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Private Life and Privacy in Nazi Germany

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Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter, Maiken Umbach, Andreas Wirsching, Janosch Steuwer, Mary Fulbrook, Nicholas Stargardt, Pamela E. Swett, Karl Christian Führer, Annemone Christians, Lu Seegers, Christian Packheiser, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Laura Fahnenbruck, Christine Hartig, Cornelie Usborne, Wiebke Lisner, Carlos A. Haas
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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108484985

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  • Was it possible to have a private life under the Nazi dictatorship? It has often been assumed that private life and the notion of privacy had no place under Nazi rule. Meanwhile, in recent years historians of Nazism have been emphasising the degree to which Germans enthusiastically embraced notions of community. This volume sheds fresh light on these issues by focusing on the different ways in which non-Jewish Germans sought to uphold their privacy. It highlights the degree to which the regime permitted or even fostered such aspirations, and it offers some surprising conclusions about how private roles and private self-expression could be served by, and in turn serve, an alignment with the community. Furthermore, contributions on occupied Poland offer insights into the efforts by 'ethnic Germans' to defend their aspirations to privacy and by Jews to salvage the remnants of private life in the ghetto.

    • Challenges assumptions that there was no such thing as private life under Nazi rule
    • Raises wider questions about the nature of privacy and private life in twentieth-century societies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'An extraordinary, inquisitive, immersing exploration of lives lived in the Third Reich, where the grit of detail and sharpness of insight exposes an entire century that stumbled in war and peace. You will be well-guided by the eloquence of the contributors and unsettled by their conclusions.' Peter Fritzsche, University of Illinois and author of An Iron Wind

    'This volume looks at the Third Reich from a fresh and productive angle. A range of excellent chapters show that privacy was by no means absent from the supposedly ‘collectivistic’ dictatorship. Rather, it was reinterpreted, granted and denied in peculiar ways.' Moritz Föllmer, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    'The contributors to this volume deepen and refine our understanding of the boundaries of the private sphere in a society suffused by propaganda and subjected to continual attempts at political mobilization. These important essays show us how millions of ordinary Germans experienced daily life in the Third Reich.' Alan E. Steinweis, University of Vermont

    'The essays in this splendid volume, all fresh, readable and authoritative, remind us why the question ‘What happened to the private sphere in Nazi Germany?’ is important and offer persuasive approaches to answering it.' Eve Rosenhaft, University of Liverpool

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108484985
    • length: 410 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Interpreting the Private under National Socialism: New Approaches:
    1. Introduction: reconsidering private life under the Nazi dictatorship Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter, Maiken Umbach and Andreas Wirsching
    2. A particular kind of privacy: accessing 'the private' in national socialism Janosch Steuwer
    3. Private lives, public faces: on the social self in Nazi Germany Mary Fulbrook
    4. Private and public moral sentiments in Nazi Germany Nicholas Stargardt
    5. (Re-)inventing the private under national socialism Maiken Umbach
    Part II. The Private in the Volksgemeinschaft:
    6. Private life in the people's economy: spending and saving in Nazi Germany Pamela E. Swett
    7. 'Hoist the flag!': flags as a sign of political consensus and distance in the Nazi period Karl Christian Führer
    8. The vulnerable dwelling: local privacy before the courts Annemone Christians
    9. Walther von Hollander as an advice columnist on marriage and the family in the Third Reich Lu Seegers
    Part III. The Private at War:
    10. Personal relationships between harmony and alienation: aspects of home leave during the Second World War Christian Packheiser
    11. Working on the relationship: exchanging letters, goods, and photographs in wartime Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Laura Fahnenbruck and Christine Hartig
    12. Love letters from front and home: a private space for intimacy Cornelie Usborne
    13. 'A birth is nothing out of the ordinary here …': mothers, midwives and the private sphere in the 'Reichsgau Wartheland' 1939–1945 Wiebke Lisner
    14. Transformations of the 'private': proximity and distance in the spatial confinement of the ghettos in occupied Poland 1939–1942 Carlos A. Haas.

  • Editors

    Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham
    Elizabeth Harvey is Professor of History at the University of Nottingham. She has published extensively on Weimar and Nazi Germany, particularly on gender history, the history of youth and the history of photography. She is the author of Women and the Nazi East: Agents and Witnesses of Germanization (2003) and is currently working on the history of gender and forced labour in occupied Poland.

    Johannes Hürter, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History Munich - Berlin
    Johannes Hürter is Head of the Research Department Munich at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich and Adjunct Professor of Modern History at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany. He is a leading expert on the political and military history of Weimar Germany and the Third Reich. His works include Hitlers Heerführer: Die deutschen Oberbefehlshaber im Krieg gegen die Sowjetunion 1941/42 (2006) and Hitler: New Research (2018), edited with Elizabeth Harvey.

    Maiken Umbach, University of Nottingham
    Maiken Umbach is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham. She is co-director of Nottingham's Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies, and Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project 'Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism'. She has published extensively on the relationship between subjectivity, identity politics, and ideology in modern European history. Her works include Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept (2018) and Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (2018).

    Andreas Wirsching, Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History Munich - Berlin
    Andreas Wirsching is Director of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich and Professor of History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen. He has published extensively on European political history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the history of the European Union. His most recent works include Hüter der Ordnung. Die Innenministerien in Bonn und Ost-Berlin nach dem Nationalsozialismus, edited with Frank Bösch (2018).


    Elizabeth Harvey, Johannes Hürter, Maiken Umbach, Andreas Wirsching, Janosch Steuwer, Mary Fulbrook, Nicholas Stargardt, Pamela E. Swett, Karl Christian Führer, Annemone Christians, Lu Seegers, Christian Packheiser, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Laura Fahnenbruck, Christine Hartig, Cornelie Usborne, Wiebke Lisner, Carlos A. Haas

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