The Myth of Stalingrad

  title={The Myth of Stalingrad},
  author={Jay W. Baird},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={187 - 204}
  • J. W. Baird
  • Published 1 July 1969
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
In the propaganda of totalitarian countries the truth is often so adeptly intertwined with falsehood that the one cannot be disentangled from the other, nor do the leaders of totalitarian states want the attempt to be made. In the case of the Third Reich the nazis created an empirically unverifiable 'new reality', as Hannah Arendt calls it, to replace objective truth. Thus myth, sometimes encompassing truth, sometimes not, became the 'new reality'. The Fiihrer, purportedly sent by Providence to… 
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