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Backing HitlerConsent and Coercion in Nazi Germany$
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Robert Gellately

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.001.0001

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Concentration Camps and Media Reports

Concentration Camps and Media Reports

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(p.51) 3 Concentration Camps and Media Reports
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Backing Hitler
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Robert Gellately

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205609.003.0004

This chapter discusses how Nazi officials informed the public about the concentration camps, and provided rationalizations for them. Public knowledge of the concentration camps was coloured by the media. Newspapers frankly blamed the victims, even those who were killed. One sign that the German people accepted or were willing to tolerate the camps and the new police can be seen in the plebiscite and election of 1933, and the plebiscite of August 1934. The vast majority of Germans had dropped their reservations about Hitler, and it would be surprising if many at that point were outraged by the camps or the Gestapo.

Keywords:   Nazis, concentration camps, German press, news reports, Gestapo

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