Description - Religion, Politics and Ideology in the Third Reich by Uriel Tal
'Towards the end of World War II, at the very height of the Holocaust, Heinrich Himmler repeated one of the basic doctrines of his faith and proclaimed that "this Reich will now be a sacred myth".' Uriel Tal, from Structures of German 'Political Theology' in the Nazi Era In a perceptive analysis of the 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 Fnhrer 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. This book is an insightful endeavour by a distinguished historian to render explicable the deep ideational structure of the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. The book will be essential reading for all serious students of the era, and of Nazi ideology and
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Author Biography - Uriel Tal
Uriel Tal (d. 1984) was Professor of Modern Jewish History at Tel Aviv University and Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies. He lectured widely in the United States and Europe and was visiting professor in several American universities. His work focused on modern Jewish history and European history, primarily the history of ideas and religious thought. His publications include: Christians and Jews in Germany: Religion, Politics and Ideology in the Second Reich, 1870-1914 (1975); Myth and Reason in Contemporary Jewry (1987, Hebrew); Political Theology and the Third Reich (1991, Hebrew).