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Unmasking Hitler

Cultural Representations of Hitler from the Weimar Republic to the Present


Klaus Berghahn and Jost Hermand

Among the many studies on German National Socialism that have appeared in the last forty to fifty years, one aspect has seldom been treated in detail: the cultural representations of Adolf Hitler from the late 1920s to the present. This book focuses on the image of Hitler in literature, photography, historiography, film, philosophy, theatre, and comic books by major artists and scholars such as Ernst Ottwalt, Heinrich Hoffmann, Bertolt Brecht, John Hearfield, Leni Riefenstahl, Charles Chaplin, Theodor W. Adorno, Heiner Muller, and George Tabori.
Contents: Claudia Schmölders: The Face That Said Nothing: Physiognomy in Hitlerism – Helmut Peitsch: «It is not worth trying to get to know the man. But one must […] have a look at […] the portrait of the petty bourgeois»: Ernst Ottwalt’s Awaken Germany! A History of National Socialism (1932) – Jost Hermand: John Heartfield or The Art of Cutting Out Hitler – Eric Ehrenreich/Matthew Lange/Corina Petrescu: Will to Power or Vox Populi? Hitler Biographies and the Question of Culpability – Gerhard Richter: Nazism and Negative Dialectics: Adorno’s Hitler – David Bathrick: Cinematic Remaskings of Hitler: From Riefenstahl to Chaplin – Jost Hermand: More than a House-Painter? Brecht’s Hitler – Klaus L. Berghahn: «Hitler and His Jew»: Notes on George Tabori’s Mein Kampf – Helen Fehervary: Heiner Müller’s Representations of Hitler: The Bunker as topos for the Endpoint and the Terror of the New – Thomas Jung: Pop-Icon Adolf Hitler: Hitler-Comics and Collective Memory in Contemporary Germany.