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The hidden Hitler / Lothar Machtan ; translated by John Brownjohn ; notes translation by Susanne Ehlert.

By: Machtan, Lothar.
Contributor(s): Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, ©2001Description: viii, 434 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0465043089; 9780465043088; 9781903985014; 1903985013; 0465043097; 9780465043095.Uniform titles: Hitlers Geheimnis. English Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Friends and associates | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Sexual behavior | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | Hitler, Adolf, (1889-1945) -- Biographies | Hitler, Adolf, (1889-1945) -- Et l'homosexualité | Heads of state -- Germany -- Biography | Friendship | Heads of state | Sex | GermanyGenre/Form: Biographies. | Biography. | Biographies.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Hidden Hitler.; Online version:: Hidden Hitler.DDC classification: 943.086/092 | B
Contents:
Would-be Aesthete: Hitler, 1905-1914 -- Comrade Hitler: Blackmail with fatal consequences -- Private phases in a public career -- Love's labor's lost -- Röhm Campaign -- Posthumous Revelations: Erich Ebermayer and His Sources -- Dangerous Machinations: Kurt Ludecke and Ernst Hanfstaengl.
Summary: A book that will change forever our understanding of Hitler & his entourage. Embargoed in the U.S. & twelve other countries. Machtan (modern and current history, Bremen U., Germany) contends that not only can it be conclusively prooven that Adolf Hitler was homosexual, but that this is a historical fact that is, if not the key, central to any reinterpretation of the character of the high command of the Nazi regime. He suggests that earlier consideration of this possibility has been precluded by a post-war taboo, related to both homosexuality and to a dismissal of personal information as irrelevant to historical inquiry. Central to the argument is the case of Ernst Rohm, who had been left the leadership of the Nazis in the early 1920s, only to be recalled by Hitler and later killed on Hitler's orders as allegations of Rohm's sexuality began to surface. This incident and the Nazi's vicious campaign against homosexuals both represent, according to Machtan, Hitler's efforts to protect his political legitimacy against allegations regarding his own sexuality.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-418) and index.

Would-be Aesthete: Hitler, 1905-1914 -- Comrade Hitler: Blackmail with fatal consequences -- Private phases in a public career -- Love's labor's lost -- Röhm Campaign -- Posthumous Revelations: Erich Ebermayer and His Sources -- Dangerous Machinations: Kurt Ludecke and Ernst Hanfstaengl.

A book that will change forever our understanding of Hitler & his entourage. Embargoed in the U.S. & twelve other countries. Machtan (modern and current history, Bremen U., Germany) contends that not only can it be conclusively prooven that Adolf Hitler was homosexual, but that this is a historical fact that is, if not the key, central to any reinterpretation of the character of the high command of the Nazi regime. He suggests that earlier consideration of this possibility has been precluded by a post-war taboo, related to both homosexuality and to a dismissal of personal information as irrelevant to historical inquiry. Central to the argument is the case of Ernst Rohm, who had been left the leadership of the Nazis in the early 1920s, only to be recalled by Hitler and later killed on Hitler's orders as allegations of Rohm's sexuality began to surface. This incident and the Nazi's vicious campaign against homosexuals both represent, according to Machtan, Hitler's efforts to protect his political legitimacy against allegations regarding his own sexuality.

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The first of Machtan's works to be translated into English, this is certain to be controversial. A professor of modern and current history at the University of Bremen, Germany, and the author of several scholarly books on 19th-century Germany, Machtan here presents a documented study of Hitler's homosexuality and its impact upon his life and career. Machtan asserts that Hitler's homosexuality was known to some of his associates by the beginning of World War I and later in Vienna. As he became prominent, some of his associates in homoerotic circles of the Nazi movement attempted to blackmail him. These homoerotic undercurrents and Hitler's response to blackmail provide a hitherto neglected perspective on the questions surrounding the origins and development of Nazism. Although documenting homosexuality is a difficult task for historians of periods in which gays were oppressed and repressed, Machtan is able to provide evidence for his assertions as well as a nuanced and readable study of Hitler's sexuality. Libraries that own Joachim Fest's seminal Hitler (LJ 7/74) and Ian Kershaw's Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris (LJ 1/99) and Hitler, 1936-1945: Nemesis (LJ 11/1/00), as well as a selection of the works of George Mosse on Nazi culture, should acquire this work. Barbara Walden, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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