Why is the Public so Obsessed with the Nazis?

The history of the Third Reich remains as popular as ever. Why?

Nazi uniforms at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. Wiki Commons / Richard Mortel.

‘The level of fascination leaves many historians scratching their heads’

Roger Moorhouse, Author of First to Fight: the Polish War 1939 (Bodley Head, 2019)

The popular obsession with Hitler and the Nazis is at once wholly understandable and rather baffling. On one level, of course, as the instigator of the Holocaust, the Third Reich is very well worthy of our interest and attention. Yet, on the other, the level of popular fascination – seemingly at the expense of other, no less significant, subjects – must leave many historians scratching their heads.

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