The Nazi Envoy: Travel Experiences of the Poet Hans Friedrich Blunck in Great Britain and France, 1935 and 1937

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The infamous “blood and soil” poet, Hans Friedrich Blunck, was also a frequent traveler. As president of Die Stiftung des deutschen Auslandswerks, a Nazi-approved cultural embassy that promoted informal diplomatic links between Germany and its neighbors, he traveled far and wide during the five years before World War II. His goal: to build support for the “New Germany” and discredit the exiles. The following essay tells of his visits to London and Paris in 1935 and 1937. The paper highlights the genuine artistic struggle that preceded World War II for the hearts and minds of Europeans. It also exhibits the generally poor reception that Blunck received abroad, suggesting revulsion among many Europeans to Nazi artists.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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