Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the 'Nazi Conscience' - cover image

Copyright

Lionel Gossman

Published On

2009-04-20

ISBN

Paperback978-1-906924-06-5
Hardback978-1-906924-07-2
PDF978-1-906924-08-9
HTML978-1-80064-430-4

Language

  • English

Print Length

217 pages (xiii + 204)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 12 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.46" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 14 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.56" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback685g (24.16oz)
Hardback1064g (37.53oz)

Media

Illustrations21

OCLC Number

699563621

LCCN

2019467302

BIC

  • HBJD
  • BG

BISAC

  • HIS014000
  • BIO000000

LCC

  • DD256.5

Keywords

  • Nazism
  • National Socialism
  • German history
  • German literature
  • European history
  • World War II
  • Second World War
  • poetry
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Brownshirt Princess

A Study of the 'Nazi Conscience'

  • Lionel Gossman (author)

Princess Marie Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld was a rebellious young writer who became a fervent Nazi. Heinrich Vogeler was a well-regarded artist who was to join the German Communist Party. Ludwig Roselius was a successful businessman who had made a fortune from his invention of decaffeinated coffee. What was it about the revolutionary climate following World War I that induced three such different personalities to collaborate in the production of a slim volume of poetry—entitled Gott in Mir—about the indwelling of the divine within the human? Gossman's study situates the poem in the ideological context that made the collaboration possible: pantheism, Darwinism, disillusionment with traditional liberal values, theosophy and völkisch religions, and Lebensreform. The study outlines the subsequent life of the Princess who, until her death in 1993, continued to support and celebrate the ideals and heroes of National Socialism. Brownshirt Princess provides deep insight into the sources and character of the "Nazi Conscience", and is invaluable reading for anybody interested in understanding German society during the inter-war and Nazi periods. The University Committee on Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Princeton University, has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume.

Reviews

Brownshirt Princess is "an informed and highly readable depiction of a cultural landscape in which contrasting political and artistic currents often converged... this study is in many respects original and inspiring."

Daria Santini

"Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the ‘‘Nazi Conscience’' by Lionel Gossman". MLR (0026-7937), vol. 106, no. 1, 2011. doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.106.1.0295

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Additional Resources

[document]Scan of the original Gott in Mir(From Firestone Library, Princeton University.)
[document, 1.61 MB]Identifying with God and the Cosmos

Image Portfolio 2. A selection of works by artists of the period 1880-1933 - paintings, drawings, book illustrations - expressing a religiosity similar to that of Gott in Mir.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Unusual Book and a Strange Collaboration
Part I: Seeking a New Religion: Gott in Mir

1. The Title

2. The Epigraph and the Envoy

3. The Poem

4. Appendix to Part I: The Völkisch Rejection of Christianity


Part II: Serving New Gods

5. Marie Adelheid, Prinzessin Reuß-zur Lippe: Society, Ideology, and Politics

6. Nordische Frau und Nordischer Glaube

7. Die Overbroocks

8. After 1945: Unrepentant Neo-Nazi

9. Concluding Reflections

Notes

Bibliography

Index


Contributors

Lionel Gossman

(author)
M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages (Emeritus) at Princeton University