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Kater, Michael H. 1937-

Works: 78 works in 373 publications in 5 languages and 12,372 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Personal narratives  Autobiographies  Personal narratives‡vJewish 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Performer, Instrumentalist, Speaker
Classifications: DD253.5, 943.0860835
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael H Kater
Hitler youth by Michael H Kater( Book )

34 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth, founded in 1933. Michael Kater traces the history of Hitler Youth, examining the means, degree, and impact of conversation, and the subsequent fate of young recruits
The Nazi Party : a social profile of members and leaders, 1919-1945 by Michael H Kater( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a complete analysis and social history of the entire Nazi Party from its foundation to its dissolution."--Jacket cover
The twisted muse : musicians and their music in the Third Reich by Michael H Kater( Book )

30 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is music removed from politics? To what ends, beneficent or malevolent, can music and musicians be put? In short, when human rights are grossly abused and politics turned to fascist demagoguery, can art and artists be innocent? These questions and their implications are explored in Michael Kater's broad survey of musicians and the music they composed and performed during the Third Reich. Great and small - from Valentin Grimm, a struggling clarinetist, to Richard Strauss, renowned composer - are examined by Kater, sometimes in intimate detail, and the lives and decisions of Nazi Germany's professional musicians are laid out before the reader. Who collaborated? And to what extent? Who was persecuted, and to what effect? Along the way, Kater manages to debunk, authoritatively, old arguments and expose collaborators - notably Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This major opera diva of the 1950s and 60s, who has for years adamantly denied her affiliation to the Nazi party, is shown to have ingratiated herself with the Nazi rulers. More widely, Kater tackles the issue of whether the Nazi regime, because it held music in crassly utilitarian regard, acted on musicians in such a way as to consolidate or atomize the profession. Kater's examination of the value of music for the regime and the degree to which the regime attained a positive propaganda and palliative effect through its manipulation of musicians and German music adds much to our understanding of culture in totalitarian regimes
Composers of the Nazi era : eight portraits by Michael H Kater( Book )

34 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate?"--BOOK JACKET. "Here, historian Michael H. Kater provides a detailed study of the often interrelated careers of eight prominent German composers who lived and worked amid the dictatorship of the Third Reich, or were driven into exile by it."--BOOK JACKET. "Kater weighs issues of accommodation and resistance to ask whether these artists corrupted themselves in the service of a criminal regime - and if so, whether this may be discerned from their music."--Jacket
Doctors under Hitler by Michael H Kater( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""A brilliant attempt to explain the profound historical crisis into which medicine had plummeted during the Nazi period with the tried methods of social history.""--Historische Zeitschrift""The author has drawn from an extraordinary range of sources, and the weight of evidence he compiles will certainly give pause to anyone who still wants to believe that professionals kept their hands clean in this era of great and methodical crimes.""--Journal of Modern History""Kater'
Different drummers : jazz in the culture of Nazi Germany by Michael H Kater( Book )

