Hitler's Berlin Abused City Thomas Friedrich

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
30 Apr 2012
ISBN:
9780300166705
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
480 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
24 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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From his first visit to Berlin in 1916, Hitler was preoccupied and fascinated by Germany's great capital city. In this vivid and entirely new account of Hitler's relationship with Berlin, Thomas Friedrich explores how Hitler identified with the city, how his political aspirations were reflected in architectural aspirations for the capital, and how Berlin surprisingly influenced the development of Hitler's political ideas.

A leading expert on the twentieth-century history of Berlin, Friedrich employs new and little-known German sources to track Hitler's attitudes and plans for the city. Even while he despised both the cosmopolitan culture of the Weimar Republic and the profound Jewish influence on the city, Hitler was drawn to the grandiosity of its architecture and its imperial spirit. He dreamed of transforming Berlin into a capital that would reflect his autocracy, and he used the city for such varied purposes as testing his anti-Semitic policies and demonstrating the might of the Third Reich. Illuminating Berlin's burdened years under Nazi subjection, Friedrich offers new understandings of Hitler and his politics, architectural views, and artistic opinions.

The late Thomas Friedrich grew up in Berlin and spent his adult life there. He was a museum curator and for many years was project leader for history at the Museum Education Service in Berlin.

"If Berlin is indeed the abused city of the title, then Friedrich has written a kind of autopsy report, a brilliant examination of the way Hitler used the city… [It paints] an intriguing and detailed picture of how his conception of Berlin evolved." Chris Hall, The Guardian

"Hitler’s relationship with Berlin, from the First World War until his suicide in a bunker there in 1945, is chillingly charted in this interesting and detailed book." Ipswich Star