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Why Hitler came into power

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  • Unknown Binding: 322 pages
  • Publisher: AMS Press (1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0404168973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0404168971
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Interesting indeed is this, written in 1938, five years after Hitler's ascent to power. First of all, Abel is an American, a professor of sociology from Columbia University, who goes and gets these interviews. He then selects representative samples and presents them, with editing and analysis. Almost all of them speak of a sickness of the soul at the state of their once-proud German nation, wiped out through WWI's German defeat, leaving many people very impoverished and frustrated, unemployed and angry.
One gross omission, typical of the man's time, is the lack of interviews with women. All of them are classified as employed men at different income levels. There is a Marxist bent in this sociology professor, who sees humans primarily as workers - professional, industrial and agricultural. He does not see humans, men and women alike, as people with souls and brains of their own, who may do their voting according to emotional and intellectual bents regardless of their current economic situation. Exactly as the GErmans themselves express in their essays, they were raised by sensible and sensitive parents with Christian beliefs. Their views of life, Germany, humanity and their purpose overall were influenced more by the warm hearthfire of their youths than their current factory, office or shop jobs. Women, omitted from the data, make for seriously skewered results. Dr. Abel projects his own Grossbuergerliche ideology on the results, and misses the mark, although he's not completely off base.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d25b45c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x8d253138) out of 5 stars EXTEMELY Interesting and HISTORICALLY acurate book 1 Jan. 2003
By Dano Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
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EXTEMELY Interesting and HISTORICALLY acurate book written just prior to World War-II by an American Theodore Abel who went to Germany, witnessed the Depression, Inflation, Right and Left Wing rioting and activities, first hand.
Theodore Abel went further into understanding WHY and HOW Hitler and his Nationalist Socialist party took root among the "ordinary middle class and uneducated lower class German people" and he obtained thousands of autobiographies from the ordinary German people by offering prizes under the auspices of Columbia University. He received over 600 essays from Nazi Party members which revealed why they had embraced Nazi-ism and Hitler with the enthusiasm that they did.
Some of these essays are printed word for word in this book which Abel presents as the life histories of A WORKER, A SOLDIER, AN ANTI-SEMITE, A MIDDLE CLASS YOUTH, A FARMER, A BANK CLERK.
This books main purpose is to show in the light of the author's unique personal data, the relative importance of each of the factors which led to Hitler's rise to power.
Afer reading this book,...you be the judge of "COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN?".
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HASH(0x8d9c39c0) out of 5 stars Chilling View on Mass Movements 10 Feb. 2009
By DJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book 15 years ago and I still can't forget it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the foundations of the Nazi party, mass movements, propaganda, cults, etc. As I recall, it doesn't take a side and try to demonize or sympathize with its subjects (Nazi party members). Rather, it takes a cold, clinical look at their motives and reports their stories in their own words. Chilling and hard to put down, this will have you really pondering the nature of modern political movements. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x8d255d5c) out of 5 stars A great tool for peace 20 Mar. 2015
By K. Policy - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most important books I have ever read. I lived in Manhattan on 9/11 and afterwards took a class on social movements. This book in conjunction with studies about the economic conditions in the Middle East and having gone to a thoughtful high school made me realize what causes violence: hunger and humiliation. It helped me to understand my situation and respond to it constructively, in a way that draws from all of recent history and not just one little subjective piece of it. If you want to know about peace and make it happen, this book is a great step.
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HASH(0x8d271b04) out of 5 stars Interesting Perspectives 26 Jun. 2013
By Robert W. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book includes perspectives of Hitler from the lives of various German citizens and provides some of the most insightful explanations to better understand how Germany allowed a madman to come into power.
5 stars: excellent read for anybody... especially history buffs.
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HASH(0x8d740b70) out of 5 stars Great buy and process 29 Nov. 2013
By Nicholas J Lunardini - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good read and smooth process overall it was very helpful for my paper. I would definitely recommend buying a book through Amazon.
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