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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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Conquering Headlines: Violence, Sensations, and the Rise of the Nazis, 1928–30

Conquering Headlines: Violence, Sensations, and the Rise of the Nazis, 1928–30

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Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547784.003.0006

The 1920s saw the breakthrough of the tabloid press in Germany. By 1930, mass and tabloid newspapers held a marketshare of over 80% in Berlin. Despite their importance for the dissemination of news, previous studies have completely ignored the mass press as a phenomenon. This chapter analyses the media image of the two radical parties, the KPD and the NSDAP, before the crucial Reichstag elections of September 1930. Particular emphasis is given to the depiction of violence, the construction of a media reality through press photography, and the use of cartoons to carry political messages in Berlin's mass newspapers. This book presents new evidence to explain the Nazi breakthrough in 1930 not with the alliance between Hugenberg and Hitler in 1929, but with the repeated splits within Hugenberg's Nationalist party, which happened in full view of the newspaper‐reading public.

Keywords:   tabloids, violence, 1 May 1929, Horst Wessel, electoral breakthrough, KPD, NSDAP

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