To Die for Germany

To Die for Germany

Heroes in the Nazi Pantheon
Jay W. Baird
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/1992
Format: paper 352 pages
6 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20757-9
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“In this chilling study of Nazi heroic mythology, Baird sheds a bright light on the dark, death-enthralled underpinnings of the German political and cultural psyche during the years 1918–45.” —Booklist

“Baird blends first-rate historical reconstruction with expert cultural analysis.” —American Historical Review

“Baird's fascinating account of Nazi heroism provides real understanding of the Nazi employment of aesthetics as politics and will be welcomed by students of twentieth-century German and European culture.” —The Historian

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. The Myth of Langemarck
II. The Maryrdom of Albert Leo Schlageter
III. Sacrifice at the Feldherrnhalle: The Nazi Immortals of 9 November 1923
IV. Goebbels, Horst Wessel, and the Myth of Resurrection and Return
V. The Death and Transfiguration of Hitler Youth Herbert Norkus
VI. Gerhard Schumann: Elitist Poet of the Volk Community
VII. Hans Baumann: Troubadour of the Hitler Youth
VIII. Karl Ritter and the Heroic Nazi Cinema
IX. Hitler, Heroes, and Heldentod: The Myth of Death in World War II

Epilogue

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index