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Introduction by Victoria Harris PART ONE: The Time of Struggle': 1924-1932 1. Hitler and the Nazi Party 2. Veneration and Advice 3. Wishes for the New Year 4. Rage and Hope PART TWO: Worship, Protest and Consent: 1933-1938 1. Recognition, Gratitude, and Veneration 2. Private Petitions and Political Requests 3. Dissent 4. Expressions of Loyalty 5. The Highpoint of Hitler's Popularity PART THREE: Crisis and War: 1938-1945 1. Jubilation and Concern 2. The Calm Before the Storm 3. At War 4. The End Suggestions for further reading
Henrik Eberle is lecturer at the University of Halle. Victoria Harris is a Research Fellow at King's College,Cambridge.
"A valuable addition to the available sources. There is also a lot here for the general reader: the letters are often surprising in tone and content, and sometimes funny." Literary Review "A historic gem ... Eberle's work is an interesting but chilling case study on how a seemingly educated and mature society can be manipulated to the point of blind fanaticism." Morning Star "Sheds a whole new light on life under the Nazis." Daily Express "An excellent example of the increased drive to portray history from the ordinary, everyday people - if that's what Hitler's followers could be called." Review 31 "A history of the Third Reich at its most personal and individual; from the fawning letters of sycophants to desperate pleas for clemency from both active opponents and innocents swept up in terror ... an excellent book." The Australian "The letters have, like something from a Hans Fallada novel, the stamp of grimy, gritty truth." The Age "Gripping evidence on the relationship between Hitler and some ordinary Germans." Australian Journal of Politics and History "A unique and captivating view of one nation's devotion to its dictator." Deseret News "This collection of letters to Hitler from ordinary Germans is full of fascinating and sometimes disturbing testimonies to the charismatic power of the Nazi dictator. It adds notably to our knowledge of the German people's attitudes towards the Third Reich and its policies." Richard J Evans, University of Cambridge "This collection of letters to Hitler provides unique and fascinating insights into the social-psychological climate of the times. Here published for the first time in English, the long-lost letters from ordinary citizens read like voices from the past. Perhaps most strikingly they reveal loyalties to and support for a dictator and a regime we are still struggling to understand." Robert Gellately, author of Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany