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The Mental AftermathThe Mentality of German Physicists 1945-1949$
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Klaus Hentschel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205660

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205660.001.0001

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“Propaganda-Free Day-To-Day” And Political Apathy

“Propaganda-Free Day-To-Day” And Political Apathy

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The Mental Aftermath


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Post-war Germans were sick and tired of ideology after the constant flood of Nazi propaganda. The curiously flowery rhetoric of the Third Reich (LTI) was replaced by a ‘neue Sachlichkeit’, as exemplified here by Friedrich Hund. But too easily did this stark style slip into euphemistic downplaying of past insufficiencies. Political aloofness by scholars was a heritage of the Weimar period. But under denazification, political apathy came to signify absolution from complicity during the intervening political period.

Keywords:   propaganda, political apathy, ideology, neue Sachlichkeit, Weimar period, denazification

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