Nazi Millennialism and the Quest for Meaning
Following an inexplicably lost war and witnessing a Germany in a state of perpetual collapse, some Germans were left confused and feeling hopeless. The chaos of modernity was interpreted as a sign of approaching apocalypse. This chapter shows how conversion to Nazism gave Germans a sense of hope and meaning. The fear of apocalyptic collapse was replaced with hope of a dawning millennial Reich of peace and prosperity, with all Volksgenossen (racial comrades) united for the betterment of all. National Socialism helped these individuals reconstruct a collapsed world into an ordered and consequently meaningful worldview.
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