Hugh Trevor-Roper's The Last Days Of Hitler

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Hugh Trevor-Roper states that the purpose of “The Last Days of Hitler” was to diminish the possible growth of the myth that the leader of the Third Reich. He espoused his mission to limit in incubation that the Nazi leader and message could have possibly escaped the destruction of Hitler’s Bunker during the last days of World War Two (259). Throughout the narrative evidence for this claim is presented in the forms of testimony from interrogations, German newspaper articles, interviews, as well as personal journals of captured Germans. The most compelling evidence is granted by those who witnessed last days of Hitler in his heavily fortified furherbunker fifty feet underground. The book tells the tale of Hitler struggling to keep the party and…show more content…
Was it the German Army and its’ generals whom were leading brave young men into the hazards of war and destroying Europe in early campaigns? Was it the work of German industry developing a world leading war machine? Was it the combination of each, contributing a share toward the path of world domination? Or was it the unequaled, awe-inspiring, God-like figure Adolf Hitler who is responsible for leading 80 million Germans on the mission to destroy Europe and the world? Or could it be an unsure mixture as Hugh Trevor-Roper…show more content…
This point becomes apparent early and often throughout the narrative, as he frequently charges Hitler, his court and the followers of Nazi ideology as believers in mysticism, myth and magic. An obvious example is that Trevor-Roper’s purpose is reduce the rise of Nazism as nothing more than belief in a mythical religion. It continues as he satirically and consistently portrays Hitler as a “god”, “deity”, “reigning priest”, “angel of death”, or “terrible sorcerer” – phrases on par with those usually found in religious doctrines or folklore. However, Trevor-Roper uses derogatory terminology to sarcastically contradict the authenticity of the euphemistic terms. One example is when he describes Hitler’s burial as a “barbaric Viking funeral” (257). Another instance that demonstrates his application of a racist tone is when he describes how the German people arrived at such a desperate era when he says: “the history, it seems, of a savage tribe and [followers of] a primitive superstition” as a factor for the rise of Hitler and his ideology (257). In this example, Trevor- Roper is no longer attacking Hitler and his high court of officials, but all Germany as accomplices in the Nazi cause. The employment of an arsenal of sarcastic euphemisms accompanied by derogatory rebuttals diminishes the message of his narrative greatly. Furthermore, as the

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