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Nazi Germany. Global History and Geography IV. INTRODUCTION. Anti-Intellectualism. A sentiment of hostility towards, or mistrust of, intellectuals and intellectual pursuits Attacks merits of science, education, literature

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Nazi germany

Nazi Germany

Global History and Geography IV

Anti intellectualism

  • A sentiment of hostility towards, or mistrust of, intellectuals and intellectual pursuits

  • Attacks merits of science, education, literature

  • Not just about hating intellectualism: also about what values fill its place

What would be the consequences of anti intellectualism
What would be the consequences of Anti-Intellectualism?

  • A society where --

    • individual thought is compromised

    • the preservation of truth is minimal

    • authorities have more power

    • there is no challenge to the state

Consequences of anti intellectualism
Consequences of Anti-Intellectualism

  • Emergence of Pseudoscience

    • (i.e. Eugenics)

  • Rewriting of History

  • Destruction of Literature


  • A way of venting anger

    • Symbolic transition of cultural values:

      Intellectualism to radical emotionalism

  • Unity through ritual

  • Intimidates intellectual community

State policy
State Policy

  • May 10, 1933

    • Nazi Party declares that any book ““which acts subversively on our future or strikes at the root of German thought, the German home and the driving forces of our people...” is to be burned.

  • Who would be the target of such a policy and why?

The burning spectacle
The Burning Spectacle

  • Students marched through the streets rampaging libraries, synagogues, and even private homes to loot books

Some authors of books burned on 5 10 33

Albert Einstein

Havelock Ellis

Lion Feuchtwanger

Sigmund Freud

André Gide

Franz Kafka

Erich Kästner

Helen Keller

Alfred Kerr

Jack London

Heinrich Mann

Thomas Mann

Karl Marx

Hugo Preuss

Marcel Proust

Walter Rathenau

Erich Maria Remarque

Margaret Sanger

Arthur Schnitzler

Upton Sinclair

Jakob Wasserman

H. G. Wells

Stefan Zweig

Emile Zola

Some Authors of Books Burned on 5/10/33

Education in the third reich

Nazi education
Nazi Education

  • The Curriculum

    • Racial biology and eugenics

    • Celebratory German history

    • Discipline, duty, obedience, courage

    • Physical training—Body over mind

    • No concern for the “spirit of academics”

“The Jewish Nose is Wide at the End and Looks like the Number Six”

The nazi classroom
The Nazi Classroom

  • Task of the Educator

    • Strengthen the soul and spirit of youth

    • Instill nationalism in younger generation

  • Root out values of…

    • Liberal individualism

    • Rationalism

    • Intellectualism

  • Trained children…

    • to be good soldiers

    • to benefit the state

Adolf hitler on education
Adolf Hitler on Education

  • "Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented”

    —-Adolf Hitler

  • "Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round”

    —Adolf Hitler

Clip from triumph of the will
Clip From Triumph of the Will

  • Click image to see video on YouTube

  • Notice direction of film

    • Shows how admired Hitler is

    • Promotes radical emotionalism

    • Notice serious faces, militarism of young boys

Necessity of hitler youth
Necessity of Hitler Youth

  • Future of Nazi Germany was in its children

  • Composed of a generation that knew only Nazism

    • No need to suppress individual thinking

  • Trained:

    • Children for roles as Nazi citizens

    • Men for “Wehrsport” (Military training)

    • Women for Aryan motherhood

The weak must be chiseled away i want young men and women who can suffer pain adolph hitler
The weak must be chiseled away. I want young men and women who can suffer pain...” -- Adolph Hitler

Nazism who can suffer pain...”

Nazi populism
Nazi Populism who can suffer pain...”

  • “Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state...”

    – Joseph Goebbels

  • Struggle against “privileged elite”

  • Intellectuals are elitists and tricksters

The volksgemeinschaft
The who can suffer pain...” Volksgemeinschaft

  • “The People’s Community”

    • Established collective national spirit

    • Based on racial and national pride

  • Subliminal influence on culture

  • Bureaucratization of censorship &



The reichskulturkammer
The Reichskulturkammer who can suffer pain...”

  • “Reich Culture Chamber”

  • Managed by Hans Hinkel

  • Goals:

    • Promote “Good Culture”

    • Root out, ban “Bad Culture”

  • Compulsory membership for all members of German media

Ministry of propaganda
Ministry of Propaganda who can suffer pain...”

  • Spread and enforced Nazi ideology

  • Antithesis of intellectual-based culture

  • Rampant anti-Semitism

  • Infected all mediums of art and literature

Goebbel s the big lie theory
Goebbel’s The “Big Lie” Theory who can suffer pain...”

  • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

What is the purpose of nazi propaganda
What is the Purpose of Nazi Propaganda? who can suffer pain...”

  • public opinion must be molded to fit the state

  • Undo Intellectualism:

    • No “marketplace of ideas”

    • No tolerance of dissent

    • No ability to question authority

    • No independent thought

    • No formulation of rational ideas

The nuremberg laws 1935
The Nuremberg Laws (1935) who can suffer pain...”

  • Denaturalization Laws

  • Placed severe restrictions on Jews

    • Could not marry non-Jews

    • Not allowed to attend or teach at German schools or universities

    • Prohibited from government jobs, practicing law or medicine or publishing books

  • Established a pseudo-scientific basis identification

  • Only those with four German grandparents were of "German blood."

  • Jewish is who descends from three or four Jewish grand-parents

  • In the middle stood people of "mixed blood" of the "first or second degree."

Kristallnacht night of the broken glass
Kristallnacht who can suffer pain...” “Night of the Broken Glass”

  • “The mob” trumps individualism

The rise of hitler the expansion of the nazi state the holocaust
The Rise of Hitler who can suffer pain...” The Expansion of the Nazi StateThe Holocaust