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Reflections of Nazism: An Essay on Kitsch and Death [Hardcover]

Friedlander Saul
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (1 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060150971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060150976
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended 18 Oct 2012
By Polo
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Excelent although certainly a little dated, an approach of what for some is the fascination of nazism. Highly recomended for those interested in politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler kitsch 6 Jun 2012
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Saul Friedlander has done the new discipline of genocide studies, and its corollary, fascist aesthetics, or the aesthetics of terror, a fundamental service by defining Hitler kitsch for generations to come. It is an important characterization of Hitler's motives and strategies. Think human skin lampshade, of the kind the commandant of Buchenwald displayed on his desk.

War trophies and how they are used as propaganda in genocide are only just the beginning of this trenchant idea, which has obvious parallels in all kinds of (in)human activity, outside extremity. Part of what Mad Men seems to be addressing is the sale of death via kitsch.

This distinguished scholar of the Nazi genocide deserves our thanks -- including his study of Wagner's contribution to fascist aesthetics -- for showing us how art makes Auschwitz.
4.0 out of 5 stars Reflections of Nazism 11 Sep 2013
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
This a very interesting book and presents an original thesis, which is supported throughout by careful argument and examples. If you are interested in propaganda and ideology, as well as how Nazism represented itself in film, you should read this book.

What I found interesting is how Saul Friedlander explains how Nazi ideology was ultimately devoid of any principles under the veneer of myths, symbols, and slogans--all wrapped together by kitsch--and was nihilistic and inevitably destructive.

This book contains timely warnings about how fascism and neonazism could take new forms today in America, wrapped in the flag, carrying the cross, and declaring its love of freedom, as a disguise for consumerism and a love of commodity fetishism.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A essay on the Nazis and how they are presented in society today. 12 Nov 2007
By Kevin M Quigg - Published on Amazon.com
I read a lot. If I have a hard time in understanding the point of the author, I know the point has not been well made. This essay is the latest case. I understood some of the points Friedlander is trying to make but his whole essay uses difficult words, extremely long sentences, and flips from one point to the next. I wonder what Saul was trying to do with this essay. He comments on some of the contempory viewpoints of the Nazis, and show how they are wrong and imprecise. He disputes Speer's biography of his years with Hitler. These are all very relevant points. However he flips from one example to the next, and it was difficult to read as well as understand.

A philosopher may have a better understanding of what Saul was trying to say in this essay. This essay was translated from French, so possibly the translator got it wrong. A difficult and unfulfilling read.
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