Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past: The Politics of Amnesty and Integration

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byNorbert Frei, Joel Golb

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Frei chronicles the denazification process in Adenauer's 1950s Germany. The stopping of punishment for Nazi crimes formed the crux of a policitcs of the past which, to a large degree, revoked the consequences of the previous political expurgation.

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Frei chronicles the denazification process in Adenauer's 1950s Germany. The stopping of punishment for Nazi crimes formed the crux of a policitcs of the past which, to a large degree, revoked the consequences of the previous political expurgation.

Norbert Frei is professor of modern history at Ruhr-University Bochum. He is the author of many books on twentieth-century German history, including The Führer State.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231507909

ISBN - 13:9780231507905

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Fritz Stern
Introduction
I. A Legislation for the Past: Parliamentary and Administratives Junctures
1. The Amnesty Law of 1949
2. The "Liquidation" of Denazification
3. The Rehabilitation and Pensioning of the "131ers"
4. The Amnesty Law of 1954
II. A Past-Political Obsession: The Problem of the War-Criminals
5. The War-Crimes Issue Preceding the Bonn Republic
6. The Politicization of the War-Criminal Question (1949-50)
7. The Debate Under the Sign of Rearmament (1950-51)
8. A "General Treaty" instead of a "General Amnesty" (1951-52)
9. The Windup of the War-Criminal Problem
III. Fixing Past-Political Limits: Judicial Norms and Allied Intervention
10. The Hedler Affair and the Establishment of Criminal-Legal Norms (1950)
11. The Rise and Banning of the Socialist Reich Party (1951-52)
12. The Naumann Affair and the Role of the Allies (1953)
Conclusion
Postscript to the American Edition
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources and Literature
Index

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Frei has done a great service in documenting the depth and the breadth of indigenous West German opposition to bringing the criminals of the Nazi era to justice and to forcing compromised elites out of positions of responsibility in the crucial early years.... His case is impressive.



One of the most important contributions to the debate on Germany's Nazi past.