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Visions of Community in Nazi Germany
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Visions of Community in Nazi Germany: Social Engineering and Private Lives

Martina Steber and Bernhard Gotto

Abstract

When the Nazis seized power in Germany in 1933 they promised to create a new, harmonious society under the leadership of the Führer, Adolf Hitler. The concept of Volksgemeinschaft, lit. ‘the people’s community’, enshrined the Nazis’ vision of society. It was based on racist, social-Darwinist, anti-democratic, and nationalist thought. The regime defined who belonged to the National Socialist ‘community’ and who did not. Being accorded the status of belonging granted citizenship rights, access to the benefits of the welfare state, and opportunities of advancement. All those denied the privilege ... More

Keywords: Volksgemeinschaft, vision of community, subjectivity, private lives, social engineering, National Socialism, integration and exclusion, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689590
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689590.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martina Steber, editor
Research fellow, Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin

Bernhard Gotto, editor
Research fellow, Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin

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