Hitlers adliger Diplomat
336 Pages, gebunden
How an English aristocrat became a National Socialist – the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and the role of the aristocracy in National Socialism
Flags with swastikas flying high, SA and steel helmets marching, Hitler as guest of honour – as early as 1927, the city of Coburg displayed a marked sympathy with Nazism. Significantly, the town was the seat of Duke Charles Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a fervent admirer of Hitler, and grandson of Queen Victoria. Hubertus Büschel gives an elegant and well-researched account of how the Duke became a National Socialist, and how he worked with and for Hitler – on diplomatic missions, and, as president of the German Red Cross, even denying the Holocaust. A long overdue study of the links between the nobility and the National Socialists – a link which helped legitimize the Third Reich in the eyes of the world.