"The man gave off such charisma that people believed whatever he said..."
Emil Klein, Hitler Youth leader
He was adorned by crowds and mobilised a nation. So how did Hitler rise to such power?
This workshop questions whether Hitler was a charismatic leader and whether it was his ability to captivate his audience with his words which ultimately led to the rallying of the masses.
By studying War Office and Foreign Office files, students analyse speeches and news articles focusing on Hitler as an orator. Applying the German sociologist Max Weber's model of "charismatic authority", students examine evidence to determine whether Hitler was a charismatic leader.
The session concludes with a showcase of a range of documents from our vast collection, which portray Hitler in different ways including cartoons, cigarette cards and a fake passport!
This session can be delivered as a