The righteous path of least resistance: Hermann Rauschning’s warning to the world

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Show simple item record Leach, David P. 2022-04-18T18:56:05Z 2022-04-18T18:56:05Z
dc.description.abstract This report focuses on the life and career of Hermann Rauschning, who as a conservative, sought to enact political and economic reforms in his adopted home of Danzig during the tumultuous years of the early 1930s. When the German National Peoples’ Party (DNVP) could not adapt to the radicalization of German politics during the Weimar Republic, the party’s leadership and other members engaged with the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) hoping to gain the necessary support to maintain relevance. As the National Socialists rose to power, those in the DNVP saw their political influence waning. Hermann Rauschning switched political affiliations out of convenience instead of ideology by joining the Nazis because, with their ascendency, he saw an opportunity to enact the reforms his constituents, neighbors, and friends in Danzig needed to survive. However, the revolutionary machinery within Nazism proved too dangerous and nihilistic for Rauschning. He could no longer govern effectively because of Nazi interventions in Danzig. He felt forced to resign his post as President of the Senate of Danzig when he was ignored after asking for economic assistance and berated for refusing to arrest what local Nazi officials referred to as dissidents of the party. He fled through Europe and eventually to the United States where he settled on a farm outside Portland, Oregon for the remainder of his life. As a Nazi émigré, Rauschning authored eleven books and numerous articles where he warned the world of the dangers that Adolf Hitler and National Socialism posed to Western ideas of democracy. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Hermann Rauschning en_US
dc.subject DNVP en_US
dc.subject Warning en_US
dc.subject Danzig en_US
dc.subject Nazi en_US
dc.subject World War Two en_US
dc.title The righteous path of least resistance: Hermann Rauschning’s warning to the world en_US
dc.type Report en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Brent E Maner en_US 2022 en_US May en_US

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