Confronting Hitler

Confronting Hitler : German Social Democrats in Defense of the Weimar Republic, 1929-1933

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Confronting Hitler examines the lives of ten socialist leaders in their fight against Nazism. It reveals the aspects of these people's lives that most decisively shaped their views and actions during the Weimar Republic's final crisis, and it compares the German socialist experience of 1933 with those of other democratic socialist movements in the twentieth century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 544.31g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739128434
  • 9780739128435

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Weimar and the Social Democratic Challenge Chapter 2 Siegfried Aufhauser (1884-1969): "Freedom Will Always Triumph." Chapter 3 Rudolf Breitscheid (1874-1944): "Readiness Is Everything!" Chapter 4 Rudolf Hilferding (1877-1941): Against the Right and the Left Chapter 5 Marie Juchacz (1879-1965): Mobilizing Women Chapter 6 Carlo Mierendorff (1897-1943): "Democracy and Socialism Were Our Polestars." Chapter 7 Antonie Pfulf (1977-1933): "A Socialist in Deed." Chapter 8 Toni Sender (1888-1964): German Rebel Chapter 9 Carl Severing (1875-1952): "I Will Yield Only to Violence." Chapter 10 Friedrich Stampfer (1874-1957): Reaching Out to the Communists Chapter 11 Otto Wels (1873-1930): Defending Socialism's Honor Chapter 12 Conclusion: Reconsidering the German Catastrophe of 1933
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These biographical accounts are in themselves informative and help to illuminate the political thinking and behavior, not only of these leaders, but of much of the party during the final years of the Weimar Republic. * The Journal Of Central European History * Using an engaging biographical approach, William Smaldone examines the rise of Nazism from the perspective of their most important opponents. Adding considerably to the knowledge of the downfall of the Weimar Republic, Confronting Hitler reconsiders the quandary of committed democrats fighting for civility and social justice in the face of ruthless and violent enemies. -- Dieter Buse, Laurentian University
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About William Smaldone

William Smaldone is professor of history at Willamette University in Oregon and author of Rudolf Hilferding: The Tragedy of a German Social Democrat.
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