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Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis

Anna von der Goltz


Hindenburg: Power, Myth, and the Rise of the Nazis investigates the various political and cultural manifestations of the myth surrounding German Chief of Staff and Reich President Paul von Hindenburg, from the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914 to his death in the ‘Third Reich’ and beyond. How this little-known General, whose career to normal retirement age had provided no real foretaste of his heroic status, became a national icon and living myth, and what this phenomenon tells us about one of the most crucial periods in German history, is the subject of this book. The book charts the ... More

Keywords: Hindenburg, myth, cult, icon, First World War, Tannenberg, charismatic authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna von der Goltz, author
Junior Research Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford