West Germans Against The West: Anti-Americanism in Media and by Christoph Hendrik Muller
By Christoph Hendrik Muller
An exploration of how the topic of Anti-Americanism used to be hired via influential sections of the West German media to oppose the modernisation of the Federal Republic of Germany through the lengthy Fifties. within the public conflict over the longer term course of Germany, the US stood as a logo of social, political and fiscal corruption.
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An exploration of how the topic of Anti-Americanism used to be hired through influential sections of the West German media to oppose the modernisation of the Federal Republic of Germany in the course of the lengthy Fifties. within the public conflict over the long run course of Germany, the USA stood as an emblem of social, political and financial corruption.
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129 One of the interesting findings of this study is that certain antiAmerican clichés and prejudices were prevalent in the observations of various visitors, be they academics or non-academics, left-wing or right-wing politicians, trade unionists or businessmen. They cut across political divisions. The level of education seems to have been less a defining factor, whereas previous experience of the USA seems to have been more important in the shaping of attitudes. One might thus argue that the American concept of bringing Germans over to re-educate them did finally bear fruit with more and more Germans familiarising themselves with the ‘real’ USA.
The concentration camps are mentioned in the same breath as the hatred against Germans after the collapse of Nazi Germany, and the suffering of nations attacked by Germany Vergangenheitsbewältigung at the Expense of the United States 37 during the world war is equated (and thus played down) with ‘things done to us after the collapse’. In the private journal of his travels in the USA in 1951, he outlined some of his sufferings: We are welcomed by the American Secretary of War [Kriegsminister]. ‘Distinguished guests’, we are called.
His autobiography is full of comparisons between those two allegedly inhumane governments. Whereas the account of his imprisonment by the US occupation forces on his way to the Nuremberg Trials is full of gruesome details, the account of his imprisonment under the Nazis hardly mentions any brutality. 105 On his release, he was understandably looking forward to his return home: Our final release from the Gestapo in the Puster Valley enabled us once again to breathe freely. Up to the last moment there was always the chance of a shot in the neck.