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The Other '68ersStudent Protest and Christian Democracy in West Germany$
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Anna von der Goltz

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198849520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198849520.001.0001

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Talking About (My) Generation

Talking About (My) Generation

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The Other '68ers
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Anna von der Goltz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198849520.003.0003

This chapter engages with several major themes that have long animated research on the West German 1960s: protesters’ family backgrounds and wartime childhoods; the meaning of the Nazi past to their activism; and intergenerational relations. Like their student peers on the Left, centre-right activists had been raised in a post-genocidal society. Given that, how did they view and engage with Germany’s recent history of mass violence? The chapter highlights the centrality of anti-totalitarianism to their thinking. It also shows that, inspired by the so-called ‘‘45ers’ and nudged by social scientists who routinely portrayed student protest as a symptom of generational conflict, they began to think of themselves as a distinct generational community in the 1960s.

Keywords:   Nazism, postwar, totalitarianism, Cold War, generation, autobiography, childhood, ‘45ers

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