Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Publication Title

Humanities: The Magazine of the NEH

Volume

35

Issue

1

Abstract

High culture played an important political role in Hitler’s Germany. References to music, history, philosophy, and art formed a key part of the Nazi strategy to reverse the symptoms of decline perceived after World War I. Allusions to great creators and their works were used as propaganda to remind the Volk to love and worship their nation. In the words of the French scholar Eric Michaud, author of The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany, the Nazis used culture “to make the genius of the race visible to that race.” And to cap off these images of a great national culture, the Nazis heralded Adolf Hitler, the Führer, as an artistic leader.

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Author Posting. © NEH 2014. This article is poster here by permission of NEH for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Humanities, vol. 35, no. 1, 2014, https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2014/januaryfebruary/feature/culture-war

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