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Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany

Robert Gellately


The Nazis never won a majority in free elections, but soon after Hitler took power most Germans turned away from democracy and backed the Nazi regime. Hitler was able to win growing support even as he established the Gestapo and the concentration camps. Yet for over fifty years historians have disputed what the German people knew about these camps and in what ways they were involved in the persecution of ‘race enemies’, slave workers, and social outsiders. This book looks at these issues. The book aims to expose once and for all the subsequent consent and active participation of large numbers ... More

Keywords: Nazis, Hitler, Germany, Nazi regime, Gestapo, concentration camps, persecution, terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Gellately, author
Clark University