By Konrad H. Jarausch
Within the spring of 1945, because the German military fell in defeat and the area first realized of the unspeakable crimes of the Holocaust, few might have anticipated that, purely part a century later, the Germans could end up a filthy rich humans on the vanguard of peaceable eu integration. How did the Germans be capable to get over the shattering event of defeat in global warfare II and rehabilitate themselves from the disgrace and horror of the Holocaust? In After Hitler, Konrad H. Jarausch indicates how Germany's choice to stress civility and civil society, destroyed by way of the Nazi regime, helped restoration the demoralized country through the post-war interval. not like different highbrow inquiries into German efforts to accommodate the Nazi earlier, After Hitler essentially makes a speciality of the sensible classes a disoriented humans drew from their prior misdeeds, and their fight to create a brand new society with a honest and deep dedication to human rights. After Hitler deals a accomplished view of the breathtaking transformation of the Germans from the defeated Nazi accomplices and Holocaust perpetrators of 1945 to the civilized, democratic humans of ultra-modern Germany.
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He understood the “romantic counterrevolution against the . . 19 It came as little surprise, therefore, that the initially provisional but then final decisions of the three great powers concerning the future of Germany sought both to punish and rehabilitate. In light of the millions who had died at the hands of the Third Reich, the demand for military security and material indemnification by partitioning off the eastern territories as well as imposing considerable reparations seemed entirely appropriate.
Umkehr. English] After Hitler: recivilizing Germans, 1945–1995 / Konrad H. Jarausch; translated by Brandon Hunziker. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 13 978-0-19-512779-9 ISBN 0-19-512779-X 1. Germany—History—1945–1990. 2. Germany—Social conditions—20th century. 3. Political culture—Germany. 4. Germany—Economic conditions—1945–1990. I. Title. 087—dc22 2005055486 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper PREFACE Americans harbor somewhat ambivalent feelings about Germany.
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