Verbindungsmann zum NS-Regime: Hans Wahl, der Antisemitismus und die Goethe-Gesellschaft

Translated title of the contribution: Liaison to the Nazi Regime: Hans Wahl, Anti-Semitism and the Goethe Society

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Several documents demonstrate Hans Wahl’s active anti-Semitism as well as his ties to the Nazi regime. Here his role as vice-president of the Goethe Society in Weimar was of utmost importance. Wahl attempted to protect the Society from harsh co-optation, cultivating contacts with Joseph Goebbels, whom he seems to have convinced of the ‘global role’ of the Society. At the same time, Wahl subordinated the Society’s new journal to Nazi ideology and sought to ward off attempts at control by the office of Alfred Rosenberg by playing up to Rosenberg, particularly by active participation in the party-line Nordic Society.
Translated title of the contributionLiaison to the Nazi Regime: Hans Wahl, Anti-Semitism and the Goethe Society
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)203-222
Number of pages20
JournalPublications of the English Goethe Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015
EventConference: Hans Wahl in Context: Weimar Cultural Elites in National Socialism - Weimar, Germany, Germany
Duration: 28 Nov 201429 Nov 2014


  • Hans Wahl
  • National Socialism
  • Weimar
  • Nordic Society
  • Goethe Society
  • co-optation
  • anti-Semitism
  • Anton Kippenberg
  • Julius Wahle
  • Joseph Goebbels
  • Alfred Rosenberg

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