Poster Title

Teutonic Tales: An Examination of Cultural Appropriation and Collective Identity during the Nazi Era

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Murray State University

KY House District #

5

KY Senate District #

1

Department

History

Abstract

Drawing on the scholarly contributions of historians like Johann Chapoutot, Gabriel Vejas Liulevicius, Claudia Koonz, and Ben Kiernan, this research attempts to investigate the appropriation of cultural identity and collective memory to legitimize and advance the ethnic narrative of the National Socialist Party of Germany in the 1930s and 40s. By forcing new interpretations and reinventions of socially accepted myths, legends, and folklore, the Nazis were able to tap into a potent sense of nostalgia to invoke the blessing of Germanic heroes and historical figures in order to create a sense of credibility and national heritage.

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Teutonic Tales: An Examination of Cultural Appropriation and Collective Identity during the Nazi Era

Drawing on the scholarly contributions of historians like Johann Chapoutot, Gabriel Vejas Liulevicius, Claudia Koonz, and Ben Kiernan, this research attempts to investigate the appropriation of cultural identity and collective memory to legitimize and advance the ethnic narrative of the National Socialist Party of Germany in the 1930s and 40s. By forcing new interpretations and reinventions of socially accepted myths, legends, and folklore, the Nazis were able to tap into a potent sense of nostalgia to invoke the blessing of Germanic heroes and historical figures in order to create a sense of credibility and national heritage.