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Hitler's rival : Ernst Thälmann in myth and memory / Russel Lemmons.

By: Lemmons, Russel, 1962-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2013]Description: 1 online resource (ix, 428 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780813140926; 0813140927; 9780813140919; 0813140919; 1299050921; 9781299050921.Subject(s): Communists -- Germany -- Biography | National socialism | Propaganda, Communist -- Germany (East)Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hitler's rival.DDC classification: 335.43092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- Heil Moskau! -- Ernst Thälmann must be won like a battle! -- We are building upon the foundations created by Ernst Thälmann -- A great national deed -- Out of your sacrificial death grows our socialist deed -- We can look forward to a happy future -- Ernst Thälmann is still among us -- Not all who have died are dead -- Imprisoned, murdered, besmirched -- Conclusion.
Summary: Throughout the 1920s, German politician and activist Ernst Th?lmann (1886--1944) was the leader of the largest Communist Party organization outside the Soviet Union. Th?lmann was the most prominent left-wing politician in the country's 1932 election and ran third in the presidential race after Hitler and von Hindenberg. After the Nazi Party's victory in that contest, he was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for eleven years before being executed at Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944 under the F?hrer's direct orders. Hitler's Rival examines how the Communist Party graduall.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Heil Moskau! -- Ernst Thälmann must be won like a battle! -- We are building upon the foundations created by Ernst Thälmann -- A great national deed -- Out of your sacrificial death grows our socialist deed -- We can look forward to a happy future -- Ernst Thälmann is still among us -- Not all who have died are dead -- Imprisoned, murdered, besmirched -- Conclusion.

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Throughout the 1920s, German politician and activist Ernst Th?lmann (1886--1944) was the leader of the largest Communist Party organization outside the Soviet Union. Th?lmann was the most prominent left-wing politician in the country's 1932 election and ran third in the presidential race after Hitler and von Hindenberg. After the Nazi Party's victory in that contest, he was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for eleven years before being executed at Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944 under the F?hrer's direct orders. Hitler's Rival examines how the Communist Party graduall.

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Lemmons (Jacksonville State Univ.) analyzes in great detail the myth and legend that formed around Ernst Thalmann, who became the leader of the German Communist Party (KPD) in 1925 and was a dominant politician in Weimar Germany until imprisoned by the Nazis in 1933. He characterizes the Thalmann cult as a form of political religion that developed when the Communist Party extolled their chief as a true "leader of the workers" who understood their plight in the economic depression and insisted that the nation could be saved only by the adoption of the Soviet model. When finally murdered on Hitler's direct order in 1944, his followers declared him a martyr and secular saint. Lemmons examines the legend of "Germany's 'immortal son'" in the Soviet Occupied Zone and later GDR. He demonstrates how the Socialist Unity Party used films, TV productions, paintings, sculptures, a falsified early Thalmann biography, historical writings, and the observance of anniversary days of his life for its propaganda purposes. This comprehensive study, which treats the years before the war ended for the first time, is thoroughly researched and well written; it will be a standard work on the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced students and researchers. G. P. Blum emeritus, University of the Pacific

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<p> Russel Lemmons , professor of history at Jacksonville State University, is the author of Goebbels and Der Angriff.</p>

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