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Becoming a Nazi Town: Culture and Politics in Göttingen by David Imhoof

By David Imhoof

Becoming a Nazi Town unearths the ways that traditional Germans replaced their cultural lives and their politics from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. Casting the origins of Nazism in a brand new gentle, David Imhoof charts the method wherein Weimar and Nazi tradition flowed into one another. He analyzes this dramatic transition through having a look heavily at 3 examples of daily cultural lifestyles within the mid-sized German urban of Göttingen: sharpshooting, an opera pageant, and cinema.

Imhoof attracts on person and group reports over a sequence of interwar sessions to focus on and fix shifts in tradition, politics, and lifestyle. He demonstrates how Nazi leaders crafted cultural rules established partially on homegrown cultural practices of the Twenties and argues that overdrawn differences among “Weimar” and “Nazi” tradition didn't consistently comply with so much Germans’ day-by-day lives. extra, Imhoof offers reports in Göttingen as a mirrored image of the typical truth of many German cities past the capital urban of Berlin.

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Until the mid-­1920s sharpshooters and supporters in the newspapers lacked images of what sharp- Local Growth, National Renewal, and Invented Traditions, 1919–25 37 shooting could be other than the “customary form” that was basically a late nineteenth-­century contrivance of medieval sharpshooting. The lean and volatile post–­World War I years had established sharpshooting as a means of escapism through popular participation. And conservative middle-­class elites in Göttingen shaped the activities and discourses about sharpshooting in order to critique the volatile divisions in Germany and the republican politics many of them saw as the cause.

95 By the late 1930s right-­wing politicians had clearly decided that politics did belong in the town hall, as long as they were the right kind of politics. The chapters that follow make clear that politics also belonged in the shooting hall, opera hall, sports hall, movie house, and many other cultural spaces. Rather than showing how the Third Reich politicized cultural activities, these case studies demonstrate that Göttingers themselves developed ideas in their daily activities that helped engender major political change.

More clubs, more target ranges, a better reputation, and greater participation indicated that sharpshooting activities were changing from old, insider competitions into events for the entire town. The Great War brought these golden years to a traumatic end. Shooting activities nearly ceased altogether, and many active shooters (and potential future ones) fell in the fighting. Amid the difficulties after the war, many sharpshooting supporters in Göttingen looked back at the years before 1914 as a time when sharpshooting seemed to unite the city.

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