Coping with the Nazi Past

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Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Based on careful, intensive research in primary sources, many of these essays break new ground in our understanding of a crucial and tumultuous period. The contributors, drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, offer an in-depth analysis of how the collective memory of Nazism and the Holocaust influenced, and was influenced by, politics and culture in West Germany in the 1960s. The contributions ...

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Overview

Published in Association with the German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Based on careful, intensive research in primary sources, many of these essays break new ground in our understanding of a crucial and tumultuous period. The contributors, drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, offer an in-depth analysis of how the collective memory of Nazism and the Holocaust influenced, and was influenced by, politics and culture in West Germany in the 1960s. The contributions address a wide variety of issues, including prosecution for war crimes, restitution, immigration policy, health policy, reform of the police, German relations with Israel and the United States, nuclear non-proliferation, and, of course, student politics and the New Left protest movement.

Philipp Gassert teaches Modern History at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and is DAAD Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Alan E. Steinweis is the Rosenberg Professor of Modern European History and Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845450861
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2002
  • Series: Studies in German History , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Critical memory and civil society : the impact of the 1960s on German debates about the past 11
2 The return of the images : photographs of Nazi crimes and the West German public in the "long 1960s" 31
3 Explanation, dissociation, apologia : the debate over the criminal prosecution of Nazi crimes in the 1960s 50
4 The "comprehensive investigative proceedings - France" : West German judicial inquiries into Nazi crimes 64
5 West Germany and compensation for national socialist expropriation : the restitution of Jewish property, 1947-1964 79
6 The modernization of West German police : between the Nazi past and Weimar tradition 96
7 West German society and foreigners in the 1960s 113
8 The West German public health system and the legacy of Nazism 128
9 Don't look back in anger : youth, pop culture, and the Nazi past 144
10 The sexual revolution and the legacies of the Nazi past 161
11 The German new left and national socialism 176
12 Public demonstrations of the 1960s : participatory democracy or leftist fascism? 194
13 New leftists and West Germany : fascism, violence, and the public sphere, 1967-1974 210
14 Conservative intellectuals and the debate over national socialism and the Holocaust in the 1960s 238
15 Catholic student fraternities, the national socialist past, and the student movement 258
16 Turning away from the past : West Germany and Israel, 1965-1967 276
17 Germany's PR man : Julius Klein and the making of transatlantic memory 294
18 Auschwitz and the nuclear Sonderweg : nuclear weapons and the shadow of the Nazi past 309
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