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SS-Vision und Grenzland-Realität: Vom Umgang dänischer und „volksdeutscher” Nationalsozialisten in Sønderjylland mit der „großgermanischen“ Ideologie der SS
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2012 (German)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
SS Visions and Borderland Realities : The Fate of the “Greater Germanic” Ideology in South Jutland (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines the implementation of the SS’s Greater Germanic idea in the Danish border region of South Jutland. Its focus is on how Danish and ethnic German (volksdeutsche) national socialists, organised in their respective Nazi parties, dealt with the SS’s crusade on behalf of a supranational racial vision. The study traces why the two groups reacted so negatively to the SS’s ideology - despite the SS’s power, despite the Greater Germanic promise of high racial prestige, and despite shared service in “Germanic” units of the Waffen-SS.

The SS’s attempts to use a race-based ideology to overcome the disputes that divided South Jutland’s two Nazi parties ran aground on fundamentally nationalist identities. For most members of the German minority, the Greater Germanic ideology was a threat. The German minority hoped for border revision; to acknowledge Danes as racial equals would endanger their political goals. Nor were Danish Nazis more enthusiastic. To be sure, the SS’s vision did provide an ideological weapon in the fight against demands for border vision. But the potential imperialism of the Greater Germanic idea worried those who prized continued Danish sovereignty. After all, the first hope of the Danish Nazis was to rule an independent national-socialist Danish state.

The study makes it clear, however, that the fate of the Greater Germanic idea cannot be understood simply in terms of Realpolitik. Rather, the conflicts between the SS and its collaboration partners must also be understood as a clash between racial and völkisch concepts of community. The SS's vision of a Greater Germanic Reich based on ideologies of race clashed with the German-minority and Danish national-socialist commitment to Volk-based nationalism. Despite their strong commitment to Nazi ideologies, both collaboration partners found the SS’s racial community “unimaginable”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. , 367 p.
Stockholm studies in history, ISSN 0491-0842 ; 95Södertörn doctoral dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 64Södertörn studies in history, ISSN 1653-2147 ; 12
Keyword [en]
German history, Danish history, SS, Denmark, Germany, National Socialism, ideology, German minority, Sønderjylland, border studies, nationalism, race
Keyword [de]
Deutschland, Dänemark, SS, Nordschleswig, Grenzregion, Nationalsozialismus, Ideologie, germanisch, Rasse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69214ISBN: 978-91-86071-81-3ISBN: 978-91-86069-43-8OAI: diva2:475516
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2012-02-17, MB 505, Södertörns högskola, Alfred Nobels allé 7, Huddinge, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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