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Gellately, Robert 1943-

Works: 52 works in 287 publications in 11 languages and 11,326 library holdings
Genres: History  Interviews  Case studies  Personal narratives  Diaries  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: DD256.5, 943.086
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Most widely held works by Robert Gellately
Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany by Robert Gellately( Book )

45 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using primary evidence, the author reveals the social consensus behind the Nazi regime and persecution of racial minorities & social outsiders. Debate still rages over how much ordinary Germans knew about the concentration camps and the Gestapo's activities during Hitler's reign. Now, in this well-documented and provocative volume, historian Robert Gellately argues that the majority of German citizens had quite a clear picture of the extent of Nazi atrocities, and continued to support the Reich to the bitter end. Culling chilling evidence from primary news sources and citing dozens of case studies, Gellately shows how media reports and press stories were an essential dimension of Hitler's popular dictatorship. Indeed, a vast array of material on the concentration camps, the violent campaigns against social outsiders, and the Nazis' radical approaches to law and order was published in the media of the day, and was widely read by a highly literate population of Germans. Hitler, Gellately reveals, did not try to hide the existence of the Gestapo or of concentration camps. Nor did the Nazis try to cow the people into submission. Instead they set out to win converts by building on popular images, cherished ideals, and long-held phobias. And their efforts succeeded, Gellately concludes, for the Gestapo's monstrous success was due, in large part, to ordinary German citizens who singled out suspected enemies in their midst, reporting their suspicions and allegations freely and in a spirit of cooperation and patriotism. Extensively documented, highly readable and illustrated with never-before-published photographs, Backing Hitler convincingly debunks the myth that Nazi atrocities were carried out in secret. From the rise of the Third Reich well into the final, desperate months of the war, the destruction of innocent lives was inextricably linked to the will of the German people. The Nazis never won a majority in free elections, but soon after Hitler took power most Germans turned away from democracy and backed the Nazi regime. Hitler was able to win growing support even as he established the Gestapo and concentration camps. Yet for over fifty years historians have disputed what the German people knew about these camps and in what ways they were involved in the persecution of race enemies, slave workers, and social outsiders. In this ground-breaking study of Nazi terror within Germany, Robert Gellately finally answers these questions. The author exposes once and for all the substantial consent and active participation of large numbers of ordinary Germans in the terror. He shows that rather than hide their racist and repressive campaigns from the German people the Nazis trumpeted them in the national papers and on the streets. He reveals how they drew on popular images, cherished German ideals, and long held phobias to win converts to their cause. Tracing the story from 1933 to its grim conclusion in 1945, he demonstrates how war and the prospect of defeat radicalized Nazism. As the country spiralled towards defeat, Germans for the most part held on stubbornly. For anyone who dared contemplate surrender or resistance, terror became the order of the day
The Nuremberg interviews by Leon Goldensohn( Book )

34 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler : the age of social catastrophe by Robert Gellately( Book )

22 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This ambitious book tells the story of the great social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945--a period of almost continuous upheaval, with two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the Third Reich. Historian Gellately argues that these tragedies are inextricably linked and that to consider them as discrete events is to misunderstand their genesis and character. Central to the catastrophe, of course, were Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, and this book makes use of recently opened sources to explain how these dictators' pursuit of utopian--and dreadfully flawed--ideals led only to dystopian nightmare. Gellately argues that most comparative studies of the Soviet and Nazi dictatorships are undermined by neglecting the key importance of Lenin. Rejecting the myth of the "good" Lenin, the book provides a convincing social-historical account of all three dictatorships.--From publisher description
Stalin's curse : battling for communism in war and Cold War by Robert Gellately( Book )

