By Hans Mommsen
Possible choices to Hitler: German Resistance less than the 3rd Reich КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: I B Tauris & Co LtdАвтор(ы): Hans MommsenЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2003Количество страниц: 320ISBN: 1-86064-745-6Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 1.64 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero
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These shared experiences and convictions should be regarded as more important than the differences in mentality between the generations. The older generation remembered the Kaiser’s Germany and saw its collapse in 1918 as the beginning of the end; the political ideas of the younger generation, on the other hand, were formed in the period when the traditional party-system was apparently being remoulded by reformist efforts ranging from the Volkskonservativen (right-wing populists) to the intra-party opposition within the Social-Democrats (SPD).
The complete discrediting of the Weimar Republic even in the eyes of its former supporters – including those close to the parties of the Weimar coalition – contributed to the paralysis of their will to resist actively. On the other hand, there were members of the inner opposition who remained stubbornly loyal to the republic in the face of considerable reprisals. It must be said in their justification that it was not only psychologically easier, but also easier given the strictures of the police state, to join the resistance having previously collaborated with the regime, than to do so from the identifiably pro-Weimar camp.
All this made it impossible to achieve the hoped-for internal transfer of power merely by reshuffling the government and sidelining certain Nazi power-centres such as the SS and the Reich Ministry of Propaganda. Thanks to the Hitlermyth so assiduously built up by Goebbels, there was no institution, other than the dictator himself, which could be called upon to provide legitimacy for a post-coup government, as the monarchy had done after Mussolini’s overthrow in Italy. 8 Stauffenberg’s brilliant attempt, through ‘Operation Valkyrie’,9 to make the army the stabilizing factor in a new order failed, not least because the 28 ALTERNATIVES TO HITLER internal homogeneity of the Prussian-based officer corps had long been lost due to rearmament and war policy.
Alternatives to Hitler: German Resistance under the Third Reich by Hans Mommsen