Becoming a Nazi Town: Culture and Politics in Göttingen by David Imhoof


By David Imhoof

Becoming a Nazi Town finds the ways that traditional Germans replaced their cultural lives and their politics from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. Casting the origins of Nazism in a brand new mild, David Imhoof charts the method in which Weimar and Nazi tradition flowed into one another. He analyzes this dramatic transition by way of taking a look heavily at 3 examples of daily cultural existence within the mid-sized German urban of Göttingen: sharpshooting, an opera pageant, and cinema.

Imhoof attracts on person and group studies over a sequence of interwar classes to spotlight and attach shifts in tradition, politics, and daily life. He demonstrates how Nazi leaders crafted cultural regulations dependent partly on homegrown cultural practices of the Nineteen Twenties and argues that overdrawn differences among “Weimar” and “Nazi” tradition didn't consistently comply with so much Germans’ day-by-day lives. additional, Imhoof offers reviews in Göttingen as a mirrored image of the typical fact of many German cities past the capital urban of Berlin.

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10 Middle-­class men founded the city’s first sharpshooting club (Schützenverein) in 1863. The number of associations grew dramatically after World War I due to the intersection of two historical trends: sharpshooting’s increasingly symbolic role in city life and the growing importance of voluntary associations in general throughout Germany. This combination made twentieth-­century sharpshooting an activity with modern organization and publicity that often focused on the past, attempting to protect local traditions by appealing to popular participation.

The work of two men, Buno Jung and Albert Gnade, epitomizes the synthetic process of turning this Nazi town into a city of the Third Reich. ” At the center stood Jung and Gnade, both of whom bridged the Weimar and Nazi regimes. A respected jurist and honorary professor from the moderately right-­wing German People’s Party (DVP), Bruno Jung served as Lord Mayor (Oberbürgermeister) from 1926 to 1938. He typified the interwar elite as opportunist and pater familias who quickly adapted to the Third Reich while continuing to protect some of the city’s interests and traditions.

Such continuity made discrimination against Jews and leftists seem to grow naturally out of popular ideological positions from the Weimar era. 91 Especially between the mid-­1920s and mid-­1930s cultural activities helped foster ideas that lent support to Nazism. By 1935 the initial “revolutionary” phase of Third Reich Gleichschaltung was over. Germany’s rearmament that year legitimated sharpshooters’ claims to rebuild Germany and train “shooters,” while also rendering sharpshooting 20 Becoming a Nazi Town more symbolically than actually important.

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