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The Berlin newspaper Der Angriff (The Attack), founded by Joseph Goebbels in 1927, was a significant instrument for arousing support for Nazi ideas. Berlin was the center of the political life of the Weimar Republic, and Goebbels became an actor upon this frenetic stage in 1926, becoming Gauleiter of Berlin’s Nazis. Focusing on the period from 1927 to 1933, a time the Nazis later called “the blood years," Russel Lemmons examines how Der Angriff was used to promote support for Nazism. Some of the most important propaganda motifs of the Third Reich first appeared in the pages of this newspaper. Horst Wessel, murdered by the German Communist Party in 1930, became the archetypal Nazi hero; much of his legend began on the pages of Der Angriff. Other Nazi propaganda themes—the “Unknown SA man" and the “myth of resurrection and return”—made their first appearances in this newspaper. How could the Germans, seemingly among the most cultured people in Europe, hand over their fate to the Nazis? As this book demonstrates, Der Angriff had much to do with the rise of National Socialism in Berlin and the cataclysmic results.

Russel Lemmons, professor of history at Jacksonville State University, is the author of Hitler's Rival.

"A thoughtful and highly informative book."—New York Review of Books

"The best examination of the 'fighting years' of der Angriff available and provides valuable insight into the success of the NSDAP in Berlin during its rise to power."—The Historian

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






Joseph Goebbels, Angriff, Nazis, Germany, Propaganda


European History

Goebbels And Der Angriff
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