Seeing Hitler’s Germany

Tourism in the Third Reich

  • Authors
  • Kristin Semmens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 1-15
  3. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 16-41
  4. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 42-71
  5. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 129-153
  6. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 154-186
  7. Kristin Semmens
    Pages 187-194
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-263

About this book


Seeing Hitler's Germany is the first fully researched, wide-ranging study of commercial tourism under the swastika. The book demonstrates how effectively the Nazi regime coordinated all German tourism organizations. At the same time, it emphasizes the apparent 'normality' of many everyday tourist experiences after 1933. These certainly helped some Germans and many foreign visitors to overlook the regime's brutality. However, tourism also celebrated the most racist, chauvinist aspects of the 'new Germany', which in turn became a normal part of being a tourist under Hitler. While violence and terror have continued to dominate many recent studies of the Third Reich, this book takes a different view. By investigating a range of 'normal' experiences - such as taking a tour, visiting a popular sightseeing attraction, reading a guidebook or sending a postcard - Seeing Hitler's Germany deepens our understanding of the popular legitimization of Nazi rule.


Adolf Hitler empire Germany Third Reich

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51958-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50530-8
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