Interpreting Germany's "Hitler Exhibit"

See images below from the new exhibit at the German Historical Museum. Also, link to galleries at NYTimes and Der Spiegel.

View this gallery: Hitler and the Germans

In a time of economic fear and angry politics, Adolf Hitler rose to lead Germany into the maelstrom of Nazism. The world, and Germany, paid a heavy price.

Germans have had 65 years, since the end of World War II, to think about what went wrong. Now, for the first time since the war, a major German museum, in the heart of Berlin, has mounted an exhibit focused on Hitler himself, and “the Führer’s” relationship with Germans as he rose.

It’s extremely careful not to glorify. But Hitler is a weirdly hot topic again, in 2010.

We look back at Hitler, from where we are now.

-Tom Ashbrook


Dr. Simone Erpel, curator at the German Historical Museum in Berlin and co-curator of the new exhibit, “Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.”

Constenze Stelzenmuller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She’s a former defense and international security editor at the German weekly DIE ZEIT.

Jonathan Zatlin, professor of German and European history at Boston University. His research interests focus around modern German history, with an emphasis on Jewish-German history, communications, and economics.

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