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The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory$
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Tim Grady

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316609

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316746

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Embracing: The Growth of Holocaust Awareness and Acknowledgement of the Jewish Soldiers, 1960–80

Embracing: The Growth of Holocaust Awareness and Acknowledgement of the Jewish Soldiers, 1960–80

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(p.189) 6 Embracing: The Growth of Holocaust Awareness and Acknowledgement of the Jewish Soldiers, 1960–80
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The German-Jewish Soldiers of the First World War in History and Memory
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316746.007

In 1969, the Social Democratic party leader Willy Brandt became Federal chancellor, which seemed to usher in a new era for West Germany. This change in political leadership was a reflection of the liberalisation that had taken place in the Federal Republic. In particular, a democratic culture and a critical public sphere have emerged that made it possible to debate and contest contemporary issues. This chapter examines the West German public's increased focus on the war crimes committed by National Socialists from the 1960s onwards and the emergence of a more critical dialogue concerning the fate of German Jews. In general, West Germans began to devote more attention on the Nazi past and at the same time revise their earlier notions of other aspects of German-Jewish history, including the Jewish participation in World War I. A younger generation of Jews and non-Jews became more aware of Nazi persecution and the Holocaust.

Keywords:   West Germany, German Jews, Holocaust, National Socialists, war crimes, World War I, Willy Brandt, liberalisation

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