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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Online publication date:
March 2023
Print publication year:
2023
Online ISBN:
9781009216326

Book description

In the wake of World War II, the victorious Allied armies implemented a radical program to purge Nazism from Germany and preserve peace in Europe. Between 1945 and 1949, 20 million political questionnaires, or Fragebögen, were distributed by American, British, French, and Soviet armies to anxious Germans who had to prove their non-Nazi status to gain employment. Drafted by university professors and social scientists, these surveys defined much of the denazification experience and were immensely consequential to the material and emotional recovery of Germans. In Everyday Denazification in Postwar Germany, Mikkel Dack draws the curtain to reveal what denazification looked like on the ground and in practice and how the highly criticized vetting program impacted the lives of individual Germans and their families as they recovered from the war. Accessing recently declassified documents, this book challenges traditional interpretations by illustrating the positive elements of the denazification campaign and recounting a more comprehensive history, one of mid-level Allied planners, civil affairs soldiers, and regular German citizens. The Fragebogen functions as a window into this everyday history.

Reviews

‘This is a fascinating study of everyday denazification on the basis of the answers to the 131 questions of the Allied questionnaire that sought to identify former Nazi perpetrators in the German population after the defeat of the Third Reich.’

Konrad H. Jarausch - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Contents

  • Introduction
    pp 1-20

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