Herbert Bohme
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Herbert Bohme
Herbert Böhme
Born(1907-10-07)7 October 1907
Died23 October 1971(1971-10-23) (aged 64)
Lochham, Gräfelfing


Herbert Böhme was a German poet who wrote poems and battle hymns for the Nazi Party. In 1930 he became one of the newly formed Junge Mannschaft, a group of semi-official Nazi poets that also included Heinrich Anacker, Gerhard Schumann and Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach.[1] Böhme joined the Nazi Party on 1 May 1933 and its original paramilitary wing, the Brownshirts, on 1 September 1933. After the Second World War he became involved with neo-fascism.

National Socialist poetry

Along with his contemporaries, Böhme and his works are largely dismissed as propaganda with little real artistic merit.[2] In praise of Adolf Hitler, he wrote "you walk among the people as their saviour".[3] His best-known work in the Third Reich was Cantata for November 9, a eulogy to the Nazi 'martyrs' of the Feldherrnhalle which praised Hitler in Messianic terms.[4] Other poems, including Wir hissen die Fahne and Langemarck, also became Nazi standards.[5]

Post-war activism

After the war he became an associate of Gerhard Krüger, and along with him led a short-lived political party that was quickly absorbed by the Deutsche Reichspartei in 1949. The two would later move to the more extremist Socialist Reich Party.[6] Böhme was also close to Arthur Ehrhardt and in 1951 the pair established the pan-European nationalist journal Nation Europa, which was to become important to the neo-fascist network across Europe.[7] In 1965 Böhme joined the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD).

Böhme established the Deutsches Kulturwerk Europäischen Geistes in 1950, an extreme right organisation that had the stated mission of promoting German culture. Thus group was active until 1996.[8] He also set up his own youth group, the Deutsches Kulturwerk Europäischen Geistes in 1952, an organisation that later merged with the extremist Wiking-Jugend.[9]

References

  1. ^ James MacPherson Ritchie, German Literature under National Socialism, Taylor & Francis, 1983, p. 88
  2. ^ Jethro Bithell, Modern German Literature, 1880-1950, Taylor & Francis, p. 426
  3. ^ Stephen A. McKnight, Glenn Hughes, Geoffrey L. Price, Politics, Order, and History: Essays on the Work of Eric Voegelin, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001, p. 101
  4. ^ Eric Michaud, Janet Lloyd, The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany, Stanford University Press, 2004, pp. 66-7
  5. ^ Karl-Heinz Schoeps, Literature and Film in the Third Reich, Camden House, 2004, pp. 171-2
  6. ^ Philip Rees, Biographical Dictionary of the Extreme Right Since 1890, 1990, p. 215
  7. ^ "Shofar FTP Archive File". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Richard Stöss, Die extreme Rechte in der Bundesrepublik : Entwicklung - Ursachen - Gegenmassnahmen, Westdeutscher Verlag, Opladen, 1989
  9. ^ Helmut Blazek, Männerbünde, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin 2001, p. 204

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