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Culture in Nazi Germany by Michael H. Kater

Culture in Nazi Germany

Michael H. Kater

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9780300211412

A fresh and insightful history of how the German arts-and-letters scene was transformed under the Nazis

4 stars out of 5
Max Hastings
14 Apr 2019

"A chilling study of the arts under the Nazis."

Kater’s book makes angry, authoritative reading for anyone interested in the Nazi era. Just as only a relative handful of Germans were willing to resist Hitler as late as July 1944, so only a small proportion of artists defied Nazism, even by choosing exile. The author’s peroration expresses a seminal point, relevant in the 21st century to Russia, China, Iran and a depressing number of other societies: “Whether or not culture is even possible in a dictatorship remains a ripe question. If the aesthetic, formal and ethical power of culture thrives on contradiction to prevailing social and political norms...then it will arguably always fail under tyranny.”