The Meaning of Hitler
by Sebastian Haffner
translated by Ewald Osers
Harvard University Press, 1983
Paper: 978-0-674-55775-8
Library of Congress Classification DD247.H5H26513 1983
Dewey Decimal Classification 943.0860924


This is a remarkable historical and psychological examination of the enigma of Adolf Hitler—who he was, how he wielded power, and why he was destined to fail.

Beginning with Hitler’s early life, Sebastian Haffner probes the historical, political, and emotional forces that molded his character. In examining the inhumanity of a man for whom politics became a substitute for life, he discusses Hitler’s bizarre relationships with women, his arrested psychological development, his ideological misconceptions, his growing obsession with racial extermination, and the murderous rages of his distorted mind. Finally, Haffner confronts the most disturbing question of all: Could another Hitler rise to power in modern Germany?

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