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Die Leserschaft des "Stürmer" im Dritten Reich : soziale Zusammensetzung und antisemitische Orientierungen

The readership of the "Stürmer" during the 'Third Reich': social characteristics and anti-Semitic attitudes
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Reuband, Karl-Heinz

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Abstract 'On the basis of a secondary analysis of a nationwide face-to-face survey of the 'Institut für Demoskopie' from 1949 (N=1.915) it is analyzed how many Germans ever read the Nazi-weekly 'Der Stürmer' in times of the Third Reich and what kind of attitudes went along with it. It is shown that a majority ever read articles in the paper, often in a notice board erected in public spaces. Men and higher educated had a disproportionate share among the readers; the major reason for it is to be seen in their general use of mass media. Whoever read the 'Stürmer' had a higher chance than others to have anti-Semitic attitudes in times of the survey. Furthermore men more often had anti-Semitic attitudes than females and younger more often than older people. With regard to education the relationship was less clear cut. However, one thing can be taken for granted: whether higher educated people endorse prejudice more often than other educational groupings is not a matter of cognitive competence, but a function of historical circumstances.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords age; education; adolescent; historical analysis; antisemitism; attitude; mass media; woman; citizen; periodical; Third Reich; man; prejudice; religious affiliation; reader (person); Nazism; readership research
Classification General History
Method historical
Document language German
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 214-254
Journal Historical Social Research, 33 (2008) 4
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works