24 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a chilling, riveting account based on newly released Russian documentation that reveals Joseph Stalin's true motives -- and the extent of his enduring commitment to expanding the Soviet empire -- during the years in which he seemingly collaborated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the capitalist West. At the Big Three conferences of World War II, Stalin persuasively played the role of a great world leader. Even astute observers like George F. Kennan concluded that the United States and Great Britain should view Stalin as a modern-day tsarist-like figure whose primary concerns lay in international strategy and power politics, not in ideology. Now Robert Gellately uses recently uncovered documents to make clear that, in fact, the dictator was an unwavering revolutionary merely biding his time, determined as ever to establish Communist regimes across Europe and beyond, and that his actions during these years (and the poorly calculated Western responses) set in motion what would eventually become the Cold War. Gellately takes us behind the scenes. We see the dictator disguising his political ambitions and prioritizing the future of Communism, even as he pursued the war against Hitler. Along the way, the ascetic dictator's Machiavellian moves and bouts of irrationality kept the Western leaders on their toes, in a world that became more dangerous and divided year by year. Exciting, deeply engaging, and shrewdly perceptive, Stalin's Curse is an unprecedented revelation of the sinister machinations of the Soviet dictator. - Publisher
The specter of genocide : mass murder in historical perspective( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays by leading international experts offers an up-to-date, comprehensive history and analysis of multiple cases of genocide and genocidal acts, with a focus on the twentieth century. The book contains studies of the Armenian genocide, the victims of Stalinist terror, the Holocaust, and imperial Japan. Several authors explore colonialism and address the fate of the indigenous peoples in Africa, North America, and Australia. As well, there is extensive coverage of the post-1945 period, including the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, Bali, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, East Timor, and Guatemala. The book emphasizes the importance of comparative analysis and theoretical discussion, and it raises new questions about the difficult challenges for modernity constituted by genocide and other mass crimes."--Jacket
The Gestapo and German society : enforcing racial policy, 1933-1945 by Robert Gellately( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the everyday operations of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. It looks at the three-way interaction between the police, the German people and the enforcement of Hitler's policies, as an example of popular participation in the operations of institutions such as the Gestapo
Social outsiders in Nazi Germany( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Hitler assumed power in 1933, he and other Nazis had firm ideas on what they called a racially pure "community of the people". They quickly took steps against those whom they wanted to isolate, deport, or destroy. These essays offer histories of the people branded as "social outsiders"
The politics of economic despair : shopkeepers and German politics 1890-1914 by Robert Gellately( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1989 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accusatory practices : denunciation in modern European history, 1789-1989( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hingeschaut und weggesehen : Hitler und sein Volk by Robert Gellately( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in German and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Gestapo und die deutsche Gesellschaft : die Durchsetzung der Rassenpolitik, 1933-1945 by Robert Gellately( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in German and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neurenberg-gesprekken : Nazi's en hun psychiater Leon Goldensohn by Leon Goldensohn( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in Dutch and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portretten van vooraanstaande nazi's die na de Tweede Wereldoorlog in Neurenberg werden berecht, op basis van notities van een Amerikaanse psychiater in dienst van het Amerikaanse leger die langdurige gesprekken met hen voerde
Die Nürnberger interviews : Gespräche mit Angeklagten und Zeugen by Leon Goldensohn( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lenin, Stalin und Hitler : drei Diktatoren, die Europa in den Abgrund führten( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las entrevistas de Nuremberg by Leon Goldensohn( )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in Spanish and Portuguese and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il secolo del genocidio( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The age of social catastrophe by Robert Gellately( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945, are inextricably linked. This book makes use of Russian and German sources to explain how their pursuit of utopian ideals led only to dystopian nightmare. It also shows how the rivalry between Stalin and Hitler led to a war of annihilation and genocide
The true German : the diary of a World War II military judge by Werner Otto Müller-Hill( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werner Otto Müller-Hill served as a military judge in the Werhmacht during World War II. From March 1944 to the summer of 1945, he kept a diary, recording his impressions of what transpired around him as Germany hurtled into destruction-what he thought about the fate of the Jewish people, the danger from the Bolshevik East once an Allied victory was imminent, his longing for his home and family and, throughout it, a relentless disdain and hatred for the man who dragged his beloved Germany into this cataclysm, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Müller-Hill calls himself a German nationalist, the true Prussian idealist who was there before Hitler and would be there after
Conversations with the defendants and witnesses( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1946, with the Nuremberg trials underway, Leon Goldensohn, a US army psychiatrist, was given the task of interviewing the German leaders who were under indictment. Here, each interview is presented, placing the man and his actions in their historical context, providing insights into the Nazi mentality and the nature of evil
I taccuini di Norimberga by Leon Goldensohn( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Backing Hitler : consent and coercion in Nazi Germany
Alternative Names
Dželetlijs, Roberts 1943-

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English (166)

German (21)

Spanish (19)

Italian (13)

French (10)

Dutch (7)

Portuguese (2)

Japanese (2)

Czech (2)

Swedish (1)

Polish (1)

The Nuremberg interviewsLenin, Stalin, and Hitler : the age of social catastropheThe specter of genocide : mass murder in historical perspectiveThe Gestapo and German society : enforcing racial policy, 1933-1945Social outsiders in Nazi GermanyAccusatory practices : denunciation in modern European history, 1789-1989The age of social catastropheConversations with the defendants and witnesses