The radical antisemitism of Nazi Germany’s wartime propaganda constituted an interpretive prism through which Nazi leaders viewed and. Editorial Reviews. Review. With the market so saturated with books that have ” Nazi” in their Jeffrey Herf’s latest book, The Jewish Enemy–dealing with Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust–sheds new light on what happened then in. The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust [ Jeffrey Herf] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The sheer.

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For some readers, this may seem an obvious point, but a great deal of older research underscored how the Nazis placed antisemitism in the background, emphasizing instead the material gains that ordinary citizens could expect from Nazi rule. You do not currently have access to this article.

Sign In or Create an Account. They believed that Jews controlled not only the Bolsheviks to the east but the capitalists to the west. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. No prior study has shown as clearly as this one how central this theme was to German wartime propaganda in all its forms.

What changed to make anti-Semitism a rationale for mass murder rather than for a continuation of centuries old patterns of persecution? Join Our Mailing List: This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

While this claim is somewhat exaggerated, Herf’s bookremains an important contribution to the growing literature on the Holocaust. Here we find an original and haunting exposition of the ways in which Hitler legitimized war and genocide to his own people, as necessary to destroy an allegedly omnipotent Jewish foe.


The Jewish Enemy

Herf rightly maintains that a long tradition of elite and popular antisemitism in Germany created a climate of indifference that allowed for an incremental persecution of Jews, but does not, in itself, sufficiently explain a policy of genocide. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Leading the assault was an insidious, belligerent Jewish clique, so crafty and powerful that it managed to manipulate the actions of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.

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His nonsense books, mo jeffre. The author makes use of sources not widely used before, such as the ubiquitous wall newspapers also favored in communist statesposters, and archival materials including directives to the press about the tasks and methods of propagandaand the diaries of Goebbels, among others.

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The result for readers is a nuanced sense of the volume and flow of antisemitic propaganda—and The Jewish Enemy leaves no doubt that antisemitism, indeed murderous antisemitism, was an ideology propagated up front and in public. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? You could not be signed in. Oxford University Press is a jefffrey of the University of Oxford.

Slavery after Rome, — The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Hegf portrayed the Holocaust as a defensive act, a necessary move to destroy the Jews before they destroyed Germany. The extent of atrocities, however, has overshadowed the calculus Nazis used to justify their deeds.

The Jewish Enemy

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Heffrey the first time, we have a nuanced account of how state-produced antisemitism changed during the war and how this antisemitism connected to the Holocaust. Weinberg, University of North Carolina.


Jews were now presented as a political threat to the German nation, and as the instigators, through their puppets, America, England, and the Soviet Union, of a deadly world war against Germany. Don’t have an account?

The Jewish Enemy is the first extensive study of hetf anti-Semitism pervaded and shaped Nazi propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust, and how it pulled together the diverse elements of a delusionary Nazi worldview.

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Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. April Short pages 18 color illustrations in one 16 page color insert Belknap Press World.

The sheer magnitude of the Holocaust has commanded our attention for the past sixty years. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Arguing that racial antisemitism, however vicious, was an insufficient basis for genocide, Herf demonstrates that a major shift occurred in Nazi propaganda during the war: According to German wartime media, it was German citizens who were targeted for extinction by a vast international conspiracy.

Herf has written widely on Weimar and Nazi history.

Citing articles via Google Scholar. He claims in his preface that this is the first book to examine in depth the Nazi’s paranoid antisemitic account of the world war.