Summer School 2021

Hitler: seduction and ruin


Christopher Danziger, lecturer

The Wall Street Crash ushered in a new Dark Age for the whole world. Nowhere was it felt more keenly than in Germany. Germany was smarting from defeat in a recent war, struggling to adapt from the old monarchical system to a new republican one, battling to cope with unemployment rates of twenty-five per cent and was in colossal debt. Germans were willing dupes to a message which offered them scapegoats for their problems, solutions for the future, and a promise to restore them to their rightful supremacy. But the message had a rotten core, of authoritarianism, racism and militarism, which the Germans chose to ignore. Early successes blinded them to the dishonesty of the message. But false values have a limited life, as Germans learned in the ensuing years. They paid for their infatuation with ruin. 


  1. Seduction: 1920–1938
  2. Ruin: 1938–1945

This double lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Recommended reading

Rees, L. 2012. The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. London: Ebury Press.

Schirer, W.L. 1941. Berlin Diarythe journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934–1941. New York: Rosetta Books/A.A.Knopf.

Trevor Roper, H. 1947. The Last Days of Hitler. London: Macmillan.


Date: Saturday 30 January
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm