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.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 264 pp., 16 fig.
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 Historyof NationalSocialism (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.