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The Mental Aftermath: The Mentality of German Physicists 1945-1949

Klaus Hentschel


This book identifies and discusses the puzzlingly uniform behaviour and mentality of German physicists in the immediate aftermath of World War II. During the first half-decade of the Allied occupation of post war Germany, former deep internal rifts within the physics community were obliterated by concerted resistance against externally imposed denazification, nor did the personal ethics of each individual upset this sense of solidarity. The causes and motivations behind this curious social phenomenon are explored, using tools from the history of mentality. A variety of historical sources are c ... More

Keywords: post war Germany, history of mentality, resistance, denazification, German physicists, Allied occupation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Klaus Hentschel, author
History of Science, University of Stuttgart