The "Fuehrer"

The "Fuehrer"

Adolf Hitler was the central figure of National Socialism. The National Socialist dictatorship in its historical form is inconceivable without him. It was not the NSDAP, but rather Hitler who mobilized the masses and dominated their thinking. However, it was the party organization and the apparatus of state which fanned many people's enthusiasm for Hitler, raising it to a cultlike veneration through all the available techniques of modern propaganda and mass influence.
This was how the Hitler myth was created - the illusion of a superman, master of any task and the greatest in everything: Propaganda portrayed Hitler as a person removed from lowly everyday matters, a savior privy to the secrets and laws of world history, but also as a simple man of the people, as a good neighbour, a friend of children, animals and nature.
The myth was functional to the consolidation of power: It was intended to legitimize Hitler's personal dictatorship and create a permanent bond between the 'Führer' and his people.

 

The Volksempfänger (People's Radio)
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Hitler's presence in everyday life
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"Hitler-Merchandising"
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"Hitler-Merchandising" II
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Images of the "Fuehrer"
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Hitler's secularization
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