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Adenauer's Germany and the Nazi Past

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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 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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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 Fuhrer State. He lives in Germany.


"One of the most important contributions to the debate on Germany's Nazi past." - Fritz Stern, author of Einstein's German World

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