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Oberammergau in the Nazi Era: The Fate of a Catholic Village in Hitler's Germany

Helena Waddy


In August 1934 Adolf Hitler attended the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, falsely branding the villagers as Nazi ideologues. In fact, the drama reflected traditional interpretations of the biblical narrative, pitting Jewish leaders and crowds against Jesus and his loyal followers. Yet elite Europeans and Americans flocked to Oberammergau each decade after 1850 to witness the play because actors and audience shared the anti-Semitic messages they read into the Gospel story. Oberammergau’s population was split between Hitler’s supporters and opponents because some villagers were true belie ... More

Keywords: Oberammergau, Passion Play, anti-Semitic, Germans, Hitler, Catholic, identity, dissent, biographies, Nazi

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195371277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371277.001.0001


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Helena Waddy, author
SUNY Geneseo
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