Religion, Politics and Ideology in the Third Reich: Selected Essays

1st Edition

Uriel Tal

Routledge
Published May 1, 2004
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780714681900 - CAT# RU33764
Series: Totalitarianism Movements and Political Religions

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Summary

In a perceptive analysis of diverse source material, the essays of the late Uriel Tal in this volume uncover the dynamics of the secularization of religion, and the sacralization of politics in the Nazi era. Through a process of inversion of meaning, concepts such as race, blood, soil, state, nation and Führer were brought into the realm of faith, mission, salvation, sacredness and myth, thereby acquiring absolute significance. Within this Nazi worldview, the Jew epitomised the arch enemy, both as a symbol and as the concrete embodiment of all that Nazism sought to negate: Western civilisation, monotheism, critical rationalism and humanism.

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