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Catalogue of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism – Munich and National Socialism


The catalogue encompasses the texts and images of the permanent exhibition as well as twenty-three accompanying essays by renowned historians, meaning that it is simultaneously an illustrated history of the Third Reich based on the very latest research. Munich was more closely connected with the rise of National Socialism than any other city. The Nazi Party – the NSDAP – arose after the First World War out of Munich’s anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist circles. Adolf Hitler became its leading figure. It was in Munich that Hitler tried to seize power by staging a putsch in 1923. After the Nazi came to power in 1933 a Party quarter emerged in Munich where some 6,000 people were involved in organising and running the Nazi Party apparatus until 1945. This quarter was also the centre of the Party’s Nazi cult.  With the opening of the concentration camp in the nearby town of Dachau, the ‘Capital of the Movement’ also played a pioneering role in establishing a regime of terror.  The permanent exhibition of the Munich Documentation Centre traces the history of National Socialism in Munich, the city‘s special role in the system of terror and its difficulties in confronting the past since 1945. The exhibition uses a wealth of new materials by way of illustration. 

With contributions by: Hans Günter Hockerts, Peter Longerich, Ulrich Herbert, Lutz Raphael, Dietmar Süß, Christiane Kuller, Andreas Wirsching, Frank Bajohr, Marita Krauss, Winfried Süß, Gerhard Paul, Ute Frevert, Elizabeth Harvey, Thomas Brechenmacher and Harry Oelke, Jürgen Zarusky, Wolfgang Frühwald, Helmuth Trischler, Anselm Doering-Manteuffel, Winfried Nerdinger, Moshe Zimmermann, Alan E. Steinweis, Wodzimierz Borodziej and Étienne François

Munich and National Socialism, edited by Winfried Nerdinger together with Hans Günter Hockerts, Marita Krauss, Peter Longerich, Mirjana Grdanjski and Markus Eisen; translated by Jefferson Chase, Julie Gregson, Barbara Harshav, Jeremiah Riemer, Patricia C. Sutcliffe and Patricia Szobar Munich 2015, 624 pp.

Museum edition (paperback):
ISBN 978-3-406667-01-5 (German edition), ISBN 978-3-406-67789-2 (English edition), 20 EUR, available in the bookshop of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism
Publisher’s edition (hardcover): FA 33471 (German edition), FA 33441 (English edition), 38 EUR, available in bookshops and from C.H. Beck Verlag


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