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Audiences of Nazism

Using Media in the Third Reich

Edited by Ulrike Weckel

Afterword by Jane Caplan

302 pages, 42 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-099-2 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Published (October 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-372-6 eBook

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“This is an excellent collection. Its clearly stated project is to revisit and revise existing historical accounts of media audiences and media consumption in Nazi Germany. The book presents a range of high calibre contributions, with much new and original research, and all offering innovative perspectives on the relation between media consumption, National Socialist political culture, and social and cultural life in Nazi Germany.” • Erica Carter, Kings College London


Through its focus on audiences and their reception of media in Nazi Germany, Audiences of Nazism inverts the typical top-down perspective employed in studies that concentrate on the regime’s regulation of media and propaganda. It thereby sheds new light on the complex character of the period’s media, their uses, and the scope for audience interpretation. Contributors investigate how consumers either appropriated or ignored certain messages of Nazi propaganda, and how some even participated in its production. The authors ground their studies on novel historical sources, including private diaries and letters, photographs and films, and concert programs, which demonstrate, amongst other things, how audiences interpreted and responded to regulated news, Nazi Party rallies, and the regime’s denunciation of modern works of art as ‘degenerate.’

Ulrike Weckel is Professor of History in the Media and the Public at the Justus Liebig University Giessen. Her research interests include postwar dealings with Germany’s Nazi past, gender history, media history, and audience reception. She is the author of Beschämende Bilder. Deutsche Reaktionen auf alliierte Dokumentarfilme über befreite Konzentrationslager (Stuttgart 2012) and has analyzed audience responses to representa­tions of the Nazi past in various feature films and radio and theater plays.

Subject: History: World War IIMedia Studies
Area: Germany


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