Hitler's Vienna A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man

ISBN-10: 1848852770
ISBN-13: 9781848852778
Edition: 2010
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 6/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

What turned Adolf Hitler, a relatively normal and apparently unexceptional young man, into the very personification of evil? To answer this question, acclaimed historian Brigitte Hamann has turned to the critical, formative, years that the young Hitler spent in Vienna. For it was here, behind the glittering curtain of artistic creativity, liberalism and prosperity, that the architect of the Holocaust was born. As a failing, bitter and desperately poor artist, Hitler experienced only the dark underbelly of Vienna, which was seething with fear, racial prejudice, anti-semitism and conservatism. Drawing on previously untapped sources - from personal reminiscences to the records of shelters where Hitler slept - Hamann vividly recreates the dark side of fin de siècle Vienna and paints the fullest and most disturbing portrait of the young Hitler to date - the genesis of the most terrifying dictator the world has ever known.

Foreword
Preface
From the Provinces to the Capital
The Vienna of the Modern Era
The Imperial City
In Parliament
The Social Question
As a Painter in the Men's Hostel
Theoreticians of Race and Explainers of the World
Political Role Models
Czechs in Vienna
Jews in Vienna
Young Hitler and Women
Before the Great War
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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