Media Personalities, 1918–24

Bernhard Fulda

in Press and Politics in the Weimar Republic

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547784
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720079 | DOI:
 Media Personalities, 1918–24

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Who was a ‘very important person’ in post‐war Germany? The abdication of William II left the German media without its most popular political celebrity. This void was filled by the press through the creation of scapegoats and the construction of new political heroes. This chapter studies the right‐wing hate‐campaign against one prominent member of the new regime, Erzberger, and the rise to stardom of a political fringe figure like Hitler between 1922 and 1924. What did contemporaries know about the politicians of the new democracy? How were politicians visualized in the print media? This book is concerned with the creation of a particular press climate as well as politicians' media images, which informed contemporaries' political choices.

Keywords: Mathias Erzberger; Adolf Hitler; press campaigns;libel trial; Hitler putsch; media personality

Chapter.  14055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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