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Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic$
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Bernhard Fulda

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547784

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547784.001.0001

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Media Personalities, 1918–24

Media Personalities, 1918–24

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Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic

Bernhard Fulda (Contributor Webpage)

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Who was a ‘very important person’ in post‐war Germany? The abdication of William II left the German media without its most popular political celebrity. This void was filled by the press through the creation of scapegoats and the construction of new political heroes. This chapter studies the right‐wing hate‐campaign against one prominent member of the new regime, Erzberger, and the rise to stardom of a political fringe figure like Hitler between 1922 and 1924. What did contemporaries know about the politicians of the new democracy? How were politicians visualized in the print media? This book is concerned with the creation of a particular press climate as well as politicians' media images, which informed contemporaries' political choices.

Keywords:   Mathias Erzberger, Adolf Hitler, press campaigns;libel trial, Hitler putsch, media personality

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