Why Hitler came into power
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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.Read more ›
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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?".
5 stars: excellent read for anybody... especially history buffs.