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Hitler's Court (Hardback)

The Inner Circle of The Third Reich and After

Military WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Heike B Görtemaker, Translated by Geoffrey Brooks
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781526790705
Published: 2nd December 2021



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Hitler was not a lonely, aloof dictator. Throughout his rise in the NSDAP, he gathered a loyal circle around him, which later took on the features of a regular court, and was surrounded by people who celebrated, flattered and intrigued him.

Who belonged to this inner circle around Hitler? What function did this court fulfill? And how did it influence the perception of history after 1945? Using previously unknown sources, Heike Görtemaker explores Hitler's private environment and shows how this inner circle made him who he was.

Biographies of Hitler often concentrate on his obsession with self-image: "If you subtract what politics is about him, little or nothing remains," said Ian Kershaw, and Joachim Fest asserted: "He did not have a private life." For Alan Bullock the "Führer" was an "uprooted man without a home or family". Hitler's inner circle, the Berghof Society, was his private retreat. But the court was more than that. It provided him with the support he needed to be able to take on the role of "Führer" at all, while at the same time allowing him to use its members as political front men. Most of all, it represented a conspiratorial community whose lowest common denominator was anti-Semitism.

In this book, Heike Görtemaker asks new questions about the truth behind Hitler's inner circle and, for the first time, also examines the "circle without leaders"; the networking of the inner circle after 1945.

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WW2 Today

There is no question this is one of the most important books to allow historians, and the curious in general, to peek into a world absolutely unbreachable.

ARGrunners Magazine

"...a fascinating look at the levers and layers of power in the Third Reich."

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, April 2022

An impressively informative, unique and original work of meticulous historical research, "Hitler's Court: The Inner Circle of The Third Reich and After" is an inherently fascinating and exceptionally well written, organized and presented study of the man who plunged the world into a war that costs the lives of countless millions of men, women, and children. Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of three page Epilogue; ninety-eight pages of Endnotes; a ten page Bibliography, and a seven page Index of People, "Hitler's Court: The Inner Circle of The Third Reich and After" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community, college, and university library World War II Histories & Biographies.

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The Armourer

This is an important book in that it looks at the lifestyles and personal people around Adolf Hitler, I suppose those you could call his friends. Now from what I personally made of this is that I can see Hitler having friends, but these friends I would say he kept at arm’s length, I think he was the type of grandiose personality that would always keep himself to himself so that people couldn’t see his thoughts. I would say that while Hitler had an inner circle of friends, all of similar beliefs, I’m not sure anyone really knew what was ever in his mind. I think this is a fantastic book written by the historian Heike Gortemaker, she has written a book based on plenty of primary documents that you have to give this book a lot of respect, on a part of Hitler that has been written about but not with the access to documents of importance. This is a really good book and most certainly I would recommend to anyone interested in Hitler or WW2.

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UK Historian

This is a very valuable addition to the literature on Hitler. Gortemaker makes particular care to distinguish between what his entourage said about Hitler after the war - and what they were saying when they were with him.

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WW2 Today

This is a very interesting and detailed account of the lengths that Hitler's "Inner Circle" went to try and save themselves from the criminal trials after the war, from death, or simply how they saved themselves and maybe their family by leaving the country. This book is full of details and interesting facts that I never knew. If you are a history buff, then you should pick this up and read it!

NetGalley, Terri Ladage Randolph

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow wow wow what a fascinating read and so well researched and presented.

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love nonfiction books that are interesting. This book qualifies. Hitler’s court describes the relationship between Hitler and his advisers, friends and supporters. I would highly recommend.

NetGalley, Lynn Beck

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An extremely interesting book about Hitler’s closest advisers. I learned a lot of new information and found this book thought provoking. Any nonfiction fan will love.

NetGalley, Beck Williams

About Heike B Görtemaker

Dr Heike B. Görtemaker, born in 1964, is a German historian and author. She studied History, Economics and German Literature in Berlin and Bloomington, Indiana. In 2005 she published a biography of Margret Boveri, a prominent German journalist from the 1930s to the 1970s. In 2010 she wrote the best seller Eva Braun: Life with Hitler, which was translated into 15 languages. She appears frequently in TV documentaries on the Third Reich and lives with her husband near Berlin.

About Geoffrey Brooks

Geoffrey Brooks was an experienced author, researcher and historian. He translated and edited Hirschfeld - The Secret Diary of a U-Boat NCO and Fips - Legendary U-Boat Commander 1915-18. He was the author of Hitler's Nuclear Weapons. 

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