"Hitler at Home" by Despina Stratigakos

Hitler at Home Despina Stratigakos

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
02 May 2017
ISBN:
9780300222920
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
13 color + 71 b-w illus.

A revelatory look at the residences of Adolf Hitler, illuminating their powerful role in constructing and promoting the dictator’s private persona both within Germany and abroad

Adolf Hitler’s makeover from rabble-rouser to statesman coincided with a series of dramatic home renovations he undertook during the mid-1930s. This provocative book exposes the dictator’s preoccupation with his private persona, which was shaped by the aesthetic and ideological management of his domestic architecture. Hitler’s bachelor life stirred rumors, and the Nazi regime relied on the dictator’s three dwellings—the Old Chancellery in Berlin, his apartment in Munich, and the Berghof, his mountain home on the Obersalzberg—to foster the myth of the Führer as a morally upstanding and refined man. Author Despina Stratigakos also reveals the previously untold story of Hitler’s interior designer, Gerdy Troost, through newly discovered archival sources.
 
At the height of the Third Reich, media outlets around the world showcased Hitler’s homes to audiences eager for behind-the-scenes stories. After the war, fascination with Hitler’s domestic life continued as soldiers and journalists searched his dwellings for insights into his psychology. The book’s rich illustrations, many previously unpublished, offer readers a rare glimpse into the decisions involved in the making of Hitler’s homes and into the sheer power of the propaganda that influenced how the world saw him.

Despina Stratigakos is professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

“An unfamiliar, diligently researched, illuminating account of the means by which a singular private and social life was invented.” — Jonathan Meades, London Review of Books