33 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and Polish and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the African-American dancer Josephine Baker visited Berlin in 1925, she found it dazzling. "The city had a jewel-like sparkle," she said, "the vast cafes reminded me of ocean liners powered by the rhythms of their orchestras. There was music everywhere." Eager to look ahead after the crushing defeat of World War I, Weimar Germany embraced the modernism that swept through Europe and was crazy over jazz. But with the rise of National Socialism came censorship and proscription: an art form born on foreign soil and presided over by Negroes and Jews could have no place in the culture of a "master race." In Different Drummers, Michael Kater--a distinguished historian and himself a jazz musician--explores the underground history of jazz in Hitler's Germany. He offers a frightening and fascinating look at life and popular culture during the Third Reich, showing that for the Nazis, jazz was an especially threatening form of expression. Not only were its creators at the very bottom of the Nazi racial hierarchy, but the very essence of jazz--spontaneity, improvisation, and, above all, individuality--represented a direct challenge to the repetitive, simple, uniform pulse of German march music and indeed everyday life. The fact that many of the most talented European jazz artists were Jewish only made the music more objectionable. In tracing the growth of what would become a bold and eloquent form of social protest, Kater mines a trove of previously untapped archival records and assembles interviews with surviving witnesses as he brings to life a little-known aspect of wartime Germany. He introduces us to groups such as the Weintraub Syncopators, Germany's best indigenous jazz band; the Harlem Club of Frankfurt, whose male members wore their hair long in defiance of Nazi conventions; and the Hamburg Swings--the most daring radicals of all--who openly challenged the Gestapo with a series of mass dance rallies. More than once these demonstrations turned violent, with the Swings and the Hitler Youth fighting it out in the streets. In the end we come to realize that jazz not only survived persecution, but became a powerful symbol of political disobedience--and even resistance--in wartime Germany. And as we witness the vacillations of the Nazi regime (while they worked toward its ultimate extinction, they used jazz for their own propaganda purposes), we see that the myth of Nazi social control was, to a large degree, just that--Hitler's dictatorship never became as pure and effective a form of totalitarianism as we are sometimes led to believe. With its vivid portraits of all the key figures, Different Drummers provides a unique glimpse of a counter-culture virtually unexamined until now. It is a provocative account that reminds us that, even in the face of the most unspeakable oppression, the human spirit endures
Never sang for Hitler : the life and times of Lotte Lehmann, 1888-1976 by Michael H Kater( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lotte Lehmann ranks among the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. She was a favorite of Richard Strauss, and over her lifetime became the friend of other famous men: Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini and Thomas Mann. She had a famous encounter with Hermann Göring, in which he claimed to want to make her the foremost singer in Nazi Germany. By the time of her final performance in 1951, she was considered one of the finest singing actresses of all time. Rather than a traditional biography, this book aims to be both a descriptive narrative of Lehmann's life and a critical analysis of the interconnections of the artist and society. Kater describes the varying phases of Lehmann's life, as well as the sociocultural settings in which she finds herself - whether in the Wilhemine Empire, First Austrian Republic, Nazi Germany, or the United States. Kater's use of Lehmann's personal and other papers reshapes much of what is known about her life and career. - Publisher
Weimar : from Enlightenment to the present by Michael H Kater( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historian Michael H. Kater chronicles the rise and fall of one of Germany's most iconic cities in this fascinating and surprisingly provocative history of Weimar. Weimar was a center of the arts during the Enlightenment and hence the cradle of German culture in modern times. Goethe and Schiller made their reputations here, as did Franz Liszt and the young Richard Strauss. In the early twentieth century, the Bauhaus school was founded in Weimar. But from the 1880s on, the city also nurtured a powerful right-wing reactionary movement, and fifty years later, a repressive National Socialist regime dimmed Weimar's creative lights, transforming the onetime artists' utopia into the capital of its first Nazified province and constructing the Buchenwald death camp on its doorstep. Kater's richly detailed volume offers the first complete history of Weimar in any language, from its meteoric eighteenth-century rise up from obscurity through its glory days of unbridled creative expression to its dark descent back into artistic insignificance under Nazi rule and, later, Soviet occupation and beyond"--
Das "Ahnenerbe" der SS 1935-1945; ein Beitrag zur Kulturpolitik des Dritten Reiches by Michael H Kater( Book )

32 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in German and English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review quote. A quote from a review of the product: Pressestimme zur 3. Auflage: "Der erneute Nachdruck vermittelt nicht nur eine bedeutsame Arbeit aus der Frühzeit der Erforschung des Nationalsozialismus als Dokument der wissenschaftlichen Entwicklung, sondern auch eine Darstellung, die unbeschadet des Fortschreitens unserer Erkenntnis ihren Wert behalten hat und durch den Einblick in eine frühe Forschungssituation zugleich die gegenwärtige kritisch zu mustern hilft." Heinz Hürten in: Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte 67,1 / 2004 Pressestimmen zur 1. Auflage: "Kater hat mit seiner Untersuchung über Himmlers Kulturpolitik ein Standardwerk der NSForschung vorgelegt." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 24.5.1974 "Michael H. Kater hat eine vorzügliche Arbeit geleistet. Auch seine präzisen Personen und Institutsbeschreibungen zeigen ein immenses Quellenstudium und die Übersicht bis ins kleinste Detail." Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 12./13.7.1975 "Dem Verfasser ist es gelungen, durch seine dichte Darstellung ein Stück Wirklichkeit des Nationalsozialismus zur Anschauung zu bringen, die näher an des Verständnis des Phänomens heranführt als ein Dutzend Theorien über den Faschismus." Der Tagesspiegel vom 16.2.1975
Music and Nazism : art under tyranny, 1933-1945 by Albrecht Riethmüller( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studentenschaft und Rechtsradikalismus in Deutschland 1918-1933 : eine sozialgeschichtl. Studie z. Bildungskrise in d. Weimarer Republik by Michael H Kater( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in German and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faschismus als soziale Bewegung : Deutschland u. Italien im Vergleich by Deutscher Historikertag( Book )

