Kershaw's 'Hitler Myth'
This was the ideology held by a large minority of German's living in the Nazi Regime. Hitler was a 'virtual Messiah'
Why did the 'Hitler Myth' develop and gain credence?
- It was a reaction to the divisions and weaknesses of the old Weimar system
- It satisfied people's emotional need for a strong government
- It reinforced a German tradition of authoritative leadership
- It developed from the long established Fuhrerprinzip (leader priniciple) in the Nazi party
- It was sustained by Hitler's successes after 1933
- It was enhanced by propaganda
How was it conveyed?
- Through the powerful propaganda machinery led by Goebbels
Hitler was displayed as somebody who:
- Personified the nation and stood aloof…