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Hitler the Survival Myth Updated Editionby Donald M Mckale
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In 1992 the Weekly World News finally reported Adolf Hitler's death — reluctant more than a century after the Nazi dictator's birth to relinquish the fascination, fear and sales revenues that a "living" Führer generated. To this day the historical and personal forces that produced Hitler and his bellicose, racist behavior remain a bitterly debated, ultimately irreconcilable mystery. Is it any wonder that many resist the implications posed by the reality of his death: that a genocidal mass murderer may die unpunished?
Hitler: The Survival Myth is the only comprehensive examination of the mythology surrounding Hitler's suicide; of the legends of his survival and escape from Germany (including Hitler sightings from Latin America to Antarctica); and of the public's continuing fascination with, and the media's wild theories about, the Führer's fate.
This updated edition reminds readers that the Hitler survival myth continues to flourish on Internet sites offering "evidence" of cover-ups, conspiracies, and secret investigations and that Holocaust revisionists continue to diminish the Final Solution's scope and Hitler's culpability. Clearly, alive or dead, Hitler haunts us still.
"Well written, scrupulously researched, and exhaustively documented....Hitler always had charisma; who can deny it to his ghost? What is appalling is the apparent need of so many people to believe that Hitler is still alive, somewhere, somehow. This McKale can't really account for, but he presents the evidence for us to draw our own conclusions and he does it with lucidity." New York Times Book Review
A comprehensive history of the mythology surrounding Hitler's death, and look at why certain far-fetched theories have such a hold on the popular imagination.
Despite the evidence indicating that Hitler committed suicide in Berlin in 1945, numerous stories have sprung up since World War II, placing Hitler in the Amazon, in a fortress in the Antarctic, and in many other locales. Author McKale looks at all the legends that have arisen since Hitler's death; he examines how these myths have been used politically during the Cold War, and how Hitler's survival has been depicted in popular culture. McKale explores what these myths say about us and the way we view history. At the core of these legends, says McKale, is the frustrating idea that Hitler escaped judgement and justice.
This is the only comprehensive history of the mythology surrounding Hitler's death; the legends of his survival and escape from Germany; and what the public's continuing fascination and the media's wild theories reveal about our society, historical perspectives and popular culture.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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