores - December 1940

Selected Bibliography

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