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Suicide in Nazi Germany

Christian Goeschel


The Third Reich met its end in the spring of 1945 in an unparalleled wave of suicides. Hitler, Goebbels, Bormann, Himmler and later Göring all killed themselves. These deaths represent only the tip of an iceberg of a massive wave of suicides that also touched upon ordinary lives. As this suicide epidemic has no historical precedent or parallel, it can tell us much about the Third Reich's peculiar self-destructiveness and the depths of Nazi fanaticism. The book looks at the suicides of both Nazis and ordinary people in Germany between 1918 and 1945, from the end of World War I until the end of ... More

Keywords: Third Reich, Hitler, Nazis, Germany, World War I, World War II, mass suicides, German Jews, Holocaust, Goebbels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199532568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Goeschel, author
AHRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London