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Visions of Community in Nazi GermanySocial Engineering and Private Lives$
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Martina Steber and Bernhard Gotto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199689590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689590.001.0001

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Mobilizing German Society for War

Mobilizing German Society for War

The National Socialist Gaue

(p.101) 7 Mobilizing German Society for War
Visions of Community in Nazi Germany

Thomas Schaarschmidt

Oxford University Press

The National Socialist Gaue played a decisive role in the transformation of German society along the lines of the Volksgemeinschaft utopia, this chapter argues. Only in recent years research has started to acknowledge the salience of Gaue and Gauleiters, who were responsible for preparing Germans for the duties and hardships of the forthcoming war and for transforming a pluralistic society into a performance- and war-based Volksgemeinschaft. The NS-Gaue were fundamental for the stabilization of the whole system at regional level, easing the consequences of polycracy, and for the mobilization of the home front right up to the final days of the war.

Keywords:   National Socialism, Volksgemeinschaft, Gau, Gauleiter, polycracy

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