10 editions published in 1983 in German and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die missbrauchte Muse : Musiker im Dritten Reich by Michael H Kater( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in German and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gewagtes Spiel : Jazz im Nationalsozialismus by Michael H Kater( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in German and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das "Ahnenerbe" : die Forschungs- und Lehrgemeinschaft in der SS : Organisationsgeschichte von 1935 bis 1945 by Michael H Kater( Book )

8 editions published in 1966 in German and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ghetto swinger : a Berlin jazz-legend remembers by Coco Schumann( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Ghetto Swinger is a poignant, sobering, and at turns humorous account of a vibrant and soul-filled life in music. Coco Schumann's career as a jazz and swing musician spans more than seventy years and is replete with honors. But for decades Schumann bore his wartime experiences as a Holocaust survivor in silence, with only the pleasure of composing music and performing for live audiences to ease the burden of his most haunting memories. In his memoir, Schumann recounts the vibrant underground club scenes of Berlin in the years surrounding World War II as well as providing backstage glimpses into Berlin's famous nightlife, where he shared the stage with such jazz notables as Helmut Zacharias, Tulio Mobiglia, Toots Thielemans, and American visitors like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. At the same time, The Ghetto Swinger offers Schumann's harrowing testimony from 1943-1945 about daily life inside Theresienstadt (Terezín) and Auschwitz, and provides readers with the important perspective of a Jewish Holocaust survivor who remained in Germany after the war. In his home country, Schumann is a celebrated personality. But until now, his life story hasn't been accessible to English-speaking audiences. Featuring rare photographs and an Afterword by Weimar- and Nazi-era culture scholar Michael H. Kater, The Ghetto Swinger is an engrossing historical document as much as it is a heartwarming memoir"--Publisher's website
Das "Ahnenerbe" : Die Forschungs- und Lehrgemeinschaft in d. SS.Organisationsgeschichte von 1935 bis 1945 by Michael H Kater( Book )

3 editions published in 1966 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gefährliche Attraktion : der Reiz amerikanischer Unterhaltungskultur auf Jugendliche im Dritten Reich by Michael H Kater( )

1 edition published in 2006 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las Juventudes Hitlerianas by Michael H Kater( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An excellent study on the Nazi attempt to indoctrinate German youth and a fundamental reflection on the problems of converting an entire generation to the values ​​of democracy. Eric Hobsbawn A unique and detailed analysis of the meaning and consequences of the indoctrination of young people in Nazi Germany and a harsh warning about the dangers of manipulating children in the absence of scruples. This is the missing piece for the global understanding of the Third Reich. The Nazi regime framed the youth between the ages of ten and eighteen in the Hitler Youth, making it the largest youth organization in history and a huge manipulation machinery. The appeal of the Hitler Youth was to transform the camps into paramilitary training, air guns into firearms, children's songs in military marches, education in indoctrination and, ultimately, children in Nazi fanatics. As the noted historian Eric Hobsbawn put it: An excellent study of the Nazi attempt to indoctrinate German youth and a fundamental reflection on the problems of converting an entire generation to the values ​​of democracy. MICHAEL H. KATER (Zittau, Germany, 1937) is professor emeritus of the University of York in Toronto. Kater is internationally recognized as one of the best specialists in contemporary history in Germany, especially National Socialism and the Third Reich. His books have been translated into German, Japanese, Russian and French and he has received numerous international awards, including the prestigious Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung University in Bonn
Das "Ahnenerbe" der SS by Michael H Kater( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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German (113)

French (7)

Spanish (4)

Polish (2)

The twisted muse : musicians and their music in the Third ReichComposers of the Nazi era : eight portraitsDoctors under HitlerDifferent drummers : jazz in the culture of Nazi GermanyNever sang for Hitler : the life and times of Lotte Lehmann, 1888-1976