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The War for the German Mind: Re-educating Hitler's Soldiers

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The War for the German Mind

Re-educating Hitler's Soldiers

Arthur L. Smith, Jr.

224 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-892-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 1996)

Hb   Recommend to your Library Available in GOBI®


“In sum this is an invaluable work, which no historian of modern Spain, anarchism or European labour can afford to do without.”  ·  History

"An interesting study offering some new insights."  · MGZ

"Smith's carefully researched ... account is invariably interesting, in particular those sections devoted to Soviet Policy."  · Political Studies


There are several important studies on Allied efforts to re-educate German civilians after the fall of Nazism. The simultaneous major program of the U. S., Britain and Soviet Union to influence the future of German politics and society through the re-education of prisoners of war has not previously been studied. Based on extensive archival research, including hitherto unknown material from the Soviet archives, as well as interviews with participants, this book draws a fascinating picture of the war for the postwar German mind. It also explores the question of the impact of the returnees upon the two German states that emerged after 1945. The unique value of this study lies in its genuinely comparative approach which also examines the program that Soviets introduced in their POW camps.

Arthur L. Smith, Jr. is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles.

Subject: WWII History
Area: Germany



Chapter 1. The Prisoner of War
Chapter 2. The Re-Educators
Chapter 3. Screening and Selection
Chapter 4. America's "Idea Factories"
Chapter 5. Re-Education Soviet-Style
Chapter 6. Liberal Arts for England's POWs
Chapter 7. Repatriation in the West
Chapter 8. Russian Repatriation and the Continuation of the Antifa Schools
Chapter 9. A Half-Century Perspective


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