Armenius in National Socialism.
This thesis examines how the National Socialist regime in Germany between the years 1933 and 1945 interacted with the figure of Arminius, the German tribal leader who transformed during the nineteenth century into Hermann, the forefather of the German nation. The research is put against a background of how the Nazis dealt with the antique past in general. As some scholars have argued, the reception of the antique past in National Socialist ideology is at best ambiguous. Here, the way Arminius was appropriated by the regime is formed as a case study to answer the bigger question of how the Nazis filtered and presented the antique past to the public by way of using propaganda.
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