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Coping with the Nazi Past: West German Debates on Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975

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Coping with the Nazi Past

West German Debates on Nazism and Generational Conflict, 1955-1975

Edited by Philipp Gassert and Alan E. Steinweis

348 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-086-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-505-7 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 2007)

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The authors have taken great pains to identify the neuralgic points of 1968. The book is carefully edited, and all of the essays are solidly researched and immensely readable. The collection provides a good introduction on current German historiography in a concise form for an Anglo-American readership.”  ·  Journal of Cold War Studies

“As well as offering an immensely rich analysis of this particular period in post-war German history and its social, political, cultural, intellectual and moral facets, the volume provides material for further questions... In provoking these stimulating questions, this book should be considered as required reading for anyone interested in the dis/continuity of the Nazi past in German history."  ·  European History Quarterly


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.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany



Philipp Gassert and Alan E. Steinweiss

Chapter 1. Critical Memory and Civil Society: The Impact of the 1960s on German Debates about the Past
Konrad H. Jarausch

Chapter 2. The Return of Images: Photographs of Nazi Crimes and the West German Public in the "Long 1960s"
Habbo Knoch

Chapter 3. Explanation, Dissociation, Apologia: The Debate over the Criminal Prosecution of Nazi Crimes in the 1960s
Marc von Miquel

Chapter 4. The "Comprehensive Investigative Proceedings - France": West German Judicial Inquiries in Nazi Crimes
Bernhard Brunner

Chapter 5. West Germany and Compensation for National Socialist Expropriation: The Restitution of Jewish Property, 1947-1964
Jürgen Lillteicher

Chapter 6. The Modernization of West German Police: Between the Nazi Past and Weimar Tradition
Klaus Weinhauer

Chapter 7. West German Society and Foreigners in the 1960s
Karen Schönwälder

Chapter 8. The West German Public Health System and the Legacy of Nazism
Sigrid Stöckel

Chapter 9. Don't Look Back in Anger: Youth, Pop Culture, and the Nazi Past
Detlef Siegfried

Chapter 10. The Sexual Revolution and the Legacies of the Nazi Past
Dagmar Herzog

Chapter 11. The German New Left and National Socialism
Michael Schmidtke

Chapter 12. Public Demonstrations of the 1960s: Participatory Democracy or Leftist Fascism?
Elizabeth L. B. Peifer

Chapter 13. New Leftists and West Germany: Fascism, Violence, and the Public Sphere, 1967-1974
Belinda Davis

Chapter 14. Conservative Intellectuals and the Debate over National Socialism and the Holocaust in the 1960s
Joachim Scholtyseck

Chapter 15. Catholic Student Fraternities, the National Socialist Past, and the Student Movement
Michael Hochgeschwender

Chapter 16. Turning Away from the Past: West Germany and Israel, 1965-1967
Carole Fink

Chapter 17. Germany's PR Man: Julius Klein and the Making of Transatlantic Memory
S. Jonathan Wiesen

Chapter 18. Auschwitz and the Nuclear Sonderweg: Nuclear Weapons and the Shadow of the Nazi Past
Susanna Schrafstetter

Notes on Contributors
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