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Students and National Socialism in Germany
Students and National Socialism in Germany
By Geoffrey J. Giles
Princeton University Press, 1985, 360 pp

A useful account of Nazi student organizations, focused primarily on the University of Hamburg, where records happened to survive. Nazi student leaders were successful before Hitler's assumption of power, less so later, when Nazi contempt for learning and for the universities prescribed no clear goal. The new regime encountered careerism and complicity without conviction, while student organizations faced growing apathy. An addition to our slowly growing knowledge of academic life in the Third Reich, especially during the war years.