Heldentod – The Nazi Culture of Death graphically focuses on the Third Reich’s conception and promotion of the “Hero’s Death” as it fostered and then fuelled a cataclysm of apocalyptic carnage and destruction. This underlying driving force, ultimately self-destructive, is shown infusing both State sponsored propaganda and echoed by the personal battlefield images captured by its soldiers’ personal cameras. In so doing it confronts the matter of subject vs. observer and their intimate connection. The original, often one-of-a-kind and never before seen photos also serve as a searing documentation of man’s inhumanity to man and a stark warning to future generations.
HELDENTOD The Nazi Culture of Death
This somewhat dark book examines the Nazi cult of “A Heroic Death”. The German word translates to “Hero’s Death” and was the staple term on hundreds of thousands of sterbebilt or death cards’ sent out in memory of fallen Third Reich soldiers.