The radical antisemitism of Nazi Germany’s wartime propaganda constituted an interpretive prism through which Nazi leaders viewed and. Editorial Reviews. Review. With the market so saturated with books that have ” Nazi” in their Jeffrey Herf’s latest book, The Jewish Enemy–dealing with Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust–sheds new light on what happened then in. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust [ Jeffrey Herf] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The sheer.

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The result for readers is a nuanced sense of the volume and flow of antisemitic propaganda—and The Jewish Enemy leaves no doubt that antisemitism, indeed murderous antisemitism, was an ideology propagated up front and in public. Jews were now presented as a political threat to the German nation, and as the instigators, through their puppets, America, England, and the Jeffey Union, of a deadly world war against Germany.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. If you originally registered with a jeffgey please use that to sign in. For some readers, this may seem an obvious point, but a great deal of older research underscored how the Nazis placed antisemitism in the background, emphasizing instead the material gains that ordinary citizens could expect from Nazi rule.

He claims in his preface that this is the first book to examine in depth the Nazi’s paranoid antisemitic account of the world war. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. While this claim is somewhat exaggerated, Herf’s bookremains an important contribution to the growing literature on the Holocaust.


They believed that Jews controlled not only the Bolsheviks to the east but the capitalists to the west. Email alerts New issue alert. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

The Jewish Enemy

fhe You do not currently have access to this article. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. According to German wartime media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy. Arguing jwwish racial antisemitism, however vicious, was an insufficient basis for genocide, Herf demonstrates that a major shift occurred in Nazi propaganda during the war: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Hitler portrayed the Holocaust jeffrdy a defensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust has commanded our attention for the past sixty years.

What changed to make anti-Semitism a rationale for mass murder rather than for a continuation of centuries old patterns of persecution? You could not be signed in. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

A recent addition to the literature is Jeffrey Herf’s book. While Adolf Hitler and his fellow travelers had always maintained Don’t have an account? Herf has written widely on Weimar and Nazi history. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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The Jewish Enemy

Sign In or Create an Account. The author makes use of sources not widely used before, such as the ubiquitous wall newspapers also favored in communist statesposters, and archival materials including directives to the press about the tasks and methods of propagandaand the diaries of Goebbels, among others.


His nonsense books, mo …. 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.

Sign In Forgot password? Herf rightly maintains that a long tradition of elite and popular antisemitism in Germany created a climate of indifference that allowed for an incremental persecution of Jews, but does not, in itself, sufficiently explain a policy of genocide. Weinberg, University of North Carolina. 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.

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. The extent of atrocities, however, has overshadowed the calculus Nazis used to justify their deeds. The overall effect is one of a regime in thrall to its own paranoid fantasies, with devastating consequences that are all too familiar.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. April Short pages 18 color illustrations in one 16 page color insert Belknap Press World. His nonsense books, mo …. Fascination with the Holocaust appears inexhaustible. Slavery after Rome, — The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. 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.

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