Life and Death
An insightful new biography of Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the 'Third Reich' and one of the most important and troubling figures of the twentieth century. The first account to use all of Goebbels' surviving diaries, it sheds new light on his personality, private life and political convictions, as well as his relationship with Hitler.
Joseph Goebbels was the most notorious demagogue of the twentieth century, and Hitler's closest confidant. This book uses his complete diary from 1923-1945, only recently released from the Soviet Union, to present a challenging new interpretation of his life. It charts Goebbels' rise from provincial obscurity in the Rhineland, through his emergence as the most dynamic speaker of the Nazi Party and the Gauleiter of Berlin in the 1920s, to his appointment as Hitler's Propaganda Minister in 1933. Combining analysis of Goebbels' relationships with women and of his political career, it argues that there were clear threads running through his life, from a turbulent adolescence through to his death. Goebbels' love of German culture, his obsession with 'sacrifice', his fascination for Hitler, and his hatred of the Jews led him into a fatal involvement with German politics which culminated in his suicide, together his wife and six children, in Hitler's bunker in 1945.
List of illustrations Acknowledgements A note on translation Introduction 'This Awful Waiting' 'Starting to Find Firm Ground' 'The Coming Dictator' 'You are the Nobility of the Third Reich' 'We Will All Three be Good to One Another' 'These Masses Are What Matter' 'We are not Suited to be Executioners' 'An Indissoluble Community of Destiny' 'This People's War Must be Carried Through' 'A Life and Death Struggle' 'We Have Done the Right Thing' 'How Distant and Alien This Beautiful World Appears' Epilogue Notes Bibiliography and Sources