Royals and the Reich

Royals and the Reich : The Princes Von Hessen in Nazi Germany

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Princes Philipp and Christoph von Hessen-Kassel, great-grandsons of Queen Victoria of England, had been humiliated by defeat in World War I and, like much of the German aristocracy, feared the social unrest wrought by the ineffectual Weimar Republic. Jonathan Petropoulos shows how the princes, lured by prominent positions in the Nazi regime and highly susceptible to nationalist appeals, became enthusiastic supporters of Hitler. Prince Philipp, son-in-law to the King of Italy, became the highest-ranking prince in the Nazi state and developed a close personal relationship with Hitler and Hermann Goering. Prince Christoph was a prominent SS officer and head of the most important intelligence agency in the Third Reich. In return, the princes made the Nazis socially acceptable to wealthy, high-society patrons. Prince Philipp even introduced Goering to Mussolini at a critical stage in the Nazi Party's development and later served as a liaison between Hitler and the Italian dictator.
Permitted access to Hessen family private papers and the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, Petropoulos follows the story of the House of Hesse through to its tragic denouement-the princes' betrayal and persecution by an increasingly paranoid Hitler and prosecution and denazification by the Allies.
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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 771.1g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 58 b/w halftones
  • 0195339274
  • 9780195339277
  • 897,778

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ; Acknowledgments ; A Note about Nomenclature ; Abbreviations ; Introduction ; 1. The Interconnectedness of Nobility ; 2. The Princes von Hessen during the Weimer Republic ; 3. Nazi High Society ; 4. A Place in the Reich ; 5. Roles in an Increasingly Radical Regime ; 6. Miscalculation and Misfortune ; 7. Postwar Justice ; 8. Rebuilding a Life ; Conclusion: Understanding German Princes in the Twentieth Century ; Appendix I: High Nobility in the Nazi Party ; Appendix 2: Genealogical Tree of the Princes von Hessen-Kassel in the Twentieth Century ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
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Now, thanks to Jonathan Petropoulos's thoroughly researched study, we possess new and important knowledge about the complex and tension-filled relationship between the German higher nobility and National Socialism... An exemplary analysis. Journal of Modern History
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About Jonathan Petropoulos

Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of The Faustian Bargain (OUP), which was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2000 by the New York Public Library. He was a Research Director on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets and has served as an expert witness in cases involving Holocaust victims assets. He lives in Claremont, California.
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